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Do Southwest generally have good fares when they load their flights ?

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Old Jun 17, 19, 9:38 pm
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Do Southwest generally have good fares when they load their flights ?

Ask, as have a few dozen groups(as in family groups from 2 to 8 people) from our ski club in Australia, wanting tickets such as LAX/DEN, SFO/DEN & from other LA & San Fran airports in January after January 5. Note that the flights after January 5, are to be loaded July 10. Not sure what time this occurs. Does anyone know ? Is it Dallas time ?

Anyway, do they come out with cheaper fares, straight away ? Realise that the cheapest fares might be departing at 5am or 10pm, but that's ok, it's just that many are on really tight budgets.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 10:25 pm
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Those fares are not going to move around much right after being loaded.

As to good and not good. It varies widely by market. When you look at their rate calendars, you will see rates move up and down depending on day of week - sometimes.

Since you are coming so far, let me warn you that the Denver airport is a long ways from Denver. And rental vehicles are not cheap. But ski areas west of Denver are great!
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Old Jun 17, 19, 10:41 pm
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Those fares are not going to move around much right after being loaded.

As to good and not good. It varies widely by market. When you look at their rate calendars, you will see rates move up and down depending on day of week - sometimes.

Since you are coming so far, let me warn you that the Denver airport is a long ways from Denver. And rental vehicles are not cheap. But ski areas west of Denver are great!
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Ski club members often try to fly on Tuesdays, when flights are often cheapest. We can get reasonably cheap Hertz cars through a 3rd party (cheaper than Hertz direct). Just looked and can get a 7 seater Nissan Pathfinder for around US$100 fully inclusive for a day one way. We usually drop them off at Hertz at Frisco & stay on snow as it's so cheap, often cheaper than staying in places like Frisco. We always try to jam 7 people into a 7 seater & literally tie any luggage or skis to roof of car. This way the car & fuel costs less than US$20 each way for each person.

We just got lift tickets at Copper Mt for US$37 an adult a day, with 4 kids for free. Only catch was we had to book on snow accommodations, but that wasn't expensive. From US$162 for a small apartment that sleeps up to 6 people, right near the lifts.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 11:48 pm
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Southwest isn’t really that “cheap” anymore. Extremely flexible - yes. Two free bags - yes. But not especially “cheap.”

My guess is you will find basic economy fares cheap if you look now and are somewhat flexible. No great need to wait until WN publishes the next schedule. If you see something good on DL, UA, AS, AA.... book it!
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Old Jun 18, 19, 12:09 am
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Southwest isn’t really that “cheap” anymore. Extremely flexible - yes. Two free bags - yes. But not especially “cheap.”

My guess is you will find basic economy fares cheap if you look now and are somewhat flexible. No great need to wait until WN publishes the next schedule. If you see something good on DL, UA, AS, AA.... book it!
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Presume when Southwest load their millions of seats/fares all at once, that other airlines adjust their airfares downwards, due to supply (less competition before Southwest load their flights)
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Originally Posted by spongenotbob View Post
Southwest isn’t really that “cheap” anymore. Extremely flexible - yes. Two free bags - yes. But not especially “cheap.”

My guess is you will find basic economy fares cheap if you look now and are somewhat flexible. No great need to wait until WN publishes the next schedule. If you see something good on DL, UA, AS, AA.... book it!
I think WN is going to be pretty hard to beat on something like this (I am assuming they are going to have checked bags since it is a ski club coming from Australia). If you look at the current schedule there are plenty of Tuesdays and Wednesdays with fares around $60 o/w on LAX-DEN.
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Anyway, do they come out with cheaper fares, straight away ?
On the rare occasions I've bought tickets many months in advance, I've eventually re-fared them to a lower price later as the price inevitably drops. Every time. But its not often I buy so far in advance.

There are many folks here who buy on the day the new dates go on sale though.
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I know you are already set. But there is train from the west coast to Denver. Takes 2 days though. But, it does have a stop at Winter Park Ski Resort.

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Old Jun 18, 19, 8:43 pm
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Presume when Southwest load their millions of seats/fares all at once, that other airlines adjust their airfares downwards, due to supply (less competition before Southwest load their flights)
Generally, no. The airlines are all well-familiar with this dance, and WN often doesn't load the cheapest fare buckets on day 1. Once in a while you can find a great deal on the day of the schedule release but I'd say that happens less than 30% of the time.

Regardless, WN normally releases the new schedule around 6 AM "Herb time"; i..e CST in the US. Good luck!
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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:25 pm
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just looked up Southwest & they seem to have changed their flight loading date from 10 July to 15 August

from WN website below.

Does this happen often ?

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We are currently accepting air reservations through January 5, 2020. On August 15, 2019 we will open our schedule for sale through March 6, 2020. This date is subject to change! Please check back frequently.
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It will keep happening until the MAX8s start flying.
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Originally Posted by OZFLYER86 View Post
just looked up Southwest & they seem to have changed their flight loading date from 10 July to 15 August

from WN website below.

Does this happen often ?

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We are currently accepting air reservations through January 5, 2020. On August 15, 2019 we will open our schedule for sale through March 6, 2020. This date is subject to change! Please check back frequently.
It is pretty common for that date to fluctuate by a few weeks.
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I would not bother as IME the past few years the fares are always very high when schedule is released. That being said we usually fly WN to SLC as the midweek (and Saturday) fares are almost impossible to beat and they don't charge extra for all the checked ski equipment. DEN is more competitive, and of course WN does not fly to ASE, EGE, etc. WN is also a good option for RNO if you want to ski Lake Tahoe.

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I know you are already set. But there is train from the west coast to Denver. Takes 2 days though. But, it does have a stop at Winter Park Ski Resort.
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Having taken the train 2x now I would highly recommend against it. Plane is 2 hours and far cheaper. And I could not sleep on train - it was more noisy and bumpy than bad turbulence on a plane.
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