Southwest just announced a pretty awesome Southwest fare sale for flights flown between Oct. 29, 2019 and March 6, 2020. With low fares starting as low as $49 one-way this is the perfect opportunity to fly on a good deal. This particular sale ends in just three days on Oct. 17, 2019 so you’ll want to start locking in flights now.
The best way to get a good fare is to have some flexibility in your schedule. For example, if you are still looking for December holiday vacation flights, this fare sale might not help you out much. But, if you can move your dates a few days before or after, you might have some luck. This is also a good opportunity to book a random weekend getaway or some long holiday weekends when the kids are out of school.
Whenever a new Southwest fare sale is announced I ALWAYS double check flights that I’ve already booked. With Southwest, if the price does go down you can get your points back or a credit to use towards a future flight. In the past, I have personally been able to get a ton of points back on upcoming reservations and I know many readers have as well. It’s also a good opportunity to look into flights that you’ve been meaning to book.
Fare Went Down in Price?
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….” 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 you used to pay for the flight.
- Booked your flight using points… The difference in points will go back into your account immediately. 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. For example, just a few weeks ago (with the previous fare sale), I was able to get back over 13,000 Rapid Reward points on an upcoming flight. That is huge and worth close to $200! I’ll happily take back those extra points spent for just a few minutes of work.
Southwest Airlines Fare Sale Pricing
I was able to find incredibly low $49 fares on many flights between Baltimore (BWI) and Denver (DEN). To fly almost across the country for less then $50 is a great deal — especially during ski season! (You can even fly out west this month as Colorado mountains are already open!)
Or for those that are taking full use of Southwest expanding their Hawaii service, you can fly for just $39 between many of the islands! Or just 2,105 Rapid Reward points!
Remember, Southwest fare sales can also be combined with the Southwest Companion Pass. If you are wondering how you can fly 2-for-1 with the Southwest Companion Pass, right now the Southwest credit cards are offering up to 80,000 Rapid Reward points as their welcome offer. Fortunately, the bonus points earned count towards the number of points needed. This is a great way to get a jump start on earning the pass. I’ve personally have had the Companion Pass for 11 years and have saved tens of thousands of dollars on travel. Note: The Southwest Credit Card offers are expiring Oct. 16!
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, an additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months of account opening. ($69 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, an additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months of account opening. ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, an additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months of account opening. ($149 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier Credit Card: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card: Earn 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months. ($199 annual fee)
I actually found many routes offering decently low fares, so definitely do not delay. I love that I can book Southwest flights now with my points and cancel later with no fees if need be.
Anyone able to find a good flight for a future trip or get points back on an existing reservation?
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