Southwest just launched a great promotion for those who will find themselves flying this spring and summer on Southwest Airlines. Between now and Aug. 31, all qualifying flights will earn double points. That means you’ll receive 6 points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away fares, 10 points per dollar spent on Anytime fares and 12 points per dollar spent on Business Select fares.
To take advantage of this promotion, you need to register PRIOR to booking your flight. That means if you already have a flight booked, you’ll need to cancel and re-book. This does not mean changing your flight to the exact same flight — you need a new confirmation number. If your flight has gone up in price, then you’ll have to weigh whether or not paying a higher fare price is worth it.
With Southwest points worth about 1.5 cents per point, this means you are earning about an 18% return on your flight. A $100 flight, for example will earn you 1,200 points. Those points are then worth about $18 towards a Southwest flight — assuming you are booking a Wanna Get Away fare. Also keep in mind that this isn’t perfect math as you do not earn points on the taxes you pay towards your fare.
While I personally do not recommend traveling right now, unless you absolutely have to, this is a good opportunity to earn more points on your flight. With Southwest fares being pretty low and flexible right now, if you need to fly, you should be able to do so cheaply, while earning extra points along the way.