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Cheapest southwest fare you have ever paid? (Cash or points)

Cheapest southwest fare you have ever paid? (Cash or points)

Old Mar 18, 20, 10:38 pm
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Either Feb or Mar of 1980: $20 each way for a day trip HRL-SAT-HRL.
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Old Mar 19, 20, 7:14 am
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$29 MDW-CLE about 20 or more years ago. I think that was the lowest.

Back then you got one credit per one-way (nonstop or otherwise), another for booking online, and another for going through SWABIZ.

16 credits got you a RT redemption, with no restrictions as I recall, though that later changed.

$1000 on the WN CC also got you a credit.

So if I remember this right, 2.5 RTs plus spending $1000 got you the most expensive WN RT in the system.

100 credits in a year (actually a bit more) got the CP.

The good old days.

Now get off my lawn.

Originally Posted by nsx View Post
...PFCs are charged only one way if your turn time is less than 4 hours.
Is that still the case?
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Old Mar 19, 20, 7:21 am
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My one and only people's express flight, mid 80's, $19 EWR-JAX, then a 6+ hour rental car ride overnight to Pensacola. Young and foolish...
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Old Mar 19, 20, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by joshua362 View Post
My one and only people's express flight, mid 80's, $19 EWR-JAX, then a 6+ hour rental car ride overnight to Pensacola. Young and foolish...
My wife and I flew Peoples Express SFO-Brussels for $99. At least I THOUGHT we had "reservations" for $99, but the fare was collected by the flight attendants on the plane. That day the fare was $149 (it was posted on a sign as you boarded the plane). I argued, but paid the difference. On our return from BRU we had a nearly empty 747. We were able to sleep on 4 empty seats each. Shortly after that the airline went bankrupt and was merged into Continental Airlines.

I was still pursuing my beef with the airline for the bait and switch fares and took it to Continental. I had zero hope that we were going to be reimbursed. But, the Continental rep listened to my story and said, "Hmmm...what do you think we should do?" I suggested she give us round trip vouchers on Continental. DONE!

Continental ("The Proud BIrd with the Golden Tail") was one of the great airlines. I miss them.
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Old Mar 19, 20, 2:25 pm
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$28.80 Maui to Honolulu ... way better than Hawaiian, which was over double the price (plus checked bag fees)!
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Old Mar 19, 20, 2:45 pm
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I took a bunch of flights on Frontier for $15 a few years ago.
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Old Mar 19, 20, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by jdawg View Post
$28.80 Maui to Honolulu ... way better than Hawaiian, which was over double the price (plus checked bag fees)!
By the way, HA stock is down 72% in 3 months.

If you think they will avoid bankruptcy, might be an interesting speculation.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 9:29 am
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Next week MON-THUR you can fly LAX-ATL for $53 6:45p-1:55a; FRI is $45
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Old Mar 20, 20, 6:41 pm
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Originally Posted by dmbolp View Post
Next week MON-THUR you can fly LAX-ATL for $53 6:45p-1:55a; FRI is $45
That is cheap
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Old Mar 21, 20, 6:17 pm
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SJC - SAN - SJC 1,016 points ($29) each way booked in Feb for memorial day weekend travel. Though it remains to be seen whether USS Midway activities will still be taking place... We are hopeful!
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Old Mar 22, 20, 5:56 pm
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Last fall got a $59 r/t MSY-BNA-MSY. Had a great weekend.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by youranut View Post
whatís that in now dollars
~$54 in 2020 dollars. But this was a dirt cheap fare in 1972 and was six years before the federal deregulation of airlines. PSA was not federally regulated and, thus, not bound by the fixed fares dictated by the Feds. PSA operated only within California and was regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). I presume the PUC did not care about fares.

The midnight flyer was very popular with college kids. I flew it for business. If I recall correctly the northbound route was SAN-LAX-FAT-SFO-SMF. It took a while but was really the only carrier serving the route at that hour, even if it resembled a bus route. I tried to avoid the Midnight Flyer and take a non-stop flight, if possible. Note that the non-stop LAX-SMF flight would be scheduled for 45 or 50 minutes, verses today's 1 hour 15 or 20 minutes. I guess you can firewall the throttle on the jet if the fuel is costing pennies a gallon.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 10:27 pm
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Southwest would be $29 KOA-HNL but Spirit was offering $17 fares between EWR-LAS last week
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Old Mar 27, 20, 5:50 pm
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PVD to MDW for July. Now to pray we don't have to cancel our trip!
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Old Mar 30, 20, 2:51 am
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Are you guys quoting the fares with taxes and fees included, or just the base fares?

When I first stared flying for fun in 1987 I bought bunch of $19 tickets throughout the Southwestern US that included the taxes and fees. It was $19 total out of pocket! I flew LAX-LAS LAX-PHX PHX-ABQ PHX-ELP PHX-LAS ELP-ABQ on WN at those prices.

In addition, I bought 10 of those $19 tickets on America West (HP) during their HNL inaugural promotion and got their points PLUS a FREE ticket JFK-PHX-HNL-LAS-JFK (no taxes or fees on that HNL ticket neither!).

Everybody in the southwestern US was matching these crazy $19 fares in those days (late 1980's) I flew also on Delta and Alaska airlines for those prices, total out of pocket.
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