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Old 12-10-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: The Bluegrass State
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Question for the newsgroup. I may be flying Southwest airlines in May (They are the only airline with direct flights from where I am leaving and where I need to go). If I get a ticket on the internet for the "Wanna Get away" option, would I be able to upgrade to "Anytime" or "Business Select" type tickets prior to the flight? (We are looking at the end of May for the conference)
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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yes, sort of....

SW tickets are changeable, You can cancel your Wanna tik, then buy a anytime or biz select, and you can use the credit to pay for part of it. (You will pay the 'current' fare thats in effect when you change it).

SW is all 1 class seating. Only difference is Anytime & Biz allow refunds, biz give you front of line for boarding, and a free drink.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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Senior fares are refundable as well, but generally cost mare than "Wanna Get Away" fares. I just flew my mom from Phoenix for Thanksgiving... the Senior fare allows one to cancel and get a refund without questions, the Wanna Get Away only allows you to change the ticket to another date, perhaps at no cost. Perhaps because there's the chance that the fare will be higher on the new date.

On another post the OP asks about flights to PHX. Since the origin is Kentucky I'm guessing that the OP wants to fly out of Louisville (SDF); there ARE non-stops SDF-PHX. No bag fees, changeable tickets, nonstop... I don't see any other airlines offering those perks. However, Southwest is not always the lowest fare carrier these days, and quick check of KAYAK shows Delta at $300 through Atlanta (an easy airport to make a connection, if you're a savvy traveler) versus $480 on Southwest. Baggage fees notwithstanding, savings of over $100. depends on what you want, convenience or cost, track record of on-time performance or a potential adventure.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Question for the newsgroup. I may be flying Southwest airlines in May (They are the only airline with direct flights from where I am leaving and where I need to go). If I get a ticket on the internet for the "Wanna Get away" option, would I be able to upgrade to "Anytime" or "Business Select" type tickets prior to the flight? (We are looking at the end of May for the conference)

The two advantages of the higher fares is that they are completely refundable and you have preferred boarding. To me, it is not worth it.

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I agree with SluggoF16 that Southwest is not always the lowest fare available. However, you have to consider the connecting flights through Cincinnati (flying directly out of Cincinnati is generally one of the hghest fares), all the baggage fees, and the potential change fees should your plans change.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Southwest still doesn't charge for baggage, but if your flight is non-stop it's about the only one. Seems like every time I look for a flight there are 1-3 transfers and a 2 hour flight takes 14 hours.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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Southwest Rocks!!!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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They're far and away the most generous and hassle-free airline out there as it relates to credits for airfares/refunds, no baggage fees, and a superb on-time record.

While all the airlines pad their schedules to enhance their on-time performance numbers, Southwest is usually tops among the major airlines, and 2012 marked the sixth consecutive year in which they flew more passengers domestically than anybody else.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Southwest doesn't charge any change fees. If you want to upgrade, you simply pay the difference. However, the later you wait, the higher the cost of the upgraded fares. A lot depends on how many seats are still available - which is the same with any airline. You're not necessarily going to get a better seat - as mentioned above, the higher fares come with more perks, that's all. If you pay the $10 for the early bird check in, you can still get an "A" boarding which gives you a better seat selection.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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Southwest doesn't charge any change fees. If you want to upgrade, you simply pay the difference. However, the later you wait, the higher the cost of the upgraded fares. A lot depends on how many seats are still available - which is the same with any airline. You're not necessarily going to get a better seat - as mentioned above, the higher fares come with more perks, that's all. If you pay the $10 for the early bird check in, you can still get an "A" boarding which gives you a better seat selection.

I have not seen a need at this point to pay the $10. I can pretty much count on getting an aisle seat as long as I get something before C6.
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