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Southwest Sale! Fly for as Little as $39 One-Way

Southwest Sale!  Fly for as Little as $39 One-Way

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Via Miles to Memories, Southwest is having another fare sale!  With lots great deals on lots of routes.

Like a one-way flight from Atlanta to San Antonio for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by October 5, 2017, for travel between October 17, 2017, and May 23, 2018 Eligible travel dates vary by route.

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How to Book It

Link:   Southwest Fare Sale

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

Southwest has published another sale!  Fares start at $39 one-way.  But most fares are higher.

For example, you can fly one-way from Baltimore to Charlotte for $82 (or 4,507 points), to West Palm Beach for $98 (or 5,612 points) or to Nassau, Bahamas for $99 (or 5,040 points).

Tickets must be purchased by October 5, 2017.  Here are the details:

  • If you are traveling within the US, you can get these deals for travel from October 17, 2017, and May 23, 2018
  • If you are traveling internationally, you can get these deals for travel from October 17, 2017, to December 13, 2017.  And from January 9, 2018, to March 1, 2018
  • You must book at least 21 days in advance of your travel
  • Tickets are non-refundable

Note:   There are blackout dates on certain routes, so make sure you take a look at your travel dates before you book!

If you’ve already booked Southwest flights, check this sale to make sure your flights aren’t available for cheaper.  If they are, just cancel your Southwest flight for free and re-book with the better price.

Check out Million Mile Secrets contributor Lyn’s post on how to tell if a Southwest sale is worthwhile!

We Love Southwest!

Emily and I like Southwest sales because when the cash price of a ticket goes down, award ticket prices go down, too.  Because Southwest bases award prices off of the cash price.

Every passenger also gets 2 free checked bags.  And that can save you a lot of money!

Southwest Sale Fly For As Little As 39 One Way
The Savings You’ll Get From Free Checked Bags Can Add Up Quickly!

Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member flies with you for free for up to 2 years!

This is an amazing deal and it’s the reason why Emily and I fly Southwest almost exclusively on domestic flights.  You can earn the Companion Pass in 8 easy steps!

And don’t forget, if you’re trying to earn the Companion Pass right now, the amazing Chase Southwest personal cards lose their increased bonuses tomorrow!

Hotel Information

If you book a sale flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending.

To find hotels that can be booked with points, I use Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.  

Note:  If you prefer to book paid stays, check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals.  But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized!).

Airbnb is another terrific way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.  Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price, and how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.

Use a Credit Card That Earns Bonus Miles & Points

These cards earn bonus miles or points for paid airfare:

Card NameWhat It Earns
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points on airfare purchased directly from airlines when you choose this as your 3X category (otherwise earn 2X points)

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for airfare purchased directly from airlines

- $100 Airline fee credit. Up to $100 a year for incidental fees with your selected airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on airfare purchased directly from airlines when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Earn 5X American Express Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel

- $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at 1 airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including airfare

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- $250 statement credit for airfare & baggage fees each calendar year

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare each year

- Here's my review of the card
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for travel, including airfare

Or pay with an airline credit card for specific perks!

And if you book a hotel, don’t forget to use one of these cards:

Card NameWhat It Earns
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on hotel rooms purchased directly from hotels when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including hotels

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- Extend your trip with a complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare & hotels each year

- Here's my review of the card
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for travel, including hotels

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with a hotel credit card for specific perks!

Bottom Line

You can book Southwest flights for less through this sale, if you purchase your tickets by October 5, 2017.  Flights start at $39 one-way, though most routes are more expensive.

Each route has different eligible dates, so check out the fare sale to see if it fits your travel plans.

Let me know if you find a good deal!

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • 3,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions
  • Bags fly free® and no change fees
  • Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events and more

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I love SW a ton, but the funny thing about these deals is, often they aren’t even really deals. I decided last week when I heard how crazy amazing the PP deals at the Portland airport were, that next time I saw a SW sale, I’d book a long weekend to Portland for next year. Sure enough, soon after, this sale shows up – fine print says not valid for flights out on Friday, but my LAX -> Portland flight out on Friday is exactly the same (ludicrously inexpensive) cost as my Portland -> LAX flight back on Monday. So I’m not even sure the sale helped. Not complaining either way, obviously, it was still ludicrously cheap. 😀

The Southwest sale this time really worked for me. I found two discounts available on my three previous bookings, and saved about 6000 Rapid Rewards points. Both bookings are for travel this month.

I have a lot of SW points that I would like to use on hotel stays. Do you have a link to a previous post that you could refer me to, to maximize my usage?
Thanks!