Southwest Fare Sale & Southwest 50,000 Point Cards are Back! (EXPIRED)

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1.   Southwest Fare Sale.   Southwest has a 72 hour sale fare sale with flights ranging from $49 to $149 one way.  This is one of Southwest’s big fare sales and it doesn’t hurt to make bookings for trips (even if you’re not 100% sure of your plans) because of Southwest’s flexible cancellation policy.

You can also get up to 20% off Southwest fares if you book travel with a Southwest gift card.

You must purchase your ticket by Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:59 pm (from the time zone of the city you’re flying out of) for travel between August 26 through December 18, 2013.

Southwest Fare Sale

Up To June 13, 2013 Only!  Southwest Flights From $49 to $149 Each Way.

Southwest has a revenue based frequent flyer program, so a fare sale means that both cash AND award bookings using points will cost less!

  • $49 or 2,280 points for flights up to 500 miles
  • $89 or 4,680 points for flights 501 miles to 1,250 miles
  • $119 or 6,480 points for flights 1,251 miles to 1,750 miles
  • $149 or 8,280 points for flights more than 1,751 miles

You can book your trip using points even if your plans are tentative, because you can get the points back without paying a change fee if you have to cancel your flight.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit that lasts up to 1 year after the booking was made, without a change fee.

If you’ve already booked trips between August 26 & December 18, 2013,  check to see if the prices have dropped because on Southwest you can cancel and rebook your flights without a change fee.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to Southwest Airlines in 1:1 ratio if you’re running low on Southwest Rapid Rewards points.

Unfortunately, there are some restrictions such as:

1.    These fares are valid only on non-stop flights.  You will pay extra for flights which have connections.

2.   You have to buy your ticket by 11:59 pm (for the respective time zone of the city you’re flying out of) on June 13, 2013.

3.    You can only travel August 26 through December 18, 2013

4.     Friday & Sunday travel is not permitted

5.     Blackout dates apply:  September 2, and November 26 through December 3, 2013

6.     The following cities are excluded:

      • Dayton
      • Washington (Reagan National), DC
      • New York (Newark)
      • Philadelphia
      • Washington (Dulles), DC
      • New York (LaGuardia)
      • West Palm Beach
      • San Juan, Puerto Rico
      • Fort Myers
      • Seattle

You can read all the restrictions on the Southwest fare sale page.

We’ve been waiting for this fare sale and are looking forward to using our Companion Pass in summer!  Remember that your companion flies free on BOTH cash tickets as well as tickets bought with points!

Other airlines are starting to match Southwest’s low fares, so check for flights between August 26 and December 18 even if you don’t want to fly Southwest!

2.   Southwest 50,000 Point Credit Cards

Via Traveling for Free, all 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards have a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 within 3 months!

50,000 Southwest points is worth ~$835 in Southwest flights.  Southwest has no blackout dates when you redeem points, so you can book as many seats as Southwest is selling!

Points from the Southwest credit card currently count towards the Southwest Companion Pass which is the best airline perk.  Why?  Because your companion can fly with you for free on both paid or award tickets.

See this post for everything you need to know about the Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Premier business & personal cards don’t charge foreign transaction fees, earn A-list (elite status points) as well as get you 6,000 Southwest points each year which more than makes up for the $99 annual fee!

The Plus personal and business cards have a lower $69 annual fee, but get you only 3,000 Southwest points each year.

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31 responses to “Southwest Fare Sale & Southwest 50,000 Point Cards are Back! (EXPIRED)

  1. Hi! Do you think it’s a good idea to get the cards now? In your post about the companion pass you suggested getting them at the beginning of the year it seems like so that the pass would last longer, any thoughts? I’ve been waiting to get these for a while, want to do it right!

    Thanks!

  2. Any chance this offer will be available through the fall so I could get minimum spend in early 2014 for the companion pass to be available in 2014 and 2015?

  3. I know I’ve read it somewhere on here, but how long do you have to wait before reapplying for this card? I cancelled my last one about 3 months ago.

    Thanks!

  4. Awesome! Only got approved for 1 last churn, so was really hoping they would bring it back so I could get the 2nd towards the Companion Pass. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. the links to the renewed southwest 50000 credit card offer do not work at traveling for free…

  6. I already have the SW plus card. Can I also get the premier card? Or do I have to close the Plus account first?

  7. Are you sure Southwest no fee change policy applies to these sale fares? I think under the T&C’s there is a $75 change fee for these dares. Not sure if this is something that’s newly implemented, but it definitely changed my mind about booking trips that i wasn’t sure about taking.

