Happy Birthday Southwest! 3-Day Fare Sale to Save Money on New and Existing Reservations!

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To celebrate their 46th birthday, Southwest is running a  3-day sale for flights flown between August 22 through December 12, 2017. With fare sales I always double check flights that I’ve already booked to see if the price has gone down. I know many readers have been able to get a bunch of points back on flights previously booked during these fare sales! While there is no “starting at price” for this fare sale, it is alway a good opportunity to look into flights that you’ve been meaning to book. You can check out the eligible routes and prices here.

If you already have a Southwest flight booked for a flight that decreased in price, you can get back the difference with no change fees. Although Southwest changed how their system works last month, so instead of “changing”, you might want to “cancel and rebook”. You can read more about the exact process and steps to go about this with these two blog posts: “Changing and Canceling a Southwest Flight” and “If a Southwest Flight Goes Down in Price….” But essentially if you…

  • Paid for the flight… You will receive a voucher for the difference in fare price to be used one year from the date the flight was originally purchased (NOT the date the change process took place). This voucher is non-transferable. The voucher will be tied to the confirmation number of the original flight. There is NO fee for this.
  • Booked your flight using points… The difference in points will go back into your account immediately. Again, there is NO fee for this. This is why I love booking Southwest flights using points!

My favorite thing about Southwest is if you have points, you can speculatively book flights and if you need to cancel there are no fees at all! The points just go right back into the account they were booked from.

Anyone able to find a good flight for a future trip or get points back on an existing reservation?

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