Southwest Airlines Expands Caribbean and Latin America Service

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Southwest Airlines announced its’ plans to expand their service to the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline plans to add weekly service between both Nashville and St. Louis to Cancun, Mexico. South Florida residents will be pleased with the new daily service from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) and Punta Cana.

Southwest Airlines

Per Southwest Airlines,

Southwest Airlines Co. published an extension of its full flight schedule through Jan. 7, 2018, bringing new service on Saturdays to Cancun from both Nashville (BNA) and St. Louis (STL) beginning Nov. 11, 2017. In addition, the carrier’s offering of international nonstop service operated through Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) also will grow to a total 10 destinations with new daily service between both San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) and Southwest’s South Florida gateway. All nonstop service is subject to requisite governmental approvals, as is the carrier’s previously announced service expected to begin Nov 5, 2017, to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS), with those fares and flight schedule to be announced soon.

Southwest today also published new flight schedules between Mexico City and Houston, which brings timing improvements beginning July 5, 2017, to the carrier’s three daily roundtrip flights currently offered between the two airports and, beginning Oct. 29, 2017, a fourth flight in each direction on the nonstop route.

Milwaukee travelers also gain new, daily nonstop routes between Mitchell International Airport and both Cleveland and Nashville beginning Nov. 5, 2017, with fares as low as $49 one-way.

Bottom Line

I’m thrilled to see that Southwest is adding more service down to the Caribbean and Latin America for passengers. If you’re looking to redeem Rapid Rewards points for these flights, remembers Southwest is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards if you need to transfer over some miles.

What are your thoughts on these latest route announcements from Southwest? 

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  1. Last time I checked there wasn’t much non-stop lift from STL to Mexico or beyond. I think Frontier had some direct flights so this is a win for STL flyers I think.

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