When will Southwest release August 2019 and September 2019 flights?
Currently, you can book Southwest flights through August 5, 2019.
You’ll be able to book the rest of August, along with flights through September 2 on February 7, 2019.
At least we can book most summer flights for now!
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 six weeks. This will be a longer than average time between the release of the flights through August 5 and the flights through September 2 (from November to February!).
According to Southwest, they release flights on the scheduled date at 5 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Check both the app and the website if you have trouble finding them that early.
Booking As Soon As Flights Are Available
Many Go to Travel Gal 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 include July, as well as the winter holidays.
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 :)!
Even if you end up not needing the flights, remember you can always cancel and rebook with NO CHANGE FEES on Southwest.
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