When will Southwest release October, November and December 2020 flights?
The airline has currently opened the Southwest Flight Schedule for booking through August 10, 2020.
The next release of flights through October 30, 2020 is currently scheduled for March 12, 2020, which has already been changed once from an original date of February 13.
If you’re looking for holiday 2020 flights, those are likely to appear for booking four to six weeks after the March 12 release date, so roughly early May the likely date for the ability to book November flights and then June for December 2020 flights.
My best suggestion is to stay tuned to Go to Travel Gal for further changes. When Southwest released this last round a couple hours later than scheduled, Go to Travel Gal readers were the FIRST to know!
I’m sure all the changes have to do with the grounding of the MAX 8 planes and all the internal juggling that must be going on to get the flight schedule together less 30+ of these aircraft.
Southwest will no longer confirm what TIME on the release date they will release flights, though with the last few releases of flights, release times have ranged between 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CT.
Note: This date often changes, as we’ve already seen, so keep checking back for updates. Be sure to subscribe to GotoTravelGal.com below to get immediate updates to your inbox about releases or changes (our readers were some of the first to know about the $49 Southwest Hawaii flights, which sold out in a matter of hours!).
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When you get on to book flights on the release date, if you don’t see flights on your mobile device, try your desktop or vice versa, as sometimes they are available on one platform first. I’ve most recently seen them first on desktop in Southwest’s Low Fare Calendar.
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Southwest Hawaii Flights
Southwest is officially flying to Hawaii!
Currently, you can fly direct to Oahu, Maui or the big island of Hawaii via Oakland, Sacramento (only available to Oahu) or San Jose airports in the San Francisco area. You will be able to reach Maui via Sacramento beginning March 7, 2020.
Next spring, you’ll also be able to reach Hawaii from San Diego. Flights to Oahu from San Diego begin April 20, 2020 and flights to Maui begin on April 14, 2020
Here’s everything you need to know about Southwest Hawaii flights.
Earning the Southwest Companion Pass
If you’d like to bring someone free with you on your fall Southwest flights, I highly recommend earning the Southwest Companion Pass, which is good for up to two years.
Once you accrue 125,000 points, you’ll have a pass where one person can always fly free with you (aside from the $5.60 mandatory government security fee per way).
You simply need to apply for two Southwest credit cards when their bonuses are at least 40,000 points after meeting the minimum spend. If you qualify for one personal and one business card or two business cards, you can INSTANTLY have, or be very close to having, a Companion Pass as soon as your points credit!
And you really only need any sort of side hustle to qualify for the business card even if it’s done through your social security number.
The Southwest Companion Pass lasts from the time you earn it until the end of the FOLLOWING year, but all qualifying points must be collected in one calendar year: January 1-December 31.
Want points to book free flights on Southwest?
Check out these cards:
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card (Personal: 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend!)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card (Personal: 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend!)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority card (Personal: 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend!)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business card (60,000-point bonus)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business card (Up to 100,000-points; highest offer currently available on ANY Southwest card!)
- My FAVORITE travel credit card Chase Sapphire Preferred (60,000-point bonus), whose points can be instantly transferred to Southwest for free flights (though they DO NOT qualify for the Companion Pass). Read my full review of this card.
Points earned on Southwest cards DO qualify for the 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, so one person can fly free with you for up to two years.
Keep in mind you can only hold ONE personal card at a time, though you can hold two business cards.
Download my free cheat sheet that tells you some of the key things you need to know before you earn your Southwest Companion Pass below:
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Where do you hope to travel next? Our family would highly recommend checking out San Diego, Marco Island, Pigeon Forge or some of our country’s amazing National Parks.
Here are my posts on these fabulous destinations:
- 35 Suntastic Activities in San Diego
- Top 20 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, TN
- Your Marco Island Beach Vacation Checklist
- Ultimate Guides to US National Parks: Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons