Southwest Schedule Opens Until January 4, 2013

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Southwest Schedule Opens Until January 4, 2013

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Via Frugal Travel Lawyer, Southwest Airlines is opening their schedule for booking flights up to January 4, 2013 today.

There is no penalty for cancelling a Southwest flight made with points (the points go back to your account when you cancel), so it doesn’t hurt to book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other holiday trips before you firm up your plans.  You can always cancel and rebook your ticket for no fee if the number of points required for the award drops since you booked the ticket.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made.

If you’ve got a Southwest Companion Pass, your companion will fly free with you, on BOTH paid flights or flights booked with points.  Emily is attending a part-time graduate program after work, so the homework and classes gets in the way of maximizing our Companion Pass.

But we do have Holiday travel to book.  We usually bring gifts when we visit family, so it is great to fly Southwest and to not pay checked baggage fees.

If you’re running low on Southwest points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to Southwest Airlines in 1:1 ratio.

Bottom Line:  It doesn’t hurt to make your Southwest booking using points when the schedule opens since you can always cancel the award for no fee.

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Hi, I would need 10,000 points more to be eligible for SWA companion pass. As of today Jul 7, 2012…do you know if I purchase 30,000 from Marriott rewards then redeem it for 10,000 SWA points would still be counted toward the companion pass? My concern is the SWA companion pass page says that the transfer points are not eligible toward cp. I need to get quick points since my vacation schedule is coming in cpl of weeks from now…..thank you

@Ken – Thanks for all the info.

@nate – You can transfer UR points to SW miles only if you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or I think the JP Morgan card. If you have a freedom card you need to transfer the points to one of the 3 cards mentioned and then transfer them to SW. BTW, if you know someone with one of those 3 cards you can transfer your points to them and they can transfer the points into your SW account.

Bummer.. thanks Ken.

Me again… I guessm y first question should be ‘is it possible to transfer Ultimate rewards to swa? I can’t seem to see where to do it.. thanks.

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