When will the Southwest flight schedule for October, November and December 2023 flights be released?
The airline has currently opened the Southwest Flight Schedule for booking through November 4, 2023.
So you can now book those summer flights and fall flights too!
The holidays can be a busy time to fly with high fares, so it’s a great time to purchase your flights.
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Why Is It Important to Schedule Southwest Flights on the Day They Are Released?
Southwest only releases about 4-12 weeks of flights at a time, and fare prices when they are first released, especially on popular routes, are often at their lowest.
Many of our readers say they see prices go up by $50-$100 within a matter of hours on the release date!
So it’s important to try and schedule flights as early as you can on the Southwest release date if you want to save.
That said, when booking a flight on Southwest, you can still always continue to check and see if the price has dropped from what you originally paid.
If it has, you can re-book online if you paid with points and get the points difference put right back into your account.
If you paid in cash, you can also re-book online or by calling Southwest at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA and get a “credit” back for the difference in fare if you purchased their cheapest Wanna Get Away fare.
How Do I Schedule Southwest Flights on the Release Date?
It’s helpful if you can book flights as soon as they are released, but what time is that?
Unfortunately, Southwest will not say what TIME on the release date they will release flights, though generally we have found that release times range between 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET.
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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.
Additionally, they typically release flights in batches, so you may see them appear on one route before others.
Just keep checking!
What Are Other Ways to Save on Southwest Flights?
A simple way to save on Southwest flights after you’ve booked them on the release date is to continue to check and see if the price of the fare has dropped.
Because Southwest does not charge change fees, you can either get a credit or your points back for the difference in the fare price when you re-book at the lower price.
If you purchased a Wanna Get Away fare in dollars, you’ll get a Southwest Travel Fund (credit) for the difference. These no longer expire, but they are not transferrable.
If you purchased the fare originally with points, the points difference goes immediately back into your account when you re-book at the lower fare.
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When Will Southwest Airlines Schedule October, November and December Flights?
You can currently book flights through November 4, 2023.
So you can now book summer and fall flights!
Southwest has announced the next flight release date will be May 4, 2023 for booking flights through January 7, 2024.
Southwest typically releases flights every 4-6 weeks, though these dates are subject to change, so check back frequently.
Also note that Southwest often CHANGES the release date after first announcing it.
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41 thoughts on “When Will Southwest Release October, November and December 2023 Flights?”
When can I purchase tickets for thanksgiving traveling dates?
Right now! They just released them this morning 🙂
It doesn’t seem like they have been released yet correct?
when can I buy tickets for dec 2019
Those are available for booking right now on Southwest.com :). Thanks!
Do you know where I can find the info that flights can be purchased starting at 5 am EST on release dates? I read that release dates can change but does the time on release dates ever adjust? Need to get some tickets for weddings in October so would like to get them as soon as I can. Thanks!
Hi Lucy, I confirmed the 5am directly with Southwest, and other readers can attest to the fact they do release at that time. Here is the page I check to see if the release date has been updated: https://www.southwest.com/air/flight-schedules/index.html?clk=GSUBNAV-AIR-SCHEDULES
Good luck booking your flights!
Are you sure they will start 5am Central Standard Time even though most states have switched Central Daylight Time back in March? Does Texas not use Daylight Savings Time?
Yes Southwest confirmed 5am CT is when they are supposed to release flights, though again check both mobile and desktop as they seem to show up in one place or the other first. I don’t think daylight savings time matters. Just 5am CT current time. Thanks!
Ok, so when you wrote 5am CST, you meant CT. So most of the US uses Daylight Savings time so it is likely SWA means 5am CDT. (Note that this could matter if they do in fact mean CST. Some regions do not use Daylight Savings and 5a CST would be 6a CDT.). So I’m getting up before 3am Pacific Daylight Time in hopes of getting good flight choices. thanks)
I would like to book Christmas travel as soon as possible. When will the December 2019 schedule be opened?
I’m going to guess around mid-April to early May, though we should know more once they release the remaining October flights on Monday, March 18, so stay tuned 🙂
We have a wedding that falls just after the end of the currently published schedule. With the no cost flight change policy, I’m thinking of booking the round trip with existing calendar dates. I can later reschedule the return portion when our desired return dates become available. I’m scheduling fur my wife and I as well as my elderly parents. Are there any cautions you have about this strategy?
What happens if the round trip with preferred return is less cost than what I book to ensure the available outbound dates now? Will the difference in charge go on my account fur future use or be distributed among the for passengers booked? (My parents may never use the excess on another trip.
I think this is a great idea. I love it! The only caution here is that, as you said, if you pay in cash and the price for the correct dates end up being less, you will be issued an “Unused travel credit.” This is a credit with Southwest that must be used within 1 year of issue and it must be used tied to the same person it was originally associated with. So if, as you said, your parents would never use, you’d be out that money.
