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Southwest is offering an “Itty Bitty” $50 fare sale through Monday, May 3. More airlines have been offering sales as people have started to travel again. Cancellation policies for most airlines have added flexibility over the past year and will hopefully continue. One of the long-time benefits of booking with Rapid Rewards points is that flights are always cancellable.

Deals are available through the Southwest website and are advertised as low as $50 each way. Given the flexibility that Southwest offers from a cancellation perspective, it doesn’t hurt to book a trip to take advantage of the low prices. If your plans change, it will be easy to cancel or adjust your travel plans.

If you don’t have Southwest points, you can still bank a travel credit for a future trip. Always remember that anytime Southwest hosts a sale, make sure you check existing flights you have already purchased. Southwest has no change fees, and if the sale price is lower, you will receive a credit for the difference usable for future Southwest fares. Also remember that any fare marketed in the U.S. is free to cancel within 24 hours.

This sale ends May 3 at 11:59 PM Central Time, so you need to act fast!

Traveling on Southwest

Southwest stepped up its COVID-19 response last year and has continued many of the protocols. The process was branded as the “Southwest Promise” and currently includes enhanced cleaning, electrostatic disinfectant spray, HEPA air filters and mandatory face coverings for flyers and employees and enhanced social distancing protocols. While Southwest and many other airlines blocked the middle seats during the last year, the middle seats on all Southwest flights are now back open. For more details, visit the dedicated landing page here.

What About Travel Restrictions?

Southwest offers the most up-to-date information on travel requirements or restrictions at destinations that they service. This includes information related to ongoing COVID-19 testing requirements, places with entry requirements and destinations that are experiencing travel disruptions. The link to this information is available here.

How to Book

  • Visit the Southwest website to search for sample dates and destinations. This sale does have some black-out dates, so check the valid travel dates below.

Travel Dates

  • Purchase by May 3, 2021, 11:59 PM Central Time.
  • 21-day advance purchase is required.
  • Points bookings do not include government fees from $5.60 per one-way flight.
  • Travel dates range from the beginning of May through November 2021. There are a fair number of exceptions and some blackout dates. To verify specifics for available destinations, check out the terms and conditions here. Be sure to read all other terms and conditions as well.

Where you able to find a flight to book? Did you get a refund on a previously purchased Southwest flight? Let us know in the comments below!


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