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New Nationwide Southwest Sale Starting at $42 – Good For Travel Into February, 2019!

Written by Charlie

Here is the latest nationwide Southwest sale with tickets starting from $42 for one way travel – all the way into February of 2019! If you have any travel plans for the next 5 months, make sure you check these sale prices or maybe rebook the trips you already have with Southwest if you can save some more!

Here we are – if you ever want to know which day of the week it is, you only need to see that Southwest has a sale and you will know it is Tuesday! Yet, since each sale brings the opportunities to save on new and existing travel, I am not sure that many of us will complain!

This new nationwide sale from Southwest brings us the usual starting price of just $42 for a city pair and gives us travel deals all the way into February of 2019 (with some holes around the big holidays coming up!).

New Nationwide Southwest Sale Starting at $42

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Link: Nationwide Southwest Sale

Southwest Sale Details:

  • Purchase from August 21 through August 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Domestic travel valid September 4, 2018, through February 13, 2019.
  • Domestic travel blacked out November 20-21, November 24-26, December 21-23, December 26-27, December 29-30, January 1-2 2019.

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This sale is good for about 5 months of travel! There are a total of 14 blackout dates in that period of 5 months but if you are willing to travel on other dates, you should be able to find some nice deals. As always, best to book now and then keep checking for fare drops to see if you can get money or points back on those tickets!

Note: Starting on August 29, Southwest will be installing fee hikes for their Early Bird Check-In program. If this is something that your routinely use, especially for early morning flights, make sure you book those Early Bird prices now. Remember, you do not get that back if you decide to cancel or change your flight so only do it on flights you know you will be taking.

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.

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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.


  • The $42 fare is almost nonexistent. Look for a flight from Nashville to anywhere for $42 and there was none. Someone out there might get lucky and find one destination from their home field. $42 is a bait for people to check the web site.

    • Which is why the title (and post) says STARTING at $42. It actually is even cheaper for southern California flights ($39). Of course the whole network is not going to cost $42! There are still some great deals on a multitude of city pairs at $49, $56, $59, and $66. Nashville can be a tough one for many deals.
      One thing I strive for here is not to bait – that is why the title reads as it does. So, you can cut that part from your disappointment in not finding a deal that works for you.

    • As I said in the post, the $42 starting fare is the usual LGB-LAS city pair. There are other city pairs in southern CA that are starting at $39 and other city pairs at $49, $56, $59, and $66. That price is, as the title states, a starting price so you will not find that across the board.
      A good thing to do is to book now (with points or cash, but the cash refund comes back as a credit) for what happens to interest you. Then, in October when the big fare sale comes out ($49, $99, $129, $149, based on distance), check and rebook if the prices drop. That sale is typically much better at offering multiple city pairs at similar prices (all based on distance). That should be the first week of October.