Here we are, another Tuesday and another Southwest sale. While these may never come as a surprise, they are always good reminders to check the award calendar for cheap flights and to check on your existing reservations to save money or points on those.
New Southwest Sale from $49 – For Travel Through May 2017
Link: New Southwest Sale
- Purchase from November 22 through December 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.
- Domestic travel valid November 29, 2016, through May 8, 2017.
- Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid from January 17 through March 2, 2017 and April 18 – May 8, 2017.
- Domestic travel blacked out December 21-23, December 26, 2016 and January 1-2, 2017.
- Domestic travel is not valid on Friday and Sunday.
- See more details here
Southwest not only has some good deals again this time around, but they also have some information for those of you traveling with your skis for some winter outdoor sports. “Snow ski equipment includes: one pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles, and one pair of ski/snowboard boots encased in a container(s) acceptable to Carrier. When submitting ski equipment for one free bag, Southwest Airlines allows up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and snow boots) to count as one item, even if they are packed and tagged separately.” Not being a skier, I cannot comment on the other airlines’ policies but this seems pretty generous if I recall what I have seen!
Check Your Reservations to Save Money/Points!
The real benefit of these sales is for you to check your existing Southwest reservation and see if the fare is any cheaper right now. This is very common because many people will book as far out as they can when the schedule opens to ensure they have the flight. Then, with Southwest’s generous cancellation/change policy, you can make changes to the reservation and always make sure you are booked at the lowest price.
Cancellation and Change Policy
If you have already booked your tickets in the past, you can still take advantage of the sale. Southwest has the best cancellation/rebooking policy of the US airlines. Basically, as long as you cancel by 10 minutes before the flight, you get the points back in your account for free and with no penalty. That means you are free to make any changes you want without any problems or loss of points or cash!
Check Your Already-Booked Reservations For Price Difference
So, now is the time to search for your tickets within this sale and see if you have a better price available now than when you had booked it. If the price has dropped, you simply select to change the flight and look at the same dates and flights again. Once you go through and confirm, you will receive a refund of the difference in miles and the cash for the taxes will be transferred for the new ticket.
In 1 Minute, You Can Have Your Points Back!
The whole process takes less than 60 seconds and you could save a lot of money or points! If you had booked your ticket in the past using cash, you will receive a refund in the form of a credit that is usable for 1 year from the time you originally booked the ticket. If you booked it with points, you will receive the points back in your account for the difference.
It is a great time to lock in reservations now and then you can always change later (for free) if the dates or travel no longer suits you. If you booked a while ago, you will have a decent shot at getting some money/points back with this sale. That is always a good thing and a great reason to shop with Southwest.
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