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Southwest has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to New Orleans (MSY) for $96, NONSTOP. $48 each-way. Flights August to November. Weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.
Sam’s Club is selling $500 Southwest gift cards for $449 [linked]. You can save an additional $50 on Southwest flights if you travel often enough or with a big enough group to burn through the gift card credit.
Carry-on and checked bag are allowed for free. Southwest doesn’t charge change fees.
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- Link: Use the Southwest gift card discount at Sam’s club to save an additional $50 on Southwest flights
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