Southwest Fare Sale Starting at $49!

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Via Deals We Like, Southwest is having a 72 hour 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.

Even if you don’t fly on Southwest, the other airlines could start matching Southwest’s reduced fares!

You must purchase your ticket by Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11:59 pm (from the time zone of the city you’re flying out of) for travel between:

  • December 4 through December 18, 2013 and
  • January 7 through February 12, 2014

Unfortunately flights on Fridays and Sundays are not included, so you can’t plan weekend giveaways at these low prices.

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Southwest Flights From $49!

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

  • $49 or 2,280 points for flights up to 500 miles
  • $99 or 5,280 points for flights 501 miles to 1,000 miles
  • $129 or 7,080 points for flights 1,000 miles to 1,500 miles
  • $149 or 8,280 points for flights more than 1,501 miles

Now’s a good time to use your points to book flights.  The cost in points remains the same because Southwest’s devaluation of points won’t occur until after March 31, 2014.  And these fare sales are valid for travel through February 12, 2014.

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 valid for 1 year after the booking was made, without a change fee.

If you’ve already booked trips between December 7 through December 18, 2013 and January 7 through February 12, 2014,  check to see if the prices have dropped because on Southwest you can cancel and rebook your flights without a change fee.

Here’s how you can get up to 20% off Southwest fares!

And if you’re running low on Southwest Rapid Rewards points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold or Ink Plus transfer instantly to Southwest Airlines in 1:1 ratio

Unfortunately, there are some restrictions such as:

1.    You have to purchase your ticket on southwest.com or swabiz.com

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

3.     You have to buy your ticket by 11:59 pm (for the respective time zone of the city you’re flying out of) on October 10, 2013

4.    You can only travel December 4, 2013 through December 18, 2013 and January 7, 2013 through February 12, 2014

5.     Friday & Sunday travel is not permitted

6.     Flights to San Juan are not included.

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

Bottom Line

This is a great way to use your Companion Pass in winter!  Remember that your companion flies free on BOTH cash tickets as well as tickets bought with points!

Other airlines haven’t started to match Southwest’s low fares, but I’ll update this  post if they do.

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11 responses to “Southwest Fare Sale Starting at $49!

  1. I am waiting for Companion Pass status. Can I take advantage of the fare sale to book my ticket now and add companion later when stays hits in a few weeks?

  2. Is there any negative to sending a friend 4k via paypal as goods/services except for the fees? This will help me hit minimum spend for bonus and i’ll also get $4k points, correct?

  3. @joey

    Does your friend receive a lot using PayPal? Does he/she know that if they receive $20K or 200 transactions in a year they will be 1099’d? Because that $4K will sure look like income to the taxman.

  4. @frank wong – yes, you don’t have to have the companion pass at the time of booking. You can apply it to any flight after you get it as long as there is a seat available.

  5. If we make a reservation with points correlating to these lower prices, and then need to cancel, what happens to our points? Do they just go back into our account? Are there any penalties?

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  8. Any ideas on when southwest is having their nxt big sale??

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