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Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 29, 2009
Save $50 on your next trip with Spirit Airlines. Just enter promo code 50Off at time of purchase. This deal is good for round-trip travel between August 11 and November 17.
For round-trip travel between November 18 and April 30, enter promo code 35OFF to save $35.
Both offers expire tonight at 11:59 PM ET. For more info, visit Spiritair.com.
Posted by George Hobica on Sunday, June 28, 2009
We've polled our users on whether they think airlines should be "re-regulated," and a slight majority believe that dereg is just fine that way it is. But Demos, which describes itself as a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization, makes a convincing argument that deregulation has been a disaster all around.
Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals:
Their June 26, 2009 media release makes interesting reading:
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, June 26, 2009
Should obese passengers be required to buy an extra seat? It's a question we've asked before around here, and one that people feel very strongly about. Today, CNN tackles the subject once again, citing policies from both Southwest and United.
According to their article, "U.S. obesity rates have mushroomed during the last 25 years, but the width of a coach airplane seat has changed little, remaining between 17 and 18 inches in most commercial planes."
The article also goes on to point out that economy seating is cramped for average-sized passengers too (you probably knew that) and most "seat space invasions" are due to wide shoulders. We can certainly vouch for that, what with all the millions of beverage cart wackings our poor shoulders have suffered through the years. Ouch!
So does more to love mean more to pay? Comment below.
Posted by George Hobica on Friday, June 26, 2009
Do you love finding low airfares, either for yourself or family and friends? Great! How would you like doing it for millions of people?
Airfarewatchdog.com, named "Best Cheap Flight Finder" by Money Magazine, is on the hunt for someone like you. You'll help maintain our fare database, scouring every possible source to find the lowest possible fares in various markets.
When we say we're hiring "Fare Analysts," it's not just a fancy name we made up. You'll actually be analyzing airfares, using your noggin and not a computer program, to see if an airfare is a "deal" or not.
As an Airfarewatchdog Fare Analyst, you'll spend your day asking, and answering, questions like these--questions that those automated airfare sites can't answer, because only real live human people like you can:
1) OK, so JetBlue is offering a $20 off coupon today on all flights. Their lowest fare from New York to LA is $218. But US Air has that route for $148 today. But US Air isn't nonstop. So which is the better deal? JetBlue for $218-$20 on a nonstop or the US Air sale fare? Or are both "decent" fares?
2) Spirit Airlines is offering 9 cent fares again, plus a $50 off "coupon". Does that mean that their Boston to Myrtle Beach fare really less than $0, since the taxes on that route are $35?
3) Baltimore to Detroit on Travelocity is $98 today. But Travelocity and Orbitz and the rest don't include Southwest's fares. So what is Southwest.com charging on that route today?
4) LA to London is pretty darn expensive for summer travel right now. Should we wait until there's a sale to list fares on Airfarewatchdog? Wait, Air New Zealand flies that route and sometimes has low fares you can only buy on their site. Let's see what they're offering today.
5) Southwest just announced a 50% off coupon code to Phoenix. Oops, looks like United has reacted with fares that are a bit lower. But many of Southwest's fares to Phoenix are valid on nonstop flights. Which fares should we tell people about?
It's sort of like being a travel agent, but you're not actually booking--just looking. And instead of doing it for one person at a time, you're doing it for thousands.
This is a full time work at home posititon (you're welcome to work in our offices if you insist, but isn't it more fun to do it in your PJs? :), however you must be available for training in our Midtown offices for approximately 4-8 weeks. In additon to a competitive salary, we offer 3 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, priced health, dental, and vision insurance; matching 401K; tuition assistance; and others. We also provide computer equipment. We are a Macintosh office, so familiarity with Macs is helpful but not required. You'll typically work no more than 29 hours/week. Some weekend work is required. Hours are reasonably flexible and We require a BS/BA degree or higher, or equivalent.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently at home in a distraction-free environment. Speed, accuracy, brains, and attention to detail are key attributes we're looking for. You must also live in an area with high speed cable or Verizon FIOS internet service.
Please do not apply for this position if you do not live in or within commuting distance of New York City.
