Can't stand the thought of not eating hotdogs back home with the fam this 4th? Well, Midwest Airlines is having a 4th of July sale, good for outbound travel from June 26 through July 6, and for returns from June 30 through July 10, with a two night minimum stay. Is it any good? Well, before you start packing, let's have a look:
• Pittsburgh to Kansas City, advertised as $182 round-trip. Using July 2 through July 4 as our dates of travel, we found a fare of $172 round-trip, or $201 with taxes. A second search on Orbitz lists Northwest Airlines as having a slightly lower fare of $202 round-trip, followed by Midwest.
• Los Angeles to Omaha, advertised as $250 round-trip. For travel on June 30 through July 7, we found a fare of $345 round-trip, or $387 with taxes. That beats what we came up with on Orbitz: $444 round-trip, including taxes, on United.
• New York to Milwaukee, advertised as $214 round-trip. We checked for travel on June 28 through July 2 and found a fare of $288 round-trip, or $329 with taxes. Seems just a tad steep, and our follow-up search on Orbitz confirmed it. We found a lower fare of $270 round-trip, including taxes, with Continental.
• Washington D.C. to Madison, advertised as $210 round-trip. We checked for travel from July 2 through July 6 and found a fare of $218 round-trip, or $273 with taxes. These same dates on Orbitz gave us a fare of $235 round-trip, including taxes, on United.
As you can see, this sale isn't anything to get excited about. The only savings to be had are on last minute June flights and even then, the savings are slim. You can most likely find a better deal elsewhere, so we'd suggest a little shopping around.