Southwest is currently having a fare sale for flights flown between August 21 and February 13, 2018. While fare sales are a great opportunity to look into flights that you’ve been meaning to book, for me it is many times a way to earn points back! With fare sales I always double check flights that I’ve already booked to see if the price has gone down. I personally had 2 flights go down and price and was able to re-book them both and save myself 6,266 points. That is a pretty significant number of points for about 4 minutes of extra work. This sale goes through end of day August 2nd, but the better fares will be gone sooner then later – so book now! Although aside from my two flights that went down in price, I still had many flights that stayed the same or went up, so this is by no means a ground breaking fare sale in my opinion, but still something. As I mentioned above, 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 blog posts: “Changing and Canceling a Southwest Flight”, “If a Southwest Flight Goes Down in Price….”, and “Seeing if a Southwest Flight Went Down in Price is Now a Lot Easier“. 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?