Too Cheap to be Legit?

Tracy Stewart, May 08, 2007
Fares from Washington DC, District of Columbia:

    Q: What's the story with this new airline called SkyBus with their $10

    fares? I notice they don't have a telephone number, so I'm suspicious.

    A: SkyBus seems to be very well financed, unlike, for
    instance, Independence Air, which went out of business a couple of
    years ago, and one way they save money is to only provide bookings on
    their site and not over the phone. Only a few seats are sold each day
    at $10 one-way, but they are available if you're flexible, and
    SkyBus's site makes the cheap seats very easy to find. Even their
    "regular" fares are pretty reasonable, typically $30, $40, or $50 each
    way, although some are higher during peak travel periods. Currently,
    they fly only into Columbus, OH from cities such as Portsmouth, NH;
    Richmond, VA; and San Francisco. SkyBus charges for everything except
    using the lavatory. You'll pay $10 for "priority boarding" for
    instance, which is handy since, like Southwest, seating is first come,
    first served. The first two pieces of checked luggage cost $5 each.
    And if you need to change your travel date, you'll pay $40 (which
    isn't that bad compared to other airlines), but all fares are