One of my favorite airfare sales of the year is back – the Southwest Airlines sale where the price of the flight is “set” based on the route at $49, $99, $129, and $149 each way (plus taxes, subject to availability, yada yada). Typically you see other airlines also jump in and match this sale on many routes, so pay attention to prices today even if Southwest is not your carrier of choice You must book by June 5 (Thursday) for travel August 25 through December 17, 2014.
I’ve actually been waiting for this sale to return to lock in some fall travel, but am a little sad to see it even more restrictive than in previous years, and the prices don’t see to be firmly tied to route distance the way they used to be. As is typical, travel on Fridays or Sundays is not available via the sale, but now there are some additional destinations and routes that have unavailable days. For example, travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only. Travel from Florida or Nevada is Tuesday through Friday only. There goes my idea to book this for a weekend trip to Vegas! Some blackout dates are: September 1, November 21- December 2nd. On the plus side, some of their international locations are part of this sale!
This is one of the Southwest sales where the points price is also discounted, so that is a great opportunity to put points from cards like the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card to good use. See below for a calendar of one-way point prices from Houston – Chicago. Getting a flight for 5,730 points one-way from Houston to Chicago is pretty great!
Of course you can also use the Companion Pass to bring your companion along for free, so getting two tickets for 5,730 points or by paying $98 plus tax is even better! If you have existing Southwest reservations for the fall then you might want to check those reservations and re-price them at the lower price!
I’ll be watching this sale and possible matches from other airlines throughout the day, but would love to hear if you see some matches or great prices as well! Happy fall travel booking!
Southwest Airlines® Sale Terms and Conditions: Purchase from June 3 through June 5, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel August 25 through December 17, 2014. Travel DAL-LAS and DAL-LAX available October 13 through December 17, 2014. Travel DAL-FLL, DAL-PHX, DAL-SNA, ATL-PUJ, MDW-CUN, MDW-MBJ, SAT-MEX, and SNA-MEX available November 3 through December 17, 2014. Travel valid every day excluding Fridays and Sundays. Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only. Additionally, travel from Florida or Nevada valid Tuesday through Friday only. Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Blackout Dates Apply: September 1 and November 21 – December 2, 2014. Some flights operated by AirTran® Airways. Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. Fares not available to/from Richmond, VA. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines® combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare’s rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines®, so long as you cancel your reservations at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime Fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.
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