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Southwest Sale from $49!

Written by Charlie

Last week, a Southwest sale ended which means that today is the day for a new one to begin! This one will run a week and fares start at $49.

Southwest Sale from $49

Southwest fare sale link

Southwest sale

This is certainly a better starting sale price than the last sale that ended so it is worth a look! Here are the details of this sale (bolding mine):

  • Purchase from May 10 through May 19, 2016, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Domestic travel valid August 23 through November 2, 2016.
  • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid September 7 through November 2, 2016.
  • International travel valid August 23 through November 2, 2016.
  • Domestic travel blacked out September 2 and September 5, 2016.
  • Domestic travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays. Travel to/from Florida and Nevada is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid only on Mondays through Thursdays.
  • International travel is valid only on Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Travel to Cancún, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Cancún, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel to/from Mexico City; Liberia, Costa Rica and San José, Costa Rica is valid daily.
  • Fares valid on nonstop service only.
  • Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® Fares.
  • Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed.

This is a pretty good sale and has a wide range of dates available. Except for Labor Day weekend, there are no other national blackout days.

Check Your Reservations!

The real benefit of these sales is for you 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.


While this is a nice price for new reservations, it is also a good time to check your reservations already booked. 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.