We have a new Southwest sale, which ends on Thursday, November 21 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. This is about the same sale as we saw last week, which was the best sale we’ve seen lately.
Southwest recently released flights for booking through June 6, 2020, so those flights are now available to book as part of this sale. The next scheduled release of flights through August 10, 2020 is on December 11 . Stay tuned to Go to Travel Gal in case that date changes! I’ll be the first to let you know.
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This current Southwest sale is good for winter and spring flights December 3, 2019-May 20, 2020.
Keep reading to view my assessment of this new sale and the best deals I could find.
Note: See the bottom of this post for how to check and see if there is a cheaper price on flights you’ve already booked and get refunded points or a travel credit if you paid for it. There is NO FEE to change or cancel flights on Southwest.
Please note, Southwest has stopped including points prices in their sale listings, so I can only show you the cash price. However, the cash price should give you an indication of what the points price is likely to be, and you can click through on the gold “Go” button to check points prices, as well.
Southwest Sale Details
Dates: The sale is good for nonstop AND connecting domestic flights December 3 through May 20, 2020 every day except Fridays and Sundays, with a few exceptions. There are some exceptions to various cities, and travel internationally, within Hawaii and to Puerto Rico is slightly different.
Hawaii fares (and flights to/from Orange County, California) are excluded from this sale.
The sale ends Thursday, November 21 at 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC Time.
There ARE blackout dates, which include:
- Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26-30 2019; Jan. 4-5, 2020.
Black-out dates are slightly different for interisland Hawaii flights and international travel.
My assessment: This is pretty much the same sale we saw last week, which had better fares than we’ve seen in the previous three weeks. But overall, there’s nothing outstanding. The best sale we’ve seen of late was in early October with deals up to $60 lower PER WAY than this sale.
If you’re waiting for lower fares for the holidays, however, sorry to tell you that they are likely not coming. Holiday fares were high from the second they were released and they are likely only to rise at this point. I’d advise you to book now or find alternate plans with another airline or by driving or taking a train instead.
Sample Southwest Sale Fares
Here are some of the best fares I found as part of this Southwest sale:
Interisland Hawaii flights from $39!
- Albany to Ft. Lauderdale, Louisville – $101-$134
- Albuquerque to Burbank, Denver, Las Vegas, Long Beach, LA, Ontario, Phoenix, San Diego – $95-$119
- Amarillo to Dallas – $119
- Atlanta to Austin, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Houston, Indy, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond (VA), San Antonio, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington Dulles or Reagan, West Palm Beach – $77-$116
- Atlanta to Nashville, Greenville-Spartanburg – $49
- Austin to Dallas, New Orleans, Raleigh-Durham – $82-$95
- Baltimore/Washington to Boston, Charleston, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Greenville-Spartanburg, Indy, Norfolk – $59-$100
- Birmingham to Orlando – $105 ($101 4 weeks ago)
- Boise to Sacramento, San Jose, Spokane – $74-$98
- Boston to Atlanta – $103
- Buffalo/Niagara to Chicago, Nashville – $105-$108
- Burbank to Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose – $54-$69
- Charleston to Baltimore Washington – $99 ($104 2 weeks ago)
- Charlotte to Baltimore/Washington – $105 ($101 3 weeks ago)
- Charlotte to Nashville – $74
- Chicago Midway to Cincinnati, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indy, Louisville, New York LaGuardia – $78-$97
- Cincinnati to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver – $78-$107
- Cleveland to Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Milwaukee, Nashville, St. Louis – $92-$107
- Columbus, Ohio to Washington Reagan – $89
- Dallas to Austin, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, OKC, Omaha, San Antonio, Tulsa – $76-$110
- Denver to Albuquerque, Burbank, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lubbock, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tulsa – $78-$103
- Detroit to Atlanta, Chicago – $92-$103
- El Paso to Denver, LA, Phoenix, San Diego – $59-$97
- Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta, Grand Cayman, Jacksonville, Nassau, New Orleans, Orlando, Turks & Caicos, Washington-Reagan – $59-$99
- Ft. Myers to Indy – $99
- Grand Rapids to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago – $93-$96
- Greenville/Spartanburg to Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington – $49-$86
- Hartford to Ft. Lauderdale – $111
- Houston to Atlanta, Little Rock, Louisville, Omaha – $86-$105
- Indy to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Ft. Myers – $92-$100
- Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale – $64
- Kansas City to Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis – $97-$104
- Las Vegas to Long Beach, LA, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose – $59-$69
- Little Rock to Houston – $86
