Southwest and AirTran aircraft at gates at San Francisco International Airport on Nov. 8, 2010.
(Photo: By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY)
Southwest rolled out a fare sale yesterday (June 11) in which the price of its flights are based on distance.
Bargain hunters can snag round-trip fares as low as $98 on short routes, with longer flights costing incrementally more. Regardless of the length of the flight, however, deal-seekers will have to act fast to lock in those prices. Southwest's sale runs only through the end of the day Thursday (June 13).
Southwest's distance-based sale prices - which also are offered on subsidiary AirTran - break down as follows:
- $49 each way (500 miles or less)
- $99 each way (501 to 1,250 miles)
- $129 each way (1,251 to 1,750 miles)
- $149 each way (More than 1,750 miles)
That pricing puts round-trip fares at less than $100 on dozens of Southwest and AirTran city pairs. Among the sub-$100 options: are Akron-Chicago; Atlanta-Orlando; Austin-New Orleans; Baltimore-Boston; Charlotte-Orlando; Chicago-Minneapolis; Denver-Salt Lake City; Houston-Dallas; Las Vegas-San Diego; Los Angeles-San Francisco; St. Louis-Atlanta and Wichita-Dallas.
As for the fine print, the sale covers nonstop flights from Aug. 26 through Dec. 18. The cheapest sale fares will disappear from flights as they begin to sell out. All Friday and Sunday flights are excluded. Systemwide blackout dates are Sept. 2 and Nov. 26-Dec. 3.
Tickets must be purchased Thursday by 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating city.
Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY