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Expedia $36 off offer on JetBlue; we'd rather get the $50 coupon directly from JetBlue

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Expedia is offering to take $36 off your next JetBlue fare booked on Expedia.com if you buy a flight by May 30, 2007 (that's today!).

Good deal? If you're intro promos, we like JetBlue's own offer of a $50 coupon better. First of all, there's no booking fee if you buy on JetBlue but Expedia does charge. For the Expedia offer, travel between May 25 to June 26 only. But the JetBlue offer, which expires June 1, is for travel between Sept 5 and October 31. These offers cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

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24 Hour $24 Off $24 RT sale on Spirit

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Until Midnight tonight (that's May 30), Spirit Airlines is taking $24 off all of its fares, with some fares as low as $24 round-trip. Dates vary wildly as to when you can take the $24 fares. For example, it's only for four days in January 2008 for the $24 New York/Detroit (New York/Detroit). Be sure to enter the promo code 24HOURS or you won't see the sale fares in the final price.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares, Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

Check Singapore Airlines first

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Here's a good example of why there must be an airfarewatchdog.com to protect airfare consumers! And why those other fare alert, fare listing, fare comparison, and fare what-have-you sites just don't cut it.

Let me assure you that we have no monetary relationship whatsoever with Singapore Airlines, but we encourage you to check their site when booking travel to Asia. Suppose you wanted to make a two week trip to Asia, using Singapore as your jumping off point, leaving Los Angeles August 1 and returning August 13.

Had you searched for that itinerary on Travelocity, Orbitz or Kayak, you'd see a lowest fare of around $1215 RT, but requiring two changes of plane, and who wants to do that, via Philippines Airlines. Orbitz listed a change of plane flight on Air China at $1275 RT. Orbitz didn't show Singapore Airlines at all (what's going on here? Are they having a tiff?)

But the best deal? a one-stopper at $1231 RT including tax on Singapore, with no change of planes, via singaporeair.com. Because other airfare comparison and alert sites rely on automated data feeds from ATPCO
and ITASoftware, they wouldn't have found this Singapore Airlines fare, which Singapore Airlines lists only on its own Web site.

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Categories: Asia/Australasia Airfares

Get a room! and help airfarewatchdog

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, May 28, 2007

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Finally, a decent summer fare to Europe!

Posted by George Hobica on Sunday, May 27, 2007

I flew into a New York JFK international terminal earlier this week, and my presumption about why international fares are so high this year was graphically confirmed: the passport control line for non-US citizens went on for miles; the US citizen line? Very short. With the dollar so low, them furners are coming to visit us in droves. And they're not flying one way, no sir. They have to go back to Europe, and guess what, they're taking your seats, my fellow Americans.  And that's why we're seeing $1200, $1500, yes, even $2000 RT economy class fares to Europe this summer.

But wait. What's this I see? A $690 RT July nonstop fare, with taxes included, to London? Catch this quick. It's a fare of the day.

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

Spirit Airlines sale with especially good business class fares

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, May 26, 2007

Spirit Airlines is having a sale. Travel June 5 to November 14 and purchase by midnight May 29. This is nothing new. They always have sales. And while the economy class fares in this sale aren't especially amazing, one thing should not be overlooked: if you're a big person, or you don't like sitting in those thinly padded economy class seats (they're getting thinner and thinner, and it makes sense since a thinner, lighter seat saves on jet fuel costs) then you should take a look at Spirit's business class fares in this sale.

Just one example: New York LGA to San Francisco for $398 RT before taxes if you travel Tuesday or Wednesday (slightly more on some days of the week). We searched on Travelocity leaving Monday June 11 returning Sunday June 17 and found a lowest business class fare of $1375 RT on US Airways. Spirit's lowest fare was $499 RT, a huge difference. Spirit's "Big Front Seat" business class doesn't provide meal service or free drinks, so it's not really on par with business class on other airlines. But you do get a comfy seat at the front of the plane, and to our mind that's what counts.

From Spirit's site, LGA to SFO $499 RT



From Travelocity, LGA to SFO $1375 RT. Note that Spirit's business class doesn't even show up.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

Late Summer/Early Fall fares to Italy on Eurofly

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, May 25, 2007

Eurofly is having a sale from New York to select Italian cities, good for travel from August 15 through November 13. Never heard of 'em? A visit to their somewhat dinky web site may leave you underwhelmed but maybe the fares can win you over. Let's have a look, shall we?

