A few days ago I wrote about Southwest’s 3-day sale with fares starting at $49, $79, $99, or $129 one-way. Typically with these Southwest sales, the further the distance, the more expensive the flight. Today is the last day of the sale so this is a reminder to check the Southwest flight for two reasons: 1) If you are looking to book a Southwest flight go check to see if there are competitive fares, and 2) If you already have a Southwest flight booked, go check to see if the fare went down! This type of fare sale typically presents some of the cheapest fares you’ll see so you definitely do not want to miss out!
This sale is for travel November 28 through December 19, 2018 and January 3 through February 13, 2019. Some markets have slightly different travel dates as well. And for some odd reason, fares to Orange County are not participating in this sale!
Remember, 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. A few weeks ago I was actually able to get over 50,000 Southwest points back during a fare sale! So definitely do not discount seeing if your price dropped. 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, earlier this year Southwest 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 here. 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. 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?