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Time for a Vacation: Southwest Has Flights on Sale for $49 One Way

June 8, 2016
by Susan Shain
Contributor

Wanna get away this fall?

Southwest is throwing a pretty sweet flash sale right now — some fares are as low as $49 one-way — for travel between August 13 and December 14, 2016.

If you’d like to grab one of these cheap tickets, you’d better act fast; the deal only runs until 11:59 p.m. in the city of origin’s timezone on Thursday, June 9.

And if you’ve already purchased a Southwest ticket for travel during this timeframe, this sale might allow you to get a credit for the price difference.

Here’s what you need to know.

How to Jump on This Southwest Sale

Until the end of the day tomorrow, Southwest has reduced fares on some routes as low as $49, $79, $99 and $129 (including taxes).

The fares are good for domestic travel from August 23 to December 14, travel to/from Puerto Rico from September 7 to December 8 and international travel from August 23 to December 13.

If traveling domestically, you must fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, and blackout dates, including Thanksgiving week, apply.  

Since airfare sales almost always have restrictions, the best strategy is to just check and see what’s available.

Like many airlines, Southwest offers a free 24-hour cancellation period: If you change your mind within 24 hours of booking, you can get a complete refund to your original method of payment.

So I always advise booking first, and thinking later. Better to scoop up the fare and cancel within 24 hours than to wait and miss it.

What If You Already Booked a Trip?

Already have a Southwest reservation this fall? The sale might also mean good news for you.

If the exact flight you already purchased (same date, same route) went down in price, you can request a fare credit from Southwest.

Lastly, don’t forget Southwest has some extraordinarily customer-friendly policies, including no change fees and no baggage fees.   

Isn’t it time to get going? Click here to see if there are any sales that strike your fancy.

Your Turn: Do you like flying Southwest?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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