8/15, 10:30 a.m. ET update: Flights have been released through March 6, 2020! Share the best deals you can find in the Go to Travel Gal Facebook group (Note: You must be a Go to Travel Gal email subscriber to join).
The Southwest Flight Schedule is now open for booking through March 6, 2020 and the next release of flights, through April 13, 2020 is now set for September 26, 2019.
So for those of you waiting to book the second half of your Spring Break flights, you’ll have to wait until late September! I’d recommend going ahead and booking the first half if you can (if it falls before March 7), as the price won’t be affected by whether you buy round-trip or one-way flights.
While Southwest says they will release flights on September 26, there is a good chance this date will change, as it has changed multiple times for the last few flight releases. They are juggling dealing with the MAX 8 aircraft still out of service per the FAA and continue to change things.
Stay tuned to Go to Travel Gal, though, to keep up to date when their release dates change. You’ll hear it first HERE!
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The easiest way to book flights on Southwest is through the Southwest Low Fare Calendar, which shows you the lowest prices — in points or dollars — for your flight across a range of dates.
Are There Any Hawaii Flights?
Southwest Hawaii flights are now available!
Right now, you can fly to Oahu, Maui and the big island of Hawaii directly via San Jose or Oakland airports in the San Francisco area.
Did You Know 1 Person Can Always Fly Free With You on Southwest?
Did you know that you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass that lets one person fly free with you for up to two years?
You simply need to earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points, which is most easily accomplished by signing up for one of the Southwest personal credit cards and one business Southwest credit cards, which each offer bonuses between 40,000 and 60,000 points after meeting a minimum spend.
You can currently earn your Southwest Companion Pass in TWO steps by applying for the new Southwest Business Performance Card, which has an 80,000-point bonus (read my full review) along with the Southwest Business Premier card (60,000-point bonus) or any of the Southwest personal cards (currently 40,000-point bonuses)! Here’s exactly how to do that.
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How to Get MORE Points for FREE Southwest Flights
You can apply for and use my favorite card, Chase Sapphire Preferred (read my full review here), a more flexible travel card, which allows you to transfer points into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account instantly at a 1:1 ratio, as well as to other airline and hotel partners.
The card has a $99 annual fee the first year and grants you 60,000 points after meeting a $4,000 minimum spend in the first three months. Plus, you earn DOUBLE points on dining and travel expenses.
Keep in mind, that points earned using Chase Sapphire Preferred DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but can be used to book free flights.
Other cards that allow you to transfer points to Southwest include:
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