Southwest is selling one-way tickets for as low as $49 - but only for 3 days

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Southwest Airlines is slashing some of its fares for its annual winter sale.

From October 1 to 3, customers can buy low-cost, one-way tickets for domestic or international travel.

Here are some examples of one-way, nonstop fares available through the sale:
  • As low as $49 between Las Vegas-San Diego, Dallas-Little Rock, Arkansas, or Detroit-Chicago Midway
  • As low as $79 between Atlanta-Dallas, New York LGA-Chicago Midway
  • As low as $99 between Baltimore-New Orleans, Chicago Midway-Orlando, Baltimore-West Palm Beach, Florida
  • As low as $129 between Los Angeles-St. Louis, New York LGA-Denver, Chicago Midway-San Francisco

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There are some international options, too. Southwest flies to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Here are some of the low-cost fares available through Southwest's winter sale:

  • As low as $69 between Fort Lauderdale-Nassau, Bahamas
  • As low as $119 between Houston-Belize
  • As low as $134 between Atlanta-Turks and Caicos
  • As low as $136 between Orlando-Montego Bay, Jamaica

The fare sale probably won't help you score a cheap long weekend or shave your holiday travel costs

Southwest rolled out flights to Hawaii in March - with one-way fares as low as $49. But there aren't any deals in the winter sale this time around to go from the mainland US to Hawaii, only options to travel within the island.

honolulu travel southwestSouthwest Airlines, Rachel Premack/Business Insider

The fare sale also doesn't do much for people hoping to score a cheap long-weekend. The fares don't apply to Friday or Sunday tickets for continental US travel, unless otherwise specified.

And for hot spots like Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, and Las Vegas, travelers can only go to and from those cities from Sunday through Wednesday. Travel to Mexico is only valid from Sundays to Wednesdays, while travel from Mexico can only be booked on Tuesdays to Fridays.

Otherwise, tickets must be booked between November 13, 2019 through Feb. 12, 2020.

There are plenty of stipulations within those dates. Matching with Thanksgiving and Christmas travel, continental US fares are blacked out from November 22 to Dec. 3, 2019 and from Dec. 19, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020.

You can read the full fare rules here.

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