(EXPIRED) 10% off Southwest Gift Cards + Schedule extended + New routes


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PayPal Digital Gifts via eBay has Southwest Airlines eGift Cards on sale: buy a $150 Southwest Airlines gift card for $135. Coincidentally, Southwest has also extended their schedule for bookings through November 3, 2018 along with making some new route announcements as noted below.

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While PayPal Digital gifts no longer codes at 5x for Ink cards (See: What’s left for 5x Ink?) or 3x on the AT&T Access More card (See: Increase credit card spend and get most of it back. What still works March 2018?), a 10% discount on airfare is still solid. As a Companion Pass holder (See: Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass), I enjoy the opportunity to save a few bucks on Southwest gift cards now and then as I know they’ll get use in my household. That said, keep in mind that Wanna Get Away fares purchased with a Southwest gift card and then cancelled will qualify for a credit good for one year from the date of booking, whereas points bookings are immediately deposited to your account without restriction. Points are certainly more flexible — but I like saving a few bucks when I know plans won’t change.

As noted at the top, Southwest has extended the schedule today for bookings through November 3, 2018.

Here are new routes and seasonal updates as per the Southwest press release:

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)“This additional service continues our Purpose of getting Customers to the places that matter most to them with our friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel,” said Craig Drew, Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Air Operations who serves as Southwest’s Executive Ambassador for Phoenix. “Our Customers are looking for more options to fit their busy lifestyles, and we’re answering their demands by adding more service on the most popular routes from Sky Harbor.”

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)

New Service Begins Today
The carrier also expanded its international presence in south Florida today with previously announced new daily service between Ft. Lauderdale and Aruba. This is the 10th international destination Southwest serves on a daily basis from a new international concourse in Ft. Lauderdale.

Also beginning today, the carrier inaugurated new daily service between Milwaukee and Houston (Hobby).

This Saturday,March 10, the carrier will begin operating several previously announced nonstop routes weekly on Saturdays between:

San Jose, Calif. and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos
Sacramento, Calif. and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos
Indianapolisand Cancun (Flights operate seasonally)
Tampa, Fla.and Detroit (Flights operate seasonally)
TampaFla. and Omaha, Neb. (Flights operate seasonally)

Also March 10, the carrier will begin seasonal nonstop daily service between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta.

On Sunday, March 11, weekly service on Sundays will begin with new nonstop routes linking:

Sacramento, Calif.and New Orleans
San Diegoand El Paso, Texas

H/T: Slickdeals


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Would this qualify for AMEX Platinum airline credit?

Nick Reyes

No. Your charge would have to be directly with the airline to trigger an Amex airline credit. See this post for what works, keeping in mind that the charge would have to be directly with the airline: