While I like to redeem miles and points for first and business class on long international flights, Southwest is by far my preferred airline for domestic flights.  However, Southwest offers international flights to many popular travel destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean so it is also a great option for shorter international flights to warm weather destinations.  Southwest’s international flight network is even more motivation to earn the Southwest companion pass.

Where Does Southwest Fly Internationally?

Southwest has suspended service to all their international destinations but they are expected to resume in June (dates vary by destination and are subject to change). I have added the dates Southwest expects to resume service below but check this link on southwest.com for the most up to date information. Southwest is now accepting reservations through October 30, 2020 so you can book flights for later this year.

For those planning future trips on Southwest following is the list of all Southwest international flight destinations:

  • Aruba (AUA)  – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Belize City, Belize (BZE) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN) – flights expected to resume on June 7
  • Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) – flights expected to resume on June 7
  • Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico (CZM) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Grand Cayman (GCM) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Havana, Cuba (HAV) – flights expected to resume on June 7
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) – flights expected to resume on June 7
  • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) – flights expected to resume on June 7
  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • San José, Costa Rica (SJO) – flights expected to resume on June 28
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) – flights currently operating

Note: Even though Puerto Rico is a US territory and is considered a domestic flight from the US, it has been included in the list because some Americans think it is an international flight. Flights to Puerto Rico are still operating and have not been suspended.

If you will be flying Southwest in the next couple of months, please note that masks are required and Southwest has changed their boarding process to encourage physical distancing.

List of All Southwest International Flight Destinations

Below is the list of all Southwest international flight destinations by country (along with a list of U.S. cities that offer non stop service). You can also view all the Southwest international destinations on www.southwest.com by using the Interactive Southwest Route Map here.
Route map of international flights on Southwest Airlines

Aruba

  • Aruba (AUA) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)

 

Bahamas

  • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) and Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

 

Belize

  • Belize City, Belize (BZE) – Nonstop service from Denver, CO (DEN), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)

 

Costa Rica

  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) and Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)
  • San José, Costa Rica (SJO) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)

 

Cuba

  • Havana, Cuba (HAV) – Nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Tampa, FL (TPA)

 

Dominican Republic

  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) – Nonstop service from Atlanta, GA (ATL), Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Chicago (Midway), IL (MDW) and St. Louis, MO (STL)

 

Grand Cayman

  • Grand Cayman (GCM) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)

 

Jamaica

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Orlando, FL (MCO), Chicago (Midway), IL (MDW) and St. Louis, MO (STL)

 

Mexico

  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN) – Nonstop service from Atlanta, GA (ATL), Austin, TX (AUS), Nashville, TN (BNA), Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Columbus, OH (CMH), Denver, CO (DEN), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Indianapolis, IN (IND), Chicago (Midway), IL (MDW), Milwaukee, WI (MKE), Pittsburgh, PA (PIT),San Antonio, TX (SAT) and St. Louis, MO (STL)
  • Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Denver, CO (DEN), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Chicago (Midway), IL (MDW), Oakland, CA (OAK), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Jose, CA (SJC), Sacramento (SMF) and Orange County/ Santa Ana, CA (SNA); service to Phoenix will start October 8, 2020
  • Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico (CZM) – Nonstop service from Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) – Non stop service from Denver, CO (DEN), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Oakland, CA (OAK) and San Diego, CA (SAN); service to Phoenix will start October 8, 2020

 

Puerto Rico

  • San Juan, PR (SJU) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Orlando, FL (MCO), Chicago (Midway), IL (MDW) and Tampa, FL (TPA)

 

Turks and Caicos

  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) – Nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) and Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

I have visited a few of these places (Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta) before flying Southwest was an option (Southwest first started offering international flights in 2014 and has been rapidly adding destinations since then). In the future, I would most likely fly Southwest if I were to return to these places or travel to another Caribbean destination on their route map.

Interested in more articles about flying Southwest Airlines? See related posts: Tips on How to Get a Good Seat on Southwest Airlines and Southwest Early Bird Check In: When It’s Worth It & When It Isn’t.

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