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Southwest Just Made It Really Easy to See if Your Flight Cost Changed

April 16, 2018
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Southwest Just Made It Really Easy to See if Your Flight Cost Changed
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Family-friendly airline Southwest is beloved by many for the most flexible change policies in the industry, which allow you to change your flights at any point before the time of travel with absolutely no fees. You'll simply pay the price difference in cash or points – or even better, you'll receive a refund (if paying with points) or travel credit (if paying with cash) if the new price is lower than what you originally paid. However, it can be a little bit tedious to track what you originally paid for a flight because you'll have to dig through each individual booking or check your booking confirmation email in order to figure that out.

#firstworldproblems, I know, I know. But Southwest now even has a fix for that. The website has a new feature that allows you to see the updated price points for alternative routes on your booked trip.

I tested out the new tool with a few upcoming itineraries of my own. I'm going to Orlando (MCO) this week, departing Austin (AUS) on Thursday and returning on Saturday. To double check on the price point for this trip, I logged into my Rapid Rewards account on the Southwest website, then selected "Upcoming Trips" under the "My Accounts" tab. Once there, I clicked on the "change flight" link at the bottom of the trip summary. From there, I once again clicked on "change reservation" toward the top right of the trip summary, which led me to a page that allowed me to select the relevant leg of the trip because you can opt to change both inbound and outbound flights or just one of them.

This link led me to a page that displayed all of my alternate travel options for the dates selection. It also showed that the current option I booked for my nonstop 7:20pm flight has a fare difference of $0, meaning the price has neither gone up nor down. You'll see that every other route costs at least $167 more. My return flight showed the same results, so I know that I booked the best rate available, then and now.

I also tested out the new tool with a points-booked flight for June. For this flight, which I'm using to position myself for an awards flight booked to Europe, I wanted to see if changing my flight time would save me some points. So once again, I logged in and selected "change reservation."

The early morning nonstop I already booked now costs an additional ~3,500 Rapid Rewards points for the same route, while the 9:00pm nonstop route is only 201 points more.

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It's important to remember that if you choose to modify a cash fare for an Anytime or Business Select fare on Southwest, you can no longer receive a refund – the money you originally paid will only be able to be used as a travel credit that is valid for one year from the original booking date. You'll still be able to change the ticket for different times and dates, but those funds won't ever go back to your credit card. Thus, it makes more sense to just cancel Anytime or Business Select fares outright because you can immediately rebook them to the updated price point and/or schedule that you want.

H/T: Frequent Miler

Featured image by Featured image by Tomás Del Coro / Flickr.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023