3 Day Southwest And Airtran Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!


Update: This sale ends tonight!


Originally posted on 10/08:

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred, or 2 points per dollar on the Chase Southwest Visa

If you have an Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Office Max or Staples.


Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest/Airtran Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A round-trip short-haul flight can be had for just 4,560 points-a value of over 2 cents per point.  If you have an unlimited use companion pass thanks to opening 2 Southwest cards you would get a value of over 4 cents per point making a 50,000 point bonus worth over $2,000.

Through 10/31 the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature Card gives 50,000 bonus points for spending $2,000.  There are 2 consumer and 2 business versions of the card that each give 50,000 points. Those cards can be accessed at the bottom of the application link where it says “Additional Southwest Airlines Credit Cards.”  Read more in this post.

The network carriers are also matching these fares in case you care more about earning traditional airline miles than the free bags and cancellation policy
For example a United flight from Cleveland to Kansas City has just dropped from $506 to $196 connecting or $218 nonstop. Southwest doesn’t fly nonstop on that route but United has matched with a great nonstop price.
-A United flight from LGA to Cleveland can be had for $98 round-trip (or $95 with the United.com discount code I posted last week.).

Fare rules:
-Book by 10/10.
-Travel between 12/04-12/18 or 01/07-02/12.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Valid on nonstops only
-Seats are limited.

-Flights 0-500 miles=$49 each way.
-Flights 501-1,000 miles=$99 each way.
-Flights 1,001-1,500 miles=$129 each way.
-Flights 1,501+ miles=$149 each way.

Sample deals:
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 12/04-12/11 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 01/14-01/21 for $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 01/14-01/21 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Chicago (MDW)-Cleveland 01/14-01/21 for for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Long Island (ISP)-Orlando 01/14-01/21 $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.

HT: Yosef, via DDF

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Any dates nyc to las?


Any dates for Phil to fll or Mia in Jan?


They don’t fly nonstop to LAS, but why not just search?

If you would search on their site you would see that there are plenty of those on sale at the $99 each way rate.


did other carriers match only for the same dates as southwest promo?


If I made tickets with miles previously and now the amount of miles needed has gone down, will they credit my account the difference if I make that request?



Sure! Just call to request it!


Excellent for the kinus hashluchos!


anything from LAX?




@Dan: For the record, you no longer need to call in to get a fare difference refund. Click on the change flights link and repurchase your flights. Any fare difference will be refunded automatically.
If you have a companion ticket booked, you need to cancel the companion ticket, log out and log back in, rebook your flight using the method above and then add the companion again.


What number do you call for the refund?


Any dates from any of the NYC are airports to San Diego?


Southwest doesnt fly direct to San diego? Are there any other network carriers that have reduced prices between new york and SAN


Is this sale for tickets from New York to florida
For Pesach
April 13-23


Ugh! Why do so many of the flights have “stop overs” that are forever long!!!


Can you make a post from southwest similar that you did on ba direct flights from new York or Miami. ?
I can’t see the value jn southwest for someone living in new York . there are no direct flights to anywhere I would go.


Click on the route map and select nonstop flights.
They fly to EWR, ISP, and LGA.


I signed up for the Plus & Premier in July when they had the 50K Bonuses. Since then I’ve attained their companion status. I flew to FLL & ATL last week with SWA & AirTran. Very pleased with the service. I’m from New York but I’m flexible so I flew out of BWI & stopped over in ATL on my way back to LGA. Thank You Dan for the CC bonuses & today’s sale. I booked seven trips today using rapid rewards & I still have 12K RRP remaining in my account. Plus I IYH will be taking a companion with me on each of those trips.




I booked tickets through airtran on oct 1st.It said flight is thru southwest.Does the free 2 checked bags apply being it is operated thru southwest?


@Morris: As long as you booked your flight on southwest.com, you will be entitled two 2 free bags.Even if it’s on a partner airline such as airtran.


A few questions: Does southwest allow 24 hour cancellation? Do you think other airlines discounted rates on SWA routes will end at the same time the Southwest sale ends? Do you think it ends at midnight EST or PST tonight?


Unrelated: the links for the ink cards don’t work – just had a 3bm screwed up cause the 2 ink applications say this offer not available


They do.

The links work fine. Did you use 3 different brands of browsers?
As long as you apply for cards from the same bank on the same day then it’s still typically 1 pull.


I used iPad iPod & lap I tried twice & both times I got error message from both- wierd


You need to use a different browser. If you already applied in IE then try Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc, etc.


i tried now with chrome in private and firefox in private and went thru. so u cant use chrome in private 3 times u have 2 use differemt browsers?


also r more likely 2 get approved 4 multiple cards from chase business if u apply for different business names or 1 business will work as well? created 3 cards for this 1..


any flights form Detroit to new jersey