Southwest just extended their booking schedule through October 31, 2014. This is the furthest out you will be able to book before the points devalue on March 31, 2014. Their website indicates that on May 19, 2014, they will open their schedule for sale through January 4, 2015. This means you won’t have the option to book holiday flights using points before the 15% devaluation hits on March 31st, but you can now book all through the summer and into the fall. You can always rebook at the lower rate for a refund in points if the price happens to drop.
More International Options Added:
Not only that, but additional international destinations have been added to the mix. You can use your Southwest points to book to Nassau, Aruba, Cancun, Montego Bay, and San Jose Cabo. You are also now able to book to these destinations from more cities in the US than before when the international destinations initially launched. For example, I can now book from Houston to all of these destinations using Southwest points! The flights require connections, but this is great news as Southwest can sometimes require fewer points than booking via other airlines.
Based on very quick searches, I saw Houston – Nassau for 18,000 points round trip (price in points directly tied to the price in dollars). This is the lowest number of points to get from Houston to Nassau on any airline. If you are low on Southwest points you can transfer in from Chase Ultimate Rewards. This also makes the Companion Pass even more valuable than before since you can use it to fly to more popular vacation destinations.
Official Deadline for the 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus:
Offer expired. Please go here for current offer.
While we are on the topic of Southwest, just a final reminder that the 50,000 point sign-up bonus for Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is scheduled to end at some point tomorrow (March 5th). Sometimes a link lives on beyond the official deadline, and these offers often go back and forth between 25k and 50k so no need to rush if you weren’t ready to apply yet. Just worth a mention in case you were about to get the card.
Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you are approved for the Premier card using one of my affiliate links. As always, thanks for your support.