Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are having a great day so far. If you are a Southwest Airlines traveler, today is your lucky day. Southwest Airlines just released their flight schedule and you can now book flights through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Previously, their flight schedule was only bookable through early November. Book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and all other flights now. As a reminder, always check your existing Southwest Airlines flights to see if the prices go down, then rebook the exact same flights and get the difference back in Southwest Airlines travel credit or Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Points deposited back into your account (read PSA: Check Existing Southwest Airlines Flights for Price Drops, then Rebook).
I started this post while I was in Dublin on a ten day trip around Europe, but I never found the time to finish it. Probably due to the fact that I was walking 7-10 miles a day checking out the sites! I primarily used miles/points to book the majority of the travel and lodging, which is detailed below.
My first flight was from DEN (Denver) – HOU (William P. Hobby/Houston) on SW (Southwest) as a positioning flight, which I paid 7.6k miles for, and $5.60. The retail price was $127, so I averaged 1.6 Cents Per Point (CPP), which is pretty average for SW. I Uber’d to IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston) for around $40.
Southwest flight from Denver (DEN) to Houston (HOU)
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. A few days ago, I received an email from Southwest Airlines that my San Francisco to Orange County (SFO-SNA) reservation on Friday, June 30 (Fourth of July vacation) was canceled. What happened to my Southwest Airlines reservation? I definitely did not cancel that flight.
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. The Easter Bunny took a liking to me and gave me a small box of See’s Candy, but enough about me and my love / addiction to sweets. A few days ago, I needed to make a change to an existing Southwest Airlines reservation, but I booked it as a roundtrip flight (San Francisco to San Diego). I wanted to change my trip so that I would be able to fly from San Francisco to San Diego, but return from Orange County and fly into Oakland (I know we have all done that a few times, right?).
Long story short, when you want to change a roundtrip Southwest Airlines flight, you cannot change the departure and arrival cities for a leg of your reservation. I could probably change the return flight to fly San Diego to Oakland, but that wouldn’t work for me. I also couldn’t cancel just the return flight either. Lastly, if I canceled the entire reservation, I would end up paying much more since my outbound flight from San Francisco to San Diego had gone up in price since I originally booked the flight.
Luckily, I have a secret weapon when it comes to making complicated changes to Southwest Airlines reservations… Twitter direct message. Unlike Ben who wrote Why I Don’t Bother With Airline Customer Service Via Twitter Anymore, I have gotten great customer service from Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue (among many other companies). I have sent direct messages to Southwest Airlines in the past and they were always very quick to respond and always provided great customer service. In this instance, I clearly explained that I wanted to cancel the return flight but keep the outbound flight intact. A few minutes later, my direct message was seen and my reservation was updated. I then had a travel credit available which I used to book my return flight from Orange County to Oakland. The entire process took about 20 minutes.
Good afternoon everyone. A reader sent me an email with a link to fast track to Southwest Airlines A-List elite status. Sign into your Southwest Airlines account and click here. Your Southwest Airlines account number should pre-populate into the boxes below. The terms and conditions say that the offer is only available for members who received the email, so YMMV if this will work for you. If you are accepted into the fast track, you must complete 3 round trip flights before April 30, 2017 to keep the status for the entire year.