Southwest round trip fares dip below $100 during 72-hour sale
Update: Southwest has extended the sale until Friday due to the website not working for some people due to high demand.
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NEW YORK — Southwest Airlines rolled out a 72-hour sale on Tuesday that includes some round trip fares for less than $100.
The nationwide sale includes travel between Aug. 25 and Dec. 16 with some blackout dates.
In similar sales in the past, flights that were less than 500 miles were $49 each way, 501 to 1,000 miles were $99 each way and so on. However, the current sale has a similar pricing structure without the strict ties to mileage.
Several popular routes, such as Los Angeles to San Francisco, Minneapolis to Chicago and others are showing as low as $98 for a round trip ticket.
According to USA Today, the scope of the sale appears to be limited when compared to previous promotions. Some of the airline’s sub-500-mile routes are not included in the advertised $49 fares. Instead, the fares were going as low as $63 each way.
Some routes, including Chicago to Memphis and Denver to Omaha, are selling for as low as $44 each way.
The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.