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Airline sales are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t at least worth glancing at as they happen. Today Southwest Airlines is having a sale that isn’t a five star fire sale across the board, but there are some very nice gems hidden between some of the ‘dime a dozen’ prices. And boy are we lucky that we live in a place and time when airfare sales occur so regularly!
What is particularly cool about this sale is that it isn’t just that the some of the cash prices are really good, but so are the award prices. Southwest always ties the points price to the cash price so that isn’t too surprising, but in this case I am seeing some redemption values heading north of 2 cents per point, which is very good for Southwest points.
Some of the Southwest sale prices that caught my eye include:
- Houston – Baltimore, $50 or 2,397 points
- Houston – Boston, $59 or 3,000 points
- Austin – Las Vegas, $69 or 3,669 points
- Austin – San Diego, $79 or 4,339 points
- Washington Reagan – Orlando, $69 or 3,669 points
- Newark – Ft. Lauderdale, $50 or 2,397 points
Looking at the first example of Houston to Baltimore, you can book over a long weekend in October for a total of $107.96 with cash, which is great. However, an even better option is using 4,754 Southwest Rapid Reward points + $11.20 in taxes for your round trip flight. Not only is it insane that you can fly from Houston to Maryland and back for just 4,754 points + taxes, but that comes to about 2.03 cents in value per Rapid Reward point, which is fantastic.
Of course if you have the Southwest Companion Pass then two people can fly for that points price, which is twice as great. If you are low on Southwest points remember you can transfer them in from Chase Ultimate Rewards, which at over two cents per point is a really solid use of points. To get these fares you must book by 8/24/17, and I recommend using their flexible date search calendar to quickly spot the cheapest dates to travel.
Were you able to find any good deals available with cash or points via this current Southwest sale?
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