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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 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:
- Washington (Reagan National), DC
- New York (Newark)
- Washington (Dulles), DC
- New York (LaGuardia)
- West Palm Beach
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Fort Myers
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.