Southwest is one of the best airlines out there thanks to its extremely customer friendly policies. Southwest still offers 2 free bags for any type of fare as well as having 100% availability for redemption of its Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
I have discussed why Southwest is great for timeshare planning here.
Instead of rehashing the entire post, this is merely to inform my readers that the new scheduled has opened up as of today for travel up to January 7, 2018. This is an important schedule update since you can now book travel for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Booking with Southwest Rapid Reward Points is a fantastic option since they are fully refundable. If you have points, book now and continue to monitor the flights as Southwest will refund your points if the airfare cost goes down.
My advice is to book now and look for accommodations later. There is little risk in doing so if you are booking with points.