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PSA: Southwest FREE Flight Date Changes June-August

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Last Edited by bluking February 17, 2020 at 06:53 AM
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Looks like this is active again from June 7-August 10
Like last year SW has currently an unadvertised offer where you can change any flight booked for travel between the dates of 6/7-8/10 to another flight within +/-14 days for free. Southwest never charges change fees, but currently they will also waive the fare difference. You can essentially book a cheap flight around your dates of travel and then switch to a more expensive date of choice for absolutely free, no change fee or difference fee.

For example I made a test booking from LGA to New Orleans and was able to book an $106 flight and change for free onto a $426 flight.

Link to previous discussion
https://slickdeals.net/f/13803707-psa-southwest-free-flight-date-changes-april-june?page=7#commentsBox​

NOTES:
  • Works with points or cash
  • Should work with companion passes as well but YMMV. CP addition seems to work on mobile app but desktop is glitchy.
  • You can do the changeover immediately after booking your reservation
  • Works for international destinations as well
  • Origin and destination needs to be the same. Exception is that if you have multiple home airports then you are able to take advantage of substituting a different home airport
  • Length of travel can be changed
  • 24 hrs free cancellation that can be refunded if you end up goofing this but some readers are posting that it might be hard to get a straight refund once the change is processed and the only option is credit back so YMMV on this depending on who you talk to
  • you can make unlimited changes in the above date range
  • Expiration unknown so book soon if you have any upcoming plan
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Do you know how many yrs this has been going on, I'm gonna have to include this in my preplanning lol
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Will the difference be credited back to your original payment form or will it be travel funds?
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Like 14 days as in you have 14 days to change it or within 14 days of the scheduled date?
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It's free always.. what's the difference
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everything is already so expensive during june-aug. cant find a cheap fare to switch from Frown
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It's free always.. what's the difference
You get to switch to the most expensive flights of the day without paying the price difference
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You get to switch to the most expensive flights of the day without paying the price difference
Let me try
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Wow thanks for the heads up, this was very handy last month!
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This worked out well for me. Back in Dec I booked a flight for July 21st Spokane to Houston for 4 people. There was one flight were fares was really cheap at only 5500 pts, while all others are 12k points or more for that day. However that cheap flight had horrible time. Leaves 330pm returns to Houston at 115am. I just changed it to a much earlier and shorter flight by 3 hours and actually gets back to Houston at a decent time of 9pm. Would've costed me 14k points per ticket instead of 5.5k points per ticket otherwise.
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Thank you! I wasnt able find super cheap flight but they were cheaper by $100-200 round trip
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I had booked a zero dark thirty flight to Las Vegas and the latest flight back because they were the least expensive. I changed them both. I did not change the dates, but changed the times to something more respectable. IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stupid app. I booked a couple flights but they don't show up in the app so I can't easily change them.
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Stupid app. I booked a couple flights but they don't show up in the app so I can't easily change them.
I think something is wrong w/SW at this time. I just booked via desktop version but flights also don't show up in accounts.
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I think something is wrong w/SW at this time. I just booked via desktop version but flights also don't show up in accounts.
Same here. My flight's not showing up. Oh well, maybe it'll update tomorrow.
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