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Southwest Airlines Celebrates 53rd Birthday by Offering $53 One-Way Flights

The birthday sale is slated to end on Thursday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST

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Southwest Airlines is celebrating its birthday with cheap fares!

The airline announced on its website on Tuesday, June 18, that it will offer airline tickets for as low as $53 one-way during certain travel periods for continental and international travel to celebrate the airline’s 53rd birthday.

Those wanting to book flights within the continental U.S. will be able to book these low fares for flights between Aug. 6 and Dec. 18, 2024. The continental U.S low fares are only valid for flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Some flights and destinations for sale include a one-way nonstop flight from Atlanta to Tampa, Austin to Dallas, Las Vegas to San Diego and from Los Angeles to Phoenix, according to the website. “Orange County (SNA) travel isn’t valid,” the airline also noted.

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<p>Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images</p> A Southwest Airlines airplane taxies from a gate at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on October 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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A Southwest Airlines airplane taxies from a gate at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on October 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Those looking to travel internationally or to Hawaii, San Juan and Puerto Rico will have a shorter traveling window to score the lower fares. Customers from the airlines will be able to book low fares for flights between Aug. 20 and Nov. 20, 2024. These fares are applicable for flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

However, the airline noted that “restrictions, exclusions and blackout dates will apply” when booking, and that there was a “21-day advance purchase required.” It also said that the $53 airfare also doesn’t include “government taxes and fees,” and that the fares are “non-refundable,” but “may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines.”

Southwest Airlines said that  “seats, markets and days” are also limited and any change in a person’s flight itinerary may result in a higher fare.

The sale is slated to end on Thursday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The announcement comes a few months after the airline unveiled its new seat design for 2025 in a TikTok video. The video featured the new, streamlined seats equipped with a small heart detail at the bottom corner of every headrest and an additional tray to prop iPads and phones.

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“New fit check! 💯Introducing our updated cabin design and new seats! You can catch this interior on new aircraft deliveries beginning next year. Not to mention our ongoing rollout of adding bigger bins and in-seat power ports to our current planes!,” the airline captioned the video.

However, the new design prompted mixed reviews on social media, with some criticizing the slimmer seats. One person joked that they were “Ozempic seats ✨😭," while another said, “So we get thinner, more uncomfortable seats with a heart on it. Why not just put in wooden benches? They'd be just as comfortable!"

The airline said that the updated interior will be featured on “new aircraft deliveries” beginning in early 2025 and that the airline spent “18 months” researching and testing the comfort of the seats.

“It will include new functionality, including in-seat power, a personal electronic device holder, and dual cup holders on the seatback tray with left-handed Customers in mind,” they add.

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