Rebook An Unlimited Number of Cheaper Fares With Southwest Points

In this post, I’ll explain how to rebook Southwest flights when you find a lower points fare.

How to Rebook Southwest Flights When You Find a Lower Points Fare

Initially, when I was planning to go to Washington, DC, I found flights that cost 13,200 points.  I thought that was a good deal so I booked the tickets.  I was actually disappointed because the next day I went to book flights for my family, and the fare was now up to around 19,000 points round trip.  I certainly didn’t want to burn that many points.

However, yesterday afternoon I saw a fare for 12,000 points.  I decided it was worth the few minutes it would take to rebook the lower fare.

Here’s how I did it.

Step #1: Locate your reservation and click on “change”.

If you purchased your tickets while signed into your Southwest account, you can just sign in and click on “My Travel”.  Otherwise, you can locate it with your record locator.  Just click on “change flight” on the sidebar on the right side.

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Step #2: Select the flights you wish to change.  Simply click on the selection box beside your flight.

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Step #3: Change the dates or city pairs if you wish.  If you want to book the exact same flight, you don’t need to change anything.  You can just hit continue.

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Step #4: Pick your preferred flight.  In my case, I was looking for the lowest fare so I selected a flight for 6,000 points.

 #5: Complete your transaction just as you would any other purchase.  You’ll see in the image below that there are not any extra charges.  If I had added an extra stop, it is possible that I could pay an extra $2.50 airport fee.  But, since I’m keeping the same number of stops, there is no cost change.  You’ll see that it has the stated difference of 1,200 points.  Those points are worth about $20, and it only takes five minutes to make a change.

This is an amazing benefit of Southwest points or cash flights.  It’s a lowest fare guarantee.

Want to know the best part?

About three hours after making this change, the fares dropped again.  This time to 8,279 points round trip.  At the start of the day, I thought I had a good fare at 13,200 points, but ended up getting the flights for 8,279 points.  That’s a 37% points discount in a single day.

Even after you’ve purchased tickets, be sure to keep checking up on the price of Southwest flights.  You can make an unlimited number of changes, so any time you see the fare drop, you can rebook at the lower rate.

Have you ever used Southwest’s generous rebooking policy?   


  1. Philip Bullock says

    Does this apply to the Southwest “Wanna get away” flights? For some reason I thought those flights were non-refundable or changeable.

    • says

      Yes it does. The example I uses was actually with Wanna Get Away fare class flights. Even with cash tickets those flights are cancelable. If you cancel them with cash you’ll get a southwest voucher for that amount valid from one year of the booking. If you cancel with points you get all the points back in your account.

  2. Kevin says

    One catch if you are using cash btw. If you go from a higher rate to a lower ticket price you will not be refunded the difference in dollars. You will receive a credit to your account good for one year.

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