Southwest Sale, 1,000 Free United Miles, 2,500 Free British Airways Points & 500 Free Delta or Aeroplan miles

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1. Southwest Sale.   Southwest has a fare sale up to Friday, July 20, 2012 for travel from August 20 to December 14, 2012.  There is a  14 day advance purchase requirement and sale prices are not valid for travel on Sunday.

There are black out dates on September 3, November 17, November 20 & 21, and November 24 to November 26, 2012.

Southwest has a revenue based frequent flyer program, so a fare sale means that both cash AND award bookings using points will cost less!

It doesn’t hurt to book your trip using points even if you’re not sure of your plans, because you get the points back in your account without paying a change fee if you cancel the reservation.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made, with no change fee.

If you’ve already booked trips between August 20 and December 14, 2012, it doesn’t hurt to check to see if they are available for less because you can always cancel and rebook your flights for no change fee.

2.  1,000 Free United points.   Travel By Points explains how to earn 1,000 United miles by signing up for a Thanks Again account.

3.   2,500 Free British Airways Points.   The Points Guy explains how a child can get 2,500 points.

4.  500 Free Delta or Aeroplan miles.   View from the Wing shows us how to get 500 free Delta or Aeroplan miles when you sign-up for an Accor hotels account.

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14 responses to “Southwest Sale, 1,000 Free United Miles, 2,500 Free British Airways Points & 500 Free Delta or Aeroplan miles

  1. Question: If I use SWA points to pay for a ticket, do I get full points to my account when taking the flight. I know if you use an old style Award, you get no credit on the flights on which you use an Award.
    Also, can one use “partial” points and cash even if one has sufficient points in account to pay for the full amount? If so, does one get credit for the flight taken?
    As to Companion Pass (I have had one for about 6 years, but will likley lose it Dec 2012). I think they go on earnings for a calendar year, but when you hit the threshold, you get CP for remainding part of that year plus following year. So in my case, I will re-look the options at 1 Jan 13 to see if I should get SWA Cr. Cards (plus other point earning methods) to see if CP is possible for me. [I closed my last SWA card about 6 months ago]. Sound like a good plan???

  2. @sapman 1. swa points is the new version of what used to be an award ticket. So if you book with points, you will not earn points for the flight. 2. No – I’m pretty sure that is on their FAQ. 3. Sounds like a good plan!

  3. @SAPMAN @D – You don’t get any reward points when you redeem points for an award. Unfortunately, Southwest doesn’t have a cash and points redemption option, so you need to have the entire amount of points for a segment to redeem. Your plan sounds good, but we don’t know if the cc sign up bonus will still count in 2013. Good luck!

  4. LUV Southwest. Used 21,960 reward miles in May to reserve RT ticket Seattle to Albuquerque. Re-booked in June to 16,320 each ticket. Just re-booked at 12,480. For the two tickets, that’s a reduction in almost 19,000 points.
    Thanks for the heads-up Darius.

  5. theblakefish

    I wonder if there is a way to apply for the Iberia deal without having a travel document for a child…

  6. What if I had reserved my paid ticket that I canceled cost more than the later down the months flight I want to take? I still don’t have to pay the diff? ty

  7. Can we book using cash and later redeem for points when fares go up?

  8. @Tman – Ha! I LUV ‘em too! Thanks for sharing.

    @theblakefish – I suppose that’s to prevent folks from getting miles for their dog or cat…

    @mm - If your paid ticket cost more than the current flight, you don’t have to pay the difference and will get a credit valid for 1 year for the fare difference.

    @Manik2012 – Why would you want to cancel the paid reservation and pay more points later on? You can book now using either points or cash and cancel later on if the fares go down.

  9. If I book my trip now using cash(or say 10k pts) for a flight say 3 months out and if two weeks down the road the cash & points for the exact same trip goes up, can I cancel that reservation and get points(15k pts) at that point of time?
    Just like buy low sell high.

  10. @Manik2012 – Unfortunately, you only get back what you paid for the flight either in the form of a 1 year credit (if cash) or points.

  11. Wow, the SouthWest fares have gone up considerably….this is “far” from a sale IMO.

  12. About the United deal above…..Well, I guess I’m the last person in the world (other than some others I know locally) who don’t have a cell phone because reception is so horrible out where we live. Is there any way to do this without having a working cell phone number?

  13. anyone know how long it takes for the delta miles to post?

  14. I am looking for a SWA promo code. Going from Columbus, Ohio to Orlando in November. Tickets are high right now. Anyone have a code they are not going to use? Thanks!

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