By Stacey Leasca
October 10, 2019
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Southwest Airlines has always been a friend to budget travelers. However, according to a new report by The Points Guy, the airline may be doing away with one of its best discounts — senior fares.

For several years those over the age of 65 could purchase tickets for “Anytime Travel" with a small discount. Those tickets were also fully refundable in the event of a cancellation. However, Southwest quietly announced on its website that it will phase out the senior fares this December.

“As of December 11, 2019, Senior fares are no longer available for purchase,” Southwest wrote on its site. “Our customers mean everything to us. We’re committed to providing friendly, reliable service and low fares with heart. You’ll still get all that with our other fare features.”

The other features, Southwest explained, include refundable fares, which remain available with the Anytime tickets and Business Select. All other tickets also come with Southwest’s Reusable funds, which are travel credits customers can use within 12 months if they need to cancel their prior plans, no change fees, and of course, their “bags fly free” service.

Though this is most certainly not the best news for Southwest frequent flyers there are still a number of other ways to save.

As The Points Guy explained, travelers of any age can still book cheaper tickets with Southwest’s “Wanna Get Away” fare. And, those traveling with children can still book with the airline’s “Child’s Fare.” However, anyone hoping to use that discount must call the airline to book via phone.

There’s also one more way to save on Southwest flights, stay tuned for their incredibly frequent sales. The airline seems to host flash sales on a fairly regular basis. So, if you’re hoping for a great deal or just an excuse to get away, stay alert for those savings. Just be ready to book the same day as the sales only last for a few hours at a time.

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