A guide to the Southwest cancellation policy (plus flights from $59 with the new sale)

Posted on January 4, 2017 by in Cheap flights, Southwest Rapid Rewards

What’s the Southwest cancellation policy?

Strangely enough, you can actually cancel a ‘nonrefundable’ Southwest Airlines flight within 24 hours of booking without penalty, which is very useful if you don’t want to lose a seat but still want to compare prices elsewhere once it’s secured. You’re refunded back to your original form of payment or you can retain credit.

However, Southwest also lets you change or cancel your reservation up to ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure, to get a credit for the full amount of your fare, which you can use on future travel up to a year out. You’ll need to pay the extra if your future flight costs more of course, but very few airlines are this generous, especially with cheap fares like Southwest’s ‘Wanna Get Away’.

Southwest cancellation policy

The Southwest site also states that if you have a refundable ticketless flight reservation and your flight has already departed, you can still submit a refund request!

What else do I need to know about the Southwest cancellation policy?

We’ve championed various Southwest policies before, including two free checked bags and no change fees. Southwest’s cancellation policy is one of the best there is among airlines and another great reason to fly with them. Yet another reason is Southwest’s sales…

What’s the current Southwest sale?

Southwest cancellation policy

Southwest has just released a new international and nationwide sale for the New Year, with fares starting at just $59 when you book by January 26th, 2017. The cheap one-way advance fares are for:

  • Domestic US flights between January 24th and May 24th, 2017
  • Travel to or from Puerto Rico’s San Juan between January 24th and March 2nd, 2017
  • Other international flights between January 10th and March 2nd, then April 18th to May 8th, 2017

International destinations in this sale include Cancun, Mexico City, Cabo, San Juan and Liberia.

As usual with Southwest sales, you need to check which days of the week are valid for each market; for instance, you can’t fly domestic on Fridays or Sundays with this particular sale.

How do I get the current Southwest sale?

Book your flight here by January 26th, 2017.

Note that you can book with your Rapid Rewards points, but the booking won’t include taxes, fees or other government and airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way segment.

You can check all of the T&C for this offer here.


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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