Airlines Discounting Prices to Match Southwest Sale!

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Earlier this week I broke the news of a great Southwest sale where many routes were pricing out at $49, $99, $129, and $149 each way. This is a sale that usually happens twice a year and is typically one of the better Southwest sales all around.

Southwest Sale

While I love a good Southwest fare sale, I also love when other airlines start to match prices. In my post the other days, I speculated that this would happen, but would most likely take a day or two. And that is exactly what happened! Thanks to Mommy Points and TravelSkills for pointing out that other many of the airlines have discounted their flights on routes that compete with Southwest. So if you are looking at a route that has multiple airline options, I suggest taking a look to see which one is cheaper (or if there is another airline you prefer over Southwest).

Also, the Southwest sale ends tonight which most likely means come tomorrow, prices will be higher on not just Southwest but competing airlines as well. Remember, if you already have a Southwest flight booked, it is worth looking into to see if the price has gone down. You can read this post “If a Southwest Flight Goes Down in Price…” to get the full step-by-step directions on how to get your money/points back:

  • Paid Flight: If you paid for your 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.
  • Using Points: If you 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!

And remember, with Southwest there is no penalty for canceling or changing a ticket. So if you have a lot of points currently in your account, you can book speculatively and cancel later for no fee!  This post “Changing a or Canceling a Southwest Ticket” goes through all the scenarios depending on your payment method for the flight.

Were you able to grab any cheap Southwest flights or another airline matching the fare sale? If so, enjoy!

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  1. the site has been down for 24 hours and is still down, the sale has been extended 24 hours. as of about an hour ago I was able to search for an itinerary however I am still unable to log into my account.

    The message from southwest indicated that the site crashed. The site was actually inaccessible for 24 hours including the mobile App.

    • @ron – they did sent out an email about it, although i wrote about it on the blog way before the email came.

  2. Two questions:
    1) when is the other time of year that this fare usually hits?
    2) if you book now, and there’s another fare sale between now and that flight, is there a maximum amount of time between when you booked and the sale that you’ll get the refund? For example, if you book 6 months in advance and the fare/points drops 1 month in advance, is having booked 6 months ago way too long ago to get a refund in difference?

    Thanks 🙂

    • @star – Great questions! 1) There doesn’t seem to be a set time, but typically in the Fall if I remember correctly. 2) You can re-price your flight AS MANY TIMES as you want! That is what is so great. If you book today and it goes down in price, you can get the difference back in a voucher (or if used points back into your account). And if in a week after that it goes down again, you can do the same thing. You can re-price up to the day the flight departs!

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