Southwest Fare Sale for Early Birds and Night Owls

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Southwest just announced a very interesting sale where they are discounting their flights that take place before 7am or after 7pm. Those that do not mind flying super early in the morning or late in the evening can possibly find a great deal! This sale is for flights booked through August 27, 2017, for travel September 12, 2017 through February 14, 2018. For some reason, the sale does not apply to flights to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

While fare sales are great and you might be able to grab a great price, do not expect all routes to be on sale that fall within this “before 7am and after 7pm” timeframe. I personally have been monitoring flights from Boston to Cancun and they are the exact same price as they’ve been for the past 2 weeks – no sale what so ever. But you never know!

Already have a flight booked?

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….” Keep in mind though, Southwest recently changed their rules where if you “change” a flight it makes a fully refundable fare, non-refundable, so you might want to cancel and then rebook. You can learn more about this new rule hereBut 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. Although, you might want to cancel and rebook. 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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