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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.
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, such as all Fridays and Sundays and blackout dates of September 3-5, September 7, and November 20-December 1. Additionally, for travel to/from Florida and Nevada the fares are only valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico the fares are only valid on Monday through Thursday.
This sale is for travel August 25 through December 16, 2015. You must book your flight by this Thursday (June 4, 2015).
Now, the best thing about these Southwest Airline sales is that many airlines seem to match, so be on the look out. Typically those fare matches do not start till later in the day or tomorrow morning (if there is a match at all). 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.
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!