Southwest $49, $99, $129, and $149 Sale – My Favorite Southwest Sale of the Year!

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Southwest is having a 72-hour sale with fares starting at $49, $99, $129, or $149 one-way. Typically with these Southwest sales, the further the distance, the more expensive the flight.

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Southwest runs these types of offers a few times a year, but unfortunately the past few times have been at a “starting at” price, not a fixed price like it used to be. There are some exclusions from this sale and while the terms state the fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays, I’d go ahead and check all dates as I’ve seen some low fares.

This sale is for travel August 23 through December 14, 2016. Although travel to/from San Juan is only valid between September 7 and December 8, 2016 and all international travel is valid August 23 through December 13, 2016. You must book your flight by this Thursday (June 9, 2016).

Now, the best thing about these Southwest Airline sales is that many airlines seem to match, so be on the look out. I’ll keep my eyes out and be sure to report back if I start to see anything. Also, with these Southwest fare sales, the good fares will sell out quickly, so I suggest not delaying and book now!

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 remember, 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!


  1. What if I’m really close to getting my Companion Pass? If I book both flights now, will I get reimbursed (points) for the second one since it will be free by the time I actually travel?


    • @dave – yup! Once you get the companion pass you’ll need to cancel the already booked flight and add the companion onto your flight itinerary.

  2. I am looking for cheap flights to Los Vegas from December 26, 2016 to December 29, 2016. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday!

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