By Ben Mutzabaugh
Southwestrolled out a fare salethis afternoon in which the price of its flights are based on distance.
Bargain hunters can snag round-trip fares as low as $98 on short routes, with longer flights costing incrementally more. Regardless of the length of the flight, however, deal-seekers will have to act fast to lock in those prices. Southwest's sale runs only through end of the day Thursday (Feb. 7).
Southwest's distance-based sale prices - which alsoare offered on subsidiary AirTran- break down as follows:
- $49 each way (500 miles or less)
- $89 each way (501 to 1,000 miles)
- $119 each way (1,001 to 1,500 miles)
- $149 each way (More than 1,500 miles)
That pricing puts round-trip fares at less than $100 on dozens of Southwest and AirTran city pairs. Among the sub-$100 options: are Atlanta-St. Louis; Baltimore-Boston; Chicago-Minneapolis; Denver-Albuquerque; Houston-Dallas; Las Vegas-Oakland and Los Angeles-Phoenix;
As for the fine print, the sale covers nonstop flights from April 3 through June 8. The cheapest sale fares will disappear from flights as they begin to sell out. All Sunday flights are excluded. Systemwide blackout dates are May 10, 17, 23-24 and 27-28. In New England, April 12-13 and 15-16 are blacked out for flights at Boston, Providence and Manchester, N.H.
Tickets must be purchased Thursday by 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating city.