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Fare of the Day: Seattle to Amman $589 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, January 30, 2012

Fly from Seattle to Amman, Jordan for $589 round-trip, including all taxes, on Emirates.

This fare is valid for travel on select dates in March and April, as part of the new Seattle service from Emirates.

For booking info, please see our fare details.

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Fare of the Day: Kansas City to San Diego $161 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fly from Kansas City to San Diego for $161 round-trip, including all taxes, on Frontier.

This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week, on select dates through September.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase.

For booking info, see our fare details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Taxes In Airfare Ads

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By George Hobica
Airfarewatchdog.com

If you're an airline, January 26, 2012 is a day that will go down in infamy. That’s the day that airlines will no longer be able to send you an email with a subject line readin "Europe sale from $169!" or place an ad in your local newspaper with a headline like "Worldwide sale from $59!"

Thanks to new U.S. D.O.T. rules, airlines will now have to include "all mandatory taxes and fees in the advertised fare." So what this means to you the consumer: instead of that $169 "come on" price to London that's really just the fare one-way, before taxes, government fees, and surcharges kick in, on a ticket that actually requires a round- trip purchase, you'll now see a price more like $900--the full round-trip fare including taxes, fuel surcharges, and government fees. (Theoretically, if a fare can be purchased just one-way you'll see the one-way price including those extras.)

And to make things even more interesting, you may see a range of tax-included fares on the same route, although how this will work is still up in the air. For instance, a nonstop flight from New York to LA will have a different tax than one connecting in Dallas or one stopping in Salt Lake City. That's because every time a plane lands and takes off, airports add their own fees, which vary from airport to airport.

Only mandatory fees will be included in ads


But you will not see all possible non-mandatory fees, such as checked bag fees, in advertised prices, and this makes sense since you might not be liable for paying these fees at all (if you're not checking bags, for instance, or have premier status in your frequent flyer program).

And while it would be great if airline and online travel agency booking sites allowed you to calculate what your final cost might be if you did check bags, imagine what that process would look like. The site would have to ask you to weigh your bag (how's that bathroom scale working these days?) since a bag weighing under 50 pounds would cost less than one weighing 52 pounds. And you'd have to tell the site whether you have an airline credit card that waives your first checked bag fee. And your frequent flyer status. Accomplishing this will keep the airlines' computer programmers busy for months.

But all airlines are now required to have a prominent link from their home pages to a page showing all their optional fees for things like checked bags and change fees.

A new 24-hour hold rule


The other major new rule taking effect, which airlines also won't like, allows consumers to put a fare and a reservation on hold for 24-hours a without paying for it. True, previously you could hold a fare for 24 hours on most airlines (except JetBlue) but you'd have to pay for it first. Why won't airlines like this? Well, now, as a consumer, I can theoretically book my New York to LA trip on 10 different airlines, holding seats that other consumers won't be able to book. Will this play havoc with the airlines' reservation systems and perhaps mess with their yield management systems (the way they adjust fares as seats on a particular flight sell out?). Possibly. It may also require them to adjust the way they overbook flights to compensate for no shows (the reason JetBlue never allowed 24-hour holds is that it doesn't intentionally overbook flights).

Why us?

While the all-in fare advertising rule is a more honest approach, ads with higher fares may discourage consumers from shopping on airline websites. And airlines make the argument that cable TV providers like Time Warner and Verizon, and cell phone carriers such as ATT Wireless, aren't required to show all the taxes and fees in their ads (that $99 per month cable bill, as we all know, really costs more like $139.50 or whatever when the monthly bill comes).

Why are you just picking on us, the airlines wonder. Why isn't Macy's required to include sales tax in their ads? How about those car dealerships? Well, guys, don't be too surprised if the F.C.C. and D.O.J. aren't watching over the D.O.T.'s shoulder.  

To learn more, visit George Hobica's profile on Google+

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Vail $194 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fly from Los Angeles to Vail for $194 round-trip, including all taxes, on United Airlines.

This fare is valid for travel on select dates in February and March. Not available for Friday/Sunday travel. Tickets require a 3-day advance purchase.

See our fare details for booking info.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Fare of the Day: Chicago to Istanbul $541 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Though not quite as low as when we last mentioned this route, Chicago to Istanbul for $541 round-trip, including all taxes, is still a great fare. AND we found it available over Valentine's Day, if you're looking to whisk away your sweetheart.

See our fare details for booking info.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Fare of the Day: Detroit, MI to Salt Lake City, UT $201 incl. tax

Posted by Ricky Radka on Monday, January 23, 2012

Fare of the Day: Detroit, MI (DTW) to Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) $201 RT, including all taxes on Southwest.

Travel 7-days a week through September 26, 2012 if available. Fares are available for one-way purchase for half the roundtrip price. No minimum stay requirement.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Fare of the Day: Boston, MA to Lisbon, Portugal $465 RT incl. tax.

Posted by Ricky Radka on Friday, January 20, 2012

Fare of the Day: Boston, MA (BOS) to Lisbon, Portugal (LIS) $465 RT including all taxes on SATA and TAP airlines.

Get a chance to load up on delicious Pasteis de Nata with this great price to Lisbon. Travel on select dates, mostly Tuesdays and Fridays through the end of March. Found via Orbitz and flytap.com

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Fare of the Day: Portland, OR to Washington, DC $222 RT incl. tax

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fare of the Day: Portland, OR (PDX) to Washington, DC (DCA) $222 RT, including all taxes on Delta Airlines.

Travel any day of the week if available. Flight also available to Washington DC-Dulles to Portland. Check out other fares from the Washington DC area to west coast cities that are similar in price here. Fare found via Orbitz.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Unadvertised Sale on United

Posted by Peter Thornton on Thursday, January 19, 2012

United Airlines has some really low unadvertised fares from their competitor's hub airports.  Fares range from $122-$158 before tax and are valid for a 330-day travel period, 7 days a week.  However, not every travel day will be available at these amazing fares and summer dates are extremely scarce or not available at all depending on the route.  Nevertheless, you can get a great price if you buy now.  These fares are unadvertised and will not last very long at all.  They could be gone in just a few hours.  Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase.

Sample fares include: (Also available in reverse direction)

New York to Miami $128 round-trip

Dallas to New York $128 round-trip

Atlanta to Los Angeles $122 round-trip

San Francisco to Atlanta $122 round-trip

Detroit to San Francisco $122 round-trip

Providence to Las Vegas $158 round-trip

Minneapolis to Los Angeles $122 round-trip

Baltimore to Austin $158 round-trip

New York to Vail $128 round-trip

Baltimore to San Diego $158 round-trip

Memphis to San Francisco $122 round-trip

Flint to Orlando $158 round-trip

 

Categories: Domestic US Fares

Fare of the Day: San Francisco, CA to Atlanta, GA $163 RT

Posted by Ricky Radka on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fare of the Day: San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Atlanta, GA (ATL) $163 RT, including all taxes on United Airlines.

Travel any day of the week if available during a 330-day travel period. No minimum stay required. Also available from San Francisco to Detroit, and Memphis. Looks like it is a United fare war against the Delta Atlanta hub, book soon while it lasts.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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