Southwest Airlines launched their nationwide summer/fall fare sale on Tuesday morning with one-way flights starting from $49.
The sale will last for 72 hours from 6/6/17 through 6/8/17* and is valid for travel between 8/22/17 and 12/13/17 on routes throughout the continental US. Valid dates for International travel may vary. These tickets will likely sell out quickly as seats, dates, and markets are limited!
The flights advertised at $49 one-way are Southwest’s shortest routes with fares increasing in a general $49, $79, $99, $129 format dependent on route length (with some variations here and there). That being said, the opportunity to catch a Round Trip ticket for under $100 is a pretty great deal!
Alternatively, Southwest Rapid Rewards members are eligible to purchase these sale fares with points starting from 2,330 (equivalent to the $49 fare).
As with all sales, there are a number of restrictions and exceptions. Sale fares are applicable to nonstop service, one-way, Wanna Get Away® fares only. Additionally, these discounted fares will not apply to domestic flights on Fridays and Sundays and International routes will only see sale fares listed for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Of course, black-out dates apply
Of course, black-out dates apply including 9/1, 9/4 and 11/17-11/28 for domestic destinations. It should also be noted these sale fares do not reflect the addition of government taxes and fees.
Perks of Flying Southwest
Remember, when flying Southwest, baggage and excess fees are unusual – each passenger is afforded two checked bags at no extra cost. This is in addition to your complimentary carry-on and personal item! Plus, when it comes to customer service, Southwest tops the list of low-cost carriers according to J.D. Power’s 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. This is an important consideration for many travelers in light of recent unfortunate events on airlines like United.
Furthermore, while these sale tickets are technically nonrefundable, Southwest will uphold their general cancellation policy which states funds will be returned to the purchaser’s account for future travel on Southwest if canceled prior to 10 minutes before the flight’s scheduled departure time.
Not to mention Southwest’s new reservation system (a 3-year project) has been up and running for the last couple months without any serious glitches to date.
Insider Strategies to Maximize Rewards
When purchasing your Southwest sale fares, make sure you’re using the right credit card! Namely, any card that earns you additional benefits on travel purchases.
For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card can earn you 2x points for every dollar spent on travel (i.e. airline tickets). An even larger number of points can be earned with The Platinum Card from American Express, at 5x for every dollar spent on flights directly through the airline or American Express Travel.
If you’re a loyal Southwest customer, chances are you’ve got (or should likely get) the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card which earns you 2x points for every dollar spent on Southwest purchases.
If you’re not exactly sure which travel rewards credit card is best for you, Upgraded Points has outlined the details in an easy to understand format here.
Regardless of which card you use, if you want to cash in on this Southwest sale, you’d better hurry – time’s running out!
*In order to receive sale pricing, tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm in the respective time zone of the originating city for the fare listed.