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This morning Southwest Airlines extended its schedule out through Friday, March 6, 2015 so you can now lock in those early 2015 Southwest flights for your family. Ski season anyone? Or perhaps you might be more interested in using one of the new international Caribbean routes to escape the winter cold and snow!
Remember with Southwest you can redeposit your points or reprice your ticket for a lower points price if the price drops without penalty, so there is no reason to not go ahead and lock in something you might need on points. Even reservations on dollars can be issued a credit if the price drops and you request the credit (non-transferable). What is interesting about this schedule extension is that this is the first full schedule release where AirTran service will have ended, so you can book all of the flights in the network directly using Southwest points.
As a reminder you can use not only Southwest points, but you can also transfer in Ultimate Reward points 1:1 from cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus® Business Card. That can make sense if you want to top off to an award and use points on reservations you aren’t 100% sure about since you can get the points redeposited into your Southwest account easily. You will not be able to move the points back to Chase Ultimate Rewards.
New and Seasonal Routes:
The seasonal schedule changes in the winter also mean that they are running nonstop service between Baltimore and Oakland, between Ft. Lauderdale and Phoenix, and between Nashville and Ft. Myers. They are also adding nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and San Francisco and Oakland in January, along with additional flights to LaGuardia from Dallas. Those in the Dallas area will benefit from additional Southwest nonstop destinations from Love as the Wright Amendment expires in October 2014.
Thanks to Deals We Like for giving the head’s up about the schedule extension!
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