Southwest Airlines announced this week plans to add a fourth fare category with their Wanna Get Away Plus™, a new fare that joins Wanna Get Away™, Anytime, and Business Select™ in the Company’s fare product lineup. This fare will be available to Customers late in the second quarter of 2022.
The new fare category is designed to attract more business travelers and boost revenue.
The new fare level will be priced higher than Southwest’s cheapest tickets but below the airline’s top two fare categories. Southwest executives think this will fill the large price gap between the cheapest fares, called Wanna Get Away, and more-expensive tickets.
Wanna Get Away Plus™ provides Customers even more flexibility, choice, and rewards for a modest buy-up from Wanna Get Away. In addition to the benefits offered across all our fares (2 free checked bags1, no change fees2, free TV/movies/messaging3), Wanna Get Away Plus™ offers:
- Transferable flight credit(s), a new benefit that enables Customers to make a one-time transfer of eligible unused flight credit to a new traveler for future use.4
- More flexibility through same-day confirmed change/same-day standby.5
- More earning power with 8X Rapid Rewards points.
In addition, Customers who opt for a refundable Anytime or Business Select fare and our Tier Members will receive more benefits. Business Select and Anytime fares will have the same transferable flight credit benefit as Wanna Get Away Plus™. Anytime fares will also gain EarlyBird Check-In6, Priority Lane7, and Express Lane8 benefits. Tier Members (A-List /A-List Preferred Customers) will now receive same-day confirmed change in addition to same-day standby9.
These changes to Business Select and Anytime will all be available to all Customers when Wanna Get Away Plus™ is available for sale in all Southwest channels.
This is the airlines first major change in fare structure in 15 years. The changes will take effect in May or June.