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If you need to travel in the next few months, Southwest has some good news: From now until March 4, you can book Southwest one-way flights for travel in April or May for as low as $29. You only have until this Thursday to nab the reduced prices, so now is the time to take advantage of Southwest’s “shiny sale fares.”
There are some stipulations with this sale, as travel days, seats and destinations are limited. Tickets must be booked for travel between April 13 and June 2 (for Hawaii travel, the flights must take place between April 13 and May 26).
If you are traveling in the continental United States, you will have to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. If you are traveling internationally you will need to travel Monday through Thursday. Flights to Mexico are valid only on Sunday through Wednesday, and return flights from Mexico back to the U.S. are valid only on Tuesday through Friday.
In other words, these travel days will generally fall within a typical Monday-through-Friday workweek, but if you have lots of vacation time saved up, this could work for your schedule.
In addition to reduced one-way flights, you can get nationwide round-trip flights for as low as $58. Check out Southwest’s low-fare calendar to find more deals on flights to destinations around the globe.
Of course, given the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are nervous to travel by plane. In a recent report from the Aviation Public Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, researchers determined that airports are actually safer than many other businesses because they have high ceilings and plenty of open space to allow for good airflow.
“The airports in this study are making concerted efforts to reduce the risk from SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the airport environment as it relates to the curb-to-curb traveler experience,” research assistant Wendy Purcell said to The Harvard Gazette.
“Collectively, these efforts are playing an important role in providing these layers of protection for risk mitigation.”
Still, experts warn that staying home is the safest choice, and they urge people to travel only out of necessity, not for pleasure. If you do need to travel by airplane, passengers should be cautious when removing masks to eat and drink, or when congregating in spaces like baggage claim.