Many of us who regularly fly Southwest Airlines know that the early bird usually gets the cheapest airfares on that airline. So it is important to book SWA flights as early as possible. At the present time the calendar for bookings extends only to November 4.
A blogger has noticed that the next calendar extension is scheduled for June 2. As of that date, you will be able to book flights as far out as January 4, 2017…covering Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
A great thing about Southwest is that cancellations are free of penalty. So, you can make multiple reservations on June 2, then cancel the ones later that don’t actually fit your schedule.
“Free of penalty” should be clarified: If you pay with Rapid Rewards points, they will be returned to your account if you cancel (or don’t actually board) a flight. You can find the official rules on this Southwest Airlines page.
Virgin America has Elevate Silver and Elevate Gold levels, and will match you into one of them if you have status on American, Delta, Southwest or United.
The Southwest Airlines rule is peculiar…VAm will match you into Elevate Gold if you have a Companion Pass on SWA. Many of us don’t think of the Companion Pass as a status level, but evidently VAm does.
UPDATE: The day after I entered my upcoming flights and posted this, Dragon Fare Scanner sent an email notifying me of a 2000+ point drop for an upcoming flight. Changing to the lower fare online took only a couple of minutes…easy peasy!
ORIGINAL POST: Southwest Airline has a very generous policy of refunding the difference if the fare (in either dollars or Rapid Rewards points) drops on a reservation. The difficulty is that you have to discover the price drop yourself.
A new website automates the process, and will notify you automatically of a price drop.
The title is somewhat of a tease, since you cannot yet use your frequent flyer miles to buy a ticket from the U.S. to Cuba. But that time is rapidly approaching, and the article tells you what is known at this point.
Airlines covered are American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and United. Keep in mind that most flights will go to Cuban cities other than Havana, due to a current limit of just 20 flights per day to that city.
Sometimes I get lucky, sometimes not. Since you can cancel and re-book Southwest reservations without penalty, it’s worth it to make a change whenever the sale price (in dollars or points) is lower than when you originally booked.