Southwest Schedule Extension through Next March
Southwest has announced that as of tomorrow June 30, 2015 they will be extending their schedule out through March 8, 2016. With Southwest points now being “flexible”, these extensions are a good reminder that it most likely pays to book early.
Up until recently, Southwest’s points were worth a fixed value. The amount of points required was tied directly to the cost of the ticket. Unfortunately that isn’t the case anymore. As flights and routes get full, the cost in points increases dramatically.
You can see that practice at work in my post from this morning. For flights during a normal week, points were worth 1.7 to 1.8 cents each in some cases. When flying during peak times, the value of points dropped significantly. This is going to continue to be the case, especially if you want to travel at the last minute or during peak times.
As Kenny at Miles 4 More points out, a ticket price may increase 5% as flights fill up, but the points cost may increase upwards of 10-12%. For this reason, why not try to plan out some trips? Since Southwest bookings are fully cancelable, it makes sense to lock something in now. For that reason, I use these schedule releases as a reminder to search and book.
Generally the schedule is loaded into the system pretty early in the morning, so you should be able to book around the time you wake up tomorrow. Right now the schedule is open through January 4, 2016 so we are only gaining a couple of months. With that said, use these extensions to book some flights, check the prices on your current flights and daydream about all of the amazing places you will go.