Southwest is in the business of bringing people together, and no time of year makes that more clear than the holidays. Last holiday season, Southwest carried more domestic Customers than any other airline.* This year, even though summer is just heating up, Southwest is gearing up to make the holidays happen all over again: Southwest’s schedule extension was just published, which means you can now book tickets through January 4, 2023.
Four brand new routes will launch with this schedule extension:
From November 6: Once-daily service between Long Beach, Calif. and Nashville, Tenn.
From November 6: Once-daily service (excluding Saturdays) between Palm Springs, Calif. and San Jose, Calif.
From December 17: Seasonal Saturday-only flights between Nashville, Tenn. and Steamboat Springs (Hayden), Colo.
On select peak-travel dates from late November through early January: Nonstop service between Colorado Springs, Colo. and San Diego, Calif.
Southwest is here to get you there this winter (Photo: Stephen M. Keller) Across the network, Southwest is adding service in select high-frequency routes. These added flights will enhance timing options for business travelers and support network reliability in case of operational disruptions (like winter storms). Additionally, Southwest is expanding service in routes that will be popular for people trying to escape the cold this winter: In November, Southwest will fly more than 50 nonstop international routes; Florida flying will also see a boost on Saturdays, with more nonstops to the Midwest and Northeast (compared to the October schedule).
For People who are not trying to escape the cold this winter: there are just about six months until ski season! Steamboat Springs (Hayden), Colo. and Montrose (Telluride/Crested Butte), Colo. will both see the return of Dallas, Tex., nonstops on select days, as well as additional Denver, Colo. service, enabling more connections to destinations across the network.
No matter where you wanna go this winter, Southwest is here to get you there. You can explore all of Southwest’s new routes, expanded service, and lowest fares at Southwest.com, now through January 4, 2023.
*Based on U.S. DOT origin and destination survey data for November and December 2021.
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From coastal dunes to Cascade peaks there are plenty of reasons People love Oregon. This summer Southwest will be giving Customers another reason to LUV the Beaver State: On Aug. 29, 2021, Southwest will launch Eugene, Ore. (EUG) service with daily flights to Las Vegas (LAS) and twice-daily flights to Oakland (OAK). Southwest’s Eugene service will connect Willamette Valley Customers with destinations across the network, while bringing the ‘Southwest Effect’ to Oregon’s second-busiest airport.
Eugene, affectionately known as “Track Town USA,” is the birthplace of Nike and a frequent host of national track & field events like the US Olympic Trials. If you’re planning a trip, don’t forget to check the event schedule at the University of Oregon’s newly renovated Hayward Field, one of America’s most inspiring track & field venues! After a full day of running, Eugene offers plenty of ways to unwind: Relax at one of the Willamette Valley’s 500 wineries or keep the excitement going with a whitewater rafting trip down the McKenzie River.
Southwest’s new Eugene service will also serve as a convenient gateway for Customers visiting destinations across southern Oregon:
The Oregon Coast is a quick 90-minute drive from Eugene. Stop in Florence for some fresh seafood before exploring the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area where sand dunes can stretch 500 feet above sea level. Test your sandboarding skills or kick up the adrenaline by renting a dune buggy.
Around 7,700 years ago the Mount Mazama volcano erupted and collapsed, creating the caldera that would eventually become Crater Lake. If you want to take a dip in America’s deepest lake, grab your hiking boots and head for the Cleetwood Cove Trail which leads down to the shore—careful, the waters cold! Crater Lake National Park is just over two hours from Eugene by car.
Wizard Island in Crater Lake (Alex Wells)
The Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway starts around 90 minutes from Eugene. During the summer when the road is open (June through October) you can enjoy breathtaking views as you wind between craggy mountain peaks and peaceful alpine lakes. Bring a paddleboard and a picnic or challenge yourself to hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Kayakers in the High Lakes (Alex Wells)
Eugene is one of 17 new Stations that Southwest has announced since the start of 2020.
Whether ‘packing for Oregon’ means grabbing your fastest running shoes or breaking in your hiking boots, Southwest’s Eugene flights will make it easier to explore southern Oregon than ever before. Book Eugene flights now at Southwest.com!
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What’s better: watching the sun rise over the Atlantic, or sailing through the San Juan’s at sunset? Or maybe sampling some wine at an Oregon vineyard is more your style? Thankfully, starting this year you won’t have to choose: Southwest Airlines will launch service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. (MYR), Eugene, Ore. (EUG), and Bellingham, Wash. (BLI) in the second half of 2021. Keep an eye on Southwest.com for more details about routes and prices when schedules are published later this year!
Myrtle Beach, S.C. service will provide convenient access to Grand Strand beaches and the Atlantic Coast. The Myrtle Beach region is one of the fastest-growing parts of the country—and for good reason! Between reveling in the surf and working on your golf game, the Grand Strand has no shortage of activities for visitors of all ages. Service to the Myrtle Beach International Airport will begin in time for summer break—keep an eye on Southwest.com for schedules when they are announced later this month! If you can’t wait for summer, visit Southwest.com now to book flights to nearby Charleston, or Savannah/Hilton Head—one of our other recently-added destinations.
