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. I was personally able to get about 8,000 points back on a flight I have booked to Costa Rica! 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. 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.