Unlike the other airlines that do a rolling schedule extension (every day that passes opens another day of schedules), Southwest operates on a different schedule extension. For them, they open it up in blocks and one of the most popular schedule extensions of the year has just been made!
Southwest Schedule Extended for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Why Book Now?
There are actually a few reasons why you want to book now – even if the prices are not as low as you may want them to be yet.
With the COVID-19 situation that has gripped the globe the last few months and halted most travel, more people than ever may look at holiday travel this year in an effort to reunite with family. This means that people may start booking a lot more and that will make the prices to go up.
Another reason is that the dates right around the holidays almost never go on sale. This means that when the schedule is released is often as cheap as it gets. So, better to book now which is also affected by the next reason…
… You can cancel at any time and get a full points refund or get a travel credit for the full amount paid with cash. This means you can always rebook later if the price drops or cancel the trip altogether and it won’t cost you anything to do that. This way, you at least have a ticket if you decide to go.
Lastly, with airline travel decimated from what it used to be, schedules and routes are going to not be back to full strength at least through this year. This means that you may not find flights with as great frequency as existed for last year. Fewer flights means fewer seats which means higher prices. Better to beat the rush.
The New Southwest Schedule Extension
The new Southwest schedule extension is through January 4, 2021. This extends more than two full months past the old schedule of October 30 and opens up all the big year-end holidays.
You can book the new schedule as of today!