But before you call me crazy, let me explain….

Flights right now are super cheap AND the airlines let you change them with no penalty.

So think of this like a pre-paid discount voucher you can use later.

Make sure you don’t book flights that are in transit at the same time, since airline systems will auto-cancel those.

Book only one-way flights, not round-trips, so you have flexibility. If you touch a round-trip, it changes the entire reservation. If you do want to go round-trip, do two one-ways.

Make sure you track these flights so they don’t expire on you. Southwest and other airlines changed their policy to where you forfeit funds– used to be that you got the money back in your account.

If you book with points on Southwest, your points go back automatically if you happen to miss the flight.

Right now, choose the cheapest flights (even if at weird times or long connections), since you’ll be able to change them later.

Hope that saves you some money– plus helps the airlines out with a little cash when they’re hurting!

By the way, I don’t think the US airlines will go true bankruptcy (Chapter 13 instead of Chapter 7), so I believe our funds are safe.

What do you think?