Via Doctor of Credit, don’t forget to book your Southwest award tickets by today, April 16, 2015.
That’s because starting tomorrow, April 17, 2015, Southwest is changing their award program. And some flights will cost more points!
Even if you’re not sure of your travel plans, you should book your award tickets now. I’ll explain why!
Book Now, Cancel Later
Southwest says that starting April 17, 2015, you’ll need more points to book certain flights.
Beginning April 17, 2015, the number of Rapid Rewards Points needed to redeem for certain flights will vary based on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, and other factors. However, there are still many flights which will stay at the current redemption rate.
Not all routes will cost more points. But they don’t tell us which flights will be affected, or how many more points will be required. Right now, Southwest points are worth ~1.43 cents each.
So if you have plans to book an award ticket on Southwest, it’s best to do so NOW, even if you’re not 100% sure of your travel plans. That’s because you can cancel an award ticket and get a full refund of your points with no penalty.
And because the number of points required for a ticket depends on the paid fare, if there’s a seat sale, you can change your ticket and get a refund of the difference in points.
Southwest’s schedule is currently open for travel until October 30, 2015.
Southwest is making changes to their award program starting tomorrow, April 17, 2015. Certain flights will cost more points, but we don’t know which ones!
If you have plans to book award tickets on Southwest, it’s best to do so today. Even if your plans change, you can always cancel the tickets and get a full refund of your points.
I’ll let you know how the changes will affect you after tomorrow!