Southwest Airlines keeps their airfare classes extremely simple. They don’t have Y, M, K, X, and other cryptic classes that only people with 10+ years in the travel industry understand. They have three fares:
- Business Select – Southwest’s top fare which includes priority boarding, more Rapid Rewards Points, priority screening, and a drink. It’s also fully refundable and you can change your ticket at any time. This is as close as it comes to first class on Southwest.
- Anytime – This is Southwest’s fully refundable fare. This fare allows you to change your ticket at any time without penalty. It also allows you to fly standby at no extra charge.
- Wanna Get Away – This is Southwest’s lowest fare aimed at the casual traveler. You can get this fare by booking your flights in advance. However, it comes with fewer Rapid Rewards points and flying standby will cost you extra. If you want to fly standby, you will have to pay the fare difference between what you paid and the published Anytime fare. On the plus side, there is no change fee charged on top of your fare. You can change you flight at any time. Just keep in mind fares go up as your travel date gets closer.
For the seasoned Southwest traveler, these fares may be common knowledge. According to my analytics though, this is one of the top search queries directing users to my site. For more information on Southwest fares, refer to this chart.