I think I might have misjudged this program in my earlier comments. If I book $50.00 flights I receive 300 points each way. (600 roundtrip) If I book a reward ticket with a low fare it should cost 6000 points. That means it takes 10 roundtrips @ $50.00 for a free flight. It only gets better with higher priced flights. Why is Southwest not sharing this type of calculation. Am I missing something?
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I understand the reason behind the changes. It is a total loss for me. I fly a lot of very cheap flights and book and rebook when the fare drops in advance. I was taking advantage of the old program by flying on very cheap days to gain ALIST status. I have only paid full price one time, for a one-way ticket. $415.00. So this will really help business people who pay full fare.
On the other side. I fly a lot and only fly Southwest. Try flying to Birmingham to get to Atlanta, stoping in Oakland for Seatle, Stopping in Vegas for for Salt Lake City. All three city's have non stops on other airlines from San Diego. I require my 70 employees to only fly Southwest. This program looks similar to all the rest. I will have to look at other airlines when Southwest has no nonstop. How many points am I going to get for that $30.00 flight to Vegas or the $29.00 flight from MCO to RSW. It will be nice to get on JetBlue to New York nonstop. I will still fly Southwest, but shop around for the right deal and time.
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