New Southwest Airlines International Gateway

Southwest Airlines Indianapolis to Cancun
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Southwest Airlines continues to add value to their airline and their loyalty program by adding their 17th international gateway.  With this new Southwest Airlines international gateway, flights between Indianapolis and Cancun will be available on a seasonal basis.

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New Southwest Airlines International Gateway

The newest Southwest Airlines international gateway is Indianapolis, Indiana.  It will be the 17th international gateway city for Southwest Airlines, so travelers have even more options on Southwest when looking to travel to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.

As an entry into the market, the Indianapolis to Cancun route will operate on Saturdays beginning March 10, 2018.  This will be seasonal service, so I imagine that flights during the winter will not be available until the demand picks up.

With a quick search at, the inaugural direct flight from Indianapolis to Cancun in March is going for $349 or 22,854 Rapid Reward points.  For some reason, the flight a week later drops $100 to $249!

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“Our Customers’ passion for Southwest keeps us going strong in Indianapolis, and our addition of nonstop service to Cancun is another example of providing the service Customers are asking for,” said Katherine Findlay, a Southwest Airlines Vice President and executive sponsor of Indianapolis, during a news conference at Indianapolis International Airport. “The opening of our 17th international gateway comes just in time for spring break, giving travelers a quicker route to a much-needed vacation.”


More International Flights from Southwest

New service will also begin March 8, 2018, between Ft Lauderdale and Aruba.  And new nonstop service between Milwaukee and Houston will allow people make connections and escape the northern winters for the tropical weather of Belize, Cancun, and Mexico City.

Flights between Ft Lauderdale and Aruba will start at $69.  And the same low-priced $69 fares can be found between Milwaukee and Houston.  These low prices are available from March 8, 2018, through April 6, 2018, if you purchase before August 3, 2017, at 11:59 pm of the originating city.


The Bald Thoughts

Although most of these flights are applicable to me here in California, the Ft Lauderdale to Aruba flights are pretty attractive!  I can fly out to Miami and enjoy a couple days in Miami before heading down to Aruba for some Caribbean sun.

As for the Indianapolis to Cancun route, I love that Southwest continues to expand and offer more international options and destinations.  I know that Southwest will add even more routes and destinations over the next few years, so keep earning those Southwest points to redeem for some awesome vacations.

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