The Federal Aviation Administration has now re-approved the 737 MAX 8 aircraft to return to the skies after an order temporarily grounding the aircraft in the U.S.
Southwest Airlines currently has 34 MAX 8 aircraft, which will be returning to service in Quarter 2 of 2021, though a specific date has not yet been announced.
Nevertheless, some people still may not feel comfortable flying on the MAX 8, though Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly has assured travelers that it is safe and flown on the plane himself.
Here’s what to do if you’re scheduled to fly a MAX 8 soon and want to change to a different aircraft.
How Do I Rebook My Southwest Airlines MAX 8 Flight?
First, you’ll want to find out which plane your flight is scheduled to take. Check out the post below to see how to do this…
If your flight is indeed on a MAX 8, you can change your Southwest flight without paying any sort of change fee (Southwest never charges change fees), though you may have to pay any difference in fare.
To do so, you can go directly to this Change Flight page or alternately, you can go to Southwest.com and scroll down to where you see Change/Cancel. There you will enter your name and confirmation number to select a new flight.
Lastly, you can navigate to the My Account page (top right of Southwest.com) once you are logged into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account and scroll down to My Trips. You would then click “Change” below the flight you wish to change.
Watch the below video to see a walk-through of how to change a Southwest flight…
If you booked your flight originally by phone, you will need to call Southwest at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA to change your flight.
Can I Get a Refund Instead?
It’s unlikely you will be able to get a refund from Southwest if you purchased their cheapest Wanna Get Away fare UNLESS Southwest cancels your flight.
If you hold a business fare or Anytime Fare, those are fully refundable.
If you hold a Wanna Get Away fare and you booked with cash or credit, you will receive an Unused Fare voucher for the refund amount that must be used within 12 months and must also be used by the same person it was originally connected to.
These vouchers appear inside your Southwest.com account when you’re ready to use them.
Are you concerned about flying the MAX 8? Let us know in the comments!