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In addition to the JetBlue sale I just wrote about this morning, Southwest is also having a fare sale for flights flown between October 30, 2018 through March 6, 2019 – but do not expect to find any good deals during towards the end of December and beginning of January with this sale! This sale is advertising flights to be between $42 and $99, although I wasn’t able to find any discounted fares for some routes I am tracking. With fare sales I always double check flights that I’ve already booked to see if the price has gone down. I know many readers have been able to get a bunch of points back on flights previously booked during these fare sales! It’s also a good opportunity to look into flights that you’ve been meaning to book. This sale goes through end of day October 25th, but the better fares will be gone sooner then later – so book now!
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 reversed back to their more generous policy when changing a flight for flights BOOKED after October 10th. You can learn more about this here. But essentially if you…
- Paid for the flight (non-refundable fare)… 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.
- Paid for the flight (refundable fare)… You will receive the difference in fare price back to the credit card used to pay for the flight.
- Booked your flight using points… The difference in points will go back into your account immediately. Although, if you booked prior to October 10th, 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?