Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016

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Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016

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Southwest has opened up their schedule through March 8, 2016.  So this is an excellent time to start planning Valentine’s Day travel.

Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016
Southwest’s Schedule Is Open Until March 8, 2016. Let Southwest Play Cupid and Take You and a Loved One on a Romantic Getaway

Southwest flies to vacation destinations such as ArubaCancunCosta Rica, and Montego Bay.

Planning Ahead?  You Can Book Southwest Flights Into Spring 2016

While most airlines open their schedules ~1 year in advance, you can only book Southwest flights ~6 to 8 months beforehand.

And 1 of the great things about Southwest is you can book now and if your plans change, you can get a refund!  Plus, there are no blackout dates.  So if there are seats available, you can book an award ticket.

Your Favorite Person Could Fly With You for (Almost) Free!

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass a friend or family member can fly with you for close to free for up to 2 years!

You can earn this status in just 8 easy steps.  Signing-up for 2 Chase Southwest cards with a 50,000 point bonus will get you most of the way to the 110,000 points you need in a calendar year to qualify.

The increased 50,000 Southwest point bonus on these cards usually comes back every few months.

Here are the current bonuses for the Chase Southwest cards:

Need More Southwest Points?

There are lots of ways to earn them!

1.   Paid Flights on Southwest

When you fly Southwest with a paid ticket you’ll earn:

  • Business Select Fares:  12 points per $1 you spend
  • Anytime Fares:  10 points per $1 you spend
  • Wanna Get Away Fares:  6 points per $1 you spend

Points are earned on the base fare and excise taxes, but NOT the government taxes and fees.

Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016
How the Southwest Points Add Up on Paid Flights

2.   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Plus (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Business) Card

The Chase Southwest cards are the fastest way to earn a lot of Southwest points.  It’s best to wait for the 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus on these cards (which come and go every few months).

You’ll also get:

  • 2 points per $1 you spend on Southwest flights and certain hotel and car rental partners
  • 1 points per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 6,000 Southwest bonus points (Premier cards) or 3,000 bonus points (Plus card) on your card anniversary each year
  • No foreign transaction fees (Premier cards only)

The $99 annual fee for the Premier cards ($69 for the Plus card) is NOT waived the 1st year.

3.   Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold (no longer available), or Chase Ink Plus directly to Southwest.

And if you have 1 of the above cards, you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Freedom and Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card to Southwest.

Chase Adds New Transfer Partner More Options To Europe
You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest, but They Will NOT Count Towards the Companion Pass

4.   Everyday Spending & Hotel Point Transfers

You can also earn Southwest bonus points by:

Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016
You Can Earn Southwest Points for Eating at Select Restaurants

Bottom Line

You can now book Southwest flights through March 8, 2016.

Even if you aren’t certain about your plans, it’s worth booking now.  That’s because you can cancel Southwest award flights for a full refund.

And paid flights can be cancelled up to 10 minutes before your flight, for credit towards a future flight (expires after 1 year).

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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