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This is part of the reader question posts that I started last week. You can view more reader questions here. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question you’d like answered.
This isn’t a reader question per se, but instead a comment I received in a post last week when I wrote about the Southwest fare sale going on at the time. It was a valid comment that I am sure many people are wondering when a Southwest flight price decreases and you want to get your points or money back on the fare difference.
The comment suggested:
“Book your [Southwest] RT award/paid travel on SW always as OW legs. That way, one can change flights one leg at a time to take advantage of sales fares. And sometimes better fares might become available on one leg only, the other going up or staying the same.”
However, with Southwest, you can get the fare difference back in the form of points or a voucher regardless if you booked your flight as a roundtrip or two one-ways! But I absolutely understand this misconception many readers might have.
So let’s say you booked a roundtrip with Southwest and only one way went down in price. You go about pretty much the same process as I described in this detailed post, but in Step 2 when you click the checkbox in the “Select Flights To Change” process you only select the checkbox for the leg of the flight that went down in price. You leave the other leg unchecked. This will then allow you to go ahead and change just one way of your flight leaving the other way unchanged.
Additionally with Southwest, if you book a roundtrip flight and need to cancel one of the ways you can do that as well! The only disadvantage of booking as a roundtrip is that you will need to call Southwest reservations to cancel. You cannot cancel just one way of a roundtrip itinerary online.
You can learn more about the Southwest Rapid Rewards program in this series:
- Southwest Credit Card 50,000 Point Offer
- Earning and Redeeming Southwest Rapid Reward Points
- Earning Status with Southwest and the Benefits
- Changing and Canceling a Southwest Ticket
- Earning the Southwest Companion Pass
- Converting Southwest Credits to Free Flights
- Transferring Points to Southwest
- Transferring Points/Credits between AirTran and Southwest
- Extending the Life of Free Flights from Rapid Reward 1.0 Program
- Booking Southwest Flights with Chase Ultimate Reward Points
- Canceling a Flight Booked with Points
- Changing a Flight if Booked as a Roundtrip
- Getting Money Back if the Flight Goes Down in Price