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Old 04-18-2012, 12:35 AM   #526
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I can't believe that they bumped the date to June 4 for the new booking window beyond November 2nd!! Are you kidding me?? Well, I can't sit back any longer and watch the other carriers rates go up and up while waiting for stupid SWA to open up booking. I guess they assume no one books airline tickets more than 5 months in advance .

United Airlines just got my money.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:45 AM   #527
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I can't believe that they bumped the date to June 4 for the new booking window beyond November 2nd!! Are you kidding me?? Well, I can't sit back any longer and watch the other carriers rates go up and up while waiting for stupid SWA to open up booking. I guess they assume no one books airline tickets more than 5 months in advance .

United Airlines just got my money.
This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:51 AM   #528
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This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
Interesting! Thanks so much for posting this info.... Do you think there's any risk in waiting to book until late June? I've never waited that long before.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #529
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UH! I need Nov. 3-14th. I hate waiting, but I don't want pay $800 for two round trip out on Delta right now.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #530
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This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
thank you so much for posting this. we leave september 2nd. thank you for the info
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i have a quick question. i got the 50,000 flyer mile deal from southwest. can these be used on airtran too?
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #532
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Interesting! Thanks so much for posting this info.... Do you think there's any risk in waiting to book until late June? I've never waited that long before.
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thank you so much for posting this. we leave september 2nd. thank you for the info
You're welcome!

As to your question about waiting, I honestly don't know.
I'm playing the same game....
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:30 PM   #533
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UH! I need Nov. 3-14th. I hate waiting, but I don't want pay $800 for two round trip out on Delta right now.
I'm in the same boat but our dates are November 9 thru 19. I bit the bullet and booked United for the outbound flights. If it were just for my flight I would probably sit back and wait but being that I am in charge of tickets for my 5 friends, I would just feel terrible if we waited and ended up paying more for less desirable flights.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #534
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I can't believe that they bumped the date to June 4 for the new booking window beyond November 2nd!! Are you kidding me?? Well, I can't sit back any longer and watch the other carriers rates go up and up while waiting for stupid SWA to open up booking. I guess they assume no one books airline tickets more than 5 months in advance .

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This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
Seriously? We're hoping to go out of our local airport with SW, especially with it being only 15-20 minutes away. If this is true, then it looks like we may have to go with Jet Blue.

Unfortunately for us, that means it's more like an hour drive in and we have to deal with major rush hour traffic since we are leaving on a Thursday morning We were going to use a car service to and from for this trip anyway. But I still don't like having to travel in rush hour traffic. There is a reason why the Long Island Expressway is called the "world's biggest parking lot" by us Long Islanders.
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This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
Thanks for posting this! I have a $400 voucher for SW for taking a later flight home last year and have been waiting (impatiently) for the airfare for October to drop. Right now, even with my voucher, it would be more expensive for my family to fly this year than last year. I really hope this sale runs through the end of October (we are going 18th to the 29th).
We took advantage of the birthday sale that SW had last year, which was $80 one way, and that really helped. I wonder if that is what this sale might be. I think I booked around June last year...
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:53 AM   #536
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Thanks for posting this! I have a $400 voucher for SW for taking a later flight home last year and have been waiting (impatiently) for the airfare for October to drop. Right now, even with my voucher, it would be more expensive for my family to fly this year than last year. I really hope this sale runs through the end of October (we are going 18th to the 29th).
We took advantage of the birthday sale that SW had last year, which was $80 one way, and that really helped. I wonder if that is what this sale might be. I think I booked around June last year...
We booked the $80 fares last September from long island as well....this year we are going October 24-29th and booked the day the fares came out at $105 since they now include all fees and taxes.....the $80 fares last year did not so the total cost was around $95 ....I can live with the 105 fare and if they do go down I'll get a credit
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Hello Southwest People,

I am new to Southwest airlines and I am trying to figure out how it all works. I've signed up for rapid rewards and I have a million questions. I looked back through the thread to about Dec of last year and I did not see any info that would help me figure out how SW works. I figured I would post my questions here and hope that those of you with SW experience might be able to bestow their wisdom on me.

My first question concerns the "wanna get away fares". I am deathly afraid to book Southwest because they have the reputation of over selling the seats available on the plane. If we did go with SW we would probably choose it for the Wanna get away fares (WGA). I can't think of anything worse than trying to get to WDW and SW saying you can't get on the flight you booked and maybe not tomorrow either because we oversold/there is a weather problem, etc, etc... I'm thinking this is a lot more likely to happen if you have a WGA fare... Is that correct? How do they determine who gets booted off of the plane/ told not to board?

I think I will stop there and ask my next questions in separate posts so as not to overwhelm the gurus. Like I said I'm a SW newby and I have a million questions!

Thank you so very much for your time in assisting me with learning about SWA.
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Does anyone happen to know if there are any discount codes floating around for Southwest? I see the "promo code" field on their website but haven't had any luck finding anything online??
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This was posted yesterday on bestfares.com. I know it won't help you now, eeyoregon, but maybe it will be of help to someone else playing the waiting game:

If your travel plans are after August 14 and you can wait until at least June 19 to book your travel; we suggest that you wait if you are flying on a route served by Southwest or AirTran. We are predicting that on June 19 or June 25; Southwest Airlines and AirTran may run deeply discounted airfare sales for travel beginning either August 14 or August 21 thru September, and maybe even part of October.
Hmmmm. Interesting. I have a certain price point I am sticking to for flights and was willing to book flights with connections at an airport a few hours away to stay in budget.
Might be worth waiting another six weeks and see what Southwest comes out with. It's risky though.
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