  8. How soon after applying for the personal card would you apply for the business version?

  9. Hi, Will the SW points transferred from Chase Ultimate Reward Points count towards the companion pass points?

  10. If I apply now and will will have an upcoming hotel stay for 150$ in july and 480 in january. How does it work to get that cover if I already put the hotel on hold with another credit card?

  11. OOps sorry , Daraius, I post on wrong site suppose to be referring to barclay arrival card.

  12. D,
    airtran is doing 32 credit as well, Would it not be better to get airtran if you had to choose between the two? Just cuz airtran is going bye bye next year? Or do you suggest get both? Or 1 personal sw 1 bus sw and
    1 airtran? Btw, im planning on using this same strategy for AA and US air.

  13. Thanks for the heads-up on the sale. I had a reservation for Nov that was paid with points (from credit card bonuses) and see the same trip is now on “sale” for about 2,500 points less. I called SW and they walked me thru the change process and it was very simple to re book trip at lower point value, WITH NO CHANGE FEES. Extra points were returned to account right away. Too bad other airlines are not so helpful.

  14. Hi! When the business app asks for average business check account balance, should I put my personal account average, or if I don’t have a business account should I put zero?

  15. Hi Darius! Thanks for all this information. Would you recommend getting the Plus or Premier first? I have never gotten a Southwest card before if that makes a difference.

  16. I tried to see if my SWA flight to TPA was cheaper for FTU Tampa, but it was the same price 🙁

  17. Wanted to give you a thumbs-up for being one of the few major bloggers with the integrity to publish the 50k offers before the release of the affiliate links, while most of your cohort is studiously pretending these don’t exist…

    • @Sasha – If you get them now, you will get ~18 months with the companion pass, but ~24 months if you get at the start of 2014. But we don’t know if the points will count towards the companion pass next year, so do whatever makes sense for you.

      @Ed – The offer has appeared every 3 to 4 months for the last 2 years, so it should be back.

      @Mark – They load for me. Which browser are you using?

      @Steve – You may be able to have the Premier card because it is a different card with no foreign transaction fees and a higher annual bonus.

      @Jimmy – Where did you see the $75 change fee, because I couldn’t find it.

      @Sasha – You could get it at the same time, but may need to call the reconsideration line. Or you could wait a bit.

      @mS – Unfortunately they do not count towards the companion pass.

      @leslie – You can always call and ask them to change the card to the Arrival card. And double check at check-in that they have your Arrival card on file.

      @Jonathan – Depends what you want. If you want the Southwest companion pass, the Air Tran card will not help. Bu the Air Tran card is good for the credits for 2 free flights which can be used on Southwest (subject to blackout dates) and because it won’t be available soon. Similarly, the US Air card won’t be available soon, so you could get it now.

      @Sasha – It depends. If you use your personal account for business expenses, you could put your personal checking information in the application.

      @Mateo – Depends on your goals, but the Premier card has no foreign transaction fees and a higher annual points bonus (but a slightly higher fee).

      @gloreglabert – Thanks!

  18. Does Southwest ever offer promotions for transferring points to another account?

  19. First off, love your blog! Wasn’t instantly approved for the personal card but I called yesterday and I was approved!! Will apply later for the business card

  20. My wife just received her card today. We couldn’t find her RR number. We remember during application, it mentioned they would assign one as she didn’t have one. Anyone here knows where to get her RR number?

  21. Andrew Slatter

    When going for the 110,000 for the Companion pass, does that mean you can’t use any of the points in the process until there’s a 110,000 balance in my account? Or do I just have to have accrued 110,000 over the course of a year, regardless of if I’ve used them or not?

  22. Thanks so much for the ever so resourceful website! Has the 50K Bonus offer expired? The 4 links dont work anymore. Both (Business and Personal Premiere) my applications are under review despite having the highest credit rating possible. If the offer has expired when I call them, will they still honor the offer they had during the time of application?

    • @Andrew Slatter – You just have to accrue 110,000 within 1 calendar year and using them in the process doesn’t matter.

      @Prash
      – The links still work to the 50K offer. They will honor the bonus when you applied.

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  24. I have a question…if applying for the business version, it appears we need a businees tax i.d. number,is that correct?

  25. My family and I will be going to Utah in March to snow ski and I am looking for a good price for round trip tickets. When would be a good time to find good prices.