Southwest does not operate their booking schedule roughly 11 months in advance the way airlines like United or American do, but instead they usually just have their booking window open for a few months in advance. This normally isn’t a huge problem, but I know many people are looking to use their Southwest points before the devaluation arrives March 31st. Beginning on that date, you will need 15% more points to book the cheapest “Wanna Get Away” fares on points. The good news, however, is that the booking schedule has now been extended through August 8th!
This means that you can go ahead and lock in your summer trips using points before you have to use 15% more of them beginning on March 31st. Remember that with Southwest you can rebook for no penalty if the price drops (and the points price is directly tied to the cash price), so there is no risk in locking in some reservations on points now and then watching them to see if the price goes lower later.
You can transfer Southwest points in 1:1 from the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, or earn them via credit cards such as the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card that is currently awarding 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on the card in the first three months.
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Happy summer booking!
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