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Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

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Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

Just passing along some flight info.

(Not sure what it means on their site when it says, MEXICO HAS NOT APPROVED YET)

""Southwest Airlines will begin flying its own planes to two more international destinations, saying that it will add service to the Mexican resort cities of Cancun and Cabo San Lucas on Aug. 10.

Southwest is essentially converting some routes flown by its AirTran subsidiary into its own, part of a move that Southwest billed as "the next phase of its international service."

To Cancun, Southwest will launch nonstop service from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington and Milwaukee. The latter route will be Saturday-only.

To Cabo San Lucas, Southwest will convert AirTran's service into its own on the route out of Orange County, Calif.

TODAY IN THE SKY: Southwest to fly to Aruba, Jamaica and Bahamas in July (Jan, 27, 2014)

USA TODAY: Southwest announces first international flights (Jan. 27, 2014)

Also on Aug. 10, Southwest will add a Saturday-only route on its own planes between Atlanta and Nassau in the Bahamas.

The new routes follow Southwest's January announcement that it would begin serving Aruba, Jamaica and the Bahamas on July 1, giving the carrier its first ever international routes flown on its own aircraft.

Southwest had stepped into the international market via its subsidiary AirTran, but it has yet to fly its own Southwest-branded planes to destinations outside the United States.

ARCHIVES: Southwest announces which AirTran cities 'make the cut' (January 2012)

One of the chief reasons for that has been Southwest's reservation system, which lacks the capability to handle international itineraries.

Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011, a move that was in part meant to pave the way for Southwest's international debut. It took longer for Southwest to launch that initiative than many predicted, but the effort is now picking up steam.

Two other international routes will convert to Southwest-operated service in the fall.

Starting Oct. 7, Southwest will begin operating its own aircraft on a daily nonstop route between Denver and Cancun. On the same day, Southwest will begin flying its own planes to Cabo San Lucas with a Saturday-only schedule.""

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21. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

In case anyone is interested, I emailed Southwest @ the flights still waiting for government approval and this is what they said:

"It is just a legality with the government. If it happens the government does not approve, which we do not foresee, then the flight would just be listed as Airtran instead of Southwest.

You can go ahead and make the reservation though. Please let us know if we can assist you with other questions.

Feel free to contact our Customer Service specialists also at 1-800-243-8372"

SO - if you want to book from Denver, go ahead, first day you can is Oct 7th.

you also get TWO FREE BAGS with Southwest!!

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22. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

kemss,

Thank you very much for reaching out to Southwest and having them specifically clarify this. We have flights booked through them in October out of Baltimore and was wondering how this was going to be handled if for some reason it was not approved. Got a great deal.

You beat me to the punch... :)

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23. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

Jette- yes AA flights to Mexico out of DFW are stupid high right now. I'm not sure if you've ever priced out Puerto Vallarta but I got $740 per ticket a few days ago. It blows my mind that states that are hundreds or thousands of miles further away requiring more fuel and resources are cheaper than from DFW. I wish I knew more of the ins and outs of how pricing works. I got excited when I saw a great trip to the Valentin Imperial Maya for $529/pp until I realized that was from Ft. Lauderdale...plugging in DFW almost doubled the price.

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24. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

I agree. The AA flights are so ridiculous to CUN right now. Very frustrating! I typically choose the Sun Country charter but they cut their flight schedule in the fall and we are really limited to our dates so if we do get a trip it may have to be AA.

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25. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

We were able to get flights in September from Manchester, NH to CUN for $279 round-trip. I did note that if my brother got on our connecting flight at BWI and flew to CUN with us, he'd pay over $400.

I was initially excited to think what Southwest's terminal at HOU might mean, but then realized that I can't get to Houston on Southwest non-stop from here anyway, and I'm not going to do a 2-stop flight .

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26. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

Does anyone know which terminal Southwest is in at CUN?

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27. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

Southwest is located in terminal 2 at CUN airport

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28. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

Thank you Tpuente.

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29. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

I checked out Southwest for fares to cancun out of Atlanta for May. They give me a decent rate down there but a much higher rate on the return trip. Also Southwest does not participate in flight search engines like Kayak. They make you go to their website for flight quotes. Other airlines give you one price for round trip not two prices for each way. Am I wrong or missing something.

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30. Re: Southwest will begin flying to Mexico...

We flew Southwest from Tucson to Cancun (via Denver) last month. Round trip was under $500 per person during highest of "high season", about $200 less than either United or American, and we had the option of TWO free CHECKED bags, a real advantage considering my partner now takes his own scuba equipment... We're planning another trip down to Akumal in July to experience the sea turtle nesting/hatching overlap and will probably fly Southwest again...