Southwest flyers and spontaneous travelers have a reason to celebrate — at least until Thursday. As part of a limited-time fare sale, Southwest Airlines is offering astonishingly low rates on many domestic and international flights.
Flyers can depart from over 100 cities, including locations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. All tickets are one-way, and must be booked by Oct. 12 (Thursday). Here’s a list of available flight dates (Friday and Sunday flight dates are excluded):
- Oct. 31 – Dec. 19, 2017
- Jan. 3 – Feb. 14, 2018
Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico:
- Oct. 31 – Dec. 7, 2017
- Jan. 16 – March 1, 2018
- Oct. 31 – Dec. 13, 2017
- Jan. 10 – March 2, 2018
The lowest prices tend to go for Southwest’s shortest domestic routes (such as Des Moines to St. Louis), but prices are down all across the board. One-way domestic flights are priced as low as $49, (or 2,330 points for Southwest Rapid Rewards members), and international flights are priced as low as $59 (2,1610 points).
Using Rapid Rewards®
New Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card holders who have already earned and received their signup bonus points (spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of card ownership to earn 40,000 points). Plus, earn 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months your account is open – can really cash in on this deal. With fares running as low as 2,330 points, that’s enough to cover airfare to your destination and back!
If you’re still brand-new to the card and you haven’t earned your points yet, don’t worry: Southwest holds flash sales every year.
Cardholders also earn 2X points per dollar spent on Southwest® airfare and purchases made through Rapid Rewards® purchases, as well as 1X points per dollar with all other purchases. So if you’ve been planning a spontaneous vacation, Southwest’s flash sale is the perfect opportunity to earn points.
Using Chase and Discover
New Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card holders can earn a hefty signup bonus of their own — 60,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of card ownership. That’s in the addition to the 2X points per dollar earned by traveling and dining worldwide.
Southwest is a Chase Ultimate Rewards® partner, and points transfer instantly at a 1:1 rate, making it easy to use your Chase card to book low rates.
Discover it® Miles cardholders earn a solid 1.5X miles per dollar spent on all transactions. And at the end of their first year, members earn a mile-for-mile match.
Southwest is the biggest budget-friendly carrier in the world, and the flash sale takes their pricing even lower. For more information on the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, as well as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the Discover it® Miles card, check out our list of the best airline credit cards for 2017.
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