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logansmummy
12-29-2008, 07:00 PM
Hi All! ;) Well it's that time of year again. The annual family Disney trip! :cheer2: Does anyone know when Southwest opens up July's prices:confused3 ? It appears it is only only open until June 26th at this point? I was just seeing if anyone had any inside scoop. :rolleyes1 Thanks in advance fellow Diser'S :thumbsup2

pamjb
12-29-2008, 08:03 PM
According to the website, the schedule will open up thru August 14th on January 29

http://www.southwest.com/hotfares/?ref=spcofrs_gn

No inside info needed anymore. Southwest posts it on its website.

Carlnne
12-29-2008, 08:55 PM
I am also interested around that time- are there discounted seats when they are first released or is it worth waiting for sales?

Also I may need a return flight after 8/14- should I book the departing flight and wait until more dates are added or wait to purchase both at once? Thanks!

MinnieLee
12-30-2008, 03:39 AM
[QUOTE=Carlnne;29368192]I am also interested around that time- are there discounted seats when they are first released or is it worth waiting for sales?

Also I may need a return flight after 8/14- should I book the departing flight and wait until more dates are added or wait to purchase both at once? Thanks![/QUOTE

When they first open up (around 10:30-11:00 a.m.) they usually have the "cheaper seats" but the best rate is to watch for DING. They have the best prices. I always book the flights we want and then watch DING. You can cancel your higher priced seat and get a credit or a refund - at no extra charge.

pamjb
12-30-2008, 03:41 AM
For the past year or so, the fares on "opening day" have been terrible. Usually they come down within a week or so. I typically have "ticketless travel funds" floating around. These are credits that I receive from SW when there is a fare decrease. I don't have to pay a fee to make the changes, so I check my SW fares daily (sometimes more than once). If the fare goes down, I change my flight to the new lower fare and have a credit for future use. I only book the "web only" or "wanna get away" fares. The higher fare classes are way more $$ than I want to spend, but they are fully refundable.
I always, always, always, book two oneway fares. This was if only one portion of my flight fare decreases, I can change it without risking the other portion.
I always check kayak.com to see what the other airlines are charging for the same ticket. If I can get SW a little higher than the others, I will book it. If not, I will wait. Remember to factor in baggage charges and the other Hidden fees with the other airlines. Southwest doesn't charge for checking 2 bags, so the savings of that fee alone can be worth it.

logansmummy
12-30-2008, 01:09 PM
I LOVE flying SW they are always so kind nice and fun. You don't have that other garbage that you get w/ the other airlines either. SW all the way!