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Southwest kicks off 16-day fall-winter sale

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  September 29, 2009 01:02 PM

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Southwest has sprung a 16-day sale for travel through Feb. 11. Sale fares from Logan run as low as $59-$149 each way and reservations must be made before Oct. 16.

This sale, while not offering the kinds of reductions we saw in July, is unusual for a couple of reasons. First, travel dates for these kinds of deals are typically restricted to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, which reflect an attempt by carriers to fill seats on the slowest days for business travel. But this sale is available every day, except Fridays and Sundays.

And many sales in this time period black out days around Thanksgiving and Christmas. For this offer, seats appear to be limited but have not been taken off the table.

"Is this Southwest's best sale ever? No.,'' said Rick Seaney, CEO of Farecompare.com, an airfare comparison shopping site. "But will people pay about $40-$50 less than they would have the day before the sale? Yes.''

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