It’s time to start planning those summer trips. Or maybe even something in the early fall, too. Either way, it’s time to book your Southwest flights all the way through the summer and into early fall 2022!
While most airlines allow you to book flights up to 11 months in advance of your travels, Southwest Airlines does it a bit differently. They release their fares in batches, going as far out as about seven months. As of earlier this week, it was only possible to book Southwest Airlines flights through early June 2022.
That finally changed Wednesday, as the airline has now released more of its schedule through the upcoming summer and beyond. The Southwest flight schedule now has flights bookable all the way through Nov. 5, 2022! So if you’re trying to plan a trip for the summer or early fall you can book those Southwest flights now.
Waiting to book Southwest flights for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s? Southwest says it will extend its schedule again on June 16 – releasing flights all the way through Jan. 4, 2023!
Nervous about making travel plans with the unpredictability surrounding travel? Southwest always allows free changes or cancellations. That means you can book a flight as far out as early November now, then change or cancel it (for a travel credit) down the line if need be. Within the next few months, Southwest will start selling new Wanna Get Away Plus fares that allow you a one-time transfer of those travel credits!
Read up on how to get the cheapest flights by using the Southwest low fare calendar!
Booking the New Southwest Flight Schedule
Southwest is one of the few airlines that doesn’t list flights on Google Flights – or any online travel agency, for that matter. That means you’ll always need to start your flight search for Southwest fares directly on their website at southwest.com.
If your travel dates are flexible, we recommend using Southwest’s low fare calendar as it will show you the dates with the cheapest fares over a month-long span.
Not sure how (or when) to book flights to get the best deal? Read our post on the best day to book flights – it may not be what you think!
And as far as cancelations and refunds go with Southwest, they have always offered some of the most generous policies in the industry. Long before other carriers ditched change fees, there is never been a fee to cancel or change your Southwest flight.
You can cancel any Southwest flight and be given a voucher for later use. It’s one of the many reasons we are big fans of Southwest Airlines.
The Southwest flight schedule is now open through Nov. 5, 2022. If you’re trying to make plans for the summer or early fall, it’s time to start booking!
Trying to plan even further out, like for the holidays? Southwest will release another batch of schedules on June 16 – though that date could change – making flights bookable all the way into early January 2023!