Southwest to Make Changes to Rewards Redemptions

Its no secret that I Luv flying Southwest Airlines. They have no checked baggage fees for your first 2 luggages, you can redeem your points for any seat with no blackout dates, and you can change or cancel your paid ticket and award reservations at least 10 min before your flight for no fees or penalties. They are also expanding their flight footprint to include more international destinations.

They just recently announced that on April 17, 2015, they will be changing the number of points you would need to redeem for a flight based on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, etc.  As the Frequent Miler reports, they already started making changes by removing the current award redemption chart.

So until we know what the new point redemption structure will be, a good place to get an estimate of the points you will need for various destinations around the US is the Southwest Getaway finder. Here you can type in your origin city, your destination city will be to anywhere, select one way or roundtrip, your dates, and show fare in points, and you can see the lowest amount of points you will need for an award redemption. Note: This map does not show international destinations.

Southwest Getaway Finder

 

When you do click a destination and view flights, you will see the range of points needed for different flight times. These points fluctuate because they are based on the paid fare to these destinations.

Southwest Destination city

Southwest point ranges

The announcement hasn’t mentioned anything about changes to the Companion Pass which Southwest offers, and I hope they don’t make any changes because this adds a lot of value to their program.

 

3 Comments on "Southwest to Make Changes to Rewards Redemptions"

  1. Can someone PLEASE explain to me what all the hoopla is about this? SW has always varied pricing (points and $) based on “destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, etc. ”

    Now I can understand getting concerned if they are devaluing their points again. I.E. flight X costs $100 and it used to cost 7,500 pts and as of April it’s going to be 8,000 or whatever. But other than that. what’s the big deal?
    Thanks

    • Giddy for Points | February 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm | Reply

      Everyone is speculating that they are devaluing their points again, that is the concern. Also many are concerned about the Companion Pass as well but that is just a wild speculation.

      • Devaluation? Concern is understandable.
        But all the “other” stuff…? “chart is gone” “time, day of travel, fare class, etc” Really?

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