Southwest Airlines is taking off to new destinations later this year (Stephen M. Keller, Southwest Airlines Co.)
Eugene, Ore. service will make it easier for Oregonians in the Willamette Valley to experience Southwest’s famous Customer Service, flexible policies, and low fares. If you’re planning a trip to Oregon, Eugene is a great place to start your tour of Oregon wine country, a coastal getaway to the Oregon Dunes, or a road trip to Crater Lake National Park. Eugene service will begin in the second half of 2021. Check back soon for more information about schedules and destinations!
Eugene is one of the most convenient airports for those headed to Crater Lake (Alex Wells)
Bellingham, Wash.—located in northern Washington, between the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea—will be a great gateway for anyone excited about exploring the Pacific Northwest, including those headed to the San Juan Islands, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, or North Cascades National Park. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, Bellingham is also a great place to embark on a scenic train journey to Vancouver, B.C. or ferry to Victoria, B.C.—watch out for orcas on your way! Bellingham flights will begin in the second half of 2021. Check back soon for more information about schedules and destinations!
Deception Pass, near Bellingham (Alex Wells)
San Juan Islands, near Bellingham (Alex Wells)
Life is full of challenging questions, but thankfully sometimes the answers are simple. Next time someone asks you which of Southwest's 17 new destinations you want to explore, pick the easy option: “All of them!”
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Quick! Picture your ideal vacation: Are you luxuriating on the white sand of a Florida beach or whitewater rafting down the Gallatin River? Are you floating across shimmering Gulf waters or hiking through Montana mountains? It’s a tough choice but thankfully, starting this summer, you’ll be able to do both: Southwest Airlines will launch Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (VPS) service on May 6, 2021, and Bozeman, Mont. (BZN) service on May 27, 2021. Both destinations are currently available for purchase on Southwest.com; if you want to grab tickets, don’t worry—this blog post will be here when you get back!
Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. will be Southwest’s eleventh destination option in the state of Florida. Located on the Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach service will provide enhanced access and convenience for anyone headed to Florida’s pristine northern beaches. When you arrive keep an eye out for planes at the Eglin Air Force Base, which shares runways with the commercial airport. Beginning on May 6, three Nashville departures, one Baltimore/Washington (BWI) flight, and one Dallas (Love Field) flight will connect Destin/Ft. Walton Beach to the network each day. Once-daily Chicago (Midway) service will begin on June 6, 2021. Book now on Southwest.com!
Bozeman, Mont. is Southwest’s first destination in Montana, making Big Sky Country our forty-third state. Known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman will be especially popular for anyone excited about exploring the great outdoors this summer. If you’re not headed to the park straight away, check out the Museum of the Rockies where you can explore the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the country. Double-daily Denver and Las Vegas flights will serve Bozeman starting on May 27, 2021, with Denver service increasing to four-daily on June 6, 2021. Book now on Southwest.com!
Destin/Ft. Walton Beach and Bozeman will join the twelve other new destinations that Southwest announced in 2020.
Are you still trying to picture your ideal vacation? I know it’s hard to choose just one of Southwest’s great new destinations, but I’ve got an even tougher question for you: Who are you going to bring?
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As the holidays approach, I’ve been looking forward to some of my favorite family traditions like sitting by the fire, trying new recipes, and (of course) thinking about where we want to travel in the New Year. This holiday season our family will have more destinations to think about than ever before: Beginning in the second quarter of 2021, Southwest Airlines intends to serve Santa Barbara Airport (Santa Barbara, CA) and Fresno Yosemite International Airport (Fresno, CA) in California. These new cities join the ten other new cities and airports that Southwest has announced in 2020. With the upcoming addition of Santa Barbara, CA, Fresno, CA, and the recent launch of Palm Springs, Southwest will serve 13 airports in the Golden State.
Southwest loves the Golden State, and the feeling is mutual! Air travelers to, from, and within California choose to fly Southwest more than any other airline. Adding service to more California airports will make flying Southwest an even more attractive option for Californians, and California-bound Customers from across the network.
Fresno, CA, flights will give Fresno-origin Customers the opportunity to experience Southwest’s legendary Hospitality, while providing convenient access to California’s central valley, Yosemite, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.
Santa Barbara, CA service will enhance Southwest’s offering in Southern California by providing another local airport for Customers. Located on the Pacific coast along Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA will be a particularly convenient addition for Customers north of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Palm Springs joined the Southwest network in November 2020, when we launched flights to Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area), Denver, and Phoenix. Palm Springs—located in the Sonoran Desert east of LA—is a favorite destination for sun-seeking Customers in the north and across the West Coast.
