Great Ways to Save on Your Southwest Airlines Flight

Of recent, I wanted to book a vacation during my son’s spring break using Southwest Airlines as our main source of transportation.  Once I knew where we were going, I checked the southwest.com website and found that the southwest calendar for dates of available travel were only through March 8.  I was in search of travel dates after this date.  In the past, I had learned that the least expensive fares, Wanna Get Aways, often were sold very quickly.

How to get the Wanna Get Away Fares

I wanted to get those fares to save the most on the tickets needed.  As such, I decided to call Southwest to see when the fares past March 8 would be available.  They told me the bracket of dates they would be next publishing on their website.  They also stated that if I needed dates past those to be released, I could call back on that date of release for the next bracket of dates.  To demonstrate:  I called on August 1 to find out when the Southwest flights would be available past March 8 on their website.  They stated that the next available dates to open would be March 9 – April 6, 2015, available for purchase on August 24, 2014.  If I was interested in booking a vacation after April 6, 2015, I was invited to call on August 24, 2014 to see the next bracket of available booking dates for the airline.

Knowing this, I was on the computer on August 24, 2014 to book my March vacation flights.  I did find the flights that I wanted.  To book the flights, I decided to call instead of use the website.  For one of the flights, the phone operator stated that there were only 4 seats available for the date and flight I was looking to book.  Luckily, we only needed 3 seats but that shows how quickly those Wanna Get Away Fares are sold (and being a purchase for spring break, they were especially a hot commodity).  Therefore, it is highly recommended that when the flights become available that you have all of your information in order so you can quickly choose the flights best for your vacation and be able to buy them immediate to get the best price.

SouthWestHow to save even Further with Southwest.com

If you want to save even more on your vacation, you should purchase gift cards for Southwest.com from Target.  If you own a Target Red Card, the purchase of the gift cards will be made with a 5% discount.  Therefore, if you are traveling and need to book 4 tickets that cost $250 each, you could save a total of $50!  That will likely pay for a meal or two while you are on vacation.  To get started with getting your Southwest gift cards, head to Target here and purchase the cards needed to book your flight.

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