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Any one else sticking it out for SW anniversary sale??

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by vwhiten, May 20, 2015.

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  1. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    Good grief nothing under $200 to fly from either San Antonio or Austin to Vegas on August 1st. What happened??? I know supply and demand. I found the flight I want out of Austin non-stop -- I prefer Austin to San Antonio -- nicer airport - cheaper parking, plus they have a free shuttle that takes you to and from the parking lot. I grew up in San Antonio and they have never been able to make their airport classy - it has a 3rd world kind of feel -- it has gotten nicer over the years - sort of. I'm entitled to criticize because I grew up there.

    I will have enough points for my flight to Vegas and may have to purchase a few for the hubbie's flight. Then I am hoping the fares come down to get the return flight. I know southwest lets you re-book for a cheaper. I'm not the kind to keep checking after booking my flight. However, I just rebooked my MGM stay when my Saturday night went from $149-119 -- then I promptly added the $20 early check in. :grrr:
     
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  2. JerryD

    JerryD Low-Roller

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    Same problem I had. I wanted to fly out of SAT or AUS for our October trip. Rates were pretty low, around $140 each way. I almost booked but didn't. Checked the next day, they went UP to around $170. Said screw that. Now, I don't mind road trips, we have driven to Vegas twice. So, I checked DAL (Love Field). Rates were $104 non-stop each way. I booked those right away. Now those rates have gone up.



    I just checked August 1st, and the lowest is $171 for non-stop (out of DAL). I am hopeful that AUS rates will drop, but not holding my breath.

    Good luck.

    Edit: I put Hobby for the DAL airport. Don't know why I got confused with HOU.
     
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  3. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    Dallas is still reaping the rewards of the Wright Amendment dropping off the books. Southwest is rewarding them nicely. I wish I could have booked when it was around $50 to fly out of Dallas. They are still cheaper but a flight to Dallas takes away any savings. Then to drive 5-6 hours to catch a flight to save a few bucks to me is counter productive. -- I just don't want a long drive going and coming.
     
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  4. JerryD

    JerryD Low-Roller

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    I agree. The drive for me wouldn't be worth it for just a few bucks. There are 3 of us, so round trip from Dallas opposed to Austin for a $600 savings, I'll take it.

    When is the SW anniversary sale?
     
  5. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    The late-night flights. to & from Austin, non-stop on Frontier, are about impossible to beat.
    Seriously - $148 round trip?
    The downside, of course, is getting in near midnight and leaving Vegas near midnight.
    If you're young - why not?
    Fly in...drink, party, gamble until check-in time the next day. Take a 3 hour nap & get right back to it!
    On your return day, arrange for a very-late check-out...try for 3 PM & nap until 2PM... check your stuff with the bellman... gamble for 8 hours & head to the airport.
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  6. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    I thought they usually had a big sale sometime in the summer. I have been waiting for a good sale myself. Taking my sis for her first trip to Vegas Labor Day. We only decided to do this 3 weeks ago and the rates have been sky high. Running $504 rt pp...I am not paying that. The nonstop out of BDL....5.5 hours is long enough, not transferring it makes the flying time too long. I keep telling her we will book the flight when I get a sale for under $400 rt. Prices are all relative to what you are use to. I read other peoples rates and think, damn that's cheap! Anyone remember when the anniversary sale usually happens? I just remember that they normally have 2 big sales a year one in the summer and one around Christmas.
     
  7. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    So? When is this Southwest Anniversary Sale? (Or have I been hiding under a rock?) :)
     
  8. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    Last year it was around June 4th -- I get antsy waiting but I think I can hold out and if no great sale I will just go ahead and purchase. I don't mind leaving late from Vegas but I do not want to take the red eye going.
     
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  9. Shelbymae

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    Anniversary/Birthday sale is usually end of May, first part of June....watching for a friend from Nashville to be able to book...over 200 each way right now...but in the past she has hit that sale and been able to book for 125-140 each way....this sale has not failed us in 4 yrs...LOL
     
  10. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    I hope they do it again, my 6/12 flight is double the usual price right now, but anniversary trip so not optional
     
  11. TheCooler

    TheCooler Professional Gambler and the Best Football Handica

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    When they have these sales do point redemptions come down as well?
     
  12. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    In the past the rapid rewards points needed came down with the price.
     
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    zignerlv Low-Roller

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    FYI, Last year they didn't call it their anniversary or birthday sale, and it was a week or two earlier than in prior years. People were wondering if they should book a trip on that sale or wait for a possible better anniversary sale. It turned out there there was no better sale in the following weeks.
     
  14. runningonthehub

    runningonthehub Low-Roller

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    I think this will be the case this year. Southwest really has no reason to have an "anniversary" sale. I would not expect anything great price wise. Some routes may see savings, but the more popular ones will not. But, money saved is money saved.
     
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