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Fare of the Day: Milwaukee to New York $147 round-trip, incl. all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fly from Milwaukee to New York for $147 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Frontier Airlines. This fare is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through June 18. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase. No minimum stay! Booking details here.

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New Expedia Rewards Program

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, March 28, 2011

Earn points on travel booked through Expedia with their new Expedia Rewards program. You'll earn one point for every dollar spent on flights, hotels, and activities booked through Expedia, with the potential to earn up to 4 points per dollar spent on packages that include flight, rental car, hotel, and activities. And of course, you'll continue to rack up miles for frequent flyer programs, on top of Expedia Reward points earned. You can also earn Expedia Reward points when booking travel for others, even if you're not traveling with them, just so long as the itinerary is booked through your account. Earn extra points for travel booked with your MasterCard, as well as hotel stays with VIP Access partners.

Expedia estimates that you'll earn free travel by the third booking, if a typical trip for two (including airfare, hotel, and car rental) runs you about $2,000 and earns 6,000 points. And you stand to earn even more when booking family travel.

Sound good? You'll just need to enroll by signing in or creating an Expedia account, if you don't already have one.

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

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Las Vegas $39 round-trip, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, March 28, 2011

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for $39 round-trip, including all taxes, with Spirit Airlines. This is a new route for Spirit, scheduled to begin May 5, with fares on sale now for $1 each way. That makes for a base fare of $2 round-trip, with taxes and fees making up the rest. One fee you might find particularly odd? A "passenger usage fee" of $16. Huh? Usage of what exactly? Apparently, this is the fee Spirit charges for tickets purchased via their site as opposed to those bought in person at the airport ticket counter. That may be a slightly annoying way to offset a crazy low fare, but even so, this is still a good deal along this route. See our fare details for more info.

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Fare of the Day: Boston to Johannesburg $518 round-trip, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, March 25, 2011

Fly from Boston to Johannesburg $518 round-trip, including all taxes. Yes, Johannesburg, as in South Africa. The only catch? This fare includes connections in London and Madrid, but meh, just think of it as a chance to stretch your legs. Similarly low departures available from New York.

*Update: Seats are scarce and seem to have gone up since we began searching. The $621 fare we spotted from New York has quickly jumped to $745. Fares from Boston also slightly higher than earlier this morning, at $530 round-trip, incl. all taxes.

See fare details here.

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Alaska Airlines' Hawaii Sale

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, March 25, 2011

Alaska Airlines' Hawaii Sale is good for travel Monday through Thursdays between June 10 and August 21. All tickets must be purchased by April 4.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Travel to/from Gustavus beginning June 12. Travel to/from King Salmon or Dillingham by August 20. Travel between Anchorage and Honolulu must be nonstop. Travel must use Anchorage/Honolulu nonstop flights.

Fares include: 

Anchorage to Honolulu $496 round-trip

Cordova to Honolulu $664 round-trip

Fairbanks to Honolulu $556 round-trip

Juneau to Honolulu $596 round-trip

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Fare of the Day: New York to Berlin $312 round-trip, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Not that we're complaining but what's with all the great fares to Europe this week?! We've seen higher fares for domestic coast-to-coast flights! Today's find? New York to Berlin for $312 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air France. And that's nonstop! This fare is available for a handful of dates in April. Amazing stuff, and you can be sure it won't last long.

*UPDATE: Sorry, folks! This fare appears to be sold out! Congrats to those who were quick enough to snag a seat.

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Inflight power: even the cheap seats have it now

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Now that more airlines are offering in-flight internet access, Airfarewatchdog was wondering how we're going to make sure our various devices don't run out of power aloft. So what's the "current" state of in flight power? Is it still a perk only available to the premium class passenger, or do we economy class flyers also get to play?  


Many types of aircraft are equipped with power ports in each seat so that passengers can operate our growing list of electronic gadgets, such as cell phones, ipods, and of course our laptops, netbooks, and so on. We've even seen people using hair dryers and shavers on planes. For a long time this perk has been mostly confined to first and business class. Now, the trend is changing and many airlines offer power outlets in their economy class cabins as well. However, these outlets are more widely available on longer international flights than on domestic ones. One exception is Virgin America, a leader in implementing in-flight technology, offering a standard 120V outlet at every seat. Continental offers such outlets in economy class on select 737's.

 

Before you go on your next flight hoping to power your laptop there are a few things you should know:

 

There are 3 different types of outlets, depending on your aircraft:

1.) AC power- This is your standard outlet just like the one you use on the ground, and the easiest to use.

Here is the list of airlines and aircraft that offer AC power in Economy Class:

American Boeing 737-800 Vers. 2 (738) Domestic Routes

American Boeing 757-200 Vers. 2 (757) Domestic Routes

Continental Boeing 737-900ER (73E)  Domestic Routes

Continental Boeing 757-200 (752) International Routes

Continental Boeing 777-200ER (777) International Routes

Delta Boeing 777-200 ex-TWA (75E) International Routes

Delta Boeing 767-400ER Vers. 2 (76D) International Routes

Delta Boeing 767-400ER Vers. 1 (76C) International Routes

Delta Boeing 777-200LR (77L) International Routes

Delta Boeing 777-200ER (777) International Routes

United Boeing 757-200 p.s. (757) Premium Service

Virgin America Airbus A319 (319) All Service

Delta Airbus A330-300 (330, 333) International Routes

Delta Airbus A330-200 (332) International Routes

Delta Airbus 757-200 (5600 Series) -Pacific International Routes

 

2.) Cigarette DC power- This is the power port like the one you use in your car. You can purchase adapters online or at local electronics stores. We've even see them at stores like Walmart or Target. These adapters are called power inverters. They start at around $15, but choose wisely because you'll need one that can handle up to 75 watts, which is what many laptops draw.

