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The Southwest Airlines booking calendar has been extended through January 4, 2016, which means you can lock in all of your Holiday 2015 Southwest flights now. If you want to fly using Southwest points remember that the number of points per dollar of fare purchased is now variable and seems to range from 70 – 80 points per base dollar of fare. The longer you wait to book the flight, the more risk you are taking that the number of points required per dollar might go up both due to their variable system, in addition to the reality that the amount of points required is also still tied to the cash price of the fare. Remember if the points price goes down you can always re-price it and get some of your points back. In other words, there is no reason to wait to lock in Southwest holiday award flights if you find something that works for you.
I did run across some dates/routes that had no Wanna Get Away availability at all (like on the Sunday after Thanksgiving), but for the most part there are Wanna Get Away fares out there on the majority of travel dates. This is key whether you are purchasing your tickets with points or dollars because Anytime Fares are typically much pricier on points or dollars.
I also noticed on the Southwest home page that they were again advertising the 50,000 point version of the Southwest credit card, so that is good news! More on that and some more details on how holiday award fares are pricing out to come, but for now get to shopping/booking since the schedule is live!
Remember that it can also make sense to lock in fares booked with actual cash too since you can also request a voucher for the price difference if the price drops. You can use that credit on a future Southwest flight within one year of the original purchase date. Deals We Like does a great job outlining that process here.
What Southwest flights did you lock in today?