How to Save $50 on Southwest Airlines Flights in 2024

Flying can be expensive, but a simple trick can help you pay less for your next trip.
Southwest Airlines plane takes off.

Traveling can be a tricky business, considering that certain times of year are more suitable for finding travel deals and you have to wait for big sales around holidays like Travel Tuesday. While you can save on flights by shopping at the right time — and flying at the right time — what if you need a little more freedom?

That's where offers like Costco's Southwest Airlines gift card come in. Read on for how to take advantage of this deal and what to know before you add it to your cart.

Costco $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card Deal

Southwest gift cardSouthwest Airlines $500 Gift Card
Store: Costco
Price: $449.99 (10% off)

This seems like one of the rare membership club offers where you don't have to be a member of said warehouse in order to take advantage of it. So even if you're not a Costco member, don't let that dissuade you from snapping up this offer while you can.

FAQs About Costco's Southwest Gift Cards

Costco page for Southwest gift card.

Do You Have to Be a Member to Purchase the Gift Card Deal?

No, it doesn't seem like you have to be a Costco member to get the Southwest gift card deal. Instead, follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Southwest gift card page
  2. Click "Add to Cart"
  3. Click "View Cart" when a screen pops up
  4. Click the green "Checkout" button on the next screen
On the next screen, you should see the option to sign in if you have a Costco account. If you don't, click the "Create Account" button. Then you'll be taken to another screen where you can input your email address and create a password. Note that while this screen has a box for your Costco membership number, it's labeled as optional. That means you should be able to create an account without being a member.

Once you're done with your account creation, you should be able to log in, input your payment info, and finish your purchase.

Do Costco's Southwest Gift Cards Expire?

No, Southwest gift cards — at least those purchased via Costco — do not expire. So you can purchase this item with the peace of mind that you'll be able to use it on your next flight, whenever that may be. But note that according to the fine print, a maximum of three Southwest gift cards can be applied per passenger on each reservation. And if the cost is more than those three gift cards, you'll need to have another payment method handy.

How to Use a Southwest Gift Card From Costco

In order to redeem a Southwest gift card, you must go to; use the Southwest Airlines mobile apps or mobile website (only for the initial flight booking); call Southwest Airlines at 1-800-435-9792 (1-800 I FLY SWA®); or visit Southwest ticket counter locations.

If booking in person or calling Southwest Airlines, you'll need to print the page with your gift card number and security PIN. Then take it to any Southwest Airlines ticket counter or call for reservations at 1-800-435-9792.

If booking online, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Select your flights and input your passenger info at the Southwest website or via the mobile app
  2. Use the gift card as your form of payment
  3. Click on "Apply Travel Funds" under the section labeled "Do you want to apply travel funds?"
  4. Input the gift card number and security code (PIN) in the correct location, then click the button "Apply Funds". This should deduct the cost from your total available funds
  5. Use another method of payment to cover the difference if you have any remaining balance on the purchase

Where Can You Buy the Southwest Gift Card?

Online: As noted above, you can shop for the Southwest Airlines $500 gift card online. Even if you aren't a Costco member, you should be able to purchase this gift card online.

In-store: While you can purchase gift cards in person at a Costco warehouse on occasion, it can be a toss-up on when they're available. It's easier to check online and purchase there instead of trying to shop in person and risk being left disappointed.

Where Will Your Purchase Be Delivered?

During checkout, you'll have to enter a shipping email address, and that's the address your gift card code should be sent to. If you don't receive the email, you can look for support at the Digital Order Portal on Costco's website.

When Will Your Purchase Be Delivered?

As long as your payment method is valid, you should receive the gift card code within an hour of purchasing. However, note that if there are other requirements, you may not receive the code for up to 48 hours.

Who Will the Email Come From?

Watch for the email to be delivered from [at] If you aren't seeing it, check your spam and junk folders to ensure it wasn't rerouted on accident.

Can You You Return This Product?

Unfortunately, you can't return the Southwest gift card. Gift cards are one of the rare items that can't be returned to the retailer, per Costco's return policy. Because of that, it's best to make sure that you can and will use the Southwest gift card before you go through with buying it.

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Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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