Like many of you I have school aged children. As they have gotten older its hard to pull them out of school for a vacation. That leaves summer and spring break for vacations. Normally we go on family trips in the summer. This year is different. My husband will be graduating in May 2020. We are almost positive he will have a job as soon as he graduates or very soon after. For that reason we didn’t want to plan a summer vacation this year. Instead we decided to take our family vacation during Spring Break. I have been sharing my Coupon To Universal story with all of you! You can read about here.
I have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for Southwest to release all of March 2020 flights. Today was the day they finally released flights thru mid April 2020! It was time to cash in all my Southwest gift cards I had gotten discounted from Raise. Normally I wait to book until the last minute (around 2 months out) for flight deals. The only issue with that is getting us all on the same flight at a normal time. Often times that left us taking undesirable flights like first thing in the morning or the last one of the day. While the savings are worth it. I am at a point in my life. I don’t want to inconvenience myself.
That lead me to ask the SavEars what to do. Many people suggested booking on the first day the flights open. They said often times its the lowest prices you will see for those flights. If for some reason the flight goes lower you can always call Southwest and request a price adjustment. They will apply the difference on a gift card type voucher that has to be used within 12 months. While it is a gamble. I already have plans for another Disney trip brewing. I am sure we will use any credits we have within a year.
These are some general savings hacks that you hear often. I am sure all your super savears have heard these but just in case here they are.
Take the earliest or latest flight of the day.
Fly on Wednesdays and Saturdays those are often the cheapest days to fly.
Now, on to how I just saved $227.78.00 off my Southwest flights and you can to! Raise (a website where you can buy discounted gift cards) often has 5% or more savings with a coupon code, off the already discounted gift card prices. Usually a $200.00 Southwest gift card goes for 5% – 6% off everyday on Raise. I watch Raise like a hawk. Anytime they have an additional 5% or more off with coupon code I buy a $200.00 Southwest gift card off Raise. Then to sweeten the deal I go to Swagbucks and click thru. Swagbucks pays 1% in SB back on Raise purchases.
The cherry on top is, that I use my credit card that pays 3% cashback to purchase the discounted gift cards off Raise. Immediately following (if not I forget which defeats the purpose of couponing to Disney), I transfer money from my Disney fund in Paypal to my bank account and pay whatever I spent to my credit card. Below is a breakdown of all the steps!
1. Go to Swagbucks and search Raise. This little step will give you back 1% ($1.74)
2.Click thru to Raise.
3.Search for a $200.00 Southwest gift card normally sells for $188.00 (6% savings).
4.If there is a promo code to save additional money add it. These promo codes appear often.
5.Pay with the highest amount of cash back credit card you have. For me that is 3%!
6.Deposit or transfer money from your Disney fund to your bank account to cover the cost of the Southwest gift card. As soon as it has posted pay it on your credit card.
NOTE – I used 8 of the $200.00 gift cards towards the cost of my Southwest ticket. Every time Raise had a promo code that would save me 10% total or more. I would buy a Southwest gift card. You can use up to 3 forms of payment per transaction. Each separate gift card is a separate form of payment. I did have to buy each ticket separately in order to use all my gift cards towards the tickets.
Total Saved: $227.78
That is a lot of steps but totally worth it! We have never had an issue sitting together. Southwest doesn’t assign seats only boarding spots. Those boarding spots are not assigned until you check in 24 hours before. I have always checked us all in back to back. Usually we are in the same boarding group. Sometimes even one after another numerically. You can also have whoever boards first hold spots for the rest of your family.