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Southwest just kicked off a big sale with nationwide airfare prices starting at $49 each way. Now is the time to price those fall and winter trips you have been thinking about as prices are legitimately lower on many dates and routes this morning. While this is a Southwest sale, I fully expect other airlines to match on some routes. The name of this sale is similar to previous sales with the $49, $99, $129, $149 display, but I don’t see the distance zones that used to go with those prices.
You must book by October 16 for travel December 3 through December 17, 2014 and January 6 through February 11, 2015. The discounts are not valid on Fridays or Sundays, with additional days of the week restrictions for Nevada and Florida (shown below in the terms).
Since no discount code is required for this sale, the lower cash price is also reflected if you are paying with Southwest points since the points price is tied to the cash price with Southwest.
A pro tip for searching Southwest flights is to use the “flexible date” button so you can quickly see the cheapest days to travel in a given month.
As an example, here are “flexible date” fares between Houston and Washington Reagan National in December. Fares start at $97 on that route for select dates via this sale.
If you were paying with points, the $97 fare would come to about 5,470 points each way. As you can see, that is a much lower price for a flight from Houston – Washington DC than via many traditional programs that would start at 12,500 miles each way! If you are running low on Southwest points, you can transfer them in 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards via cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus® Business Card.
A benefit of paying with Southwest points is the ability to redeposit them for no penalty if you cancel, or get some of your points back if you re-price the ticket for a lower points price. You can also get a voucher for a future flight if the cash price you paid for a purchased fare drops and you re-price the fare, so be sure and see if the price for some of your fall or winter trips on Southwest has dropped!
Of course if you have the Companion Pass then two of you are traveling for the price of one of these sale tickets. With these sales some of the availability does disappear before the sale officially ends, so don’t wait if you see something you like. Happy shopping!
Terms and Conditions:
- Purchase from October 14 through October 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city.
- Travel December 3 through December 17, 2014 and January 6 though February 11, 2015. Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid December 3 through December 11, 2014 and January 13 through February 11, 2015.
- Travel is valid every day except Fridays and Sundays. Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only. Additionally, travel from Florida or Nevada is valid Tuesday through Friday only. Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
- Some flights operated by AirTran® Airways.
- Fares valid on nonstop service only.
- Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees.
- Points bookings do not include September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way flight.
- Points bookings do not include any additional international government taxes and fees.
- Seats and days 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.
- Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® Fares.
- 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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