Southwest Sale: Houston – Mexico from 6,700 Points + Taxes

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As they often do, Southwest is promoting a sale right now for fall travel that absolutely has my attention. This is not one of their huge systemwide $49+ type sales (that often comes in June), but there are some really fun prices to international destinations out of Houston I wanted to point out. I know fall isn’t peak travel season for families, but if you want to have grandparents cover for you a bit while you sneak off for a few days, or maybe make use of a long weekend to take the family out of town, then you can do so at very inexpensive rates if you hit the sale right and cross your fingers for no hurricanes. Houston isn’t the only city that has some routes on sale, but it just happened to have some of the better sale prices.

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For example, from Houston you could head to Cancun this fall for as low as 7,200 Southwest Rapid Reward points + $83 in taxes per round trip! The taxes are a little bit of a bummer on international trips, but paying just 7,200 points for a nonstop round trip flight to Cancun is absolutely outstanding! It makes me a little tempted to book just to go check out some of the newer hotels down there like the Andaz Mayakoba Resort or the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen! Remember that Chase Ultimate Reward points transfer 1:1 to Southwest in case you need to boost your Rapid Rewards balance.

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Alternatively, you could book flights from Houston for a long weekend in Mexico City from 6,624 points + $93 in taxes per round trip with tons of fall dates available at that rate. You could also head off for the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, as we recently did by flying from Houston – Liberia for 17,136 Rapid Reward points + $75 per round trip. If you have Jamaica on the brain, you could book a round trip this fall to Montego Bay for 14,256 points + $135 in taxes.

Taking it easy in Cancun

Taking it easy in Cancun

Another beautiful thing about Southwest Rapid Reward reservations is that if your plans change you can just re-deposit the points without any penalty. If you get lucky and the award price drops you can also rebook to get the lower points price.

Traditional frequent flyer programs often want 35,000+ miles round trip + taxes/fees to fly to the international destinations listed above, so getting to do so for just 6,000 – 17,000 points plus taxes per round trip is a very solid deal. Of course if you happen to have the Companion Pass then you don’t even pay any points for the second ticket, just the taxes/fees.

Anyone heading south of the border this fall thanks to these super low Southwest award prices?

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Comments

  1. We’re taking my family to WDW in Ocober and Southwest flights from IND-MCO for the dates we need are $550 r/t. Considering we’ve never paid over $250 for this time of year I’m slightly over budget at the moment. They are the only non-stop flights other than delta…who’s at $700 with worse times. Every time I see the weekly “new” SW sales and i recheck the prices I get the urge to punch the computer screen.

    • I hear ya. They often have a big systemwide sale in June for fall travel, so fingers crossed they do again this year.

  2. Is this sold out already, or was it only out of Houston?

    They typically email me about these types of sales. And then as now I try to book them and get, in this case, 33,000 points RT. ;(

    • I’m still seeing the low prices out of Houston. I don’t think it was just Houston, but of the cities I checked Houston had the most options at low prices.

  3. There seems to be a disconnect between their tax prices and their points prices which is quite unusual. It’s $105 1-way cash on many days, but then 3,600 points 1 way. That’s not the normal math.

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