To apply, please send a one-page cover letter telling us why you're the perfect candidate along with a resume to: email@example.com. Only qualified candiates chosen for an interview will be contacted.
Categories: Airfarewatchdog News
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, June 25, 2009
Book by 11:59pm EST June 26 to take advantage of the latest $9 Fare Club sale from Spirit. Travel periods vary according to destination and require a 7-day advance purchase. Other non-member sale fares are available for travel between July 2 and November 15, and can be booked until June 30.
Spirit is also offering a $50 coupon (not to be used in combination with other sales, ahem) when entering the promo code 50OFF at time of purchase. Coupon is good for $50 off round-trip flights.
Posted by Tim Charters on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The dreaded airport security line. We've all been stuck in line behind the one passenger who forgets to take off every piece of metal jewelry, uses 5 bins to send their items through the scanners, and brings the entire security process to a screaching halt. Well, unfortunately, the security line just got a little longer with the sudden closure of the leading registered traveler program.
The Clear program, a fast-track security lane for airline passengers, has ceased operations at 18 airports as of yesterday. Major airports such as Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Orlando, San Francisco and the three New York City airports are affected by the program's bankruptcy.
As you can imagine, the news of Clear's failure is bad news for its registered travelers. Besides missing out on a quick trip through the security line, participants in the Clear program should not expect to get their $200 annual fee back. Currently, refunds will not be issued to registered travelers and, with creditors already lining up, participants in the four-year old program should not expect a refund anytime soon, if ever.
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"Schlameel, Schlamazel, Hassenpepper incorporated!" Ok, so maybe Southwest won't be skipping down any Milwaukee sidewalks, singing the intro of Laverne & Shirely, but they will begin flying to/from Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport on November 1.
Southwest will offer three daily round-trips to Baltimore/Washington and Kansas City, two to Las Vegas and Orlando, and one to Phoenix and Tampa.
Introductory sale fares are available for purchase by July 30, for travel November 1 through December 17, with blackout dates November 24-25, and November 20 - 30.
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The latest sale from Frontier is good for Monday-Saturday travel from August 10 through January 15. All tickets require a 14-day advance purchase, and must be booked by 9:59 om MDT, June 30.
Posted by George Hobica on Monday, June 22, 2009
JetBlue, like many airlines, are often sell fares for less on its own site than they do through metasearch engines such as Kayak or online booking sites such as Orbitz. Plus, as do many airlines, JetBlue often throws in added incentives to book on their site. The latest? A $20 credit to your PayPal account, but only if you book on their site.
Example: Ft. Lauderdale to Cancun is on sale for $58 RT plus a boat load of taxes (final price $134 RT) in a current JetBlue sale. But you'd pay $20 more if you booked on Orbitz, and you wouldn't get the $20 credit.
Same flights, same dates found on Kayak (and sending you to Orbitz) $154 RT with tax:
Or you could pay $134 RT if booked directly on JetBlue.com, plus get $20 paid into your PayPal account to spend any way you wish.
Categories: Airfare Tips
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 22, 2009
If the local beaches just aren't cutting it, check out JetBlue's Life's a Beach sale, good for travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Bermuda. Most fares must be booked by June 26, 11:59 pm MT, for travel between July 14 and October 6. Fares include:
Travel from New York to Aruba, Cancun, St. Maarten, Nassau, Jamaica, and/or Bermuda: travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday. For travel from Aruba, Cancun, St. Maarten, Nassau, Jamaica, and/or Bermuda to New York City, travel must take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. For travel from Boston to Bermuda and from Orlando to Costa Rica: travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday. For travel from Bermuda to Boston and from Costa Rica to Orlando: travel must take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. For travel between New York City and Puerto Rico: travel must take place on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. For travel between Florida and Puerto Rico: travel must take place on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. For travel between Washington DC and Puerto Rico: travel must take place on Saturday. For travel between Washington DC and Cancun and/or Boston and Cancun: travel must take place on Saturday. For travel between Florida and Cancun: travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday. For travel between Fort Lauderdale and/or Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic: travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday.
Categories: Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares
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