Southwest's $49 sale extended after airline's website crashes

Fly from BWI to 18 cities for $49 one-way.

Southwest Airlines is offering one-way trips from Baltimore to Boston and 17 other destinations for $49, a deal so good that the airline's website crashed under overwhelming demand.

Because of the system outage, the airline has extended the sale until Friday. So, good news is you have more time. Bad news is you might have to wait hours before the website is available to search for your flight.

The website problems started Wednesday, a day after Southwest announced a fall-travel fare sale.  On Thursday morning, some customers trying to book flights online are getting a message telling them that part of the website “is undergoing maintenance and is currently unavailable.” The message directs people to call Southwest's toll-free number, but a reporter who did that got a busy signal.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that the 800 number was working, but call volume was high.

The special fare is part of what was originally a three-day fall travel sale, which now ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. Fares are available for travel on nonstop flights, except Fridays and Sundays, from Aug. 24 to Dec. 16. Blackout dates include Sept. 3-5, Sept. 7, and Nov. 20 through Dec. 1. 

Travelers can fly one-way for $49 from BWI Airport to 18 destinations, including Albany, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, Pittsburgh and more.

One-way fares for $99 include travel to Atlanta, Milwaukee and Orlando. 

Other restrictions that apply include: travel/to from Florida or Nevada is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid only Mondays through Thursdays.

American and United airlines are matching Southwest fares on some routes.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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