Vacation packages are one of my favorite ways to save money on our family vacations. Often, booking our airfare, hotel, and rental car together in one package can result in some great savings. When we wanted to travel to San Antonio, TX for our spring break vacation earlier this year, I looked at various ways to book our vacation. Since only a limited number of airlines fly out of the San Antonio airport, I didn’t have too many options. Thankfully, Southwest Vacations offered a great deal on a vacation package. It included airline tickets, hotel accommodations at my top hotel choice (the Omni La Mansion Del Rio, where I’d stayed before), and a rental car. We had a great experience – here’s my Southwest Vacations review.
Southwest Vacations Review
Booking a Southwest Vacations package is a great way to save money, but there are definitely some things you should know before you book.
Everything is Seamless
We got e-tickets for our flight, just as though we’d booked them individually through the airline. Once we landed in San Antonio, we were easily able to get our rental car by taking the shuttle to the nearby airport location of the car rental company. We were even offered the opportunity to upgrade our car, although we chose not to. Extras, including the prepaid gas and insurance, were available to add-on at the desk.
It was equally as easy to check into our hotel. They had our reservation ready, and I just had to give a credit card for incidentals.
You’ll Receive Standard Airline Tickets
As you probably know, there are no seat assignments on Southwest Airlines. Instead, you’ll need to go through the regular Southwest Airlines boarding process. The same applies to tickets purchased through Southwest Vacations. However, you do have the option of purchasing the early bird option if you’d like. You can do that during the checkout process for your vacation package, or you can add it on separately with the airline (up to 36 hours in advance of your flight). That’s what I chose to do, because I really wanted to make sure that my husband and I were seated next to our kids. With early bird, you’ll get one of the earlier boarding positions, which means you’ll have a better chance of being able to get seats together.
You May Be Able to Get An Extra Discount
This page on the Southwest Airlines site provides the latest discount codes. I was able to take advantage of a small discount when we booked our San Antonio trip. That was in addition to the discount I already got for booking a vacation package.
You Have the Opportunity to Book a Variety of Room Types
I knew that I wanted a room overlooking the San Antonio River Walk, but that’s not a standard room type. When I was booking my Southwest Vacation, I was able to choose from a variety of room types at the Omni, including a room with a River Walk view. It was a little more expensive, but absolutely worth it!
You’ll Earn Rapid Rewards Points
Book a Southwest Vacations trip, and you’ll earn Rapid Rewards (Southwest’s frequent flier program) points. Note that you’ll only earn the Rapid Rewards points on the airfare portion of your trip, not on the entire cost.
No Fees or Penalties to Make Changes
Once we booked our trip, we wanted to add an additional day. There are no fees or penalties to make changes, although if the airfare is more expensive or the hotel has extra fees, you’ll need to pay them. In our situation, we had to pay for the extra room plus a small additional fee for the airfare. It was totally worth it though, because we got another day of vacation out of it.
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