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I Saved Almost 50% On My Southwest Ticket – Cheaper Than the Best Southwest Sale!

Written by Charlie

How I recently rebooked a Southwest reservation and saved almost 50%! Not only that, but it was a reservation that I had from a previous, great sale!

One of the great things about Southwest is the ability to cancel or change award and revenue tickets without penalty. I have used this many times but this recent time, I saved almost 50% on a ticket I booked during last week’s great sale!

I Saved Almost 50% On My Southwest Ticket from the Best Southwest Sale

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I saved almost 50% on a reservation from a past great sale!

Overview On Changing or Cancelling with Southwest

Southwest allows you to cancel a reservation up to 10 minutes before departure! That is extremely generous and something that can be very helpful. If you cancel a ticket that was redeemed with points, you will get the points and taxes back as a refund. If you bought the ticket with cash, it will be returned as credit for future purchases (to be redeemed within a year from the time the ticket was first booked).

Cheaper Than the Great $49 Sale!

Last week, we saw the great $49 and up sale that Southwest runs a couple of times per year and it certainly was a great sale! But, it does pay to check those reservations against other sales that pop up later! I booked a ticket out of Orlando during that sale and had it for 10,000 points.

Cheaper by Almost 50%

Yesterday’s sale came (and is still around) and I decided to check again just to see. Imagine my surprise when I found the same flight was now available for almost 50% less in points! I quickly rebooked and had almost 4,000 points put back in my account.

I checked some other city pairs from last week’s sale as well and found many of them lower as well. What does this say? Always check your Southwest reservations against each sale no matter how good of a price you originally got! It is always nice to get some points or money back and these sales can have different prices on city pairs so check them out!

So, check your existing reservations. This current sale will be around for a while and it is a great time to get some points or money back.

Have you used the recent Southwest sales to save on existing reservations?

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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 for this. Yes, in a previous but also recent SW sale I was able to save $50 on the outbound segment of my trip to D.C. late this month for Marine Corps Marathon. No such luck on the return, but I’m happy with the $50 and especially with how easy SW makes it to change.

  • does this work with the companion pass? If so, how? Its always errors out on me when I’ve tried online. Is the only solution to call in?

  • If you cancel your reservation and rebook it, wouldnt you risk the chance of losing a seat on the flight?

  • I do this frequently, but lately, the sales have been so great! I used to get excited to save 1,000 points or even $30 on a paid flight, but recently, we were able to save several thousand points on booked tickets for my wife and well over $100 on a booked ticket for me. Love it…so easy and so quick.