  • New York to Bologna, advertised as $529 round-trip. We checked for travel from October 16 through October 24 and found a fare of $684 round-trip, including taxes. That’s much better than the $763 fare we found with Virgin and Lufthansa on Orbitz, and that comes with 2 layovers.
  • New York to Pescara, advertised as $529 round-trip. We checked for travel on September 4 through September 12 and found a fare of $610 round-trip, including taxes. The best we found on Orbitz was a fare of $1,452 round-trip on United Airlines, which includes two layovers as opposed to one with Eurofly.
  • New York to Lamezia Terme, advertised as $529 round-trip. We checked for travel on September 1 through September 9 and found a fare of $1,070 round-trip, including taxes. Back over at Orbitz, the best we found was $1,235 round-trip on Alitalia.
  •  New York to Palermo, advertised as $529 round-trip. We checked for travel on August 26 through September 7 and found a fare of $999 round-trip, non-stop, including all taxes. Alitalia has this same trip, including layover, for $1,235 round-trip.
In all of our searches, Eurofly looks like your best bet, especially to cities like Bologna and Pescara. Eurofly doesn't provide an expiration date for this sale, so we're guessing it's first come first serve.

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

Ireland for Fall, on Aer Lingus

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, May 25, 2007

With peak summer travel to Europe being especially expensive this year, you may opt to go later in the season. If so, be sure and check out this Aer Lingus  sale on August/September travel from select US cities to Ireland. Here's what we found:

  • Boston to Dublin, advertised as $314 each-way for travel between August 1 and August 31. Using the Aer Lingus flexible search calendar, we had no trouble finding that $314 fare, available throughout most of August. We chose August 7 through August 15, and our total fare, with taxes and the works, came to $707 round-trip. These same dates on Orbitz also list Aer Lingus as the best non-stop deal for this route, but at a $784 round-trip. US Airways comes in at number two, with the best 1-stop flight of $718 round-trip.

  • Chicago to Shannon, advertised as $294 each-way for travel between September 1 and September 30. According to the flexible date calendar, this fare is only available on a handful of dates. We chose September 2 through September 10, and the final total, taxes and all, is $671 round-trip. The same search on Orbitz lists Aer Lingus as having the best non-stop deal, but for $682 round-trip. American Airlines is close behind, at $699 round-trip, non-stop.

  • Los Angeles to Dublin, advertised as $328 each-way for travel between September 1 and September 30. This fare is easy to find on the Aer Lingus calendar. We chose September 10 through September 20, which comes to $735 round-trip with taxes. Again, a follow-up search on Orbitz lists Aer Lingus as having the best deal for this trip, at $752 round-trip, which includes the Orbitz booking fee. The best 1-stop trip offered is $719 round-trip, segmented with Air Canada and American Airlines.

  • New York to Shannon, advertised as $199 each-way for travel between September 1 and September 30. This fare is easy to find, and available throughout the month. We went with September 13 through September 26, and our total fare, taxes and all, came to $481 round-trip. Orbitz lists Aer Lingus as having the best fare for this trip too, but at $524 round-trip, non-stop. Delta offers the next best fare, at $533 round-trip, non-stop.

In every instance we checked, Aer Lingus had the lowest fare. And remember, the early bird gets the worm: this sale expires May 29!

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

Coupon Clippers, take note

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, May 25, 2007

USA 3000 is having a little Start Your Summer Right sale. Take $10 off their already low fares, just by entering in the following promo code: START. Get it? As in 'Start Your Summer Right.' This offer expires May 31 and is good on any flight between now and December 9.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares, Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

$9 Fare Club Sale on Spirit

Well, whaddaya know, Spirit Airlines is having another $9 Fare Club Sale. To take advantage of these fares, all you have to do is become a member of the $9 Fare Club. Members are notified of such sales via email and have first dibs on all the bargains. Not to mention, all members are automatically enrolled in the Free Spirit frequent flier program.

So what must one do to join this club? Well, $9 will get you a 3-month trial membership, or pay $29.95 and join for a year. Or hey, avoid those membership fees altogether and get a Free Spirit MasterCard. Membership is complimentary for those who use their card atleast once a month.

Often times, with sales like these, it can be a real pain to try and string together two of these one-way sale fares and make a round-trip, simply because the departure and return dates don't match up. Not so with these $9 Fare Club Sales. The dates are pretty straight forward, and you can easily book yourself a nice 3 or 4 day trip.

This $9 Fare Club Sale expires at midnight, May 25, so you want to hurry.



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