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The Southwest Airlines sale that happens each fall and winter is the perfect time to plan a last-second vacation. With the fall & winter Southwest sales, you can grab cheap flights starting at $39! This is a can’t-miss price for a plane ticket, especially when the Southwest Companion Pass promotion isn’t on the horizon yet.
Warning though: there are a few blackout dates on the calendar with the fall & winter sale, and you can’t get a refund if you have to cancel (but you can get a flight credit). In 2022, the winter sale ended Nov. 10, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
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You had to book your Southwest flights by Nov. 10, 2022.
The Fall Southwest Airline sale was from Oct. 4 – 6, 2022 and the Winter Southwest Airlines sale was from Nov. 8 – 10, 2022. With both sales, you could book a one-way Southwest flight for starting at $39. There are a limited amount of flights available, so we encouraged you to hop on their website ASAP! If you’re ever not sure where you want to go, it’s easy to see all your options with their handy Route List.
The discounted flight had to be booked 21 days in advance. Your travel dates needed to fall between Nov. 29, 2022, and March 8, 2023, and the blackout dates stretch from Dec. 16, 2022, to Jan. 9, 2023. Your ticket is nonrefundable and doesn’t include government fees that start from $5.60 per one-way flight. Although the sale advertised $59, we were able to find a few flights for $39. Even better!
The cheapest flights in the deal were for travel on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. We saw occasional low-cost flights on Saturdays.
Here are some of the cheapest one-way Southwest flights we found during the sale:
- San Diego to Las Vegas – $39
- Nashville to Atlanta – $59
- San Francisco to Burbank – $60
- Houston to New Orleans – $59
- Atlanta to Greenville – $59
- Atlanta to Jackson, MS – $59
- Tampa to Fort Lauderdale – $59
- Syracuse to Baltimore – $59
Related: We put together a handy guide for the best time to book flights for every airline.
There are some blackout dates, so don’t expect cheap Thanksgiving or Christmas flights.
Unfortunately, there are a few dates that are totally blacked out in Southwest sales like the last one (blackout dates were Dec. 16, 2022 – Jan. 9, 2023). Probably for good reason, since the blackout dates are typically around Thanksgiving and Christmas, which are some of the busiest times to travel.
Related: Here’s the Real Reason Why Flights Are So Expensive Right Now
Need to cancel your discount flight? No refunds — but you can get a credit.
According to the fine print, you can’t get a refund if you cancel once you’ve already booked your flight through the Southwest fall sale. But you’re not totally out of luck, since you can still apply the canceled flight as a credit toward a future fare, as long as you cancel at least 10 minutes before your flight.
Related: Here’s what each airline owes you as compensation for a delayed flight.