Southwest Airlines Offered a Deal So Good, it Broke the Internet
Today, the last day of Southwest Airline's 72-hour sale, the airline's website totally crashed, causing quite the tizzy among deal-finders and travel aficionados. The deal kicked off on Tuesday and was planned to run through Thursday at 11:59pm. The sale has since been extended through Friday due to website issues that began on Wednesday afternoon making it near impossible for customers to book their flights. Customers have since been directed to try their purchase later or call the airline for help reserving a seat.
So what kind of deal does it take to break the internet? Travelers can snag one-way tickets to select locations for as low as $49, making a round-trip vacation come in around $100 for some lucky travelers. There are 85 U.S. cities in on the deal, including New York (LaGuardia), Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, and Boise (recently voted one of the best U.S. cities for a staycation!).
Southwest has previously offered deals based on the number of miles a passenger is flying (the more miles, the more it costs—but the tickets were still promoted at bargain prices). The current deal breaks discounted flights into four price points: $49, $99, $129, and $149. A few blackout dates do apply—September 3-5, September 7, and November 20-December 1. (You can check out all of the terms and conditions on the Southwest website.)
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.