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Southwest Airlines is my favorite domestic airline due to their awesome customer service, no-frills approach and great benefits, like the Southwest Companion Pass. But did you know that there are 14 Southwest international destinations to choose from?
Southwest Flights to Mexico
When I lived in Orange County, one of my favorite Southwest international flights was to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The flight was only 2.5 hours long, and we could be transported to another world where we could lounge by the pool and sip margaritas all day.
In Mexico, Southwest locations include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Cancun.
Southwest nonstop flights to Cabo depart from Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento.
Southwest airports that offer nonstop service to Puerto Vallarta include Houston, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles and Oakland.
Houston is the only city on the Southwest flight map that offers nonstop service to Mexico City.
Cancun offers the most Southwest locations with nonstop flights from 13 different cities. These Southwest nonstop flights depart from Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Denver and Los Angeles.
Southwest Flights to Central America
Southwest airports in Central America include Belize City in Belize and Liberia and San Jose in Costa Rica. My son, Timothy, and I flew to Costa Rica when he was 5 to stay at the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, and we had an amazing father-son trip.
Belize City offers three Southwest nonstop flight destinations, including Denver, Houston and Fort Lauderdale.
You can fly to Liberia from two Southwest airports—Houston and Baltimore. The three Southwest Airlines cities that fly to San Jose are Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore.
Southwest Flights to the Caribbean
In the Caribbean, there are eight different Southwest destinations to choose from. And you can take Southwest nonstop flights from multiple Southwest Airlines cities within the United States to get there.
Nassau, Bahamas, offers two Southwest nonstop cities—Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore.
When service to Cuba was announced, there were multiple cities that flew to Cuba and there were three airports in Cuba you could fly to. Now nonstop service has been reduced to flights to Havana from two Southwest locations – Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay.
Grand Cayman is a beautiful island that I took Timothy to for his Spring Break when he was 6 years old. Swimming with the stingrays at Stingray City is a must-do. Nonstop service is only available from Fort Lauderdale.
Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers more nonstop flights on the Southwest flight map. You can fly nonstop from Houston, Chicago, Baltimore, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale.
The Turks and Caicos has nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, is served by four airports—Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Chicago and Baltimore.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the first Caribbean flight I took on Southwest when they acquired AirTran. San Juan is now serviced by six Southwest locations—Houston, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Chicago and Baltimore.
Aruba is the Southwest international destination that is the furthest away from the continental United States. Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore are the three Southwest airlines cities that offer nonstop flights to Aruba.
How to Book Southwest International Flights
When you book a Southwest international flight online, it is the same process as booking a domestic flight. If you need to call to book your Southwest international destination, then customer service will transfer you to a different department that has access to those systems.
When you fly Southwest Airlines, you know you’re getting an Economy seat at an affordable price. Southwest consistently ranks among the best airlines for customer service, but the one complaint people have is not getting a good seat because they checked in too late.
If you don’t have the new Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority credit card that gives you free boarding upgrades, you can pay an extra $15 to check in earlier than everyone else. But should you buy Southwest Early Bird check-in?
There have been rumors going around the travel blogosphere for some time that Delta would be making negative changes to the Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) waiver offered by Amex cobranded credit cards. Many feared that Delta would completely eliminate the MQD waiver for top tier Diamond status. If that occurred then travelers would have been required to spending $15,000 directly on Delta flights in order to qualify for Diamond status.
There are so many frequent flyer programs out there, and determining which programs to earn miles in can be a challenge. Each program has it’s own strengths and weaknesses, both when it comes to earning miles, redeeming them and more. Fortunately, you don’t need to do all of the research to determine which miles are best for you. Below we will go into detail about the top five frequent flyer programs for flights within the US and what makes these programs the best so you can decide which program is right for you.
Those who hold a Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning credit card know the value of these precious rewards points. The flexibility to transfer the points to partner hotel and airline loyalty programs allows you to book free hotel nights and airline award tickets. However, you can also redeem points to book travel directly on the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. There are several travel redemption options available including booking hotels, cruises, rental cars, and activities, however, one redemption you should consider for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points (UR points) is to book your flights on the Chase travel portal. Here’s why.
