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Keep an Eye on Southwest Sales
In mid July, I booked flights for myself and four-year old daughter to Richmond for a family reunion in August. The total cost was 14,077 Rapid Rewards points per person. A few weeks later the summer Southwest specials kicked into high gear. I rechecked the flights I had booked and found that our outbound flight had dropped by 4,716 Rapid Rewards points each.
Getting Our “Free” Flight
It took about three minutes to “change” my flights to the same exact flights and I was credited a total of 9,432 Rapid Rewards miles back to my account. The timing worked out perfectly as my wife, Lianne had a change of schedule at work so she could now join us on the trip. After banking the refunded Rapid Rewards points, I was able to turn around and use them to pay for her round trip ticket which was on sale for 9,361 Rapid Rewards points. By booking with Rapid Rewards points and using the flexible Southwest cancellation policy, I was able to get a “free” flight for Lianne. This is one of the reasons that I love Southwest and why it pays to periodically check any Southwest flights that you have booked with points.
If you need to top up on Southwest Rapid Rewards Points check out the following links about the Southwest Business and Personal cards!
- Southwest Performance Business Card
- Reviews of the Southwest Personal Cards (not currently offering the 60k sign-up bonus miles)
Have you had a success with the Southwest cancellation policy? Tell us about it in the comments!