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Title: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: DaveG on December 11, 2019, 06:34:38 AM
Not sure exactly when, but sometime over the last two hours they opened up the July dates for booking Southwest flights.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on December 11, 2019, 06:52:26 AM
Already checking the schedule LOL
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: sessionka on December 11, 2019, 07:46:43 AM
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Already checking the schedule LOL

So it's not just me.   :)

I started checking all airfares yesterday.  My first plan is to check dates earlier than the Con.  It gives me a base line.  I can see the airlines and/or travel sites looking at how many queries are done for specific dates, and adjusting their prices accordingly.  It's just a theory of mine.  It's what I would do if I was in that business.   :)
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: stl_ben on December 11, 2019, 11:28:51 AM
21,000 Points total for 2 round trip non-stop flights from STL....yes please.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: jazzyj on December 11, 2019, 03:09:31 PM
Just booked my flights for SDCC! Thank goodness they still have the sale going on. I was able to get a round trip flight from SF to SD for $180.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on December 11, 2019, 05:53:49 PM
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Just booked my flights for SDCC! Thank goodness they still have the sale going on. I was able to get a round trip flight from SF to SD for $180.

That seems expensive...I just booked it from SJC for $118  :o
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: accelerate on December 11, 2019, 06:07:37 PM
I see SJC flights on Tuesday for $54.

Might have to jump on board that.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: jazzyj on December 11, 2019, 06:52:31 PM
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That seems expensive...I just booked it from SJC for $118  :o

Well technically I had cheaper options but I just chose the times that were convenient for me.

But I think in general, I feel like Southwest deals from SF to SD haven't been that great for me during the past Comic-Cons so I thought the ticket prices that I saw were pretty great compared to the previous years. At least I can always rebook my flight if the prices go down and I can get credit for the difference.  ^-^
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 11, 2019, 07:42:44 PM
I just booked some flights this morning and they were kind of pricey. But then, there aren't a lot of options and everything is pricey now...
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: DaveG on December 11, 2019, 09:59:23 PM
Bought my tickets this morning and they were up a little, but not too different from what I've seen in the past.  Was a little surprised how quickly some flights were filling up.  One flight indicated there was only 1 ticket left.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on December 12, 2019, 05:32:48 AM
Jealous of you guys with cheap airfare, East Coast to West doesn't work that way LOL
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: alyssa on December 12, 2019, 06:36:46 AM
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Jealous of you guys with cheap airfare, East Coast to West doesn't work that way LOL
flights are kinda pricey from the west to the east  too ...  ;>
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on December 12, 2019, 07:25:39 AM
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flights are kinda pricey from the west to the east  too ...  ;>

Right, going to NYC is always higher on Southwest than other airlines.  It was a big factor in deciding to give up NYCC.  I find going east Delta is better.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: sessionka on December 12, 2019, 08:19:53 AM
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Jealous of you guys with cheap airfare, East Coast to West doesn't work that way LOL

...and I don't see anything non-stop with Southwest from the East Coast. :)

Oh well.    :)
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Dubb on December 12, 2019, 09:16:53 AM
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Bought my tickets this morning and they were up a little, but not too different from what I've seen in the past.  Was a little surprised how quickly some flights were filling up.  One flight indicated there was only 1 ticket left.

Only 1 ticket left at that price. There are probably plenty of seats left, but prices will rise as more seats are filled.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on December 12, 2019, 11:30:46 AM
I got my airfare for $305.  That is about average. 

I'll be stalking though I would like to take the flight earlier in the morning if the price goes down.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on December 12, 2019, 01:26:37 PM
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Well technically I had cheaper options but I just chose the times that were convenient for me.

But I think in general, I feel like Southwest deals from SF to SD haven't been that great for me during the past Comic-Cons so I thought the ticket prices that I saw were pretty great compared to the previous years. At least I can always rebook my flight if the prices go down and I can get credit for the difference.  ^-^

Ahh...that makes sense. Yes, I have noticed that Southwest usually has better flights out of SJC (and OAK) than SFO. I'm doing Wednesday to Monday and when I checked yesterday, nearly all Wednesday flights were $54. Monday night had a couple that were $64 (which I got) but the earlier ones were higher.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Michael M on December 13, 2019, 06:30:54 PM
Got mine for points...gotta love points.  Monday to Monday...next stop...hotel!
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Sakura17 on December 27, 2019, 09:21:15 AM
Ugh I wish I logged in sooner to see what those prices were on Dec Dec 13. I just booked my one way to get there at $189. My return flight is still kinda pricey. Hoping that it will go down, but I think that's wishful thinking. As far as I know once those prices on southwest say 1 ticket remaining, they will most likely raise the prices to the next range.

