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New Southwest Sale – Save Even On Current Reservations

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Written by Charlie

A new Southwest sale is here for travel into 2017. You can even save cash or points on bookings you already made – for free!

Apologies – this sale started yesterday but I was on a computer without a VPN and Southwest continues their crazy practice of blocking from many international points! C’mon, Southwest, fix this for your customers!!!

New Southwest Sale

This new Southwest sale is different from some of their last ones. Instead of lasting for a couple of weeks, this one is only through tomorrow (September 29). That means you need to get booking if you want to get a deal!

New Southwest Sale Details:

  • Book from September 27 through September 29, 2016, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Travel by (domestically) October 11, 2016 through March 8, 2017
  • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid October 11 through December 8, 2016, and January 17 through March 2, 2017
  • International travel valid October 11 through December 13, 2016, and January 10 through March 2, 2017.
  • Domestic and San Juan, Puerto Rico travel blacked out November 22-23, November 26-28, December 21-23, December 26, 2016 and January 1-2, 2017.
  • Domestic travel is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Travel to Florida and Nevada and from Florida to Nevada is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Florida and Nevada and from Nevada to Florida is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid Monday – Thursday.
  • International travel is valid Monday – Thursday. Travel to Cancun, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Cancun, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel to/from Mexico City; Liberia, Costa Rica and San Jose, Costa Rica is valid daily.
  • Fares valid on nonstop service only
  • Sale Link

As usual, this sale can be booked using cash or points.

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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.


While this is certainly not their great sale, it is a good time to check your reservations already booked. 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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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • What you fail to consider for those who have already booked, while you can rebook if it is vheaper, if you paid for Early Bird boarding, which any sane oerson who is not A-List does, you lose that benefit as it is non-refundable

    • I’m getting to be a smart flier. I have chronic Ken pain. When I ET ready to board I let them know I need to keep y leg stretched out. They let me pregnant before everyone else.I also have a wheelchair because I can’t walk far.

  • If you originally booked wanna get away fares, they give you a credit for the difference. This sometimes becomes a pain when my credit is only a few dollars and I can only use 3 credits for a new flight. When you fly weekly, like I do I have to check over 20 flights each time they have a sale like this and keep track of credit codes. Wish they automatically kept track and applied codes (in order of expiration date) on their site when purchasing new tickets as it starts to become a part time job in itself to keep up if you’re getting”the best deal.”