Nonstop Flights: Austin to/from New York or New Orleans $158 r/t – Southwest

[06/05/2017 @ 7:53 PM] Book this fare on: Southwest, (Other Airlines: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, OrbitzCheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire)
[06/09/2017 @ 2:04 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

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Southwest has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to New York/Newark (EWR) or New Orleans (MSY) for $158, NONSTOP. $79 each-way. Flights Monday to Wednesday and also Saturday from September to December. Holiday blackouts apply. Origin/Destination reversible.

Note: San Antonio has this fare available for New Orleans, but not New York/Newark.

  • New York – Example Dates: (Southwest  / BookingBuddy) Sep 06 – Sep 11 / Sep 12 – Sep 19 / Sep 20 – Sep 19 / Sep 30 – Oct 02 / Oct 07 – Oct 10 / Oct 14 – Oct 17 / Oct 18 – Oct 24 / Oct 28 – Oct 31 / Nov 04 – Nov 07 / etc… / Blackout: Nov 17 – Nov 28 / etc… / Dec 09 – Dec 12 / Other dates: Use the Fare Calendar on the Southwest Airlines website. There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
  • New Orleans – Example Dates: (Southwest  / BookingBuddy) Aug 26 – Aug 28 / Sep 02 – Sep 05 / Sep 06 – Sep 09, 12 / Sep 13 – Sep 16, 19 / Sep 20 – Sep 23, 26/ etc… / Blackout: Nov 17 – Nov 28 / etc… / Dec 06 – Dec 12 / Other dates: Use the Fare Calendar on the Southwest Airlines website. There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Southwest . Screenshot taken at 8:59 PM on 06/05/17.

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