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.
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:
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.
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.