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Southwest Kicks Off New Year With Sale

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Southwest Airlines has kicked off a short window for the new year with a flight sale deal to virtually anywhere in the country, starting at $49 one-way.

But you’re on the clock.

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The sale started on New Year’s Eve and runs through Thursday, Jan. 2, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Here is where you can punch in potential destinations, starting with a list of departure cities and the flights from those cities with the lowest fares.

And here are the details and requirements:

– 14-day advance purchase required for continental U.S. flights, 21-day advance purchase required for San Juan, Puerto Rico trips

– Nonrefundable. Seats, travel days, and markets are limited

– Fares valid on nonstop service where indicated; if not indicated, fares are valid on single connecting service.

– Continental U.S. travel valid January 14 through May 20, 2020. Interisland Hawaii travel valid January 21 through May 20, 2020. Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid January 21 through March 5, 2020, and April 14 through May 14, 2020

– Points bookings do not include government fees from $5.60 per one-way flight.

Obviously some airports have more sale flights available than others. New York’s LaGuardia Airport, for instance, has deals to 46 different locations.

But, the 88 departure cities all have great deals, including, for example, a $49 one-way flight from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas; a $59 flight from Boston to Baltimore/Washington; and a $79 flight from Phoenix to Las Vegas, among others.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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