Was there a sale going on when they released the dates?
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on December 30, 2019, 06:19:58 AM
Finally booked my flight out, will probably be flying back home out of LAX. So gonna wait on that for now. Luckily a friend let me use some of her points so.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on December 30, 2019, 07:33:45 PM
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As far as I know once those prices on southwest say 1 ticket remaining, they will most likely raise the prices to the next range.

Yes and no. If someone buys it right away it will go up, but after some time, a different round of prices may kick in which could lower it.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Samiambrown on January 12, 2020, 06:00:20 PM
We got ours $280 for a round trip from DFW Tuesday to Monday. I feel like thats a decent flight price. we leave at like 11:55 local time on Tuesday and leave at 4p on Monday. Much better than the trying to leave out super late on Tuesday and then have to fly super early or late on Monday back home.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: alien13 on January 12, 2020, 06:38:39 PM
Just got my Southwest tickets this weekend also. Arriving early Tuesday afternoon (so I can enjoy some of San Diego before attending preview night) and leaving the following Tuesday. So jealous of all of you who are so close to San Diego. I’m Traveling almost 1600 miles just to get there so 3200 miles round trip. Hopefully no flight delays this time unlike last years flights. Everyone of my flights got delayed somewhat, but not that bad considering.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: chocolateshake on January 22, 2020, 11:58:58 AM
I hope it doesn't become a problem, but Boeing has said that the 737 Max Q may not fly again through the summer.  Airlines have been cancelling flights every time that date gets pushed back since they don't have the inventory to service all those flights.  Southwest has the most 737 Max Qs of any airline.  I think right now the Max Q has been taken out of scheduling through June.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on January 22, 2020, 05:03:26 PM
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I hope it doesn't become a problem, but Boeing has said that the 737 Max Q may not fly again through the summer.  Airlines have been cancelling flights every time that date gets pushed back since they don't have the inventory to service all those flights.  Southwest has the most 737 Max Qs of any airline.  I think right now the Max Q has been taken out of scheduling through June.

Max 8, actually.

I ran into this issue last year when I went to SLC. They canceled my flights so I had to rebook with a different airline but I did get a couple months advance notice. They weren't originally Max 8 flights, but I guess SJC to SLC is not that popular of a route so they cancelled those in order to move the aircraft to a different flight.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: sylent_asassin on January 31, 2020, 11:29:18 AM
My wife and I will probably book our flights this weekend as rates are currently reasonable. In years past, we always waited until our hotel situation was confirmed and that always burned us.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 31, 2020, 11:55:01 AM
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My wife and I will probably book our flights this weekend as rates are currently reasonable. In years past, we always waited until our hotel situation was confirmed and that always burned us.

If it makes you feel better, confirm your hotel situation right now with a cancelable backup reservation in Mission Valley. Obviously that's not ideal, but at least you'll know that you will have somewhere to stay.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: chocolateshake on February 13, 2020, 11:48:13 AM
Southwest is pushing 737 max flights back until August now.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: marcia29 on February 13, 2020, 12:21:35 PM
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Southwest is pushing 737 max flights back until August now.

Oh no....  :(. Not good news at all.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: chocolateshake on February 13, 2020, 04:14:45 PM
The good news is that right now Southwest appears to be waiving the difference in fares if you change a flight departing between roughly June to August.  They do this periodically.  So if there is a flight between two city pairs where the price is different, you can book the cheaper flight and then change it to a more expensive flight at no cost.  So if there is a flight that costs $100 because it leaves at 4am and another that costs $200 to leave at 10am, you can book the $100 flight leaving at 4am and then turn around and change it to the more expensive flight leaving at 10am at no additional cost.  Or you can book a cheaper flight on Wednesday and then change it to a more expensive flight on Friday as long as the date change is either 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the original date.  This also works for switching airports within the same metro area.  So book a flight out of Oakland because it's cheaper and then switch it to a flight leaving SFO.

