Pros and Cons of Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Credits
After yesterday’s Southwest Airlines devaluation, I have been reading comments on several travel blogs regarding transfer Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Points to Southwest Airlines Credits. To learn more, please read Mile Value’s post. This information is from first hand experience since I blindly followed Mile Value’s steps.
I have already used one of my free one ways and have one more free to use before December 17, 2013.
I do a sample search for flights from SNA to TPA and always select flexible dates.
In October, roughly half of the dates are bookable with the free one way.
on October 2, the last flight of the day is available. Most of the time, it is the least desirable flight that is available.
At the check out page, the only amount owed would be $2.50 in taxes/fees.
If I were to instead look for a flight by using Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Points, this is what I see. Lots of availability, but lots of high prices as well.
The same free one way I chose above actually costs 24,720 Rapid Reward Points, which I believe costs more than the entire 2 free one ways possible using the trick listed above.
in cash prices, the ticket costs $427, wowzas!
Another example involves flying from Boston to Charlotte in December.
Here is all the availability on that route. Not bad for the first half of December.
On December 16, I have 2 choices available, so I select the second flight.
On the checkout page, the cost is $5.00 for taxes/fees.
Alternatively, if I search for flights using only Rapid Reward Points, the calendar looks pretty cheap, especially on December 16.
What do you know, my flight that I picked above only costs $94.
Actually it only costs $93.80, including all taxes/fees. That’s a deal!
if I were using Rapid Reward Points, the ticket would only cost 4,320 points.
At the checkout page, the ticket would only cost $5.00 for taxes/fees.
As you can see (hopefully if I haven’t confused enough) that the Southwest Airlines credit can be a great deal if you are flexible and the route you want to fly is typically very expensive. On the other hand, if there is no space on the day you want or if flights are really cheap, you are better off using Rapid Reward Points to book the ticket. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.