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Big News: Southwest Flight Credits No Longer Expire

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We’ve got big news from Southwest — and it’s sure to be a welcome development for fans of the airline. As of today, July 28, 2022, Southwest flight credits no longer expire.

Here are the details of this positive change from Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Flight Credits No Longer Expire

Previously, flight credits issued by Southwest had a set expiration date. You needed to complete your trip by the expiration date or your flight credit would go unused. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past now.

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Southwest flight credits no longer expire! Image Credit: Southwest

From now on, Southwest flight credits (the airline calls them “travel funds”) will no longer have an expiration date. This applies to flight credits issued on or after July 28, 2022, or those that have an expiration date on or after July 28, 2022.

You’ll receive Southwest flight credits if you cancel or change a flight to a lower-priced itinerary. Previously, you could re-instate expired flight credits, but you’d have to pay a $100 fee. Now, these flight credits have no expiration date, which also means there’s no longer a fee to keep these alive.

How To Find Your Southwest Flight Credits

You can easily find your flight credits in your Rapid Rewards account. Just click on My Account at the top of your screen, then you’ll see your flight credits (called Travel Funds). Click on View Details to see each credit’s confirmation number and amount.

How to find Southwest Travel Funds
You can see your Southwest flight credits in your Rapid Rewards account. Image Credit: Southwest

The Difference Between Flight Credits and LUV Vouchers

This is a customer-friendly development from Southwest, but keep in mind that the change to flight credits does not affect Southwest LUV Vouchers. A LUV Voucher is what you may get as compensation for a canceled or delayed flight. Southwest LUV Vouchers still have an expiration date.

Hot Tip: For more information about Southwest Airlines, read our full guide to the ins and outs of the airline as well as our full review of its loyalty program, called Rapid Rewards.

Final Thoughts

The fact that Southwest flight credits no longer expire is great news for Southwest customers. This customer-friendly update from Southwest makes the Rapid Rewards program even easier to use. Now, if you cancel a flight or change to a lower-priced itinerary, your flight credits are there for you to use at any time because they don’t expire anymore.

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About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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