So we booked our July Vegas flight in April. 2 kids away at college this fall--only going if we could use points NO cash outlay. Flights were about $400 each (about 24K points). I balked a bit--we could get Allegiant for around $300 each. DH said no the point of this trip was that flights, rooms, meals & transportation were virtually free. He even agreed to coupon books to stretch the gambling budget (truly not his thing). Had to buy some printer ink through Rapid Rewards shopping portal to get him over the needed points, but finally booked. Checked flights every time got new SWA sale alert. Nothing. For some reason on Saturday I checked the prices again--we are 3 1/2 weeks out. Low & behold, prices on some flights dropped to about $288--WHAT??!! Flights are a bit less desirable--early AM, late PM--but it actually gets us more time in Vegas. And snagged comped room at Harrahs CB the night before & when we return. Since we park there for free, we have to go there anyway. Cannot believe 3 weeks out prices drop!