Southwest Airlines launched their nationwide summer/fall fare sale on Tuesday morning with one-way flights starting at $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 U.S. Valid dates for international travel may vary. These tickets will likely sell out quickly as seats, dates, and markets are limited!
Flights advertised at $49 one-way are Southwest’s shortest routes. Other fares increase in a general $49, $79, $99, $129 format depending on route length with some variations. 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; international routes will only see sale fares listed for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Of course, black-out dates apply, including 9/1, 9/4 and 11/17-11/28 for domestic destinations. These sale fares do not reflect the addition of government taxes and fees.
Perks of Flying Southwest
Remember that when flying Southwest, baggage and other extra fees are unusual — each passenger is afforded 2 checked bags at no extra cost. This is in addition to your complimentary carry-on and personal item!
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.
While these sale tickets are technically nonrefundable, Southwest will uphold their general cancellation policy: 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.
One final perk? Southwest’s new reservation system (3 years in the making!) 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, consider using a rewards 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, including airline tickets. Alternatively, 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, you may already have the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, which earns you 2x points for every dollar spent on Southwest purchases.
Regardless of which card you use (or not), 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.