The newest Southwest sale is offering deals through mid-December only and ends on Thursday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
Southwest recently released flights for booking through March 6, 2020, so those flights are now available to book as part of this sale. The next scheduled release of flights through April 13, 2020 is on September 26. 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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The current Southwest sale is good for fall flights October 31, 2019-December 18, 2019.
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 October 31 through December 18, 2019 on 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 September 19 at 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC Time.
My assessment: This is a very different sale. Some of the deals remain from the last two sales, which had VERY GOOD deals, but there are a lot of new and different ones this go-round. A lot of the previous deals to smaller airports like Birmingham, Raleigh-Durham and Greenville-Spartanburg have largely gone by the wayside. Seattle’s deals also largely fell off as did deals to most Ohio cities.
Florida is back in the mix with some good deals, including Indy to Ft. Myers for $79, which is CHEAP. Many California cities still have their rock-bottom $49 fares between many cities and Renoe-Tahoe and also still has some affordable fares.
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:
- Albany to Norfolk (VA), Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach – $120-$135
- Albuquerque to Austin, Burbank, Denver, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Ontario, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose – $91-$108
- Albuquerque to LA – $79
- Amarillo to Dallas, Vegas – $109-$119
- Atlanta to Nashville – $49
- Atlanta to Cleveland, Houston, Indy, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Richmond (VA), Washington Dulles or Reagan, West Palm Beach – $79-$99
- Austin to Albuquerque, Dallas, El Paso, Lubbock, New Orleans – $84-$99
- Baltimore/Washington to Charleston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indy, Grand Rapids, Greenville-Spartanburg, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Norfolk, Portland (Maine), Raleigh-Durham – $69-$104
- Birmingham to Baltimore-Washington, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa – $101-$109
- Boise to Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, Spokane – $59-$99
- Boston to Chicago, Columbus – $77-$99
- Boston to Nashville – $59
- Buffalo/Niagara to Chicago – $84
- Burbank to Oakland, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Las Vegas, San Jose, Sacramento, San Francisco – $49-$69
- Charleston to Baltimore Washington, Chicago, Nashville – $99
- Charlotte to Baltimore/Washington to Nashville – $79-$95
- Chicago Midway to Boston, Buffalo/Niagara, Charleston, Columbus, Denver, Louisville, Nashville, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Providence (RI) – $77-$106
- Cincinnati to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago – $59-$78
- Cleveland to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Milwaukee, Nashville, St. Louis – $79-$102
- Columbus, Ohio to Baltimore-Washington, Boston, Dallas, Washington Reagan – $74-$99
- Dallas to Atlanta, Austin, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Omaha, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa – $89-$107
- Denver to Albuquerque, Chicago, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Lubbock, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa – $64-$98
- Detroit to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis – $79-$103
- El Paso to Austin, Burbank, Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario – $99-$100
- El Paso to Denver, San Diego or Phoenix – $64-$74
- Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Nassau, New Orleans, Pittsburgh – $69-$84
- Ft. Lauderdale to Hartford (CT), Havana, Cuba, Providence (RI), Raleigh-Durham – $99
- Ft. Myers to Indy – $79
- Grand Rapids to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago – $79-$89
- Greenville/Spartanburg to , Jacksonville – $79-$82
- Greenville/Spartanburg to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington – $59-$69
- Hartford, CT to Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa – $96-$99
- Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Louisville, Milwaukee, OKC, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio – $89-$109
- Indy to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Kansas City, Tampa – $79-$109
- Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale – $59
- Jacksonville to Atlanta – $89
- Kansas City to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indy, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York LaGuardia, San Antonio – $69-$110
- Las Vegas to Burbank, Long Beach, Oakland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose – $55-$69
- Little Rock to St. Louis – $102
- Long Beach to Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose – $49-$64
- LA to Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose – $54-$64
- Louisville to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Houston – $89-$94
- Lubbock to Denver – $95
- Manchester (NH) to Baltimore-Washington, Detroit, Nashville – $107-$108
- Memphis to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Tampa – $84-$109
- Milwaukee to Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, New York LaGuardia – $87-$108
- Minneapolis to Baltimore/Washington, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, St. Louis – $89-$99
- Nashville to Atlanta, Boston – $49-$59
- Nashville to Charleston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philly, Providence (RI), Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis – $74-$99
- New Orleans to Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore-Washington, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale – $87-$91
- New York LaGuardia to Atlanta, Milwaukee or Tampa – $89-$99
- Norfolk to Orlando – $84
- Oakland to LA, Vegas, Long Beach, Ontario, Reno-Tahoe – $59-$66
- OKC to Chicago, Denver, Houston – $79-$99
- Omaha to Dallas, Denver – $85-$89
- Ontario to Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose – $54-$69
- Orlando to Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, Norfolk, Raleigh-Durham, Washington Reagan – $85-$99
- Panama City or Pensacola to Nashville – $101
- Philly to Nashville or Tampa – $99
- Phoenix to Albuquerque, Burbank, El Paso, Vegas, Long Beach, LA, Oakland, Ontario, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose – $64-$99
- Pittsburgh to Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa – $84-$89
- Portland, OR to Burbank, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, LA – $69-$90
- Providence to Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville – $87-$99
- Raleigh/Durham to Baltimore/Washington, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, Orlando – $89-$99
- Reno to Las Vegas, LA, Oakland, San Jose – $49-$99
- Richmond to Atlanta – $99
- Sacramento to Boise, Burbank, Long Beach, LA, Ontario, San Diego – $49-$69
- Salt Lake City to Vegas – $64
- San Diego to Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose – $49-$59
- San Francisco to Burbank, Las Vegas, LA, Ontario, San Diego – $54-$69
- San Jose to Burbank, Vegas, Long Beach, LA, Ontario, Renoe-Tahoe, San Diego – $49-$65
- Seattle to Denver, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Oakland, San Diego – $74-$94
- Spokane to San Diego – $79
- St. Louis to Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Nashville – $87-$99
- Tampa to Hartford, Indy, New York LaGuardia, Philly, Pittsburgh – $79-$99
- Tucson to LA, San Diego, San Jose – $74-$79
- Tulsa to Dallas, Denver – $79-$81
- Washington Dulles to Atlanta – $79
- Washington Reagan to Atlanta, Columbus, Orlando – $74-$99
- West Palm Beach to Atlanta – $98
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.
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