Attention travelers: You have 72 hours to book some of the lowest fares of the year

If you’re planning to take a trip between Aug. 22 and Dec. 13, get your credit card ready. For the next 72 hours you’re likely to find some of the lowest fares of the year.

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Southwest Airlines just announced its twice-a-year fare sale. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, Southwest Airlines announced its twice-a-year fare sale, dropping prices as low as $49 each way for its shortest routes. Here’s a sample of the one-way fares being offered out of Austin: $49 to Dallas and Lubbock, $79 to Denver and New Orleans, $99 to Los Angeles and Nashville and $129 to Seattle and Las Vegas. One-way flights to Cancun start at $154.

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But don’t limit your searches to just Southwest, as this fare sale typically prompts the other major airlines to drop their prices as well. I tested out an Austin-to-Denver flight on United Airlines for September dates and found one-way fares as low as $59.

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You have until 11:59 p.m. June 8 to be part of the Southwest sale. For best results, be flexible with your dates. Some blackout dates apply.


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