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Two times of the year to fly cheap on SW

  • Nov 30, 2010
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Last night, I did a search in my Gmail for an email that somebody sent me regarding a sale going on for Southwest Airlines a couple of months ago. I found a very interesting pattern - and thought to share it in this review for everybody looking to fly cheap! I've been lucky to travel a lot in the past two years, and throughout that time, I've got the hang of shopping around and booking flights. I know that flying out first thing Saturday morning tends to be cheaper than flying out Friday night, and that for some odd reason, tickets seem to go  cheap on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. But maybe that's just me...

What I do know is that Southwest Airlines has two major sales each year - both of them have been times that I've booked a flight for an upcoming vacation. If you're a budget traveler like myself, then the week of June 20ish and October 20ish are dates to put on your calendar! I didn't realize it, but in the past two years, Southwest has always had a sale during these times.

The June sale is to celebrate Southwest's annual birthday - and they tend to give great deals on different tiers of flights based on the distance of your destination. This sale comes in handy if you're looking to fly cross country - since the prices seem to fall the most during the "birthday" sale.  

The October sale is kind of random, as they always use the Halloween theme as the occasion. Nevertheless, this sale in my opinion could be the Black Friday of flight bookings, since I'm assuming it's meant to launch the holiday travel planning time of year. This sale is perfect if you're trying to go somewhere that you would normally drive but now will fly because the rates are great. In my case, this sale was great for booking a flight to San Francisco of Las Vegas and enjoy more vacation time vs. spending it on the road. 

Of course, there are exclusions that may make these sales useless. You won't be able to travel on major holidays, and yes - there are a few blackout days that you'll have to observe when booking at the sale rates. The biggest thing to remember is that the sale is quick! Usually once they announce it, you have 3 days to book, or the best flights get sold out. So mark your calendars and good luck on getting a good deal. 

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April 06, 2011
Going on the budget does come at a price. Safety issues on Southwest are being examined now.
November 30, 2010
Awesome! I'm a budget traveler myself, so very good to know. Thanks a bunch for sharing your discovery! :)
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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSELUV) is an American low-cost airline. Southwest is the largest airline in the world by number of passengers carried per year (as of 2007).[1] Southwest, the 6th largest U.S. airline by revenue,[2] maintains the third-largest passenger fleet of aircraftamong all of the world's commercial airlines. As of May 3, 2009, Southwest operates approximately 3,500 flights daily. Southwest is headquartered at 2702 Love Field Drive in the Love Field area of Dallas, Texas, adjacent to Love Field airport.[3]

Southwest Airlines has carried more customers than any other U.S. airline since August 2006 for combined domestic and international passengers according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.[4] Southwest Airlines is one of the world’s most profitable airlines, posting a profit for the 36th consecutive year in January 2009.[5] However, Southwest has posted individual quarterly losses, despite the year-end revenue posting profits.

Southwest's successful business model involves flying multiple short, quick trips into the secondary (more efficient and less costly) airports of major markets, and using only one aircraft type, the Boeing 737.

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