This is all unadvertised and if you speak to a rep they will probably know nothing about it.  Southwest does this from time to time online.  Because it's unadvertised who knows when it ends.  It also doesn't always work.  So it's not a good idea to do unless you are happy to stick with the cheaper flight.  But if you have already booked a flight, it doesn't hurt to see if you can change it to a better flight at no additional cost.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Michael M on February 13, 2020, 06:57:01 PM
So, silly question with reading here that some folks have to change flights.  My schedule showed a MAX on the way home, but now today, it doesn't.  So I didn't have to change anything it seems.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2020, 07:12:36 PM
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So, silly question with reading here that some folks have to change flights.  My schedule showed a MAX on the way home, but now today, it doesn't.  So I didn't have to change anything it seems.

I guess I don't know how you see the plane or know you need to change your flight.  DO they notify you?  They are still selling tickets for my flight so I assume I am good?
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2020, 07:18:40 PM
Okay found out all my flights are on a 737, however, all the flights from Denver including those with stops are on 737.  I can't imagine they just aren't going to San Diego so I wonder if they are canceling those or some of those flights will change planes. 
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Michael M on February 13, 2020, 07:44:01 PM
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I guess I don't know how you see the plane or know you need to change your flight.  DO they notify you?  They are still selling tickets for my flight so I assume I am good?
The reservation details shows the scheduled aircraft.  Mine had MAX a couple days ago, no longer now.

(https://t1xgpg.bn.files.1drv.com/y4mCO2IArAZtgBuYMW5nONSz2ss7rQhJI1fSGlFW__AbjsAO6jcX2vHeWH0wAYEBdxaD2UvjaK-6HcmJwiimH-2ih4JTEMoBJ57xCMCix_bXeravemIOO7kDXk1um0hpukdRHlK7Tnimlnbw9cx4jeYa8xEZsam_GqyV1i5537064HKZ8cGw9ktwmGx39NkpPIzH0CSDrkjKRcnibMxdb3Z0Q?width=177&height=1024&cropmode=none)
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2020, 07:55:09 PM
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The reservation details shows the scheduled aircraft.  Mine had MAX a couple days ago, no longer now.

(https://t1xgpg.bn.files.1drv.com/y4mCO2IArAZtgBuYMW5nONSz2ss7rQhJI1fSGlFW__AbjsAO6jcX2vHeWH0wAYEBdxaD2UvjaK-6HcmJwiimH-2ih4JTEMoBJ57xCMCix_bXeravemIOO7kDXk1um0hpukdRHlK7Tnimlnbw9cx4jeYa8xEZsam_GqyV1i5537064HKZ8cGw9ktwmGx39NkpPIzH0CSDrkjKRcnibMxdb3Z0Q?width=177&height=1024&cropmode=none)

My app didnt' for some reason but I went to the site and it looks like mine are not the Max so I still get to go to San Diego!!
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 14, 2020, 09:10:06 AM
I have 2 big trips (4 flights) booked on Southwest this summer (neither of which are SDCC). Both of them got emails yesterday saying that the flights had been changed. 2 of them were small differences (5 and 10 minute changes in departure times), one was just a change in flight number, but one was a massive change. Instead of a one stop (no plane change) flight leaving at 4:50 pm, we were now on a two-stop (no plane change) flight that took an extra 3 hours of travel time and left at 10:05 am. This threw off our entire travel itinerary. My husband and I decided to split, so we wanted to each move to different flights. I called up Southwest last night and the rep was able to switch everything for me, no charge, on the phone, even though I had booked it all online and had a companion ticket on my flight. My husband's flight was actually $15 cheaper than what we paid when we booked it, so they refunded the difference to our credit card (rather than making it a Southwest credit).

I was very  happy with the customer service on this. If anyone has even the slightest change in their flights, I highly recommend calling Southwest and getting what you want. Just search up your desired flights online first and then let them know.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hipchick on February 16, 2020, 06:54:55 PM
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I have 2 big trips (4 flights) booked on Southwest this summer (neither of which are SDCC). Both of them got emails yesterday saying that the flights had been changed. 2 of them were small differences (5 and 10 minute changes in departure times), one was just a change in flight number, but one was a massive change. Instead of a one stop (no plane change) flight leaving at 4:50 pm, we were now on a two-stop (no plane change) flight that took an extra 3 hours of travel time and left at 10:05 am. This threw off our entire travel itinerary. My husband and I decided to split, so we wanted to each move to different flights. I called up Southwest last night and the rep was able to switch everything for me, no charge, on the phone, even though I had booked it all online and had a companion ticket on my flight. My husband's flight was actually $15 cheaper than what we paid when we booked it, so they refunded the difference to our credit card (rather than making it a Southwest credit).