In the future, I’d recommend collecting Southwest points, because when you book with points and the points price goes down, the points go right back into your account so you don’t have to worry about the travel credit issue :).
Hi! I am planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas over Christmas. I am wondering what the Wanna Get Away fares were for 12/23 to 12/30 in 2018 so I have some idea what to budget for this year. This is for PHX to SJD. Thanks for the help!
Hi Marianne, I do not know unfortunately, but you should request to join the private Go to Travel Gal Cheap Southwest Fares Facebook group and ask in there. Thanks!
Thank you for this helpful information. Does this mean that the flights listed for October are the only flights there will be? Any chance for additional flights in October? Thank you in advance!
Great question! So likely, yes. They are already short 30+ planes due to the grounding the MAX8, so it’s very unlikely (not impossible though :)), that they would add any flights to the schedule. What you see are probably going to be your only options. Hope that helps!
Do we have any idea for the delay. Could it be for the max 8 issue? I’m not sure I’d want to fly on that plane even if it was operational give the past history of accidents. I don’t have faith in Boeing.
Yes I think it is highly likely it’s due to the MAX 8 issue. The latest I’ve seen is the government could further delay these planes returning to the skies and they may be waiting to see if that’s the case or it may be taking longer to figure out the schedule without these 30+ planes. Sometimes they move the date back up, though, so I’ll stay tuned and let you know!
I need to book a trip to Cabo in November and a trip to Hawaii over the Xmas holidays. When will I be able to book my flights?
Right now, they are saying those flights will be released at 5am CT on June 20 (complete details), but this has continued to fluctuate, so stay tuned to Go to Travel Gal (be sure you’re subscribed by email) to stay notified if anything changes.
I am looking to book a trip to Disney leaving on November 26th returning December 3. When will these dates open to book. Thanks
Currently they are saying May 30.
Has anyone seen the tickets for Nov-Jan, yet?
They have said there is an “update” they had to upload first and so it is delaying the release. When I called at 7am ET, I was told the new time is currently 8am Ct, though she didn’t sound terribly confident in that…
Hi, just got off the phone with Southwest. Still downloading the flights from post Nov 2 to Jan 2020. Was told they would ready in about 3 hours — about 10ish am EST. Will keep checking back to see if download finishes sooner.
I was told 8am CT around 7am ET when I called. I’ll be checking again with them at 8am ET and will post the update!
I’m so disappointed in SW. I stayed up all night for the release & nothing happened! My face is flushed & my heart is beating fast. Stay up another 2 hours? Disgraceful. You can be in love with SW; if I’m lucky enough to get a decent fare with this update, I’ll take it all the way to the bank…then I’ll never book SW again! And in the NY area, it’s very easy to choose another airline. This is hogwash.
Completely understand your frustration and based on the fact they seem not to have released Wanna Get Away fares for some routes, at this point, it’s definitely worth comparing prices with other airlines unless you have the Southwest Companion Pass, which totally eliminates the cost of one person’s flight no matter the cost.
Just called again at 8am ET and was told we are still set for an 8am CT release of flights. Fingers crossed…
Our son and fiancée have a Destination Wedding planned for 4/24/20. We have a Southwest Credit Card so hoping to book flights once they release those dates. Do you know when that will be?? Thank you for your information
Hi Marie, they typically release flights every 4-6 weeks, so I’d think around mid- to late-August. Good luck!
Lyn, Have you tried calling Southwest today to see what might be happening with the next release of flights? https://www.southwest.com/html/travel-tools/index.html has not been pushed yet to another date, but it is now almost 9am CT and no sign of flights past Jan 5 on anything (calendar, desktop, phone). Can you tell I’m anxious?? I’d just love to have things settled more so than a price thing. We are in a small airport and SW keeps removing direct flights to places with every release.
We are hearing 9:15-9:30am CT (which would be right now, but I don’t see anything yet). Fingers crossed they will come online soon. They seem to progressively roll-out flights, so some may appear sooner than others. Stay tuned! 🙂
Thanks. I found them around 11 my time. They did mess with my direct flights, but I was still able to make something work, but unfortunately now on my overnight stay to make CMH to PVR work, I’m spending more time in Houston and less time in Puerto Vallarta. For me, still worth it to be able to fly SWA and not one of the other airlines.
Will Southwest release more flights to Cancun this month or in October?
I’m not sure about that. We’ll have to wait and see!
It doesn’t look like the flights to Punta Cana have any Wanna Getaway Options. The booking agent I spoke with said they haven’t been released yet. I assumed they had already been sold. Can you confirm whether they have been released or not?
Sorry, I don’t have access to that information, as I have no affiliation with Southwest. I’d go with what the agent told you :).