Southwest Airlines New Domestic and Caribbean Routes

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Southwest Airlines announced they’ll be launching some new routes across the country as they’ve published their flight schedule through Nov. 3, 2018. Expect to see new service from Houston, Denver and Oklahoma City  to name a few of the highlights.

Here’s a rundown of all the new service they’ll be launching.

New Nonstop Routes
Beginning Oct. 3, 2018, Southwest will add daily nonstop service between:

Houston (Hobby) and Columbus, Ohio
Houston (Hobby) and Louisville, Ky.
Denverand Memphis, Tenn.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, the carrier will add weekly nonstop service on Sundays between:

Oklahoma City and Nashville, Tenn.
Denver and El Paso, Texas

Phoenix’s Leading Low-Cost Carrier Grows with More Nonstop Flights
Southwest is investing in Phoenix by adding more flights and frequencies on its most popular routes.

Beginning Oct. 3, 2018, the carrier will fly one additional flight Mondays through Fridays between:

Phoenixand Austin, Texas(Increased from four to five roundtrips)
Phoenixand Denver (Increased from ten to 11 roundtrips)
Phoenixand New Orleans(Increased from one to two roundtrips)
Phoenixand San Antonio (Increased from three to four roundtrips)
Phoenix and San Jose, Calif. (Increased from six to seven roundtrips)

Seasonal Service Returns
Beginning Oct. 3, 2018, the carrier will add seasonal service nonstop between:

Albany, NYand Las Vegas(Flights operate Sundays through Fridays)

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, the carrier will add weekly service on Saturdays between:

Cleveland and Orlando, Fla.
Milwaukee and Fort Myers, Fla.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, the carrier will add service between:

Oakland, Calif.and Tucson, Ariz. (Flights operate weekly on Sundays)

Additionally, they’ll be adding new international service from Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, as they continue grow their Caribbean routes from Ft. Lauderdale.

Bottom Line

Southwest typically realigns their route network and schedule several times throughout the year, usually as they expand their latest schedule. Overall nothing too exciting sticks out here, though I’m excited to see additional Carribean routes from Ft. Lauderdale, which I expect even more to be coming.

If you’re looking to redeem Rapid Rewards points for these flights, remember 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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