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Earlier this week I wrote about Southwest’s sale where on many routes you can snag a flight for $49, $99, $129, or $149 one-way. This type of sale typically comes around twice a year and in my opinion is one the best overall Southwest sales. This sale was supposed to end yesterday, but due to some system issues, the site was down for most of yesterday and they have extended the sale one more day. In case you weren’t able to access the site yesterday or just completely forgot to look up some desired flights, you have until end of day today to still book.
If you are looking to fly on the cheaper side, try to be flexible and avoid travel on Friday and Sundays. This sale is technically valid for flights between August 16 and December 16, 2015 (blackout dates include: September 3-5, September 7, and November 20-December 1).
While Southwest sales are great and they are actually my airline of choice due to having the Southwest companion pass, if you’d prefer to fly on another carrier, many airlines have discounted their fares to match this Southwest sale! You can read more about that here, but I highly suggest taking today and looking at any flights you are looking to book whether on Southwest or another airline. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Remember, if you already have a Southwest flight already booked for this time period, it is worth looking into to see if the price has gone down. You can read this post “If a Southwest Flight Goes Down in Price…” to get the full step-by-step directions on how to get your money/points back:
- Paid Flight: If you paid for your flight you will receive a voucher for the difference in fare price to be used one year from the date the flight was originally purchased (NOT the date the change process took place). This voucher is non-transferable. The voucher will be tied to the confirmation number of the original flight. There is NO fee for this.
- Using Points: If you booked your flight using points, the difference in points will go back into your account immediately. Again, there is NO fee for this. This is why I love booking Southwest flights using points!
And lastly, with Southwest there is no penalty for canceling or changing a ticket. So if you have a lot of points currently in your account, you can book speculatively and cancel later for no fee! This post “Changing a or Canceling a Southwest Ticket” goes through all the scenarios depending on your payment method for the flight.
While Southwest sales are not as good as they used to be, you might find a good deal. Report back on what you find!