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Southwest rolls out 4th fare in 2022, offering some pre-pandemic routes

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(NerdWallet) – Southwest Airlines will offer a fourth fare class in 2022, which could give passengers more choices regarding how many points they earn per flight, cancellation policy and duration. they boarded the plane.

The news was announced during the airline’s investment day showcase held on Wednesday. So far, the airline has not revealed details about the new ticket class, although it has shared that it is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2022.

Southwest currently offers three types of fares for passengers to choose from. People who are:

  • Want to leave: This is the lowest-cost Southwest fare class and it includes many of the perks the airline is famous for – like two free check-in bags and no flight change fees. Refunds for these tickets are issued as travel vouchers that can be applied to future flights.
  • Anytime: This fare is more flexible as the cost can be refunded to the original form of payment. Ticket holder also earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points with a higher rate.
  • Business options: This is the closest flight offered by the airline first class experience (current). Perks include access to airport priority security lanes (where available), early boarding, and even higher points earning rates.

It’s not clear how the new fare product will fit among the three existing products, although Southwest says it will “enhance the overall product offering to customers while increasing the benefits associated with the product. existing products ‘Wanna Get Away’, ‘Anytime’ and ‘Business Select’,” according to the Southwest presentation.

The airline also added that the new fare category is linked to other revenue-boosting initiatives on the spreadsheet for next year, including an expansion of a computer reservation system that will be designed for business travelers. .

Routes that cut southwest significantly during the pandemic but plan to add return trips that existed before the pandemic. The airline also announced on Wednesday that in April 2022 it will resume previously provided service for a period of time:

  • Dallas and Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Dallas and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Dallas and Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Houston and Milwaukee.
  • Kansas City, Missouri and Destin Beach/Fort Walton, Florida.
  • Kansas City, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Kansas City, Missouri and Pensacola, Florida.
  • Nashville, Tennessee and San Jose, California.
  • Nashville, Tennessee and Seattle.
  • Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • San Antonio and Los Angeles.

And in February 2022, Southwest will resume daily operations between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Havana. This service complements existing daily services between Tampa, Florida and Havana, which will resume in December 2021.

In April 2022, Southwest will offer new non-stop flights between:

  • Austin, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • City of San Antonio and Oklahoma.
  • Syracuse, New York and Tampa, Florida.

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