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Just as it happened last year, other airlines are matching some prices and routes on the Southwest 72 hour $49/$99/$129/$149 sale that is valid for travel from August 26th – December 18th (other than Friday, Sundays, and subject to a few other blackouts listed here). I have a few routes I have been closely watching for months on United that have now dropped as much as 50% from previous levels thanks to United matching the Southwest sale prices. For example, I need to fly to Tampa for the Frequent Traveler University in late September. Fares had been close to $400 round trip from Houston to Tampa, but United has now matched the Southwest sale, and fares can be had on some dates for half that price. I am also seeing Houston to Las Vegas on United for $197 when it has been running at close to double that price. I’m sure there are hundreds of other examples to and from cities served by Southwest and AirTran all around the country.
As a quick reminder, here is the price break-down of the Southwest sale:
- Starting at $49 for flights up to 500 miles in duration
- Starting at $99 for flights up to 501 – 1250 miles in duration
- Starting at $129 for flights 1251 – 1,750 miles in duration
- Starting at $149 for flights 1,751 miles +
I have read reports of a Delta match, and I would be shocked if American isn’t participating on at least some level. I have personally pulled the trigger on a large number of fall flights today. All of those flights have been on United – but priced much lower than before thanks to the Southwest sale.
As I mentioned in the earlier flight, also be sure to check your existing Southwest and AirTran reservations to see if they have gotten cheaper. If, so you can get a difference in the old fare and the new fare in the form of a credit to use on a future flight. If you booked with points then you can get the difference in points credited back to your account.
While we are on the topic of Southwest, it looks like the 50,000 point credit card offers are back! More on this soon, but for now head to Online Travel Review for all the details.
Let me know if you find some examples of other airlines matching this sale. This really is the time to buy much of your fall travel if the route and dates are valid for the Southwest sale and/or matches from other airlines. Happy shopping!