I HATE driving anywhere! 8 hours is like my maximum amount of time I can spend in a car. After that I get stir crazy. Flying is not cheap. Now add on to that my family of 6. That makes flying anywhere very expensive. Over the years, I have learned a few hacks to make flying more affordable. Including one tip I have NEVER heard another blog recommend! I am going to say its exclusive to the CouponingtoDisney tribe.
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 $64.00 off my Southwest flight 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. I used SHOP7 only good today to save an additional 7% (saved me $13.11)!
5.Pay with the highest amount of cash back credit card you have. For me that is 3% ($5.22 savings)!
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 2 of the $200.00 gift cards towards the cost of my Southwest ticket. You can use up to 3 forms of payment per transaction. Each separate gift card is a separate form of payment.
Total Saved: $64.07
That is a lot of steps but totally worth it! Often times I have to do a few transactions on Southwest to purchase tickets for everyone using my discounted gift cards. 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.