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Rebooking Southwest Flights for Savings

September 29th · No Comments

In early November, Martha and I will be going down for a long weekend to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We’ll be going down to see Mickey, Minnie, and the gang while sampling the food at the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Expo.

When we booked the flights back in August, the total was going to be $244.40 per person. Normally flights from BWI to ORL aren’t nearly quite so much but we booked it because we knew how accommodating Southwest is. If the flights drop in price, you can always rebook the flight and take the difference as a credit! Southwest always has fare sales and the typical round-trip ticket price should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $160-170 after taxes ($79 each way).

As expected, I went to rebook today, after Southwest announced more fare sales this week, and were able to lower the price down to $184.40. The difference, $60 per person, can be used on a future Southwest flight. To do this, get your confirmation number and head over to Southwest.com. In the right sidebar you should see “Change Flight” under “My Travel.” Click that and enter your confirmation number, first and last name.

The site will ask you which legs you want to change, I checked both. It’ll jump to your standard search screen with the legs pre-populated, just continue. From here, it looks like your regular reservation screens and you can see whether the prices have fallen. If so, pick your legs again (you can pick the exact same itinerary) and continue onward. On the final confirmation screen you should see, in the pricing summary, how much “credit” you have versus the actual cost. Depending on the fare you chose, we choose the cheapest, you can get cash back (if it was a refundable fare) or credit (our only option). There is no ticket change fee and no downsides to this.

Just like that, your own best price guarantee!

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