The holidays can be busy, but this year—between visions of sugar plums and pretending you know the words to Auld Lang Syne—don't forget to think about the new destinations you’ll be able to explore with Southwest. Circle some dates, make a packing list, and keep an eye on Southwest.com for more information about schedules and destinations.
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Big things are happening with Southwest Airlines! In the first ten months of 2020, Southwest announced plans to serve nine new destinations throughout the United States, giving Customers more access to Southwest than ever before. In fact, many of these new destinations are actually home to loyal Southwest travelers, so this will bring their preferred airline to the airport closest to where they live.
Today, Southwest is pleased to announce that you can start booking travel to and from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) beginning Feb. 14, 2021, and Colorado Springs (COS) beginning March 11, 2021. These two join new service to Palm Springs (PSP) and Miami (MIA), which begin on Nov. 15, and Steamboat Springs (Hayden) and Montrose (Telluride), Colorado, which take off on Dec. 19.
Schedules for Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Savannah, Georgia, and Jackson, Mississippi will be released at a later day, but service is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2021.
Chicago (O’Hare), IL – ORD
Southwest launched Chicago service in 1985 at Chicago Midway (MDW). Since then, Southwest has grown to become the largest (and most loved) airline serving Midway. We’re excited to continue that legacy of love by expanding our footprint to Chicago O’Hare starting this Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2021). Southwest will offer 20 daily departures from O’Hare, with fares as low as $39 one-way! Book now on Southwest.com. O’Hare’s schedule will complement our Midway service, giving travelers more options to get to and from the Chicagoland.
Colorado Springs, CO – COS
Our Colorado Customers have asked and we are excited to deliver! In less than 15 years, Southwest has grown to be one of the largest airlines in Colorado, and in March 2021 we will be adding service to our fourth Colorado destination.
Colorado Springs, home to the Air Force Academy and U.S. Olympic Training Center, is the second largest city in Colorado, and 39th largest city in the U.S. (landing just behind Kansas City). This new service links the Pikes Peak region nonstop with up to 13 flights a day to destinations across Southwest’s growing network.
Get ready to explore the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains with fares starting as low as $29 one-way. Colorado Springs—ranked thirteenth on The New York Times list of 52 Places to Go in 2020—provides convenient access to the U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Museum, Pikes Peak, and Garden of the Gods. Book now on Southwest.com.
Be sure to keep up with Southwest for more exciting news!
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People associate a number of emotions with travel; however, adrenaline isn’t typically one of those emotions—unless you’re a Southwest Airlines Intern! On Friday mornings, before I leave for work, I always pack a backpack with the essentials for travel: a swimsuit, my passport, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. One thing I don’t have? A boarding pass or a destination! One of the great privileges of being an Intern at Southwest is unlimited space-available travel. If there is a seat available on a Southwest flight, it is open to any Southwest Employee, including Cargo Sales Interns like me. With this privilege comes a major requirement: a go-with-the-flow attitude and a passion for exploration.
This summer, I’ve been fortunate to spend the majority of my weekends traveling with my fellow Interns. As July is Parks and Recreation Month, we’ve been especially focused on exploring as much of America’s open space and natural wonder as possible. Earlier this month, our enthusiasm for the great outdoors took us to Phoenix, where we rented a car and began our journey through the state. The first stop on our road trip was Antelope Canyon, located in a Navajo Tribal Park near Page, Arizona. The canyon itself has been carved in sandstone by thousands of years of wind and water erosion. The first room in the canyon is spacious and peaceful; the space is bathed in a soft orange light and individual particles of dust are illuminated in the calm air. As we walked, the canyon progressively became more challenging to navigate as we weaved our way through the undulating red sandstone. I think I audibly said “wow” more than a hundred times during our hour-long tour.
After reflecting on our experience in Antelope Canyon, we made the short drive to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to visit Horseshoe Bend, one of the Colorado River’s enormous incised meanders. Nothing can truly convey the scale of Horseshoe Bend: staring into the vast canyon is almost like peering off the top of a skyscraper, but the view feels slow and solid. As I look through my photos from that day, I’m reminded of the frustration I felt at trying to get the entire view into one small square.
We ended our day at the Grand Canyon, pulling into the visitor’s center just as the sun was beginning to set. We’re a pretty chatty bunch, but once we approached the canyon, our group became noticeably quieter. We found comfortable rocks to sit on and quietly watched the sun set over Arizona.
Travel is an incredible part of the Southwest internship experience, but it‘s by no means the best—coming back to work on Monday after a weekend of exploring the country is almost as exciting as beginning a trip on a Friday afternoon. In my time at Southwest, I’ve learned that I love this Company because of the People and our Purpose. As an Intern, I get to complete meaningful work alongside my Cohearts, while bringing our Customers closer to what they love every day.
If this piques your interest in Southwest’s internship program, check out careers.southwestair.com/campus-reach for more information. Applications for spring 2019 internships will be posted on careers.southwestair.com from September 1-14.
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