As cities begin to reopen and travelers decide if they are comfortable taking a trip this summer, airlines are trying to lure potential passengers with flight deals to travel late into the summer seasons. fall and winter.
Southwest and Alaska Airlines launched flight deals valid for late-year travel on Tuesday, and tickets for both sales start at just $ 39 one-way. Of course, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is extremely fluid. And while many people across the country have been considering their first trips in months to reunite with friends and family, circumstances can change quickly. Fortunately, carriers recognize this and have extended the flexible change and cancellation policies in place since the start of the pandemic. Tickets booked on either flight will be eligible for free changes and cancellations. Before booking, however, be sure to check any quarantine requirements or other restrictions in place at your potential destination.
Southwest’s sale lasts until 11:59 p.m. CT on June 25 and is valid for travel from August 11 through December 17. Flight deals available include nonstop flight from Houston to New Orleans starting at $ 39 one way. Book a nonstop flight from Burbank, Calif. To the recently reopened Las Vegas also for $ 39 one way. Flights between Baltimore and Jacksonville, Florida start at $ 79, while trips between Houston and Fort Lauderdale are as low as $ 99.
With the Alaska Flash Sale, valid for travel between September 8 and November 18, travelers can book a one-way flight from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Las Vegas for just $ 39. Trips from San Francisco to Austin start at $ 79, while transcontinental flights, like LAX to Washington, DC or Seattle to Charleston, SC, cost just $ 99 one way. Outside of Portland, Oregon, fares of $ 39 are available for Seattle, as are fares of $ 69 for San Diego. But anyone interested in these deals will need to act quickly: The Alaska sale only lasts until 11:59 p.m. PT on June 24.
In addition to their flexible ticketing policies, both airlines have strict new safety and cleaning regimes in place on their planes. The southwest blocks the mid-sieges until October, and Alaska does the same until at least August. Planes from both fleets are frequently sprayed with disinfectant with electrostatic sprayers, and catering has been cut off on most flights to reduce possible transmission between passengers and crew. And both airlines strictly enforce their mandatory rules for onboard face masks: Any aviator who refuses to wear a face cover could be banned from flying with either carrier in the future.
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