If you’re planning on flying to California for vacation, you can find some of the best deals around.
But you’ll need to act fast to book the lowest fares.
Southwest Airlines’ latest fare sale is offering 40% off base fares on flights to 12 California cities departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But the agreement is only valid for two days: August 9 and 10.
The sale includes low-cost flights to select destinations during the Labor Day, Thanksgiving and December holiday travel periods.
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Where can I fly from Phoenix?
These California destinations are included in Southwest’s latest fare sale.
LA/Burbank: Most Southwest nonstop flights to Los Angeles International Airport and Hollywood Burbank Airport start at $48 during the sale. Cheapest flights are Labor Day weekend; one-way flights on September 3 and 4 start at $39. Flights are also affordable for the December holidays, starting at $69 for Christmas week.
Fresno: Southwest flies to this San Joaquin Valley town, about 60 miles from Yosemite National Park, with stopovers in Las Vegas or Denver. One of the cheapest flights is a September 4-6 trip that costs $148.15 round trip including tax.
Long Beach: Where Historic Route 66 ends in Southern California, one-way flights start at $48. One-way flights to Long Beach for Thanksgiving and back to Sky Harbor after the holidays start at $69.
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Oakland: The lowest fares to this Bay Area city depend on when you plan to travel. Most flights from late August to early November cost between $48 and $60 one way, rising to $70 to $81 from December to late February. Expect to pay upwards of $100 each way for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years flights.
Ontario: Southwest offers nonstop service from Sky Harbor to this city east of Los Angeles. Most flights in September, October, December, January and the first half of February start at $72 one way. The best fares for flights in November are just before Thanksgiving, starting at $54 one way.
Palm Springs: This Sonoran Desert town is about 50 miles from Joshua Tree National Park. Most one-way flights start at around $63 for fall travel and $75 for winter travel. Prices are lower for Labor Day weekend – $48 on September 3 and $39 on September 4.
Sacrament: Depending on when you depart, flights to California’s capital range from $60 to $91 one-way for the lowest fares. Flights during holiday periods cost between $119 and $141.
San Diego: The best fares are from late August to early November, $48 to $54 one way. Expect to pay more during the holidays and winter months: the cheapest winter nonstop flights are $98 one way.
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San Francisco: Like nearby Oakland, the best fares depend on when you travel. Most nonstop trips cost between $48 and $54 per trip through November. Flights from December to February cost between $66 and $75 one way. Flights just before Thanksgiving and Christmas start at $99.
San Jose: One-way flights to the Silicon Valley city start at around $66 in the fall and $91 in the winter. Although flights are higher for the holidays, one of the best deals is for travel Nov. 22-29 during the Thanksgiving travel period, which is $197.95 round-trip including tax.
Saint Barbara: Southwest offers flights from Sky Harbor to Santa Barbara, although none are nonstop. Most flights cost between $90 and $95 one way, and more for the Thanksgiving and December holidays.
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How to book the South West Fare Sale
Southwest Airlines fare sale is valid for travel on select dates August 23 through February 15, 2023. Blackout dates, restrictions and exclusions apply.
Book flights at southwest.com. Enter SAVE40 in the promotional code box when searching for your flight.
Contact the reporter at Michael.Salerno@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @salerno_phx.
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