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Southwest Airlines launches 72-hour flash sale with $49 fares from Austin

Southwest Airlines launches 72-hour sale with $49 fares from Austin

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Wanna get away? How does $49 sound? Southwest Airlines/Facebook

Summer is gone and the holiday season is a month away — which makes this the perfect time for travelers to hatch the perfect escape plan.

Knowing this, the savvy folks at Southwest Airlines have launched a 72-hour sale starting Tuesday, October 2, with fares below $100 round-trip. The flash sale runs through Thursday, October 4. 

One-way fares starts at $49, offering a cheap way to piece together a return trip (or an economical way to start a new life in a new city). In keeping with Southwest tradition, fares jump to $79, $99, or $129 for longer flights.

Among the deals from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are $49 one-way fares to Dallas, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, and Lubbock. Killer deals outside of the Lone Star State include $79 fares to New Orleans, $99 one-way deals to New York City and Atlanta, and $129 tickets to Oakland.

The promotion is good for domestic travel from November 28, 2018 through December 19, 2018. Available dates include January 3, 2019 through February 13, 2019. One caveat: Domestic travel is not valid on Fridays and Sundays. Fares also only apply for nonstop flights.

Those who, of course, want to get away should check restrictions and schedules and make a reservation posthaste.