Posted by William Charles on February 13, 2020
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Published on February 13th, 2020 | by William Charles

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Southwest Allowing Customers To Change All Flights For Free (Including Cost Difference Between Flights)

Update 2/13/2020: Available again, this time from 6/10/2020 to 7/10/2020.

Update 1/15/2020: Looks like this is active again, this time on flights from  4/14 through 6/6. Hat tip to mikep4

Earlier this month Southwest allowed customers flying 737 MAX8 to change their flights for free, including any cost difference between flights. Normally you can change flights for free, but you have to pay any difference in the fare. For example if your original flight cost $80 and the new flight costs $100 then you would be charged $20. Now that the 737 MAX8 has been grounded Southwest is offering an even more generous change policy for the rest of March. The rules are as follows:

  • Original flight needs to be in March
  • Flight can be changed to any flight within 14 days either side of original flight
  • Flight your changing to must be the same route (although metro area changes are allowed)

Dans Deals goes into some additional details about this policy here. Honestly this seems overly generous and I’m not 100% sure why Southwest is doing this given they aren’t flying the 737 MAX8 anymore. I can’t see this lasting personally as you’re effectively able to purchase a super cheap flight during an off peak time and then change it into a more expensive peak time flight.



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Andrew
Andrew

God bless ya, Southwest.

Matt
Matt

Southwest continues to prove to be the best in the biz. Thanks for the heads up about this; just changed my flights at the end of the month. Was originally departing on Saturday and coming back on Tuesday; now getting the sweeter weekend spot with departing on Friday and returning on Monday.

Mike
Mike

Even if you don’t want to change.. compare the price you paid vs all flights in March, book another one then change to existing flight. Then cancel your ticket. Easier to do with points..

NIck
NIck

A.K.A. How to make all good things come to an end faster.

Kyle
Kyle

bought $49 midweek flights for week of 3/25, changed them to expensive weekend flights for the weekend before. wow.

Frank
Frank

Was wondering if that worked. Seems like somewhat of an oversight….

Naga
Naga

does this policy only applies to $ fare ? or tickets bought with points as well?

Zamana
Zamana

Working for my flight bought with points.

Charlie
Charlie

How does the grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft affect Southwest’s new service to Hawaii? Isn’t that the aircraft they plan to use?

Lyn M.

They did originally say they would seek approval for the MAX 8 to fly to Hawaii, but they currently are only approved by the FAA to fly the 737-800.

bala
bala

hi, i changed my dates successfully without any fare difference.It is shown the change is valid till 11th April 2019.

LoveToTravel15
LoveToTravel15

do you know if my orginal flight round trip is 3/31-4/8. If i could change to 4/14-4/22?

dtw
dtw

Try it and let us know! Just log into SW, click change flight, and see what options they give you! You don’t risk anything until you hit “confirm changes” after selecting new dates

Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson

FYI – Southwest pulled the waiver early. Not able to change my flight for free anymore online and calling in an agent said the waiver has been pulled due to overuse.

WN737
WN737

It’s dead, like anything you can only have so much good before it was becoming a loss.

az
az

I changed my dates successfully without any fare difference (should have > 1500 pts difference) on 4/27. The flights was booked on 4/7.

Andrew
Andrew

Love that they’re doing this again, even if I can’t take advantage of it this time. All of the flights I booked already have the times I want.

peter
peter

Holy crap I can’t believe this worked. I’ll be working in NY this spring, and I bought a flight for 20k miles, and rebooked one for Memorial day weekend. This mem day weekend price was otherwise almost 70k for roundtrip.

Thanks so much for posting this!

AA
AA

This is the perfect remedy for booking backup flights for my AA award flights that will probably be canceled an hour before I board.

Dan
Dan

Isn’t this standard procedure on Southwest?

MrDioji
MrDioji

re-read the parenthetical remark in the title

Dave
Dave

The difference here is not needing to pay the difference in fare if your new flight would be more expensive than your old one.

Blog gone to the bad side
Blog gone to the bad side

Good job.killing this. This is why we can’t have nice things!! And no, don’t try to defend yourself by saying well so and so already showed ugh….common sense did not prevail today

Bob

Funny that a guy who visits a travel blog to get tips on how to save money on travel complains about a travel blogger giving tips on how to save money for travel. I think the word is irony? Thanks again William-you’re my person of the month!

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