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Southwest Airlines launches 3-day sale with fares as low as $49

DENVER — Wanna get away? Southwest Airlines is offering flights starting at $49 each way. The sale started Tuesday morning and lasts for only for 72 hours.

Some of the starting prices available on flights out of Denver include:

$49: Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Salt Lake City

$79: Albuquerque, N.M.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Dallas (Love Field); Houston (Hobby); Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Ontario, Calif.; Orange County, Calif; Reno, Nev.; Seattle; St. Louis; Tucson, Ariz.; Tulsa, Okla.

$99: Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; Washington.

$129: Baltimore; Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Newark, N.J.; New York (LaGuardia); Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

$153: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

$179: Cancun, Mexico.

Tickets must be purchased by Thursday for travil from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20 and Jan. 4 to Feb. 15. Travel to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 and Jan. 17 to March 2. International travel is from Nov. 30 to Dec. 13 and Jan. 10 to March 2.


Act quickly but have patience. Southwest’s big sales have overwhelmed the airline’s website and reservations centers in the past.

To find the best prices, experts recommend using the flexible date calendar.

“Travelers can combine sale fares and other fares for a round-trip ticket. You might even find cheaper fares than the sale fares by using the calendar. I found one-way fares as low as $54 to Chicago in December, for example,” Dawn Gilbertson advised.

Gilbertson also recommended checking fares on other airlines “as they tend to match Southwest’s sale fares on competing routes.”

However, keep in mind the baggage fees. Southwest will accept the first two checked bags for free, as long as they’re not oversized.