(Likely) Biggest Southwest Sale of the Summer $49/$99/$129/$149

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Update: At least United is now matching on some routes.  I bet others will as well.  Get to booking!

When possible, I wait for big sales to buy airfare.  One of the sales I wait for is the Southwest sale where flights of different lengths are for sale for fixed prices.  Today that sale has returned, and you can bet I will be pricing out airfare I know I need for the rest of the year.  The difference is that this time the pricing is worded as “starting at” instead of just being a fixed price.  Sometimes other airlines like United, Delta, or American will start to match these fares as well, so I recommend you check airfare for cities you are interested in visiting during the time-frame of the sale.  Here are the details.

  • 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 +

Those prices are one-way prices.  Remember you can get a credit for the fare difference (or get some points returned) if the price has dropped for a Southwest flight you have booked, so remember to check on those reservations as well.

These fares will start to sell out before the sale actually ends, so don’t delay.  Here are some of the official rules:

  • Purchase from Jun. 11 through Jun. 13, 2013, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Travel Aug. 26 through Dec. 18, 2013.
  • Blackout dates apply: Sept. 2 and Nov. 26 through Dec. 3
  • Travel valid every day except Fridays & Sundays.
  • Some flights operated by AirTran Airways. Available on published, scheduled service only.
  • Fares valid on nonstop service only.
  • Service to Grand Rapids, MI begins on Aug. 11, 2013. Service to Memphis, TN; Pensacola, FL and Richmond, VA begins on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • Displayed prices include all government taxes and fees.
  • Lowest advertised fare not available to/from Dayton, OH; Washington (Reagan National), DC; New York (Newark); Philadelphia, PA; Washington (Dulles), DC; New York (LaGuardia); West Palm Beach, FL; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Fort Myers, FL; and Seattle, WA.

You can check out the details of the sale here.  Thanks to Deals We Like for sharing the good news about the sale’s return!  I’m not seeing matching on the routes I am watching yet, but I will keep checking throughout the day.  Would love to hear what you find!

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    • tassojunior, sorry it is a sale that historically happens in the summer, but it is for fall travel. Hope you find something that works for you!

  1. I’m a bit disappointed…I had 4 flights already booked in the fall, and every single one of them had a higher price than what I’m currently paying for them. Oh well, such is the game one plays with WN.

    BTW, there seems to be a “curve” if you will of prices starting low, going higher and then dropping for Southwest. There’s definitely “optimal” times in which to book flights depending on how far out you know your travel plans. Occasionally a sale can throw that out the window…

  2. viguera, agree!
    Gabriel, not sure if I am understanding you correctly, but if you bought tickets for more $ previously with Southwest then you can get a credit for the fare difference to use on a future flight.

  3. Thanks MP.
    I just saved 50$ on ONT-IAD flight that i had already booked. 🙂 Going through some other bookings now to see i there is more savings.

    Wouldn’t have known it if i was not reading your blog.

  4. It’s odd that it says the NYC airports are not included because I see $99 fares loaded for LGA-MDW (and just booked one myself!)

  5. Thanks for this heads up! For a fare credit (if the price drops on a current reservation), do I have to call in or is there a way to start process on the website? I looked but couldn’t find anything. Thanks!

  6. Do I need to re-book my tickets individually online through swa.com?

    I booked two award tickets to LAS in November, and now they are 2200 points cheaper.

    When I log in and click “change”, only my itineray is being prompted for change, and not the card holders.

  7. Perhaps I should clarify. I was hoping to get back money/points from flights I had previously booked by re-booking at a lower fare. Problem is, I’m already at a lower fare than their current sale 🙁

  8. @ Jayson. The answer is “yes”. But depending on what you need to do is dependent upon how you originally booked the award tickets. Did you use points from your own account or someone else’s? If it was your own, simply select “change reservation” from your upcoming trips, select the legs you want to change and rebook (even if it’s the same exact flight you were previously on). It’ll bring you to a reconciliation screen that shows how many points will be deposited back into your account. If the flight was booked under someone ELSE’S account, you’ll need to completely cancel your flight and rebook from their account.

  9. @Gabriel – I logged into my DW’s account and clicked “My trips” then clicked “Change” and then went on to select the exact same departure and return flights (as originally purchased with points in a single transaction)

    When I click change and go through the steps of selecting flights, reconciliation, etc…only my intinerary is up for change, and not the account owner I’m logged in under flight info.

  10. changed my flights from bos to mct. I 5400 a few months ago changed them to 4800 points…Score!!!

    Not only are there no change fees, I get rewarded for booking early and waiting for price drops. Other airlines could learn something from SW

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