Southwest Airlines Launches Craziest Sale Yet

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Reason #1,457 to love Southwest Airlines: The company, celebrating its 40th anniversary, launched a sale on Tuesday with insane one-way fares starting at $40.

The Celebrating 40 Years With $40 Fares One-Way sale starts with prices at $40 for short haul flights (up to 450 miles), $80 for mid-range flights (451 to 1,250 miles) and $120 for flights longer than 1,251 miles (not including tax and fees).

The sale is good for travel from August 23rd to November 16th, but travelers have to purchase tickets by 11:59 PDT on Thursday in order to take part in the sale, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Blackout dates: September 1, September 5, September 6, and October 10. Fares not good on Fridays or Sundays.

Meanwhile, Southwest's discount rival, JetBlue, canceled their famous "all you can jet" promotion for this year. JetBlue spokesman Bryan Baldwin told USA Today: "All You Can Jet was designed to get people talking about JetBlue in a fun way and also introduce new customers to the JetBlue experience to gain their loyalty and future business, and this program accomplished that in 2009 and 2010." Oh well.

Clearly, people are happy as clams about the Southwest sale, as I'm still waiting for the Southwest website to click through to see if I can get away for Labor Day. Oh, where to go? Where to go?

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