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Southwest On Sale

Southwest On Sale
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Southwest is having a sale through Thursday, October 4, 2019. Read on to find out how to take advantage of this sale.

Book Early

While the fares will stay the same throughout this sale, your specific flight could sell out its Wanna Get Away seats. You can see all of the routes and restrictions on the sale page. If you need more convincing to fly with Southwest, check out my Fly Southwest article.

Using the Low Fare Calendar

Since sale prices can affect different routes and dates, the best way to check flights is to use Southwest’s Low Fare Calendar. That way you can check a whole month’s worth of fares at once, be it in cash or points. Once you click over to the date, it might not have the time you want, or enough seats at that fare, but it can give you an idea of how different days of the week are priced.

Lower Your Price

Even if you’ve already booked your flight, you can lower your price even further. I always book one way legs so that I can rebook the one way and not worry if the other leg has dropped in price or not. I’ve had several trips where one leg keeps dropping in price, whereas the other leg stays the same or worse, goes up in price. If I had to rebook because one leg dropped, it may not be to my advantage to try to rebook the round trip due to the other leg not dropping, or worse, going up in price. That’s why I never book round trips, only one ways!

Rebooking Is Easy!

Southwest makes it super simple to change your flight if a new, lower price comes out, or if you want to jockey to a better time or even different day. Simply log in to your account and click on the flight you want to change. You will see a change button. Select the flight and passengers you want to change and voila! You’re rebooked!

Flying Is Easy!

With Southwest, it’s so easy to fly. You get two checked bags per passenger, and their change rules are the best in the business, both of which are unheard of in this day and age of slapping a fee on everything and anything extra. I always take full advantage of the two free checked bags in order to bring our own food and save money.

Boarding Is Easy!

I actually prefer their style of boarding over assigned seats since they allow families with small children to board between A and B groups. Even though my kids have aged out of family boarding, we can always find a row together toward the back of the plane, especially if we get a good boarding position by checking in right at the 24 hour mark. Between those reasons and their low fares and miles values, we almost always fly Southwest.

Booking our Fall Travel

We have three different trips coming up for fall/winter travel, so I checked flights for all three of them. The first and third ones did not drop, but the second one did. I rebooked and got over 2,000 points back in my account! Again, it was just one leg, so it made it easier to rebook since I didn’t have to worry about the other leg.

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