There is a new Southwest sale ending Thursday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
The sale is good for fall flights September 3-December 18, 2019.
Keep reading to view my assessment of this new sale and the best deals I could find.
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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.
Additionally, they’re continuing to use the new booking screen, which hopefully makes it easier to view and book cheap fares!
Southwest Sale Details
Dates: The sale is good for nonstop AND connecting domestic and interisland Hawaii Wanna Getaway fares September 3 through December 18, 2019 (same as the last sale) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with a few exceptions. Travel to Puerto Rico is slightly different. International travel is good September 3 through December 11, 2019.
Hawaii fares are excluded from this sale.
The sale ends July 18 at 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC Time.
Black-out dates include: November 22, 24, 26-27, November 30-December 2, 2019; interisland Hawaii fares are blacked out November 22-December 2, 2019.
My assessment: This is pretty much the exact same sale we saw last week with a handful of slightly lower fares thrown in. There continue VERY FEW fares less than $100, which is disappointing. HOWEVER, just because the fares are not listed in the sale does not mean they are not out there, so don’t dispair! Once again, Denver and cities in California have most of the best deals this week.
Lately, I’ve noticed an upward trend in the cost of Southwest fares; sadly, it seems prices are going up :(. Usually, I list mostly prices under $100 and I can no longer do that, as they are so few and far between (except in California!). So I’ve started listing fares in the lower $100s as now good options…
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!
Sample Southwest Sale Fares
Here are some of the best fares I found as part of this Southwest sale:
Interisland Hawaii fares are $49!
- Albuquerque to Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego – $98-$105
- Atlanta to Nashville – $49
- Atlanta to Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, Washington Dulles or Reagan – $89-$99
- Austin to New Orleans – $98
- Baltimore/Washington to Charleston, Charlotte, Detroit, Indy, Grand Rapids, Memphis – $99-$103
- Birmingham to Orlando or Tampa – $108-$109
- Boise to San Jose – $93
- Boston to Atlanta – $91
- Buffalo/Niagara to Chicago – $109
- Burbank to San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland – $64
- Burbank to San Jose – $49
- Charleston to Baltimore Washington – $99
- Charlotte to Baltimore/Washington or Nashville – $101-$103
- Chicago Midway to Louisville, New York Newark, Nashville, Pittsburgh – $98-$106
- Cincinnati to Baltimore/Washington – $84 ($74 last week)
- Cleveland to Atlanta, Nashville – $99-$101
- Columbus, Ohio to Washington/Reagan – $91
- Dallas to Columbus, Denver, Houston, Louisville, San Antonio, Memphis, Kansas City – $100-$107
- Denver to Houston, Albuquerque, Vegas, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Long Beach, Lubbock, Milwaukee, OKC, San Antonio, Seattle – $89-$97
- Detroit to Baltimore/Washington – $102
- El Paso to Vegas or LA – $99-$105
- El Paso to Denver, San Diego or Phoenix – $74-$81
- Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Nassau, New Orleans, Washington Reagan – $81-$92
- Ft. Myers to Atlanta – $104
- Grand Rapids to Chicago, Baltimore/Washington – $96-$99
- Greenville/Spartanburg to Baltimore/Washington – $82
- Hartford, CT to Ft. Lauderdale – $107
- Houston to Denver – $94
- Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Louisville, San Antonio – $104-$109
- Indy to Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Tampa – $103-$109
- Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale – $59
- Kansas City to Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, New York/LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis – $94-$110
- Las Vegas to Long Beach, Salt Lake City – $55-$64
- Las Vegas to Denver, El Paso – $95-$99
- Long Beach to San Jose, Vegas – $49-$55
- LA to San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento – $64
- Louisville to Chicago, Dallas, Houston – $100-$109
- Lubbock to Denver – $95
- Memphis to Baltimore/Washington, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Tampa – $99-$109
- Milwaukee to Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City – $94-$108
- Minneapolis to St. Louis, Baltimore/Washington, Nashville – $99-$110
- Nashville to Atlanta – $49
- Nashville to Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Tampa – $94-$106
- New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale – $87
- New Orleans to Orlando, San Antonio – $98-$103
- New York/Newark to Chicago – $103
- New York LaGuardia to Atlanta, Nashville or Tampa – $104-$108
- Oakland to most Cali cities & Vegas – $64-$66
- OKC to Denver – $96
- Omaha to San Diego – $104
- Ontario to most Cali cities – $64
- Orange Co to Vegas – $99
- Orlando to Atlanta – $92
- Orlando to Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham – $103-$106
- Panama City or Pensacola to Nashville – $110
- Phoenix to Burbank, Oakland, El Paso, Ontario, San Francisco, San Jose – $81-$89
- Phoenix to Las Vegas – $59
- Pittsburgh to Chicago or Tampa – $106-$108
- Portland, OR to Oakland, San Jose, LA – $74-$77
- Raleigh/Durham to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Kansas City, Nashville, Orlando – $106-$109
- Reno to Oakland, San Jose – $74-$77
- Sacramento to San Diego – $49
- Salt Lake City to Vegas – $59
- San Antonio to Denver – $89
- San Antonio to New Orleans – $98
- San Diego to Sacramento, San Jose – $49
- San Francisco to Burbank, Vegas, LA, Ontario, San Diego – $64-$65
- San Jose to Burbank, Long Beach, San Diego – $49
- Seattle to Denver, Sacramento – $93-$98
- Spokane to Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, San Jose, San Diego – $101-$117
- St. Louis to Nashville, Minneapolis, Denver – $94-$106
- Tampa to Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbus, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New York LaGuardia, Pittsburgh – $104-$109
- Tucson to Los Angeles, San Diego – $90-$96
- Tulsa to Dallas – $59
- Washington Dulles to Atlanta – $89
- Washington Reagan to Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Columbus – $89-$92
- West Palm Beach to Atlanta – $106
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.
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.
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