While fares to Europe have tumbled this summer, domestic tickets have remained stubbornly high on many routes.
If you feel priced out of peak summer season, or have plans for trips in late summer or fall, Southwest Airlines has an airfare sale for you– on its domestic as well as its growing list of international destinations.
Southwest kicked it off today with with fares starting at $100 roundtrip. From there, roundtrip fares rise in three more steps: $160, $200, and $260.
As usual, expect other airlines to match this sale. TravelSkills will monitor their responses at the bottom of this post. (Scroll down…)
What’s nice about this sale is that it’s good for late summer trips starting as early as August 22— keep in mind that Labor Day is on Monday, September 4 this year.
And summer is not officially over until September 21. That’s a nice window for a late summer trip!
Take a look at what Southwest has on offer during the slower fall months as well as the “dead weeks” before and after Thanksgiving.
Sample approximate round trip fares include:
- $100 Between San Francisco & Oakland and Burbank, Los Angeles, Portland, Reno, San Diego (and most other intra-California and Vegas routes)
- $116 Boston-Atlanta
- $160 Atlanta-Washington DC Reagan National, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale
- $200 New York LaGuardia-Nashville, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St Louis, plus Sacramento-Portland, Austin-Atlanta
- $208 between Oakland and Puerto Vallarta
- $260 between Houston and Phoenix, or Oakland, Austin
- $300 between Oakland and Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans (Most transcon in the $300 range)
Keep in mind that Rapid Rewards redemptions are cheaper now, too because the SWA program is based on ticket prices.
We expect other major airlines to match these low fares over the next 24-48 hours. (We’ll update this page with competitive matches as they roll out…see below)
Note that Southwest does not charge for the first or second bag, and does not impose change fees like most other airlines. When major airlines match these fares, they’ll likely do it with “basic economy” fares that have even more fees and restrictions.
Details of Southwest’s 72-hour sale:
>Must buy your tickets between now and Thurs, June 8 at 11:59 p.m. (in originating city).
>Travel window: August 22- December 13
>Lowest fares not available on Fridays or Sundays
>Blackout dates for domestic flights: September 1 and 4, and November 17-28, 2016 (this varies on a handful of routes)
>International fares are only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays; blacked out Sept 4-6, Nov 25-28
>Only a handful of seats on each flight are on sale- you snooze, you lose.
>See Southwest website for other rules and restrictions, or to book trips.
Stay tuned for UPDATES: Airlines matching this sale so far include: Alaska Air | Virgin America (with slightly higher fares) | United
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