Southwest has another Nationwide sales (they seem to come in a two week cycle now) until June 18.
In order to make use of this sale your flights need to be between August 25 and December 16, 2015.
My favorite Southwest flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles route is on sale again for $73 (it was $49 in the last sale).
The lowest fare category with Southwest is called – Southwest Wanna Get Away. So let’s take a look into what restrictions they come with.
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Southwest Wanna Get Away Changes Refunds
Southwest Wanna Get Away book into the lowest fare category at Southwest. Southwest does not (yet) play the alphabet soup game that most legacy airlines employ. Other airlines divide the whole airplane in fare buckets with (somewhat random) letters. Each fare bucket has a different price for the same route and flight.
Southwest has on the other hand has just three categories Business Select, Anytime and Southwest Wanna Get Away buckets only.
Any booking into a Southwest Wanna Get Away fare is a non-refundable ticket but Southwest lets you make change to the ticket for free (if you pay the fare difference).
Also if you you can cancel your reservation and use the amount paid against a future reservation.
You can not get your money back but you can use it for a different Southwest flight within the eligibility period (usually 12 months).
To cancel your flight you need to call or go online at least 10 minutes before your flight or you will be considered a no-show and the airline will not allow you to use any portion of the funds paid against a future reservation.
Southwest Wanna Get Away Bag Policy
All fares on Southwest include two free checked bags. So if you book a Southwest Wanna Get Away flight they are included as well.
I usually travel with a carry-on nowadays but I have made use of the two free bags with Southwest many times.
Southwest Wanna Get Away fares are incredibly generous to consumers. Southwest continues to offer great deals within that fare category and they come with perks that usually requires a business class ticket with another airline.
Southwest is usually not included into the results of most online flight search engines. This is not their fault – Southwest does not allow access to their data and you can only access fares (and book) via southwest.com. It’s one site I have bookmarked.