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Southwest auto cancelled my reservation 2 weeks out?

Southwest auto cancelled my reservation 2 weeks out?

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Old Oct 8, 18, 1:21 pm
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Iím using points, so I can cancel the night flight and book the 1:30 PM flight. My flight isnít until March 27, so I have plenty of time to see if the cost of the 1:30 flight goes down considerably.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by matt21 View Post
Thanks for the replies.

For those who contributed info, I think what clearly triggered it was that I had 2 flights at approximately the same time, which is not the case when I've done this in the past. If that's the only thing that gets flagged, I understand the logic. What I don't understand is why cancel it 16 days out as opposed to shortly after I booked it (30 days out) or perhaps closer to the actual flight? 16 days seems like a random guess. I've done this on more expensive flights which I'd assume are more full and have never had a problem, even 24 hours out but clearly they weren't at the same times so that was the key variable.
Probably, it has a software service that checks for reservations for flights (let's say 20 days out), of tickets with same passenger but booked on multiple conflicting reservations, and flags these reservations. Then it either auto deletes all but one, or this data is reviewed in a queue by someone who goes through these flagged reservations who then cancels.

What it should probably implement is validation within 24 hours (of time of purchase) to verify if ticket conflicts with another ticket held by the same passenger, then cancel the new ticket, or even better would be validation at time of purchase requiring the customer to cancel/re-schedule the existing conflicting reservation first.

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Old Oct 9, 18, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by beyondhere View Post
What it should probably implement is validation within 24 hours (of time of purchase) to verify if ticket conflicts with another ticket held by the same passenger, then cancel the new ticket, or even better would be validation at time of purchase requiring the customer to cancel/re-schedule the existing conflicting reservation first.
In my experience cancellation always occurs near midnight more than 24 and less than 48 hours from the time the second reservation was made.
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