- Long Beach to Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose – $54-$69
- LA to Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose – $59-$70
- Louisville to Chicago, Houston – $97-$105
- Lubbock to Denver – $100 ($95 4 weeks ago)
- Memphis to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Orlando – $77-$105
- Milwaukee to Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville – $86-$109
- Minneapolis to Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis – $94-$106
- Nashville to Atlanta – $49 ($54 2 weeks ago)
- Nashville to Charlotte, Cleveland, Milwaukee, OKC, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Portland (Maine), Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis – $74-$107
- New Orleans to Austin, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, San Antonio – $92-$100
- New York LaGuardia to Atlanta, Chicago – $95-$104
- Norfolk to Baltimore-Washington, Orlando – $97-$100
- Oakland to Burbank, Long Beach, LA, Ontario, Renoe-Tahoe – $59-$69
- OKC to Dallas, Denver, Nashville – $76-$104
- Omaha to Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Diego – $90-$109
- Ontario to Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose – $59-$69
- Orlando to Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Memphis, New Orleans, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham – $59-$100
- Panama City and Pensacola to Nashville – $106
- Phoenix to El Paso, Vegas – $59-$79
- Pittsburgh to Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, Orlando or Tampa – $84-$106
- Portland (Maine) to Baltimore-Washington, Nashville – $107
- Portland, OR to Burbank, Oakland – $74-$79
- Providence to Washington-Reagan – $59
- Raleigh/Durham to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa – $82-$105
- Reno to Oakland, San Jose – $59-$76
- Richmond to Atlanta – $107 (was $101 last week)
- Rochester to Baltimore/Washington – $107
- Sacramento to Burbank, Long Beach, LA, San Diego – $54-$69
- Salt Lake City to Vegas – $59 ($69 last week)
- San Antonio to Atlanta, New Orleans – $89-$95
- San Diego to Sacramento, San Jose – $54
- San Francisco to Burbank, Ontario – $59
- San Jose to Burbank, Vegas, Long Beach, LA, San Diego – $54-$59
- Seattle to Denver, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Oakland, San Jose – $82-$95
- Spokane to San Diego – $84 ($79 4 weeks ago)
- St. Louis to Nashville – $92
- Tampa to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham – $102-$104
- Tucson to LA, San Jose – $79-$94
- Tulsa to Dallas, Denver – $85-$100
- Washington Dulles to Atlanta – $94 ($89 4 weeks ago)
- Washington Reagan to Atlanta, Columbus, Ft. Lauderdale – $89-$94
- West Palm Beach to Atlanta – $102 ($80 last week)
Here is the direct link to the Southwest sale. Click on your home airport (or nearest airport) from the dropdown list to see sale prices to various destinations.
Tips for Booking Your Southwest Flights
Remember to use the Low Fare Calendar and check dates yourself. For example, I recently found super cheap fares (3,600 points per way) from Indy to Denver in September and 6,000 points per way from Indy to LAX in October in the Low Fare Calendar.
I have heard reports that if you have flights in September and October, you may be able to rebook them at no charge due to the MAX 8 grounding and continued removal from Southwest’s flight schedule through early September. So take a look if you’d like a better flight time or want to change days.
Please share any good deals you spot on the Go to Travel Gal Cheap Southwest Fares Facebook page so we can help EVERYONE save!
How to Change a Flight on Southwest
If you’ve already booked a flight and want to see if there is a lower price, go to the Southwest.com, scroll down to the blue bar and click on Change/Cancel, enter your name and confirmation number, select Change and then review the current points prices.
Southwest charges NO cancellation or change fees, so you can rebook with no penalty if you find a lower price.
With updates to Southwest’s online reservation system, when you select Change, the system now shows you how much more or less current fares are than what you paid (either in points or cash). This makes it super easy to see whether you should “change” your flights to get a lower fare.
This functionality does NOT work, however, if you have added “companion” from your Southwest Companion Pass to your ticket. You will have to go to the Southwest Low Fare Calendar, check prices, remember what you paid to start with and then see if you should rebook.
To rebook, you’ll need to first remove your Companion (under My Trips in your My Account section at Southwest.com). You can then readd them also under My Trips in your My Account section after you’ve rebooked the flight, though sometimes it takes 24 hours from booking before it will allow you to do that.
To help keep track of what you pay in points or cash each time you book a flight, so you can later compare it with sale prices, check out my Flight Tracker tool in the Get Organized: Miles & Points Toolkit I’ve created. It’s super handy and a big time-saver rather than having to dig up what you paid for a flight each time you want to compare.
Combine these sales with the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with you, and you can stretch your points quite far. Download my free guide that shows you 10 things you MUST know to earn the Southwest Companion Pass:
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