Deal alert: Southwest fares from $49 one-way or 2,700 points

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Southwest Airlines is out with a sweet Memorial Day Weekend deal, offering flights between select cities from $49 each way or 2,700 points (plus $5.60 in taxes and fees).

The no-change-fee airline is offering a fairly widespread sale through June 10, 2021, for select travel dates between August 17 and November 5, 2021. Whether you’re bound for Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Detroit or Honolulu, there might be a deal here for you.

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Airline: Southwest

Routes: between BWI/DTW/FAT/LAS/BNA/MDW/ATL/SDF/SFO/LAX and more

Cost: from $49 one-way

Dates: Book by June 10, 2021, for travel between August 17 and November 5, 2021 Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel ; earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Here’s how to get your money back when a Southwest fare goes down in price

Here are some examples of specific flights that are available from Southwest:

  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Baltimore/Washington and Detroit
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Fresno and Las Vegas
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Nashville and Chicago (MDW)
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Atlanta and Louisville
  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between San Francisco and Los Angeles

The lowest prices tend to be available midweek, particularly in September and October. Some examples are below.

With new Southwest Hawaii routes available this summer, pricing is shockingly low for flights there, as well, with San Diego to Honolulu (HNL) starting at $139 and Oakland to HNL starting at $168 each way. (But be aware that Hawaii’s COVID-19 requirements could make travel cumbersome.)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card,  Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image courtesy Denver International Airport.

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