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Today, Southwest Airlines extends flight schedules to include June 9 through August 5, 2019. This covers summer school break for most areas as well as well as the popular travel week of July 4th.
Is today the best day to book a summer flight with Southwest Airlines?
If you are booking a flight using Southwest Rapid Rewards points and you have enough to cover the flight, I recommend booking now. When or if the flight goes down in price, you can always change your flight and get a refund of points.
If you are booking a flight using cash, you can still get a refund for the price difference if the price goes down. However, if you booked a Wanna Get Away fare (the cheapest), the refund will come in the form of a credit that you must use for a flight that departs within one year of your original ticket purchase date. Credits cannot be pooled or shared among family members. So for example, if you booked 4 tickets and the price later decreased by $25 per ticket, each family member now has a $25 credit. You cannot book one ticket by pooling the money for a $100 fare for one person.
Flights over July 4th week to popular places may never go down in price. So, if you are happy with the price you see today, I recommend booking now.
How can you travel hack to fly Southwest Airlines for free?
Chase offers several credit cards with big sign-up bonuses of Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Both personal versions currently offer 40,000 bonus points after spending $1000 in the first three months, plus an additional 20,000 points after spending $12,000 during the first year. See our Hot Deals page for more details.
If you have a small business, consider applying for the business version of the card with the chance of getting a Southwest companion pass. See this post for more information.
You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest points with several cards, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
In addition, you can use travel rewards credit cards like the Capital One Venture Rewards Card or the Barclaycard Arrival Plus to erase travel purchases from your statements. Of course, a high cashback card, like the Capital One Savor card with a $500 bonus, would cover Southwest flights as well.
When will Southwest start selling flights to Hawaii?
That is the million dollar question. Maybe today! Or any day now. We will keep you posted.
Are you booking summer flights on Southwest Airlines today?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.