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Apparently much of the country was more than ready for a hot airfare sale since the Southwest website has been hammered and glitchy for the last couple of days since they launched their nationwide airfare sale where flights start at $49 (or 2,240 points). In fact, the website has been so hammered that they have extended the sale for an extra day (Friday) when it was originally scheduled to end tonight.
This is actually great news because this sale has been one of the better large-scale sales we have seen in a while, in large part because so many other airlines have matched prices. It also certainly helps that Southwest now also serves some international destinations that people really want to visit, so you can do much more than just fly to Dallas, Kansas City, or Orlando for less via a Southwest sale!
I know I have already mentioned the sale and updated that other airlines were matching, but I can’t repeat enough that the next 24 hours really are the time to fire up your keyboard and search for fall airfare. I locked in the last trip we needed to book for the year on United (who had matched Southwest prices) at a big discount over what it has been pricing at for the last few months. Another trip I already had booked would have been much cheaper if I booked it during this sale. Had I booked with Southwest I could have simply repriced it and gotten a credit for a future flight for the difference, but since I was booked on United I just had to kick myself a little.
I’m seeing $200 – $300 round trip fares to the Mexico/Latin American/Caribbean and round trip flights within the lower 48 starting under $100. If you have any more airfare to book for travel from August 25 through December 16, 2015, please do yourself a favor and spend some time comparing prices before this sale ends tomorrow. Remember, you do not have to stick with Southwest in many cases since other carriers have matched prices. To find Southwest prices you need to go to Southwest.com, but to search for prices on other carriers you can use sites like Hipmunk, ITA Matrix, or simply go to your preferred air carrier’s website. Whichever site you choose, I recommend using “flexible date” searches or similar to quickly spot the lowest prices since they are likely only available on select days.
Happy deal hunting!