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Update, 10/19/20: Free changes are now dead!
Update, 10/15/20: This is alive again for trips booked from 11/4-12/5. You can change your travel dates and nearby airports for free within 30 days in either direction of your flight as described below, so you can potentially change to flights from 10/5-1/4! Update: Free changes are now dead! Update, 10/7/20: This is alive again for trips booked from 11/4-1/4. You can change your travel dates and nearby airports for free within 30 days in either direction of your flight as described below, so you can potentially change to flights from 10/5-2/3!
Originally posted on 3/15/19:
Southwest has one of the most incredible free change policies I’ve ever seen.
For example I made a test booking from Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia and was able to book an $83 flight and change for free onto a $505 flight.
For example if you want a $505 flight on 4/19:
You can just book an $83 flight on 4/22:
Click on change flights and you’ll get this message:
And the change will be free, with no difference in fare owed:
For more information, see the original post from last March below:
Originally posted on 3/15/19:
Southwest currently has an insanely generous systemwide change policy for all March flights.
You can change any flight booked for travel in March to another flight within 14 days for free. Southwest never charges change fees, but currently they will also waive the fare difference.
Best of all you can make the changes online and this policy applies to paid flights and award flights.
With a 24 hour cancellation policy, I figured I’d see how exactly this worked when buying a new ticket today.
Going to Spring Training has always been on my bucket list. What if I wanted to catch the Tribe in Goodyear, AZ? A one-way flight this Sunday would set me back a whopping $583:
Thanks to Southwest’s Low-Fare Calendar, I saw that I could buy a ticket for later this month for as low as $134:
I wasn’t sure exactly how far Southwest’s waiver policy extended, so I bought a ticket for 3/27 and then immediately clicked on change flight. I said I could change for free to any flight 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the flight I booked:
And I had no problem switching to the $583 flight for this Sunday without paying any extra:
Once I made that change the 2 week window that I could change to became within 2 weeks of the new flight:
If you change a fight to 3/31 it opens up free changes from 3/17-4/14. Metro area changes are also allowed:
There is no limit to how many changes you can make.
One thing I learned is that while you can refund Southwest tickets within 24 hours online, once you make a change you’ll have to call for a refund.
Personally I won’t be taking advantage of this and refunded my ticket, but I found it to be incredibly generous of Southwest. Kudos to them for having this policy!
Have you made any changes with Southwest’s change policy for flights this month?