WOW! Southwest Has The Most Generous Systemwide Free Change Policy For This Month That I’ve Ever Seen!

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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?


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fred

I can change a $100 flight for a $500 for free?

reader

yes but this is not the point
the point is how generous Southwest is

Jacob

Don’t mean to shine a light, but for what reason?

Simbo Jones

#GemaraKup

JWI

Kudos to you. We should support airlines like this and not take advantage of their generosity. A lesson I learned many times – specifically a few bad apples ruin it for everyone.

davidmal

WOW Airlines?

Chiddush?

Y u surprised, Southwest is always looking to make it better for the passenger

Jay jay

If only it was available for Pesach flights in April to Orlando

Lakewooder

Just got tickets to Florida for the week before Pesach for $50 instead of $400. This is insane Dan!

SJC

You were able to do this for April flights?

TGIShabbos

I’d imagine March 31+ 14 days= April 13th or 14th latest changes

me

Its because of the 737 Max issues…

Yossi

Generally I buy into most of the “shtick”, this one is downright dishonest.

freecountry

it is NOT dishonest they could have easily made this policy only for existing reservations only

Christian

Dude thanks so much for this tip! You rule Dan! Just rebooked a PR flight for way less points…

Hesh

Did southwest stop direct flight from Newark or lga to fll ?

Nun

Uh oh. I was hoping bloggers wouldn’t notice this potential for abuse.

JWI

So, when are legacies going to consider being generous towards the customer? All I remember are the nickel and diming

l

it works even though that fair class wasnt available on your first search because there is only anytime class on the one i want to book

zack

will the change period ever move past 4/14?

freecountry

Thanks tonz for the tip just changed a flight

sholey klein

Amazing! Saved $100

Mendel

Worked for me!!! Thanks dan

annoynmous

can i switch a connecting flight to a direct flight ?

myi

Try and report back.
Dan knows as much as you, if he never tried he wouldn’t know!(or maybe he would?!)

yechiel

Thanks dan! Paid through the nose for tickets home after purim. Just rebooked for a later flight and saved 25k points!

Freecountry

You we’re always able to change flights for free and get a refund if the flight was cheaper. The thing is now you can change to a more expensive flight and and not have to pay the difference, so saving your points by switching to a later date is nothing new

Yechiel

Um no, travel for next Sunday was very expensive. I change to a flight later in the day thereby spending more time on vacation. And saved a ton of miles by switching from a weekday flight

TGIShabbos

Freecounty, I’m not sure what you are showing Yechiel. Unless I’m mistaken, the link you pasted says the following “At Southwest, you may pay a difference in air fare, but never a change fee.”

Freecountry

He said he paid through the nose for tickets and now he changed and saved points you could always do that

myi

Not if the day he wanted to fly was $500 and then he moved it out two weeks and then pulled it back two weeks to the original day just to lower the fare of the ticket.(swap the $500 for x amount of points)

Naga

you did this change for ticket booked using points?

Avi

anyone get past the 4/14 date?

TGIShabbos

It’s not going to happen. If one originally had the financial means to get to FL for Pesach, then just enjoy your yomtov.

Richard

Does it work with flights reserved with miles? In other words, can I book a 5,000 point flight on one date and then change it to a flight on the same route within 2 weeks which would cost 10,000 points?

TGIShabbos

Can you imagine if this occurred around late the “holiday season”. There would be anarchy to change to flights around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, being that the weeks surrounding outside of those holidays are among the cheapest of the year.

Sss

Can I use a companion pass as well

myi

Sure why would you think not.

danny

does it make a difference if i am trying to change 2 people on the same reservation

myi

Why would one pax be allowed and two pax not? Dont see any difference whether the reservation had 10 people or one person.

Gary72

March 31 is after Spring Training…just fyi..

Audrey

Are you sure there are no limits? When I did it once and tried to do it again I got an error message at the end, though it had still said I could change it. When I called in I was told it was one time only – though they did change it again for me.

Naga

help me here pls .. does this policy applies to points ticket as well? Dan … I read the post multiple times but couldn’t figure that out …

myi

Why dont you PUTPAC?

April 3, 1973
Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, his rival.

While Italian innovator Antonio Meucci is credited with inventing the first basic phone in 1849, and Frenchman Charles Bourseul devised a phone in 1854, Alexander Graham Bell won the first U.S. patent for the device in 1876.

Ted

I love Southwest. They are my go to domestic airline.

Danny

It doesn’t include if your 1st flight was on the 31st it’s only until the 30th

reader

Does this work during the month of April?

Happy

Thanks for the tip. Worked for me. Booked a trip for 6000 points then moved dates.

Ryan Thompson

FYI – Southwest pulled the waiver early. Not able to change my flight for free anymore online and calling in an agent said the waiver has been pulled due to overuse.

David

I just tried to book another flight using the trick and the notice about it being free is indeed gone and now it shows price differences.Glad i got in while the gettin was good. I had a trip already planned tomorrow that was 22k points that i got reduced to 8k and then bought a trip back to the same place in 2 weeks for 6k. cha ching!

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