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is one of my favorite US airlines to use for airfare bookings because of their
flexible change policy. After 24 hours of booking, tickets can be changed or
even canceled without incurring a change/cancellation fee. Any canceled
tickets after 24 hours can be credited as Travel Funds (Flight Credits)
year from the booking date
travels subject to availability and fare differences.
travel funds beyond this year, 2020, and 2021 through September 7, 2022.
Additionally, Southwest is implementing a feature to convert expiring
Southwest travel funds into Rapids Rewards points.
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Southwest Travel Funds or Flight Credits Do NOT Expire
Flight credits unexpired on or created on or after July 28, 2022 will not expire. No action is required on your part! If you have unexpired flight credits as of July 28, they will not expire and are available for you to use.
It will take us some time to update our systems with this new policy. With that in mind, you may notice an expiration date on your unexpired flight credits. Please pardon our dust while we make this change!
Expiring Southwest Travel Funds
funds earned through
Amex airline fee credits
that are supposed to expire October 20, 2020. So I decided to make a
speculative booking for a September trip to San Diego using my expiring
Southwest travel fund, and hope that the COVID-19 situation will be improved
then. Something came up last week so I had to cancel that ticket. This week
when I went to check my available Southwest travel funds, I noticed that the
expiration date of that particular travel fund that was resulted from the
cancellation has been extended to September 7, 2022 instead of my
previous October 20, 2020 date. Hallelujah, that means I don’t have to worry
about my travel funds for a much longer time while I am still monitoring the
Southwest Airlines Is Extending Travel Funds
Airlines is extending the expiration date of some travel funds with the
- Customers’ funds that have expired or will expire between March 1, 2020, and September 7, 2020, will now expire on September 7, 2022.
Any travel funds created because you cancel a flight between March 1 –
September 7, 2020, will expire on September 7, 2022.
book a new reservation and then canceled that reservation between March 1 and
September 7, 2020. That explains why that particular travel fund’s expiration
date was automatically extended to September 2022.
How To Extend Expiring Southwest Travel Funds To September 7, 2022
through September 7, 2022, here’s what you’d do:
Log in and make a new reservation on
Southwest Airlines website.
- Use your expiring travel fund to pay for that reservation on the final payment page.
- Wait over 24 hours period, then cancel that reservation.
cancellation, but its expiration date may still be the old one.
However, do not worry about that just yet because, according to Southwest, they
It can take up to five business days for the new expiration date to
appear in your account. It will also take our Technology Team a few days
to make these changes.
Southwest wants you to give them 5 business days, in my case, it was just over
1 day period. So after the cancellation, please wait at least another 24 hours
for the travel fund’s new expiration date to change.
between March 1 – September 7, 2020, because of the waiver policy in
place. With that being said, I would not wait until the last minute to do this, though.
Converting Expiring Southwest Travel Funds Into Rapid Rewards Points
those funds into Rapid Rewards points at the rate of ~1.28 cents per point. For example, you can covert $128 travel funds into 10,000 Rapid Rewards points. This is an awesome feature because:
Rapid Rewards points never expire, so once your travel
funds are converted into points, you do not have to worry about the
expiration date of the travel funds anymore.
You can use Rapid Rewards points to book a Southwest ticket for anyone. Whereas travel funds can only be used to book a Southwest ticket for
funds into Rapid Rewards points online in your account under View Travel Funds below.
How To View Southwest Travel Funds
available travel funds now under your Southwest account. However, for the travel funds to show on your account, you must log in to Southwest
when making a reservation. After that, once you cancel that reservation in
exchange for a travel fund, you will see that specific travel fund in your
Southwest account. Here’s how you check Southwest Travel Funds:
- Log into your Southwest Airlines account online.
- Go to My Account.
- Click on View Travel Funds on the top (see screenshot below).
- You should see all your available travel funds there.
|How To View Southwest Travel Funds|