Back in May, Southwest ran one of my favorite sales where flights prices were discounted based on distance, the shorter the flight, the cheaper the price. This sale was for summer travel only. But now that Southwest has extended their booking schedule through January 6, 2019, the sale is back to allow you to book these discounted flights for travel August 31 through December 12, 2018. With this sale, you can book flights for “as low as” $49, $79, $99, or $129.
Southwest runs these types of offers a few times a year, but unfortunately the past few years have been at a “as low as” price, not a fixed price like it used to be. I definitely missed the fixed priced years, that was when you’d be able to get some awesome fares, although you should still see some good discounts now as well. This sale goes through Thursday June 7th, and some of the better fares will sell out sooner then later. With these types of fare sales I typically see other airlines matching prices as well, so it might also be a good opportunity to get a cheaper fare on another airline if that flight works better for you.
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. 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?