Southwest Fare Sale – Flights Starting at $73

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Southwest is currently having a sale where flights start “as low as $73″. While fare sales are great, the “as low as” part always gets me. With fare sales I always double check flights that I’ve already booked to see if the price has gone down. It’s also a good opportunity to look into flights that you’ve been meaning to book. Also, with this particular fare sale, a few readers have emailed me saying they were able to re-book flights and save 9,000 points!

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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. 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.


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  1. Great how Southwest lets you re-book and save money.

    HOWEVER… when you get your refund, as mentioned, the refund amount is tied to the original confirmation number. If you lose track of this number you are SOL.

    You can’t go into your account and see how much credit you have lying around to apply to future flights. If you have had 3 flights re-booked and saved money on all 3, better keep track of all those confirmation numbers. Especially if this happens over a period of many months. There is no way to see online what “credits” you have available.

  2. Bait and Switch and Deceptive! I got on Southwest site as soon as I saw ad on TV. Nothing at all on line about it and when i tried to checkout it was a regular price. I didn’t book.

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