Southwest and AirTran Fares Starting at $69

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Southwest and AirTran just announced another sale with fares starting at $69. While this might be nothing worthwhile to folks it is worth checking it out if you are looking to book a flight with either of these airlines. Or, if you already have a flight booked, check to see if your flight went down in price and you can get a credit back on your already purchased flight regardless of when you booked it. This sale is for travel booked by Thursday, February 28 for travel March 8 through June 8, 2013.

I’ve actually been monitoring a Southwest flight for my sister and have already been able to get points back twice thus far. Originally, the price was $160, then went down to $1451, then down again to $121. That same flight yesterday was up to $260 and now is back down to $145. Southwest flight prices change day by day in my opinion (and sometimes throughout the day), so keep on checking!

Remember, currently you can also get double Southwest points, thus resulting in a 20% return on your paid purchase. AirTran is giving double credits, but is not based on fare paid so it could be more or less of a return than what you’d get with Southwest, depends on the fare price. Both promotions end May 15.

As mentioned above, with both airlines if you book now and the flight price goes down you are able to get a credit.

  • Southwest: If you pay for your flight, you will receive a voucher for the difference to be used one year from the date the flight was purchased. This voucher is non-transferable. If you booked your flight using points, the difference in points will go back into your account. You can rebook your original flight online to get this voucher/point difference credited – no phone call is needed.
  • AirTran: For paid flights, you must call AirTran and request a credit for the difference. This voucher will be attached to the frequent fliers account who the ticket was booked for, but is fully transferable to anyone (you must just book through that FF account). The voucher expires one year from the date the flight was purchased.

Comments

  1. Even if you book a roundtrip flight with Southwest, you can have each one-way segment re-priced individually, leaving you with the same confirmation #. This worked out great for me when Southwest dropped the price of one leg of an award reservation I had.

    My general rule of thumb is to redeem points for Wanna Get Away fares (and for travel involving others, since points go back into my account if cancelled), and to pay cash for Anytime or Business fares (which naturally earn more points). However, with the double points promo, if you’re booking travel for yourself, I would recommend paying cash to earn the double points, and redeeming points in the future when there is no double points earning opportunity available.

  2. Yesterday I booked a r/t flight on Southwest and when I was paying for the earlybird checkin fee which has increased to $12.50, I discovered that one leg was actually on AirTran and there was no charge for the seat. I called for clarification because I was concerned that if I had to change the AirTran portion of the flight, I would be charged the change fee which AirTRan charges. I was told by the represenative that now that they have merged and are syncing the two, when you make a reservation you may in fact be flying on two carriers (Southwest and AirTran) if they travel the same route. However, if booking on Southwest However, the rules of the initial airlines prevails. Based on my concern, since I booked on Southwest if I have to make a change on the AirTran portion, there would not be a change fee associated other than an increase in the actual ticket. The agent was very informative and helpful and indicated that when booking it does show which airline is operating the flight. I failed to see it when booking this flight. In the future, it will be good to closely check which airlines you are actually flying on when making reservations on Southwest and AirTran. In many cases, this arrangement does offer more choices and flexiblity.

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