Southwest flight credit (officially known as Travel Funds) and LUV Vouchers are the two types of compensation issued by Southwest Airlines. While they can both be used to purchase tickets, there are some key differences between the two.
Table: Southwest flight credit vs. LUV Voucher
|Southwest Flight Credit||Southwest LUV Voucher|
|Condition issued||Flight Cancellation||Goodwill Gesture|
|Covers taxes and fees||Yes||No|
|Maximum number used||3||2|
Southwest issues Southwest flight credit when you cancel a flight that is not eligible for a refund (Wanna Get Away and Wanna Get Away Plus fares).
Southwest issues LUV Vouchers as a goodwill gesture. For example, if your flight is delayed or you are otherwise inconvenienced. Read our step by step guide on how to turn your delayed Southwest flight into a LUV Voucher.
Southwest flight credit never expires.
Southwest LUV Vouchers expire one year from the date of issue. Note that the flight must be completed by the expiration date.
Southwest flight credit from flights that were booked Wanna Get Away are non-transferable and can only be used by the person they are issued to.
Southwest flight credit from flights that were booked Wanna Get Away Plus are transferable and can be used to book flights for anyone.
If you want to turn a non-transferable flight credit into a transferable flight credit follow these steps:
- Find a Wanna Getaway Plus fare close to the amount of your flight credit.
- Book the ticket and pay for it with your flight credit.
- Cancel the ticket. Any additional amount can be refunded to your credit card if you do this within 24 hours.
- You now will see an option to transfer the flight credit to another person.
Note: According to Southwest’s terms: “Once the flight credit is transferred, it cannot be reversed, and only one transfer is allowed.”
LUV Vouchers can be used to book flights for anyone.
Taxes and Fees
Southwest flight credit can be used to cover taxes and fees.
LUV Vouchers cannot be used to cover taxes and fees. Check out our Guide to LUV Vouchers to learn how to turn your LUV Vouchers into transferable flight credit that never expires and can be used to pay for taxes and fees.
Maximum Number Used
If you have enough flight credits to cover the booking, you will be able to use three Southwest flight credits per passenger for a booking.
Southwest allows three forms of payment per passenger for each booking. Since LUV Vouchers cannot be used for taxes and fees, you will only be able to apply two LUV Vouchers per passenger per booking. Your third form of payment will be a flight credit or credit card to pay any remaining balance and the taxes and fees.