Southwest Schedule Extension till October 30
Southwest Airlines has extended its bookable flight schedule through October 30, 2020. As part of the schedule extension, it is adding new international service to and from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport beginning in October. Previously you were only able to book through Aug. 10, 2020, so the extension now open up the dates for all of Summer and early Fall.
Southwest is the nation’s largest domestic carrier and has plenty of loyal fans. So when this Southwest schedule extension is announced, it’s a big deal as they rush to grab their tickets on their favorite airline, which often offers the lowest prices on many routes. You can check flight schedules here.
Effective Oct. 8, 2020, Southwest will offer twice-daily nonstop service between Phoenix and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos* and once-daily nonstop service between Phoenix and Puerto Vallarta*. Phoenix will become the carrier’s 23rd city to serve as an international gateway for the airline. Both routes are subject to requisite government approvals.
Long Beach Service Expands
Southwest also announced today an expansion of its service for Customers in the LA Basin who utilize Long Beach Airport. Effective Aug. 11, 2020, will add one additional nonstop flight on weekdays directionally between:
Long Beach, Calif. and Oakland (A total of five roundtrip flights Mondays-Fridays)
Long Beach, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. (A total of five roundtrip flights Mondays-Fridays)
With these new routes, Southwest will offer up to 14 departures on weekdays from Long Beach.
New Nonstop Service
Southwest recently began serving several new routes throughout North America. This past Saturday, the carrier launched new international service between:
Houston (Hobby) and Cozumel, Mexico (Twice-daily)
Baltimore/Washington and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (Seasonal Service offered on Saturdays)
The carrier also began daily nonstop service between Maui and Sacramento, Calif., between Atlanta and Memphis (two flights per day Sunday-Friday, one flight on Saturdays), and once-daily service between Des Moines and Denver.
The carrier also recently announced its intention to serve Steamboat Springs through the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) by the end of 2020. More details, including schedules, will be released in the coming months.
Book With No Worries
Southwest now makes it easy to compare prices for a flight you have already booked. They also make it easy to get a refund in case the price of your flight goes down, whether it’ a paid fare or award. If you have a paid fare, you will get a voucher for the difference in fare price that ca be used one year from the date the flight was originally booked. The voucher is non-transferable. If you booked using Rapid Rewards points, then you get reimbursed the difference.
It’s a good idea to start looking for travel dates early, especially for peak times. With Southwest’s refund policy, there’s not much to worry about. Even if you working towards a Companion Pass but don’t have it yet, you can book now and add a companion later. You can also buy discounted Southwest gift cards for even cheaper flights.