Southwest Fare Sale

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REMINDER: Today is the last day for Southwest’s fare sale. While they have sales quite often, I personally was able to find already booked flights for a lot cheaper and get points back. Many commented that they were able to do the same!

Southwest is currently having a sale where flights start “as low as $69”. While fare sales are great the “as low as” part always gets me. While I do not always trust these sales as many times they are a marketing ploy (in my opinion), I always double check flights that I’ve already booked to see if the price has gone down.

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With this fare sale, a flight I already have booked to Florida actually went down in price from $119 to $109. Of course I booked on points, so I was able to rebook my flight and get 558 points credited back to my account.

If you already have a Southwest flight already booked for a flight that decreased in price, you can get back the difference with no change fees:

  • For paid flights, 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.
  • For flights booked with points, the difference in points will go back into your account. You can re-book your original flight online to get this voucher/point difference credited – no phone call is needed.


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  1. Definitely worth looking into. Yesterday I canceled and rebooked a flight because I found it over 1000 points cheaper. I also found a paid flight for a little cheaper so I called SW and they gave me the difference in credit to apply to a future flight. Another flight I had booked had gone up about 5000 points, but it definitely helps to look.

  2. These fares are so tempting! I really want to book a last minute vacation.

    I know they run these types of fare sales fairly often, but is this usually the standard rate drop?


  3. The diff comes with a change in how SW calculates points earnings and redemptions. You no longer earn points on taxes and fees. So that might explain some of it.

  4. I have yet to do it, but to rebook do you just cancel your current award flight (miles get redeposited back to your account automatically) then just rebook the cheaper award? Or do you have to call Southwest CSR for the difference?

    • @Jonathan – If you made your original reservation online all you have to do is go in and select the change reservation option. Go ahead and select the same exact flights. If the flights went down in price it will show a credit and those points will be deposited back into your account.

  5. I booked a flight for someone else using my points, and I tried to rebook it online (the price dropped), but I don’t see any evidence of the flight that I booked ( other than the deducted miles). Am I missing something or do I need to call in?

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