Southwest Airlines launches first summer fare sale. Wait. What?
CEO Gary Kelly says it's time to get back in the air
This morning Southwest Airlines announced a , which likely has nervous fliers saying, "Wait. What?"
In a CBS "Face the Nation" interview on Sunday, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly pushed a positive spin, stating that with physical distancing, masks and the deep cleaning of aircraft, it's time for air travel to resume. He said, "I don't think the risk on an airplane is any greater risk than anywhere else...It's as safe as an environment as you're going to find."
He added, “We’re doing everything possible to encourage people to come back and fly,” which translated into one of the first broad summer fare sales we have seen since the COVID-19 pandemic began and interest in air travel plummeted. (
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A quick look at the shows fares that are pretty good, but not the fire sale that you might expect in the current environment of nearly zero demand for air travel.
To get the deal you need to book trips by May 7 at midnight, central time.
Sale fares are good for travel from May 19 through October 30, which really makes this a summer and fall sale.
As usual with Southwest's sale fares, they are not available on Fridays or Sundays. There are also no fees for changes or cancellations.
Some examples of the deals on offer include $98 roundtrips for intra-California and Las Vegas trips. From the Bay Area, Denver's going for $200 roundtrip, Phoenix or Seattle roundtrip is $160. Most transcon roundtrips to Florida and the Northeast run $360. Hawaii fares are at about $300 roundtrip.
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