New Southwest Routes include San Diego and Cabo
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On Monday, Southwest Airlines announced a significant increase in flights to Californian cities — 19 new nonstop routes from San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento.

Beginning in March 2018, travelers will be able to book flights between Sacramento and San Jose to Cabo San Lucas, for example, as well as flights between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta.

New service will also be established between Cancun and the cities of Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans, Louisiana. These flights, which are still subject to necessary government approvals, will be seasonal, and operate on Saturdays.

By early May, all of the other newly announced routes will be in service. Expect daily, nonstop service between San Jose and Spokane, Houston, St. Louis, Orlando, and Boise; as well as flights between Sacramento and Austin, St. Louis, and Orlando. There will also be new flights between San Francisco and Austin.

Even Florida is getting more attention from Southwest, with three new daily flights between Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale.

Look out for low fares (particularly on returning seasonal routes) for flights available between now and June 1, 2018.

Travelers should note that Southwest doesn’t charge for either carry-on or checked bags, permitting passengers to bring two checked bags, a personal item, and a carry-on for no extra cost. This passenger-friendly policy is just one of the reason it’s one of the country’s best-loved airlines.