Today: Last Chance to Book Southwest Award Tickets for Less Points!

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Today is the LAST day to book Southwest award tickets before it costs more points!

Today it costs 60 points per $1 to book a Wanna Get Away ticket.  But starting tomorrow, it will cost 70 points per $1!

Today Last Chance To Book Southwest Award Tickets For Less Points

Tomorrow It Will Cost More Points to Book Southwest Award Tickets

Even if you’re not sure of your travel plans, you can book award tickets today on Southwest at the lower rate.  Then if you have to cancel, you’ll get the points back without paying a fee.

I’m not happy when it costs more points for flights, but I still rate Southwest’s frequent flyer program as the best for domestic travel.  You can check 2 free bags, and if you have to change or cancel your flight, you won’t pay any change fees.

And the Southwest Companion Pass is still our favorite way to visit family and friends in the US!

Today Last Chance To Book Southwest Award Tickets For Less Points

Emily and I Used Our Companion Pass to Travel to Key West

Southwest’s schedule is open until October 31, 2014 so you can book travel well into the fall.

And if you haven’t gotten the companion pass yet, you can still book a flight now at the lower rate and add a companion later, once you’ve earned the pass.

How Do I Get Southwest Points?

1.   Paid Flights on Southwest

You’ll earn points when you fly Southwest on paid (NOT award) tickets.  Southwest calculates points on the base fare and excise taxes, but not the government taxes and fees.

  • Business Select Fares:  12 points per $1 you spend
  • Anytime Fares:  10 points per $1 you spend
  • Wanna Get Away Fares:  6 points per $1 you spend
Today Last Chance To Book Southwest Award Tickets For Less Points

You’ll Earn Points Based on Fare Paid, *NOT* Distance Flown

2.   Southwest Credit Cards

I’ve written about the Chase Southwest credit cards and how you can use them to earn LOTS of Southwest points.

The current sign-up bonus on these cards is 25,000 points after spending $1,000 in the 1st 3 months.  But I’d wait to apply, because in the past Chase has increased the bonus to 50,000 points.

You can earn 1 point per $1 you spend on regular purchases, and 2 points per $1 you spend on Southwest, AirTran, and certain hotel and car rental partners.

3.   Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can instantly transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus to Southwest Airlines at a 1:1 ratio, if you’re running low on Southwest points.

Today Last Chance To Book Southwest Award Tickets For Less Points

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest

Note:  Transferring points directly from Ultimate Rewards to Southwest does NOT count towards the Companion Pass.

4.   Earn Bonus Points

There are lots of other ways to earn extra Southwest points.  You don’t need to have a Southwest credit card to earn bonus points from shopping, dining, participating in partner promotions, or by transferring hotel points.

For example, I earned 1,750 extra Southwest points on Valentine’s Day just by ordering flowers through 1-800-flowers.com.  I also earned bonus points from Emily! ;-)

Today Last Chance To Book Southwest Award Tickets For Less Points

Flowers for Emily = 1,750 Southwest Points!

These are also great ways to earn the extra points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass!

Bottom Line

Today is the last day to book flights with Southwest points before you’ll need more points.

Starting tomorrow, it will cost ~17% more points to book flights on Southwest.

If you’re unsure of your travel plans, it doesn’t hurt to book tickets today.  If your plans change, you’ll get your Southwest points back without paying a fee.

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3 Responses to Today: Last Chance to Book Southwest Award Tickets for Less Points!

  1. I received what appears to be a targeted letter a few days ago offering me a 20% discount on award travel. It goes into effect tomorrow (when the redemption rate changes). However my wife (who has a ton of points and our family’s companion pass) did not. I have been active on the reservation site recently under my account as I plan my next trip so I am wondering if this was targeted at me because I might appear to be “on the fence” about booking a flight.

  2. Southwest sent me an email and gave me 1,000 points this week. Unknown if its tied to me stopping using me southwest card very recently from the point lowering pr something else.

  3. I Booked a flight to jamaica in October on Mar 31st for 21840 points.
    when i tried the same reservation today it showed the price to be same points. Is it my browser or has SW not changed the point levels yet?

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