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As you probably saw in the news, in the last few weeks both Southwest and then Delta have had some major IT meltdowns that led to lots and lots of systemwide flight cancellations, delays, and headaches for summer travelers. I know folks that were essentially stuck for days before they were able to get new flights home or on to their final destination. Some of them weren’t even able to get hotel rooms due to no occupancy. I certainly don’t wish that on anyone!
While the credit card you booked your flight with may have your back to cover some unexpected trip delay or interruption expenses such as extra lodging and food in the case of cancelations or big delays, the airlines themselves also generally step up as well…at least eventually. In the middle of mass cancellations and limited help it can be very frustrating and disappointing. However, once it is all over and you are safely back home, some compensation from the airlines that comes your way can make you feel a bit better about the whole ordeal…or at the very least it doesn’t hurt.
Southwest 50% Off Codes From July IT Outage:
I was intrigued by the “we’re sorry, we can do better” offering from Southwest Airlines as a result of their July IT problems, so wanted to highlight it because I thought it was interesting, and also to make sure those who were impacted didn’t accidentally miss this gem in their inboxes.
Reportedly Southwest offered many passengers impacted by the late July computer for two hours or more a 50% off one-time use unique promo code on a future flight booked by October 31, 2016 for travel through January 31, 2016. Some passengers also received credit to use on future flights, but it is the codes that I wanted to explore more in this post…though you could presumably stack the credit you receive on top of the 50% off savings code!
For families, the value of this one-time use code would be potentially huge as it is good for up to 8 people on the reservation and can be used without blackout dates for one-way, round trip, or open jaw travel in the United States. It reportedly takes 50% off the total cash or points required for a trip, so this is a huge deal whether you travel on cash or points.
If you have one of these Southwest 50% off codes to use, make sure you are strategic about using it for the trip with the highest total cost for all passengers over the next few months. Also factor in that the terms indicate that changes made to the reservation will invalidate the code, so try to use it on a trip you are so will go ahead as scheduled.
While it is expressly against the terms (as shown below), I am seeing these 50% codes sold on eBay for a couple hundred dollars each. Since these codes are valid for use over the busy and expensive 2016 travel season, I could easily see them saving a family of four hundreds and hundreds of dollars, or tens of thousands of points.
If you were impacted by the July Southwest IT meltdown, I’d love to hear if you received one of these 50% codes and your plans for making the most of the savings!
Terms and Conditions:
50 percent off promo code savings valid on one-way or roundtrip Wanna Get Away®, Anytime®, and Business Select® Fares booked during the valid travel dates listed below and is applied before taxes and fees. Savings is reflected in the price when entering the single-use promo code in the Promo Code box on southwest.com®. Points bookings do not include September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 one-way. Purchase through October 31, 2016. Discount is valid on new reservations only and must be made prior to 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city on October 31, 2016 for travel July 22, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Valid for Southwest Airlines® domestic and San Juan, Puerto Rico scheduled flights only. Discount will apply only on valid travel dates. If one direction of the trip is outside the valid travel dates and one is within the valid travel dates, only the portion of travel falling within the travel dates listed above will be discounted. Changes made to the itinerary after purchase will eliminate qualifications for this promotion. The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion Codes. Wanna Get Away Fares are nonrefundable, but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines®, so long as you cancel your reservations at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Discount is not valid on Group Travel or Southwest Vacations® packages. Reservations can include up to eight people. These Fare Saver codes cannot be replaced. No cash value. Void if sold or bartered.
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