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A couple of times per year, Southwest has sales where the price of the flight is discounted and tied to the length of the flight, and today kicks off one of those sales. This sale is pretty cool as not only are the fares discounted, but the lower fares typically apply to Rapid Rewards points reservations as well, whereas many of their sales that involved promo codes do not work with points reservations. That said, I can’t figure out what is going on with points reservations right now as they are acting quite strange for me with flights listed at all the same points price for a given day on a route regardless of the prices of the individual flights. Another great thing about this sales is that it is pretty common for others airlines to match the Southwest fares on some competing routes. This sometimes takes a half day or more to get going, but watch for it if you prefer another carrier.
This sale is valid for travel from December 4 – 18, 2013 and January 7 – February 12, 2014. The sale ends on Thursday, October 10th. Not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays. Only non-stop flights are included in the sale.
- Starting at $49 for flights up to 500 miles in duration
- Starting at $99 for flights up to 501 – 1,000 miles in duration
- Starting at $129 for flights 1,001 – 1,500 miles in duration
- Starting at $149 for flights 1,501 miles +
For those interested in historical trends, last fall the sale was a little different as it was a 40% off code. When they ran a similar sale for fall travel in June the prices were the same, but the $99 fares were for distances up to 1,250 miles, the $129 fares were for distances up to 1,750 miles, and the $149 fares were reserved for flights over 1,750 miles. This means that the sale is a tad less generous this time around, but it still is worth a look to see if the prices for routes you are interested in have gone down. Remember that with Southwest you can rebook and get a credit for a future flight (or some of your points back) if the prices have gone down.
Here are a few examples prices for some routes thanks to this sale (prices each way):
Houston – Dallas
Atlanta – Orlando
Los Angeles – Phoenix
Wichita – Dallas
Las Vegas – Oklahoma City
New York – Chicago
Norfolk – Orlando
Denver – New Orleans
Houston – Las Vegas
San Antonio – Los Angeles
Philadelphia – Phoenix
Seattle – Chicago
I’ll be doing some airfare browsing/shopping today, so have fun if you plan to do the same! Keep in mind that not all flights will necessarily be available at the discounted prices, and availability can be limited. If you see some other airlines starting to match feel free to share!