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Southwest opened their air reservations through January 7, 2018 (previously only bookable through November 3, 2017). Time to book those Christmas and New Years flights!
Don't forget there is no harm in booking early, one of my favorite perks of Southwest is there are no change fees. If the price of your flights drops anytime in the future you can easily go online and change your ticket to the lower cost and get back:
- If booked originally with rapid reward miles, you will get the miles credited back to your account.
- If booked with a fully refundable fare, you will get cash back on your method of payment (credit/debit card).
- And if booked with a 'wanna get away' fare, you will get a travel credit for the for the cost difference that you have a year to use.
There is no downside to booking Southwest flights as soon as the schedule opens. I even make speculative bookings for the popular travel times just in case we decide to head somewhere.
Automatic Price Tracking
I excited to announce that I have been testing a program that will automatically check to see if a Southwest flight drops in price. When it finds a lower price you will get a text so you can go online and change your flight to the lower price. I've been tracking 3 different flights for the past week and yesterday got an alert that one of my flights decreased by $24. Multiply that by 3 tickets for a savings of $72!
It's a little difficult to setup. I'm working on a step-by-step guide just like my Automatic Southwest Check-In script post. Don't forget to subscribe if you want to be notified when the post is ready.
Here's a screenshot of the alert: