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Phoenix to Palm Springs, Denver to Santa Barbara and more: Fly this spring from $39 one-way

Jan. 04, 2022
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"Wanna Spring Getaway?" Well, don't you worry because Southwest Airlines has got you covered with their "New Year, New Sale," offering one-way fares starting at $39 for travel through mid-May, including over spring break.

Although you'll find some $39 fares, you'll likely find a mix of fares ranging from $39 to $99 each way.

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Deal basics

Airline: Southwest Airlines.
Routes: ATL/BWI/PHX/LAS/DEN and others to ECP/SYR/PSP/BLI/SBA and others.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: Valid for travel Jan. 18 — May. 18, 2022.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. CT on Jan. 6, 2022

Note that travel must be arranged at least 14 days in advance and is valid for travel within the continental U.S. as well as to/from Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Blackout days apply and most sale fares are only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fares are nonrefundable but may be used toward future SWA travel.

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Sample flights

One-way sale fares can be found for various routes, including:

  • $39 nonstop fare between Atlanta (ATL) and Panama City Beach (ECP).
  • $39 nonstop fare between Baltimore (BWI) and Syracuse (SYR).
  • $39 nonstop fare between Phoenix (PHX) and Palm Springs (PSP).
  • $59 nonstop fare between Las Vegas (LAS) and Bellingham (BLI).
  • $89 nonstop fare between Denver and Santa Barbara (SBA).

To search for this deal, begin by looking at SWA's 'Low Fare Calendar,' which outlines the lowest priced fares by month. I searched the ATL — ECP route, which yielded availability for both February and March, although fares were slightly higher overall in March because of spring break.

From there, simply select your desired dates of travel. There was only one nonstop on each day, which was also the case for other routes I searched.

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This 'Wanna Get Away' fare would cost roughly $80 total.

Rapid Rewards members can also redeem this deal by viewing fares in points versus dollars. A $39 fare would cost 1,883 RR points; a $59 fare would be 3,427 RR points and a $94 fare would be 6,129 RR miles, plus $5.60 in taxes and fees.

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Be sure to use TPG's monthly points valuations to help determine whether it would be a better deal to use RR points or cash. In this case, using points would save you between $2 —5 depending on the fare.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (see rates and fees), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel), the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) or the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card for 3x on Southwest Airlines purchases. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

This deal includes the availability of fares over spring break, which is rare. Act now to book your travel by Jan. 6.

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