Southwest puts fall flights on sale

Southwest Airlines passenger planes are seen at Chicago's Midway Airport in Illnois May 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
KAREN BLEIER

DALLAS Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) is running a three-day sale on fall travel and other airlines are starting to match the lower prices.

Dallas-based Southwest and its AirTran subsidiary launched the sale Tuesday, with round-trip prices ranging from $98 to $298 based on distance.

The sale, which ends Thursday night, covers a limited number of seats on nonstop flights from Aug. 26 through Dec. 18.

Days around Labor Day and Thanksgiving are blacked out, and the lowest prices aren't available for Friday and Sunday flights.

Airlines expect mostly full flights this summer -- but travel drops in the fall.