Citi recently implemented a massive wave of changes to its flagship Prestige card. Most of these were announced last year year but did not become effective until this week. Just ahead of the July 23rd implementation, Citi announced some meager positive changes to put a positive spin on things. While most of these recent developments are barely worth mentioning, there is one legitimate bit of good news: the sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige card has gone up to 75k points.
There is no such thing as a perfect airline frequent flyer program, which is why rewards programs like Starwood Preferred Guest are so great. They allow you to transfer points to the airline of your choice when the need arises and when an award ticket you’re looking for costs less with one airline program than another. Here are a few examples of some goal-oriented transfers that can save you a great deal of miles.
American may not have been on the cusp of the inflight dining scene, but with its merger with US Airways, many changes were made for the better. American, unlike US Airways, operates both a business and first class cabin.
A lot happened in the world of frequent flyer programs this year. Not surprisingly, award chart devaluations were the norm, particularly for premium cabins. The news wasn’t all bad, though. Some redemptions actually dropped in price, and airlines and credit card issuers introduced new partnerships, giving members more redemption and transfer options.
Hawaiian Airlines’ reward program doesn’t get as much attention as some of the larger airlines, but it has some unique features that make it useful for many travelers, especially those planning a trip to Hawaii or between various Hawaiian Islands. Let’s take a look at Hawaiian’s award chart, award booking process and ways to rack up Hawaiian miles yo help you get familiar with the Hawaiian carrier.
When United recently overhauled its award ticket rules this past summer many saw it as a massive devaluation. United had relatively friendly award routing rules that allowed one stopover and two open jaws on roundtrip award tickets.Those rules are gone now though and have been replaced by the “Excursionist Perk,” which is essentially a free segment on an international itinerary. It comes with new rules. We bring you workarounds. Read on.
Earlier this year American Airlines made the latest copycat move in the world of frequent flyer program devaluations when they announced the addition of an Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) requirement beginning in 2017. EDQ requirements mean that you must spend a certain amount of money with the airline in addition to flying a certain number of miles or segments to qualify for elite status.
Allegiant Air’s reward program, myAllegiant, is a bit unusual. You can’t earn points by flying and the airline doesn’t offer elite status. In fact, the carrier’s gone out of its way to say that its program is for “infrequent flyers.”
Allegiant Air is a Las Vegas-based carrier that primarily focuses on holiday travel and smaller regional airports. With its current fleet of 81 aircraft, the airline serves 117 destinations with both scheduled and charter flights. Tickets are typically cheap, making the carrier a good budget option if you happen to live in an area it serves.
The dust has settled from United Airlines’ new award booking rules which went into effect on October 6. While the news was worse than originally thought, there are some tricks that allow for creative award routings. In United’s zeal to create a mechanical computer-dependent system, it seems they did not program in enough rules to prevent travelers from hopping around the globe with complex itineraries that provide tons of value for MileagePlus members.
Anytime an airline announces changes to their award program, the changes are usually worse than the airline tries to make them sound. In August, United announced major changes to award booking rules as well as to their online booking engine. These changes became effective last week on October 6 and now that we have had some time to test out the new booking engine, we can confirm the devaluation is worse than expected and that United’s original announcement was a bit deceptive.
Chase Ultimate Rewards is a great program with many fans. Just like the American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou programs, Ultimate Rewards offer multiple ways to redeem points. It is the only program that allows easy cash redemption at 100:1, but it mostly shines on travel redemptions.
If you like to travel, you might want to avoid some common mistakes in order to stretch your dollars. These mistakes are easy to make because the Ultimate Rewards earning structure is a bit complicated.
Have your hopes for a dream vacation ever been ruined by a lack of airline award availability? Do you have miles in a bunch of different programs but not enough in any particular one to book an award? Do you find yourself confused by complicated airline award charts and routing rules? There is a great way to add simplicity and flexibility to your travel rewards portfolio: fixed value points.