Mental note to self: book two one-way tickets instead of a round trip. That way, when prices go down on one of the flights, I can keep track of how much I spent each way and know if it’s worth it to call for a credit. When booking RT, only the total shows up on the confirmation.
Who gives u credit when price goes down? Dont fly much but will be next Disney trip.Flew SW before, didnt know this existed.
Checked, my SW flight for October has about tripled. Think I’ll stand pat.
Southwest will give you a credit on a future flight if you use credit or debt. If you use points or maybe their credit card you will get an actual refund
Is it always cheaper to book two one ways as compared to a round trip?
Ive found better deals that way.
Thank u for the info, will def keep it in mind😀
I just logged into my account and clicked on “change flight” and it brought up all the available flights and gave me a + or - if I changed the ticket if the price would go up or down. That’s pretty cool.
Southwest will give you a credit if the price goes down. It expires one year from when you first booked. I booked a flight in May 2019 for a flight in November. If I get a credit I have to use it before May 2020
Not always, but if you book them separate and one fare goes up but the other goes down you can get credit for the full savings.
I’m not understanding the need to book 2 one way tickets rather than a RT ticket. When I go to modify a trip, it gives me an option to select both or just one leg of the trip to modify, and then (as @dianelynn mentioned) shows me the fare difference if there is one. So I can already choose to modify just one way of a round trip fare, and can see what the cost difference will be before getting to confirmation. Or is there something I’m not seeing/considering?
Thanks to you folks, I didn’t even know SW would do this. My fare went down nearly $100. Got a credit and essentially, I am flying into Orlando for $133. Yes!
Maybe it’s not necessary. I just have always done it that way.
I think it depends on the airline, ive read other posts that say changing a half of a round trip with different airlines can sometimes mess up the other flight.
Initially I was thinking to book two one way tickets because I was forgetting what I paid for each leg. So when the price changed on one of them, I didn’t know of it was a decrease or increase compared to what I paid. The confirmation SW sends only gives the total cost. In essence, I was being lazy by not keeping adequate records. But now that I see the “modify” feature SW has, it’s not necessary.
Dianelynn, I had this exact issue. I couldn’t find what each leg cost in my SW confirmation emails and was frustrated by how to figure out if changing my husband’s outbound flight would cost more money - so I easily follow your thought process on this. But then when I actually went on line to modify, I realized it was irrelevant as pointed out above.
Just wanted you to know that you aren’t/weren’t alone on this one!
Thanks to rebooking when fares dropped, we were able to fly DCA-MCO and MCO-DCA in January 2018 for $64 TOTAL!
Always book one ways! There is no price advantage to booking round trips and you run the risk of not being able to save money rebooking. For example, if one direction goes down $10, but the other goes up $15: if you booked roundtrip, rebooking would cost you $5 more; while if you booked two one-ways, you would save $10.
You can ‘rebook’ one way on Southwest, I’ve done it several times. If only one way decreases in price, just change that option. No need to split your trip, unless it’s cheaper to book it that way in the first place.
Just make sure to keep track of your confirmation codes - I keep a draft email with the code, amount on it, and expiration date.
This is cool. Is your existing flight there? I have always canceled and rebooked but this looks way easier.
No need to cancel, just “change” to the same flight you’re already on