If peak season fares will keep you grounded this summer, here’s some great news: This morning, Southwest.com and AirTran.com kicked off a decent late summer/early fall fare sale, but you’ve got to act fast. That’s because the sale only lasts 72-hours and only a handful of seats on each plane are selling at the discounted prices. Here are the specifics:
>Travel dates: Travel must take place between Monday, August 13 and Wednesday, November 14.
>Roundtrip fares range from $100 to $280 roundtrip (all in), based on flight length. For travel up to 500 miles, fares are $100 round trip. For travel 501 to 1,300 miles, fares are $200 round trip. For travel 1,301 or more miles, fares are $280 round trip. (Fares are available one-way.)
>Sale fares are NOT available on Fridays or Sundays. Blackout dates: Aug. 18, Aug. 30, Sept. 3, and Sept. 4, 2012.
>I expect United, Delta and other carriers to match most of these fares by later today, so shop around if you don’t find the fare you want.
>Based on what we’ve seen fare-wise this summer, these are some great deals. Sample roundtrip Southwest or AirTran fares from SFO/OAK/SJC include:
$100: Burbank, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, Orange County, Reno, San Diego
$200: Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle
$280: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Houston
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