When will Southwest release August and September 2021 flights?
That’s a question many of you want to know so you can get your late summer and early fall plans in order.
Keep reading to find out when you can book these flights for your fall travels…
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Southwest Airlines typically releases flights in batches of about one to two months at a time with new flights and dates released about every four to 10 weeks.
The good news?
The Southwest Flight Schedule is now open for booking through November 5, 2021.
So currently you CAN book flights for August and September.
But you’re going to have to wait to book holiday flights…
The good news is those flights should be coming soon.
We’ll tell you our best guess as to when, below…
What Time Can You Book Flights on the Day of Release?
Southwest will not officially say WHAT TIME they release flights on the scheduled release date.
We’ve found them as early at 7 a.m. ET and as late at 10:30 a.m. ET, but it varies wildly.
You never know exactly WHEN they will be released, and often there seem to be “software bugs,” which cause a delay.
Be sure to check both the app AND the website on the release date, as sometimes they release in one medium before the other.
Additionally, they seem to release them in batches, so keep checking!
We also alert our Families Fly Free members via text as soon as Southwest flights are released so you can be one of the first people to book flights!
Book as Soon as Flights Are Available
Many of our readers report that they get cheaper flights by booking AS SOON AS flights are released.
It definitely helps when it comes to the most expensive times of year to fly, which includes July, as well as the winter holidays, or for popular destinations like Florida and Hawaii.
Readers report flights increased by as much as $50 or 3,000 points just a few hours after they booked them at the crack of dawn on the release date :)!
Flight releases are also a good opportunity to book cheap Southwest Hawaii flights that have not yet been released.
Even if you end up not needing the flights, remember you can always cancel and re-book with NO CHANGE FEES on Southwest.
How ONE Person Can Always Fly FREE With You on Southwest!
Did you know you can bring someone with you FREE on ANY Southwest flight?
All you have to do is earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
The Southwest Companion Pass lets you bring one person with you FREE, not just once like most airlines, but from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year.
That can be almost TWO full years and it’s hands-down the BEST deal in travel.
You’ll get a personalized plan to earn and always have a Southwest Companion Pass for your family as a member of Families Fly Free.
How to Earn Companion Pass-Qualifying Southwest Points
To quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass, your best bet is to apply for 2 Southwest credit cards:
- 1 personal and
- 1 small business
With these cards typically offering a 40,000-80,000-point bonus after meeting the required minimum spend, two cards can quickly get you all 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
These cards include:
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Performance Business card (Small business: 80,000 points after a $5,000 minimum spend in 3 months; $199 annual fee)
- Chase Southwest Premier Business card (Small business: 60,000 points after a $3,000 minimum spend in 3 months; $99 annual fee)
Keep in mind you can only hold ONE personal Southwest card at a time, though you can hold two Southwest business cards.
You can compare and contrast all the Southwest cards and see each card’s benefits HERE.
When Will Southwest Release August and September Flights?
Southwest has not yet announced when they will release flights from November 6, 2021 forward.
We expect them to release holiday flights for the rest of November and December around mid- to late May.
This should be roughly November 6, 2021-January 2, 2022.
An Easy Way to Earn MORE Points to Fly Free on Southwest
To earn even MORE Southwest points, which you can use to book FREE flights, consider Chase Sapphire Preferred, my FAVORITE travel credit card.
This card offers 80,000 points upon meeting a $4,000 minimum spend in the first three months.
All of the points earned, called Chase Ultimate Rewards points, transfer at a 1:1 ratio to Southwest Airlines (as well as to other airlines and hotel loyalty programs).
These points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass; however.
You can only use them to book free flights on Southwest (and on other airlines or at select hotel chains).
The Southwest Companion Pass DOUBLES these Chase points, because for every point that lets YOU fly FREE, someone else can also fly free with you, too!
That’s a heckuva deal!
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