October 9th, 2012

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Now until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Thursday, October 11, 2012, Southwest is holding a 40% off sale nationwide. It’s valid for travel from November 28-December 12, 2012, and then again from January 7-February 14, 2013.

Discounts are off Wanna Get Away fares, Sunday travel is excluded and the offer doesn’t apply for travel to/from Ft. Myers, Florida, as is travel between Austin and Orlando, Detroit and Phoenix, and Orlando and Phoenix. There are some other blackout dates on certain routes, so check the T&C page. Roundtrip travel is required. Offer is only valid on new reservations. If one direction of the trip is outside the valid dates, only the portion within the valid dates will be eligible for the discount. Changes made to itineraries after purchase will eliminate qualifications for the promotional rates.

Discount not valid on Rapid Rewards points reservations, Jackpot or Southwest Vacation package deals.

When booking, either click the “Book Now” button on the homepage under the 40% sale banner, or be sure to include the promo code BIGDEAL40 when searching for flights.

I looked at a sample itinerary between Chicago Midway and Las Vegas the weekend after Thanksgiving – you know, in case you just need to let loose after a holiday with the whole family – and found a fare that priced out at $262 instead of $424. Not bad savings.

What’s more is that other airlines seem to be matching the fares already – I found a similar nonstop roundtrip itinerary from Chicago (O’Hare, though) on American for the exact same price.

So if you have some upcoming travel, consider booking the special rates on Southwest, but before you do, have a look around at other airlines and if you are a frequent flyer with another carrier and want to get in a few last elite-qualifying miles before the end of the year (or to start next year off running), double check to see if your carrier of choice is matching the Southwest fares because you could find savings across the board.

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