Update: Southwest will begin flying the following routes on 11/15:
- Miami to/from Baltimore (5 daily nonstops)
- Miami to/from Chicago/MDW (1 daily nonstop)
- Miami to/from Houston/HOU (4 daily nonstops)
- Miami to/from Tampa (3 daily nonstops)
- Palm Springs to/from Denver (1 daily nonstop)
- Palm Springs to/from Oakland (2 daily nonstops)
- Palm Springs to/from Phoenix (3 daily nonstops)
Don’t forget that you can currently get systemwide free changes with no fare difference and you can transfer points from Chase with a 20% bonus!
Originally posted on 9/3:
Southwest announced today that they will add year-round flights to Miami and Palm Springs in 2020.
This will be the first time that Southwest has operated to those airports, though they do fly to nearby Fort Lauderdale and Ontario, CA.
Palm Springs is a great winter destination, but flights can be pricey. The Southwest effect should help with that.
Southwest will announce which cities they will fly to Miami and Palm Springs at a later date. Which routes do you think they will fly?
This winter’s route map for many airlines will be heavily focused on point to point flights to warm spots instead of hub flights. The hub model is catered towards lucrative business passengers, but business travel is expected to recover much slower than leisure travel, so airlines have been racing to add more flights to leisure destinations.
Previously, JetBlue added dozens of new flight routes to California and Florida and then United added many Florida flights as well. American is also adding nonstop flights like JFK, Austin, and Sacramento to Los Cabos and Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham and S. Louis to Cancun.
I wrote previously about JetBlue shifting their Long Beach, CA operations to LAX starting on 10/7.
Long Beach is a slot controlled airport, so their abandoned slots were offered to other airlines. Southwest has won all 17 of JetBlue’s slots there and will have a major presence in Long Beach with 34 total slots, compared to 12 for Delta, 3 for American, and 2 for Hawaiian. Each slot allows for one daily takeoff and landing.
Will you fly Southwest to Long Beach, Miami, or Palm Springs?