Southwest and AirTran have launched a nationwide sale offering some eye-poppingly good deals for fall and winter travel. How about Atlanta to San Francisco and back for just $184 all in? ATL to New York-La Guardia for $150? Or ATL all the way to Denver and back for just $198? These are just a few samples of hundreds of really good deals on offer.
BUT, there’s a catch, as always… so don’t get your hopes up for a great deal during the peak holiday travel season. The fares on Southwest are only good during what I call the “dead weeks.” These are the slowest travel days of the year—Wednesday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and then again from Monday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. On AirTran, the fares are good through March 1.
These fares are excellent choices for business travelers who can schedule their meetings during these dips in demand when fares plummet.
They are also good for those who cannot afford peak holiday pricing and don’t mind postponing family visits or vacations.
They are also great options for skiers headed to the Rockies during January or February.
The details, dates and blackout dates vary slightly between Southwest and AirTran, so be sure to check both if they both fly to the city you are interested in.
Note that Southwest and AirTran launched this fare sale today… and you can count on other airlines matching the sale later today with similar fares on competitive routes.
Here are the details for Southwest:
>Book your trip at southwest.com by midnight on Thursday October 11, 2012.
>Act fast. The sale is good for travel Wednesday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and then again from Monday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 (Not good on Sundays and certain other blackout dates). The cheapest seats will sell out fast.
>Here are all the terms and conditions for the Southwest sale.
A similar sale, but without the gimmicky discount code is also underway at Southwest subsidiary AirTran—check sale fares at www.airtran.com.
The deals on AirTran are a little different… no discount code is required. Keep in mind AirTran charges for checked bags while Southwest does not.
>One-way fares can be purchased today through Oct. 11, 2012, 11:59 pm Pacific.
>Travel must take place Nov. 28 through Dec. 18, 2012, or Jan. 4 through Mar. 1, 2013.
>Travel valid all days of the week– including Fridays and Sundays, which are usually excluded from sales.
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