I was very  happy with the customer service on this. If anyone has even the slightest change in their flights, I highly recommend calling Southwest and getting what you want. Just search up your desired flights online first and then let them know.

Southwest is the best! I too have been able to get them to refund me the difference for a flight change and it was a really easy and pleasant experience!
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on February 17, 2020, 06:59:07 AM
I had my SDCC flights changed already, just by an hour or so which isn't a big deal. My email did say if it was an issue to give them a call and I could switch/make changes with no issues.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Sakura17 on March 19, 2020, 12:26:19 AM
Still waiting for to book my return flight. Ideally i know this is the time to book it, yet I don't want to get stuck with another travel voucher credit if I'm not going to be traveling within the next year :(
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: stl_ben on March 19, 2020, 05:55:32 AM
If you booked early....I would check if prices dropped.  Mine had. Got a refund of the difference in points with a quick call.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on March 19, 2020, 06:54:17 AM
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If you booked early....I would check if prices dropped.  Mine had. Got a refund of the difference in points with a quick call.

I've been checking too. So far, only $17 drop so I'm holding out LOL
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: puppy on March 19, 2020, 07:17:09 AM
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I've been checking too. So far, only $17 drop so I'm holding out LOL

The good news is they have started human testing on a vaccine.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on March 20, 2020, 10:13:16 AM
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The good news is they have started human testing on a vaccine.

Only 18 months or more until we get it!
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Dubb on March 21, 2020, 02:47:27 PM
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I've been checking too. So far, only $17 drop so I'm holding out LOL

You can take the $17 now and get even more later if it drops again. Take it before it’s gone!
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: chocolateshake on March 22, 2020, 11:54:39 AM
If people want to buy a cheap call option on the viability of future travel, roundtrip flights between LA and Miami are now about $40-$50.  Most of that price is taxes.  The airlines are giving away seats in the hopes of staying functional.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on March 22, 2020, 04:37:22 PM
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If people want to buy a cheap call option on the viability of future travel, roundtrip flights between LA and Miami are now about $40-$50.  Most of that price is taxes.  The airlines are giving away seats in the hopes of staying functional.

And you’ll probably have the entire plane to yourself, too...
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on March 23, 2020, 03:02:11 PM
What's the point of going to another city where everything is closed. 

I just want them to update my travel funds to have the new expiration date! 
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: marcia29 on March 23, 2020, 07:12:04 PM
Flight costs are getting so low in some places.  It is VERY hard to resist these prices!  ::)
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on March 24, 2020, 05:33:16 AM
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Flight costs are getting so low in some places.  It is VERY hard to resisit  these prices!  ::)

I love that they have all these cheap flights in May. Like stuff will be back to normal by then LOL
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Dubb on March 26, 2020, 12:17:21 PM
Prices for San Diego plummeted today. But looks like it’s only for new bookings. I can’t get a credit if I try to change my flights.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: hikanteki on March 26, 2020, 03:35:32 PM
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Prices for San Diego plummeted today. But looks like it’s only for new bookings. I can’t get a credit if I try to change my flights.

I just got credit for Southwest. Only $5, but still. Though at this rate,  I may not be able to use any of my flight credits from Southwest this year. But at least I've been able to recycle the credits as necessary...so if nothing happens I'm only out two max, rather than for all 4-5 events I was going to had I booked separately.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: Iris on March 27, 2020, 04:40:47 AM
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I love that they have all these cheap flights in May. Like stuff will be back to normal by then LOL

I have tickets for may to San Jose, before all this happened, my friend and I had plans to go up to visit friends for memorial day. Needless to say, when prices tanked, I got credits on the flights for the new prices.

We're not expecting to use them now obviously, but hopefully it's sdcc is canceled things have calmed down enough to travel and we can use it then. No idea though   :-\
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: NCDS on March 27, 2020, 07:29:46 AM
I officially have $758 in travel funds from canceled due to 4 trips being canceled, none of my travel funds have moved to the new expiration date so I suspect I will have to call them.  They did say gove them time though so I can wait a week or two more.

I also just rebooked my flight to SD for $70 less. 

So at least when we can travel I will have the airfare covered!

Also if it won't let you change your flight to the cheaper rate, cancel the flight then rebook using those travel funds.
Title: Re: Southwest Flights for SDCC 2020 Available
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on March 27, 2020, 08:01:59 AM
My SD flight is still the same price LOL