            Airlines and aircraft that use DC Power in Economy Class:

American Airbus A300-600 (AB6) Domestic Routes

American Boeing 737-800 Vers. 1 (738) Domestic Routes

American Boeing 757-200 Vers. 1 (757) Domestic Routes

American Boeing 767-200 (762) Domestic Routes

American Boeing 767-300 (763) Domestic Routes

American McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Vers. 2 (M80) Domestic Routes

American McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Vers. 1 (M80) Domestic Routes

 

3.) EM Power- The power option most frequently used on airlines (mostly outside the US); requires an adapter that you can buy. If you have a DC inverter you can purchase an Em Power adapter for $13 from Magellan's. Otherwise Kensington and Targus offer models starting at around $60 that are compatible both for DC and Em Power outlets.

Examples of airlines and aircraft that use DC Power in economy class:

Continental Boeing 767-200 (762) Domestic & International Routes

Continental Boeing 767-400 High Density (76H) Domestic & International Routes

 

Even if you see that your plane is equipped with power outlets, they might only available in certain seats. Make sure you check Seatguru for more information or simply click on any of the aircraft links in the above charts.

Outlets can only handle 75 watts of power. So if you have a larger sized laptop, it might not be enough power to boot up your machine. Some airlines like Continental will specifically tell you to take out the battery and run on power only, because as you might have heard, batteries have exploded in flight, and we don't want fires at 35,000 feet.

Sometimes you will have to ask the inflight crew to turn on the power since it is sometimes shut off for take off and landing.

With newer technology coming out everyday, you might not even need to to charge your laptop except on those extra long international flights. The new Mac Book Pro claims to have 7 hours of battery life, which is plenty for most domestic flights. But if you're working on your laptop for more than 7 or 8 hours next time you fly, perhaps it's time to slow down, read a good book, and recharge yourself, rather than your laptop.

 

 

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Airlines quietly "adjust" checked bag fees

By George Hobica

Airfarewatchdog.com

Without much fanfare, not surprisingly, many US-based airlines have increased checked bag fees, and in some cases no longer accept checked bags weighing over 70 pounds on international routes, meaning that any extra-heavy possessions can only be shipped by cargo, which is even more expensive.

Some of the fee changes are relatively small, others not so small. Among them:

American now charges $60 for a second checked bag for travel between the US and Europe (up from $50) and $30 for a second checked bag on flights to the Caribbean and Central America (the second bag was previously free)

United now charges $30 for a second checked bag for travel to/fom the US/Canada and South/Central America (the second bag was previously free for tickets bought before February 10, 2011).

United has increased some fees for overweight or oversized bags checked between the U.S. and Europe from $200 to $400 each way.

JetBlue increased its second bag fee from $30 to $35 (when JetBlue first initiated this checked bag fee, it was $20)

US Airways also increased fees last month. Bags weighing over 50 lbs. went from $70 each way to $90, and oversized bags (measuring over 62 inches in total dimensions) increased from a previous $100 per bag each way to $175.

American, Delta, and Continental no longer accept checked bags weighing over 70 lbs on some (mostly international) routes. They can be shipped as cargo at prevailing rates.

A current list of bag fees for U.S.-based carriers can be found here.

Air Canada's webSavers

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Air Canada has released their latest batch of webSavers. Rules and restrictions vary by route, though most domestic flights are valid March 30 through June 23. Tickets must be purchased by 23:59 ET/20:59 PDT on the ticketing deadline date. Certain flights may not be offered on each day of the week. The fares indicated are not valid on seasonal route past the last date the flight operates.

Check our fare details for rules and restrictions specific to each route. Fares include:

Winnipeg to Toronto $338 round-trip

Montreal to Calgary $458 round-trip

Toronto to Calgary $438 round-trip

Fredericton to Ottawa $318 round-trip

Toronto to Windsor $444 round-trip

Thunder Bay to Winnipeg $258 round-trip

Winnipeg to Halifax $498 round-trip

Toronto to St John $318 round-trip

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Denver Sale from Frontier

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Even better than their current advertised sale, we're seeing some great fares from Frontier this afternoon, the best of which are -of course- for travel to/from Denver. These are valid for travel 7 days a week, for travel through April 14. No minimum stay required. No telling how long these will stick around.

Fares include:

Atlanta to Denver $238 round-trip

Ft Lauderdale to Denver $218 round-trip

Madison to Denver $208 round-trip

Las Vegas to Denver $118 round-trip

Los Angeles to Denver $138 round-trip

Detroit to Denver $178 round-trip

Salt Lake City to Denver $98 round-trip

Minneapolis to Denver $138 round-trip

New Orleans to Denver $158 round-trip

For a complete listing of fares, please visit our Denver page.

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