New Southwest Sale – Time to Save Money/Points on New & Existing Reservations!

new Southwest Sale
Written by Charlie

A new Southwest sale has posted for this morning. While this new Southwest sale is not nearly as great as the $49 ones that they run a few times a year, it is still a time to save money and points on new and existing reservations.

New Southwest Sale

new Southwest Sale

Save money and points on new and existing reservations!


  • Book by August 4, 2016 for:
  • Travel by (domestically) August 23, 2016 through December 20, 2016, and January 5, 2017 through February 15, 2017.
  • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid September 7, 2016 through December 8, 2016.
  • International travel August 23, 2016 through December 13, 2016.
  • Domestic travel is not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
  • Travel to Florida and Nevada is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays.
  • Travel from Florida and Nevada is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid only on Monday – Thursday.
  • International travel is valid only on 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.

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 a 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.


  • Thanks! 1 leg of my journey in November dropped from 7500 points to 6000 points, so for 3 tickets, that was an easy 4500 points. One question – when you have a companion pass associated with the ticket, this process seems to be a bit of a pain. It seems like the system makes me cancel the companion ticket, wait about 5 minutes for the system to refresh, rebook the regular ticket to get the point differential, then rebook the companion ticket. Still not “hard” per se, but much more of a pain then when there isn’t a companion associated with it.

    Is my process how it *has* to work, or is there a more efficient way?

  • Thank you for this reminder—rebooked my Thanksgiving weekend trip and got back more than 4000 RR points.

    I’ve run into the same issue. Calling in bypasses the online delay, but the wait times can sometimes more than make up for whatever time savings you get. Six of one, half a dozen of the other, as they say.