First Southwest Sale of 2018 – Fly From $40 Into May!

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Written by Charlie

The first Southwest sale of 2018 is here and it starts at just $40 and you can book for travel all the way into May! Great time to check your reservations for additional savings!

We are now the 2nd day into the new year and because it is a Tuesday, that means it is Southwest Sale day! Of course, these are nothing new but always a great time to save money on new or existing reservations. If that is something you like, then take a quick 60 seconds to check this sale to see if it will work for you.

First Southwest Sale of the New Year – Fly From $40

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Link: First Southwest Sale of 2018

Southwest Sale Details:

  • Book from January 2 through January 25, 2018, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Domestic travel valid January 23 through May 23, 2018
    • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid January 23 through March 1, 2018, and April 3 through May 17, 2018.
  • International travel valid January 23 through March 1, 2018, and April 3 through May 17, 2018
  • Must book 21 days in advance

Prices Lower Than Advertised

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Like most Southwest sales, you can always check dates that are blocked out or actual city pairs to find that they are cheaper than advertised.

One example is Phoenix – Las Vegas. The Southwest sale page lists it at being from $65 but you can find many, many dates that actually have it for as low as $47. I am really not sure why Southwest does it this way but it will definitely pay to look beyond the sale page to see actual sale prices.

Book With Southwest Points For Good Value

With point prices starting from only 1,300+ for the cheapest city pair, you can get a great value in your points. The cheapest tickets can give you a point value of over cents per point – very good for Southwest! So, while you check out the cash prices, don’t forget to look at point costs as well.

By booking the cheapest tickets, you can get some insane value out the best Southwest card offers! See how you could get over $1,300 in value from a single Southwest card offer!

Don’t forget to check your current reservations, thanks to the friendly Southwest cancellation and change policy!

Check Your Already-Booked Reservations For Price Difference

So, now is the time to search for your tickets within this sale and see if you have a better price available now than when you had booked it. If the price has dropped, you simply select to change the flight and look at the same dates and flights again. Once you go through and confirm, you will receive a refund of the difference in miles and the cash for the taxes will be transferred for the new ticket.

In 1 Minute, You Can Have Your Points Back!

The whole process takes less than 60 seconds and you could save a lot of money or points! If you had booked your ticket in the past using cash, you will receive a refund in the form of a credit that is usable for 1 year from the time you originally booked the ticket. If you booked it with points, you will receive the points back in your account for the difference.

Also, do not take the blackout dates as being firm either! So, make sure you poke around and see what the true prices are for your desired travel.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.