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The Mega Southwest $49 Sale Is Here – Check Your Current Reservations to Save More!

Written by Charlie

The twice-a-year mega Southwest $49 sale is here! This puts the entire network on sale by distance, starting at just $49 for a one way ticket. If you already have a Southwest ticket, time to check your current reservations to save more on rebooking! Or, you can book with points for a great deal!

Southwest certainly runs a lot of sales – basically every Tuesday. But, there are two sales each year and they are the big ones. The entire network goes on sale with prices at the $49, $79, $99, and $129 (with a couple of cheaper city pairs thrown in).

The Mega Southwest $49 Sale Is Here – 3 Days to Book!

Link: Mega Southwest Sale

Here are the details of the mega Southwest sale:

  • Purchase from October 2 through October 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Domestic travel valid November 28 through December 19, 2018, and January 3 through February 13, 2019.
    • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid November 28 through December 6, 2018, and January 4 through February 28, 2018.
    • International travel valid November 28 through December 12, 2018, and January 8 through March 6, 2019.
  • Fares not available to/from Orange County, CA (SNA)
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These are the best prices for the shorter routes like this – if you want a great price for travel into February, book this sale!

Yes, You Can Book Tickets for Less Than Airlines Charge You for 2 Bags! 🙂

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If you check bags, you can book a ticket with what other airlines would charge you for your bags!

Check Your Reservations to Save Money/Points!

One of the great benefits with these sales is to check your existing Southwest reservation and see if the fare is any cheaper right now. This is very common because many people will book as far out as they can when the schedule opens to ensure they have the flight. Then, with Southwest’s generous cancellation/change policy, you can make changes to the reservation and always make sure you are booked at the lowest price.

Cancellation and Change Policy

If you have already booked your tickets in the past, you can still take advantage of the sale. Southwest has the best cancellation/rebooking policy of the US airlines. Basically, as long as you cancel by 10 minutes before the flight, you get the points back in your account for free and with no penalty. That means you are free to make any changes you want without any problems or loss of points or cash!

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.


It is a great time to lock in reservations now and then you can always change later (for free) if the dates or travel no longer suits you. If you booked a while ago, you will have a decent shot at getting some money/points back with this sale. That is always a good thing and a great reason to shop with Southwest.

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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.