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Deal Alert: Southwest Flight Sale From $36 One-Way

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Southwest just announced another major sale, with fares starting at $36 one-way for both domestic and international flights if you purchase before September 29. The sale is valid for departures from October 2016 through March 2017 with some restrictions in December and January. Since Southwest uses a fare-based award redemption system, reward tickets are also heavily discounted and could be a great use of Rapid Rewards points.

You’ll have to search on Southwest’s website to find your ideal flight, as the airline doesn’t allow travel search engines access to their flight schedule. If you have the Southwest Companion Pass, (now much easier to get thanks to the merger of Starwood and Marriott) this sale would be a great way to travel with a companion for next to nothing.

Airline: Southwest
Route: US and international routes
Cost: $36+ one-way in economy
Dates: October 2016 – March 2017
Booking Link: Southwest
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressCiti Prestige Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for $36 one-way in November:

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Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for $36 one-way.

Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for 1,465 points + $5.60 one-way in November:

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Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for 1,465 points + $5.60 one-way.

Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for $82 round-trip or 3,031 points + $5.60 in November:

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Dallas (DAL) to New Orleans (MSY) for $82 round-trip.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $39 or 1,666 points + $5.60 one-way in December:

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Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $39 one-way.

New York (LGA) to Chicago (MDW) for $50 or 2,403 points + $5.60 one-way in October:

New York (LGA) to Chicago (MDW) for $50 one-way.

Chicago (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) for $36 or 1,465 points + $5.60 one-way in October:

Chicago (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) for $36 one-way.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

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