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

Update 7/20/20: Available again. Hat tip to mikep4

Update 6/24/20: Had previously stopped working for a few days, working again. Hat tip to reader Carly M

Update 6/21/20: Working for flights through September 10th, 2020. Hat tip to SEA of Churn.

Update 6/10/20: This is working again, not sure on exact dates it’ll work for. Hat tip to hornet1212

Update 5/20/20: This had stopped working for a few days, but is now working again for flights through August. Hat tip to ChurnCat

Update 4/5/20: Available again, cutoff June 5th or 6th. Hat tip to reader Matt A

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.

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saianle
saianle

Dead again. In the past, changes were allowed around the 20th of each month, but not this time. I have been checking every day starting on Sept 20.

LUrgid
LUrgid

Ugg. My flights this weekend were available to be changed a couple of days ago, but now they aren’t today.

John
John

Yeah me too I hope it comes back

NoMatches?

Dead again

Tim
Tim

Not changeable free right now for end of september

obolon
obolon

My September flights are changeable as of 1:25PM EDT

Jeremy
Jeremy

Not working today (8/5) for change within 30 days of booked dates

Nathan
Nathan

dead. midnight eastern 7/22.

SaguarGo
SaguarGo

I had a previous 787max southwest straight flight that got canceled and they tried to just put me on a flight with connections and gave me nothing for the hassle. I promptly canceled the flight. I’m done with Southwest when i use my points up. Too little, too late for me.

Someone_Online
Someone_Online

This Worked for me today (7/21 DP)
I had just bought tickets for a “dummy” flight in late OCT
Now I have good travel times for thanksgiving!
Thanks again!!!

Bosox
Bosox

7/20/20 DP.I kept getting errors while trying to change flight on website. Called 1-800 number and agent changed my flight for no additional fee.

H
H

Any idea what the dates are? From and to?

SteveForDOC
SteveForDOC

Works online for flights through at least oct 31 and not after nov 5. Up to 30 day change so you can get flights through late nov…some nice $50 thanksgiving legs!