Book Southwest Airlines Holiday 2015 Flights Now!

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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.

Southwest Blackout Date

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?

 

Comments

  1. Got a rt from ny to dallas from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve. Found the points value much greater than paying cash. Paid about 22000 points rt – they wanted around $370 in cash.

  2. I was wanting to fly to Nassau over the holidays and keep getting an error message. Have they given up that route? Prior to today, they were flying there only from BWI. Any holiday days I tried did not work. Any news on that I missed?

  3. I got 2 american airline lounge pass exp 2/16 I want to sell and swa $90 voucher.ezp august but can extend 6 mo.

  4. Per the international error message above. I had the same online issue and same hold time. But then, I was able to quickly (2 minute hold) get through on the Spanish line 1800vamonos. They were able to book international tickets to Aruba for my son and I from my account. But then they were unable to do it for my wife. Will try again later.

  5. That SW Points Devaluation is really kicking in with a vengeance. The price difference between the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the next day is 14% more in cash. But it’s 50% more in points. Realize it’s not just that there are no sale fares those days. It’s that they are charging an extra 50% per $ in points for that non-sale fare. 🙁

  6. For the “Grandpa Points” set, Southwest’s Senior fares can be a lifesaver. For example, for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, from Dallas Love Field to San Jose, Wanna Get Away space is scarce, but Senior fares ($228) are available on every flight, and are hugely discounted from Anytime fares ($515). And Senior fares are fully refundable, and earn points at the same rate as WGA. The only downside is that you can’t book them with points.

    But I see that, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, there is no Senior or WGA availability… 🙁

  7. The international flights I want have wanna get away fares available but they are more expensive than the anytime fares, both in points and cash??? I’m hoping it is an error that gets fixed.

  8. What is with “Wanna Get Away” Fares being higher than “Anytime” fares? SJD to SJC on Monday after Thanksgiving, $551 vs $475. That has nothing to do with the points devaluation.

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