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Southwest Launches Sale, Extends Open Middle Seats

Southwest Airlines today announced plans to keep middle seats open through at least September 30, reinforced its face mask policy and added another layer of confidence for travelers by requiring Customers to complete a Health Declaration prior to traveling.

As Customers begin to travel again, Southwest also launched a sale offering low domestic fares starting at $49 one-way to select destinations today through June 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m., CDT.

Examples of Southwest Airlines’ low fares:

As low as $49 one-way nonstop between St. Louisand Nashville
As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Chicago (MDW) and Minneapolis
As low as $79 one-way nonstop betweenOaklandandSeattle
As low as $99 one-way nonstop between Denver and Phoenix, and
As low as $109 one-way nonstop between Houston (HOU) andBaltimore

Both the number of seats and days of week of these fares are limited. Blackout dates also apply. See complete fare rules, terms and conditions below.


Employee and Customer Safety is, and always will be, the carrier’s top priority from check-in to deplaning the aircraft. Today, Southwest announced that middle seats will remain open through at least September 30, 2020, to provide Customers more personal space onboard and promote physical-distancing.

Customers may still pick their own seat, and Southwest will not block or direct seating. In the open seating environment, families or those traveling together may sit together.


Southwest is announcing an additional element of the Southwest Promise by introducing a Customer Health Declaration which must be acknowledged during online check-in beginning on June 16. Customers will now be required to acknowledge an awareness of the carrier’s face covering policy and confirm they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been diagnosed with, or exposed, to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to travel. They will also have to confirm they do not have a fever when they travel. The declaration will appear during the online check-in process via the Southwest app, Southwest.com, SWABIZ.com, and the carrier’s mobile website.

In addition to the Customer Health Declaration, Customers will notice these Southwest Promise highlights the next time they fly:

Boarding in groups of 10 to allow for distancing and queuing only on one side of boarding poles
Airport signage and floor markers encouraging distance throughout gate areas
Plexiglas® at ticketing and gate counters, and baggage service offices
If Customers forget a face covering, a mask will be provided
Hand sanitizer will be available in airport locations


In May, Southwest began requiring Customers and Employees to wear face coverings or masks while in airports and onboard Southwest aircraft. During this pandemic, the airline asks that individuals comply with the policy out of respect for the well-being and comfort of fellow travelers and all those who are serving Southwest Customers. As part of this ongoing policy, Southwest will deny boarding to any Customer choosing not to wear a face covering or mask while traveling. Southwest’s Ground Operations Team and Flight Attendants will make announcements to remind Customers of this requirement throughout the travel journey and will have masks available, upon Customer request. Additionally, the carrier is notifying Customers of the policy in advance of travel dates and requiring acknowledgement of the policy via the new Customer Health Declaration Form.

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