Good morning everyone, greetings from rainy/windy Super Bowl City (San Francisco). I just got an email from Southwest Airlines regarding their current flight sales. In most cases, Southwest Airlines flight sales would not be newsworthy, but if you are an experienced/savvy Southwest Airlines flier, you know that Southwest Airlines lets you make free changes and cancellations to existing reservations. I keep a spreadsheet on my computer (saved to OneDrive and available on my iPhone) that shows all my upcoming flights. I book a lot of flights and sometimes I forget when I book flights (and I accidentally booked 2 trips for the same weekend #facepalm).
Anyway, as I was double checking my existing reservations, I noticed that some of the prices went down. For my upcoming trip to Phoenix for MLB Spring Training, I saw the price of the flight go down by $51. I rebooked the same flight and got a $51 travel credit for future Southwest Airlines travel.
When you change or cancel a reservation booked with Southwest Airlines gift cards (or egift cards), the balance will be held as a travel fund, linked to your Southwest Airlines confirmation number. To view your available travel funds, go here and enter the relevant information. When I entered my confirmation number, it shows that I had $51 available. Keep this information saved somewhere where you can find it when you book your next Southwest Airlines flight. You can only use travel funds for a future reservation booked for the same passenger. For example, I cannot use my travel funds to book a flight for my friend, I can only use my travel funds to book a flight for myself.
If you used Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Points to book the flight, the difference in points will automatically be deposited into your Southwest Airlines account when you rebook at a lower rate. Conversely, if you rebook at a higher rate, the difference in points will be pulled from your Southwest Airlines account (don’t do that by mistake). My dad and brother are flying to Phoenix to join me for MLB Spring Training and their flight went down by 3,256 points. After easily rebooking them on the exact same flights, I had an extra 6,512 Southwest Airlines points after a few minutes of work.
If you want to learn more about Southwest Airlines travel funds, see my in-depth explanation of How to Cancel Southwest Airlines Flights (Paid or Points) & View Travel Funds. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!