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Travel funds applied to flight purchased with points?

jksobonya
Active Member

Hello fellow travelers, 

 

I think I already know the answer to this, but wanted to make a post to verify.

 

I recently booked a flight with RR points. Thinking about switching to a different time, which would require a few more points to reserve. I have $29 in unused travel funds - I don't see a way to apply this to a reservation booked with points. Can it not be done? 

 

--Jessica

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Re: Travel funds applied to flight purchased with points?

dfwskier
Rising Star

@jksobonya wrote:

Hello fellow travelers, 

 

I think I already know the answer to this, but wanted to make a post to verify.

 

I recently booked a flight with RR points. Thinking about switching to a different time, which would require a few more points to reserve. I have $29 in unused travel funds - I don't see a way to apply this to a reservation booked with points. Can it not be done? 

 

--Jessica


Hi Jessica.

 

If yoi already have a reservation, you already have money being applied to the TSA fees. Why not just change the reservation and use those funds for the new flight?

Re: Travel funds applied to flight purchased with points?

jksobonya
Active Member

^Indeed, that is what I want to do. Here are some more specifics:

 

The flight that I want currently requires 1814 more points to book. I have 1390 points - not enough. When I attempt to change the flight, I get a message that I "don't have enough points to book" which is true, and my options are to buy points or modify my flight (to a different flight within my point threshold). I don't get the option to apply travel funds since I reserved the flight with points. I would think that my $29 would cover the difference, but alas.  

 

It's hard to say how long this flight will be available at this price point - and the flight isn't until December so I have some time to play with it. I'm filling out surveys in the interim I am flying at the end of the month as well, so I will definitely have enough points by early November to change this flight - assuming the flight price doesn't go up, but I imagine it will. 

 

--Jessica

Re: Travel funds applied to flight purchased with points?

dfwskier
Rising Star
Solution

@jksobonya wrote:

^Indeed, that is what I want to do. Here are some more specifics:

 

The flight that I want currently requires 1814 more points to book. I have 1390 points - not enough. When I attempt to change the flight, I get a message that I "don't have enough points to book" which is true, and my options are to buy points or modify my flight (to a different flight within my point threshold). I don't get the option to apply travel funds since I reserved the flight with points. I would think that my $29 would cover the difference, but alas.  

 

Several points here:

 

A) The airline does not allow people to pay for part of a fight with points and part with cash (apart from TSA fee)

 

B) Buying points is a very expensive way to go. SW values the points at bout 1.5 cents/point when applied to a flight purchase, but charges more than that for bought points. It's not normally a good idea, but it is up to you.

 

C) Travel funds can only be used to buy flights. They can't be used to buy points

 

It's hard to say how long this flight will be available at this price point - and the flight isn't until December so I have some time to play with it. I'm filling out surveys in the interim I am flying at the end of the month as well, so I will definitely have enough points by early November to change this flight - assuming the flight price doesn't go up, but I imagine it will. 

 

I guess if I were you, I'd buy the flight with dollars. Check again after you get more points, and if the flight is still avilable at apoint level you find acceptable, then cancel the paid flight (retaining the travel funds) and book a points flight

 

--Jessica


 

Re: Travel funds applied to flight purchased with points?

jksobonya
Active Member

Thanks @dfwskier! Correction: I have $42 worth of travel funds now - a different paid flight went down by $13 

 

A) The airline does not allow people to pay for part of a fight with points and part with cash (apart from TSA fee)

 

Yes, this is what I am discovering. Too bad! Maybe it will be an option in the future, especially if you have unused travel funds that could ultimately reduce the fare of a points-purchased flight.

 

Another potential option: convert travel funds to RR points! 

 

--Jessica