Southwest launches Black Friday sale a week early

For some airline passengers, Black Friday has arrived a week early courtesy of

Southwest Airlines


The airline could not contain itself, launching a one-day only

today. The dominant carrier at Baltimore-Washington

Thurgood Marshall Airport

is offering up to 40 percent off round-trip flights in the Wanna Get Away fare category when you use the promo code EARLYDEAL.

The discount is good only for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Dec. 11 to Feb. 12. Still, there are bargains to be had if you can work around blackout dates that include the day after Christmas and Jan. 1. However, Christmas Day is not blacked out and is included in the sale. For example, fi you wanted to fly from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 25, a non-stop flight is just $71 one-way.

In addition to the airfare discounts, Southwest is offering up to 50 percent off hotels and 35 percent off car rentals through Budget. Passengers who sign up for Rapid Rewards can receive up to 1,500 points.

All of these goodies are one-day only offers. Go to


to book.