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Fees coming for Southwest Rapid Rewards tickets?

by on Sun March 10, 2013 • No Comment

SouthwestOne of the nicest things about Southwest Rapid Rewards miles tickets is the absence of any fees whatsoever. Whether you change or cancel your fight, there are no fees, you just pay whatever difference in fare or points for the new flights.

That may be changing this year.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Southwest plans to add restrictions to its ‘Wanna Get Away’ fares. These are the fares people use most often for Rapid Rewards flights, because they give the most bang for your points – about 1.7 cents in value per point.

It’s not clear what these restrictions are. But they could include fees such as a penalty for not canceling a ticket before not showing up. Or  an outright fee for changes within a certain window of time. Other airlines charge $150 or more for changing discount and award tickets.

Regardless, Wanna Get Away tickets, including those paid with Rapid Rewards points, are about to get less lucrative.

Our suggestion: if fees are coming, waive some for  holders of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards from Chase, or perhaps just for the higher end $99 annual fee Rapid Rewards Premier credit card.

United does this for its United Mileage Plus Club card, eliminating the $75 close-in booking fee for mileage tickets.

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