Deal Alert: Southwest Flash Sale for Thanksgiving Travel From $39 One-Way
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – View the current offers here
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Thanksgiving travel is notoriously pricey — and Southwest is doing something about it. The carrier is offering a flash sale on flights around the Thanksgiving holiday with one-way fares starting at $39, and round-trip fares starting at $78. Tickets must be booked by September 24 at 11:59pm in the respective time zone of the originating city. According to the terms, travel eligible for these discounted fares must be completed between November 17 and November 28.
Although the sale says that the low fares are only available on select dates, we're seeing a range of possibilities. Your best bet for finding availability is by searching with Southwest's flexible dates option and selecting the dates that work best for you. To see a list of the routes and cities eligible as part of this sale, check out this page.
Route: Domestic routes
Cost: $39+ one way, $78+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017
Booking Link: Southwest
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Long Beach (LGB) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $39 one-way on Tuesday:
Long Beach (LGB) to Las Vegas (LAS) for 1,660 points + $5.60 one-way on Tuesday:
Baltimore (BWI) to Long Island/Islip (ISP) for $68 one-way on Monday:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Long Beach (LGB) for $78 round-trip from Saturday to Sunday:
Chicago (MDW) to Buffalo (BUF) for $82 one-way on Monday:
New Orleans (MSY) to Houston (HOU) for $84 round-trip from Monday to Friday:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Denver (DEN) for $93 one-way on Monday:
Baltimore (BWI) to Boston (BOS) for $98 round-trip from Monday to Monday:
Nashville (BNA) to Milwaukee (MKE) for $98 round-trip from Monday to Saturday:
Washington, D.C. (DCA) to Providence (PVD) for $98 round-trip from Monday to Friday:
Las Vegas (LAS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $110 round-trip from Wednesday to Sunday:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Washington, D.C. (IAD) for $141 round-trip from Monday to Friday:
New York (LGA) to Milwaukee (MKE) for $202 round-trip from Monday to Saturday:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!