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Southwest's First International Routes to the Caribbean Have Taken Off

July 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | ()

Southwest officially began its much anticipated service outside of U.S. borders yesterday to three destinations in the Caribbean, taking over AirTran's former routes to the Bahamas, Aruba, and Jamaica from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando.

Later this year, flights to Mexico City will begin on August 10th and to Punta Cana on November 2nd. The new routes come as part of Southwest's acquisition of AirTran, and the plan is to eventually serve 96 destinations in six countries. We're sure other nonstop flights will also be announced to the Caribbean and Mexico as things progress.

This is great news for anyone who has been sitting on a load of Southwest Rapid Rewards Points. From BWI to Montego Bay, for example, we found flights for as low as $189 or 8,000 points one way (plus $49 in international taxes and fees when booking with points). The competition should also help lower the prices of other airlines flying direct from those cities. For the same dates of travel, a quick search revealed that Southwest was about $25 cheaper than U.S. Airways for a roundtrip ticket from BWI to Montego Bay.

If you're planning a Caribbean or Mexican jaunt next winter, head over to Southwest.com and start playing around with some dates.

[Photo: Southwest]

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