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Between October 14th and November 21st you’ll receive double points on ALL Southwest flights you take! While this is a great promotion, the one kicker is that you must have registered for the promotion PRIOR to booking your flight. Now, if you’ve already booked your flight and the price has not increased, you can cancel your flight and re-book – just make sure to not change the flight (instead cancel and re-book) as you will need a new reservation number to trigger the promotion. If your flight has gone up 10% than the bonus points earned you will break even. If the flight has gone up less than 10% in price, you will earn more bonus points than the amount extra paid, but it is up to you if it is worth it.
With this promotion you will earn the following points:
- Wanna Get Away Fares: 12 points per dollar spent (instead of 6 points)
- Anytime Fares: 20 points per dollar spent (instead of 10 points)
- Business Select Fares: 24 points per dollar spent (instead of 12 points)
Unfortunately, the bonus points earned will not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, and Companion Pass qualification. During this time, the total points earned from a Wanna Get Away fare can be thought of as a 20% rebate towards future travel (although the number of points to redeem free flights is going up in March). If you were contemplating using points for future travel instead of paying for the flight, I’d suggest paying for it. Keep in mind though you will not have the same perks if you need to cancel the flight or if the cost of the flight goes down in price.
Make sure to register now!