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Spirit Airlines sale plus 5000 bonus miles

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, April 28, 2007

Spirit is offering 5000 bonus frequent flyer miles for new bookings and travel by June 13. They're also having a sale with fares ranging from $19 to $89 each way. Hardly the best deal they've offered, but the miles bonus might be an incentive, and fares are readily available albeit only for certain travel days in May. This offer is valid through midnight April 30.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

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New Westjet sale in progress

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, April 27, 2007

Westjet is having a 35% off sale for travel within Canada. Book by May 2 for travel through June 27. They're also offering up to 75% off flights from Canada to the US for travel through May 13. See their site for details.

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Categories: Domestic Canadian Fares

United/Northwest classic hub fare war in progress

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, April 27, 2007

United and Northwest are waging a classic hub fare war today. You'll find amazingly low fares to/from the following hubs, and there are seats available through late March 2008:

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

Spirit Airlines 8 cent and $8 flights to Honduras from Ft. Lauderdale

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, April 27, 2007

This sale ends today, Friday April 27, at midnight. As is frequently the case, you must travel on very specific days to get the 8 cent fares, and taxes boost the final price considerably, but they're still deals if you can find them.

Only problem is, we can't seem to find them. All we can find are $88 each way fares, which, however, are still pretty good fares.

Outbound, the fare rules state that you must leave on six dates in September for the 8 cent fares, and return six dates in September. For the $8 fares, leave five days in July and one in August, and return six days in August. Effectively, for the $8 fares you've got to stay in Honduras for a minimum of 16 days, which isn't a typical vacation stay for most folks. But the 8 centers allow you stay from one to 21 days. However, again, the lower fares seem to be gone.

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Categories: Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

Air Tahiti Nui Sale from LAX & JFK

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, April 26, 2007

If watching Lost is as close as you get to taking that Pacific Island dream getaway, then Air Tahiti Nui's Spring in Tahiti sale might be just the thing.

Now until June 26, you can fly from LAX nonstop to Papeete, Tahiti for $758 round-trip, and from JFK for $858 round-trip. These fares are good for travel from LAX on April 24, May 8, May 17, May 31, June 9, and June 20. From JFK, this deal is good any flight between April 27 through May 22.

We were able to find JFK to Papeete for $940 round-trip, including taxes, and $777 round-trip, including taxes, from LAX. But seats are limited and this deal expires May 4, so you may want to hurry.

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SkyBus Flight to Columbus OH: $10. Medium 1-topping pizza, with 2-liter: $18.

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, April 26, 2007

After the success of RyanAir and other budget airlines in Europe, it was just a matter of time before a similar model washed ashore here in the US. Enter Skybus, a Columbus-based carrier, set to begin service May 22. Destinations include: Boston (actually, Portsmouth NH), Ft. Lauderdale, Greensboro NC, Kansas City, Burbank, Richmond VA, Oakland, and Bellingham WA. How low are the fares? Well, for starters, every flight has a minimum (a minimum) of 10 seats available for $10. Those are readily available on most flights we checked, but on flights from, say, Burbank to Columbus, fares range from $50 one-way to $125 one-way.

Want to book a trip from Burbank to Ft Lauderdale on Skybus? Well, be prepared to buy two separate tickets. One round-trip from Burbank to Columbus, and a second round-trip from Columbus to Boston. That means you'll have to comb over flight schedules and connection times yourself in order to make such a trip work. How hard can that be? Let's see here...Burbank to Columbus, June 13, $50, departing at 8:23 am, arriving at 3:33 pm. Returning from Columbus, June 20, $75, departing at 3:58 pm, arriving 5:26 pm. Next leg: Columbus to Boston, June 13, $10, departs 7:01 pm, arrives at 8:41 pm. Boston to Columbus, June 20, $30, departing at 9:05 am and arriving back in Columbus at 10:54 am, with plenty, plenty, of time to make that 3:58 pm flight back to Burbank. And the entire trip ends up costing us $202, including taxes. Is it worth it? The best price we found for this trip on Orbitz was $323 round-trip, including taxes, and that comes with a layover in Phoenix.

