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- Airfare Sale For Travel August to December
Southwest frequently has airfare sales between select cities, but this one is getting a lot of attention because almost every route has a lot of seats available at the discounted price.
The sale prices are for travel August through mid-December.
Southwest prices include 2 checked-bags and carry-on luggage per passenger.
Most other airlines, such as Delta, United, and American charge for checked baggage.
Some super low-budget airlines, like Frontier and Spirit, charge hefty fees for carry-on luggage.
So, Southwest's total airfare cost may be better even if other airlines have a lower initial cost.
Also, Southwest flights can be cancelled for any reason, at least 24 hours prior to the departure time.
Returned tickets are given as dollar credit, applicable toward future travel within 1 year from the date you purchased them.
This can give you some flexibility if your plans change or are uncertain.
Say you want to visit grandmom in Florida but not sure if you can go in September or October, buy both trips at the sale price today, then cancel the one you decide not to use at least 24 hours prior to its departure time.
Set your calendar to remind you to cancel one of your trips.
The credit can apply toward future Southwest travel, as long as it happens within 1 year from the date you originally purchased the travel.
Pay $90 to get a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card.
It is just a $10 savings, but certainly helps if you plan to fly Southwest soon.
Southwest has some of the best deals on travel today, but only services certain cities.
If you are lucky enough to have Southwest service out of your nearest airport, you can get 2 free checked bags per passenger, and no cancellation or change fees.
Most other airlines charge fees for checked baggage, some even charge for carry-on baggage, and nearly all have hefty change/cancellation fees.
If you cancel/change a Southwest flight at least 24-hours before the flight departs, the entire amount you paid turns into credit that can be used toward any other flight within a year from the date you originally purchased it.
Our friend flies Southwest several times each year, loves booking low fares when buying the tickets at least a month in advance, but also wants greater flexibility with her travel plans.
For example, she may plan travel to Austin for an event, but may want the option of driving to Dallas to visit a friend then flying home from there.
But, what if she is not sure whether her friend will be around?
So, she would buy two return flights at least a month before travel (to lock in the cheapest airfare): one flight would leave Austin on a Friday, another would leave Dallas on a Sunday.
As the travel date would approach and her travel plans appear more clear, she would cancel one of those flights (since she only would need one return flight), and would receive full credit toward her next travel.
She would put a reminder in her calendar to cancel one of the flights, to avoid being stuck losing the value of the unwanted flight.