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You may have thought this was the all Southwest week here at Points with a Crew, and I wouldn’t blame you! In the past week, Southwest:
- Quietly did away with a method of obtaining their Companion Pass
- Slightly changed their tune after major backlash
- Had a fare sale
- Opened a new station
- And closed two stations
Go that all? TGIF, am I right? Before we let this week fly off into the sunset, we have one more piece of Southwest news to share. Yesterday, they opened their reservations through August 14th, 2017. This opens up travel for all of July and part of August, and should allow you to book that summer vacation you were thinking of planning. Many routes are still showing prices from the fare sale mentioned above, so this could be a great opportunity to book that vacation on the cheap!
Additionally, along with this schedule extension, Southwest introduced (or re-introduced) a slew of new routes, added some seasonal capacity, and terminated a few routes. We’ve already covered the introduction of the new Southwest Caribbean routes, but there are also several other additional routes
Some of the highlights include:
- Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Cancun, Montego Bay, Orlando, Washington (IAD), and Philadelphia
- Cincinnati to Baltimore and Chicago-Midway
- San Jose (CA) to Reno
- San Diego to Spokane, Salt Lake City, Newark, and Indianapolis
- San Francisco to Portland (OR)
Additionally, Indianapolis is swapping LaGuardia for Newark, and Los Angeles is losing its connection to Liberia, Costa Rica. You can see all the additions and modifications here.
I’m interested to see how Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando and San Jose to Reno perform. Both of these routes were shuttered in 2012, with the reason being their short stage length (if I remember correctly)–but I can’t imagine ~700 people flying between these cities daily, even if most end up being connections. I suppose that’s why I’m a blogger and not a network planner though :-).
With the summer schedule now open, will you be planning your vacation to one of Southwest’s new destinations?