Remember folks, this airline has the word 'bus' in its name, so don't go expecting a lot of frills. Heck, don't expect any frills. At all. If you want a snack, you’ll have to buy it from the flight attendant. If you show up with your 300lb Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, expect to pay for the extra baggage weight. Budget airlines are good for fulfilling their most basic obligation, which is getting you from point A to point B, for mere peanuts, without actual peanuts.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

El Al Early Bird Summer Sale to Israel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, April 26, 2007

El Al Airlines is having an Early Bird sale from New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, on summer travel July 1 through July 24. These fares are available for purchase until May 17, which is where the Early Bird bit comes from. El Al has also beefed up the number of flights to accommodate the summer rush, with 22 weekly non-stops from JFK, 6 from Newark, 3 from Miami, and 4 from Los Angeles.

Sale fares from JFK/Newark are advertised as $1115 round-trip, with reduced business class fares of $2,626. Sounds great. Only, when we went to check it out on El Al's website, we weren't able to select a destination from their site's drop-box. What is with all the site glitches, people? Sheesh. Well, we decided to phone El Al directly and spoke with Ingrid, who happened to be quite a help. For a July 17 departure and returning July 24, she quoted us a fare of $1,312 round-trip, including taxes, from Newark to Tel-Aviv. We said yes when asked if we were flexible with our return date, but apparently those sale fares are sold out through July, and $1,312 is as good as it gets. Anything better on another airline? We checked Orbitz for these very same dates and found that Continental had the lowest non-stop flight, at $1,436 round-trip, including taxes. For those willing to consider a layover, British Airways has the lowest fare, but at $1,238, it seems hardly worth the hassle. We'd go with El Al.

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Kayak now including ("scraping"?) Southwest Airlines fares

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, April 26, 2007

This is big news. Kayak.com appears to be referring fare searchers to fare results on Southwest Airlines' along with those of other airlines. It's not exactly a side by side comparison: you have to click a link to see what Southwest is offering on the route you searched (assuming that Southwest flies the route, of course). We first learned of this from David Landsel's New York Post travel blog. The only thing is, Southwest hates this sort of thing. They simply do not want their fares compared with those of other airlines. Just ask Sidestep.com, when they tried it a few years ago. As far as we can make out, Kayak did not reach some sort of detente with Southwest. They're just doing it to see what Southwest's reaction might be. In the past, that reaction has taken the form of a strongly worded cease and desist order. Take a look at their site's terms of use and you'll see that they clearly that that Southwest's "company information" cannot be used for commercial purposes except with permission.

We quote: "You may not use any "deep-link," "page-scrape," "robot," "spider" or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology which does the same things, to access, acquire, copy, or monitor any portion of the Southwest web sites or any Company Information."

Perhaps Kayak is hoping that Southwest will look the other way, since technically this is not a side by side comparison.

This should be interesting. If nothing else, it will get Kayak some media attention.

Note: Airfarewatchdog.com reports editorially on Southwest Airlines' fares, but does so without using any "automatic device." Instead, we just use real live human researchers to see what they're offering on any given route on any given day.

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Categories: Airfare Tips

New York/London Heathrow $721 nonstop including tax for peak summer travel

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Now might be a decent time to buy July/August travel to London. We saw an ad from British Airways for $279 each way on the route for summer travel, plus tax of course. But when we went to check, we actually found what appear to be better fares for $721 RT including taxes and surcharges, using a flexible date search on Orbitz. The British Airways sale was set to expire on April 26, so there's no telling if these fares will expire as well. We found seats on Virgin, British, and American. Continental (from Newark), United and others were higher, in some cases over $1000.

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

Shanghai on sale for up to 50% off

On a few select itineraries in May* you can get to Shanghai on Air Canada from major East Coast cities, including Boston, New York, and Washington, for about $780 including taxes. That's at least 25% off the going rate of over $1,050-1,200. From Chicago, the savings are even greater: $710 compared to the $1,300 competitors are asking.

* We found seats for May 15 or 16 departure and May 23 return, as well as May 23
departure and May 29 return.
Categories: Asia/Australasia Airfares
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