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Good morning everyone. This morning, Southwest Airlines updated their flight schedule and you can now book Southwest Airlines flights through January 4, 2017. Here is an update from SWA:
Currently we are accepting air reservations through January 4, 2017.
On July 7, 2016 we will open our schedule for sale through March 7, 2017. This date is subject to change. Please check back frequently.
In controversial Southwest Airlines news, Doctor of Credit has a great post called Southwest Devalues Miles Without Notice (72 Points Per Dollar, From 70 Per Dollar). Previously, Southwest Airlines points were worth ~1.43 cents per point (CPP) (70 SWA = $1), but now it looks like Southwest Airlines points are worth ~1.39 CPP (72 SWA = $1). While booking a few Southwest Airlines flights, I decided to check the value of my Southwest Airlines points.
Here is my first booking of SFO to SNA:
- $115.98 or 6,823 Southwest Airlines miles + $5.60 in taxes/fees.
- $115.98 – $5.60 = $110.38 / 6823 = 1.62 (CPP)
1.62 CPP is definitely higher than ~1.39 and ~1.43…
Here is my second booking of SFO to SNA:
- $146.98 or 8,900 Southwest Airlines miles + $5.60 in taxes/fees.
- $146.98 – $5.60 = $141.38 / 8900 = 1.59 cents per point (CPP)
1.59 CPP is definitely higher than ~1.39 and ~1.43…
So what does this all mean? I’m not sure. I bet if you spent enough time looking, you could find a Southwest Airlines flight with lower CPP values, but for the 2 cases mentioned above (both realistic cases), I did not notice any devaluation in Southwest Airlines points.
As a reminder, after you book a Southwest Airlines flight (either with cash or points), check your existing Southwest Airlines flights for price drops and then rebook. It takes a few minutes, but you can easily save $10-$50 on some flights.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!