Deal alert: Southwest fares from $49 one-way or 2,700 points

May 27, 2021

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Southwest Airlines is out with a sweet Memorial Day Weekend deal, offering flights between select cities from $49 each way or 2,700 points (plus $5.60 in taxes and fees).

The no-change-fee airline is offering a fairly widespread sale through June 10, 2021, for select travel dates between August 17 and November 5, 2021. Whether you’re bound for Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Detroit or Honolulu, there might be a deal here for you.

Click the photo to check prices for this deal. (Screenshot courtesy of Southwest)

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Airline: Southwest
Routes: between BWI/DTW/FAT/LAS/BNA/MDW/ATL/SDF/SFO/LAX and more
Cost: from $49 one-way
Dates: Book by June 10, 2021, for travel between August 17 and November 5, 2021
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel ; earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

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Related: Here’s how to get your money back when a Southwest fare goes down in price

Here are some examples of specific flights that are available from Southwest:

  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Baltimore/Washington and Detroit
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Fresno and Las Vegas
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Nashville and Chicago (MDW)
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Atlanta and Louisville
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between San Francisco and Los Angeles

The lowest prices tend to be available midweek, particularly in September and October. Some examples are below.

Click the photo to see prices for other months between these two cities. (Screenshot courtesy of Southwest)
Click the photo to see prices for other months between these two cities. (Screenshot courtesy of Southwest)

With new Southwest Hawaii routes available this summer, pricing is shockingly low for flights there, as well, with San Diego to Honolulu (HNL) starting at $139 and Oakland to HNL starting at $168 each way. (But be aware that Hawaii’s COVID-19 requirements could make travel cumbersome.)

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