Published on March 18th, 2020 | by William Charles95
Southwest Allowing Customers To Change All Flights For Free (Including Cost Difference Between Flights)
Update 3/18/20: Available again, not sure on the specific 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.