Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts – as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.
Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio’s 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.
Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:
A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 – Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it’s about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.
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A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they’re open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.
A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that’s just one block from the beach for $88/night.
Vegas baby! You’re going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?
Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it’s probably never been cheaper.
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