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Ghastly Ghost Sale from Spirit Airlines

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 30, 2009

Although many travelers may find the idea of flying Spirit Airlines spooky enough as it is, they're having an extra spooky Ghastly Ghost Sale, valid for travel from November 3 through November 17, though dates will vary by city. Sale fares start at $16 round-trip for members of Spirit's $9 Fare Club, which you can join before purchasing. Or for you non-committal folks, there are slightly higher sale fares available to non members as well.

Book by midnight ET, October 31. Fares include:

Atlantic City to Boston $16 round-trip

Atlanta to Ft Lauderdale $72 round-trip

Boston to Ft Lauderdale $112 round-trip

Detroit to Myrtle Beach $16 round-trip

Ft Lauderdale to Las Vegas $112 round-trip

Ft Lauderdale to New York $72 round-trip

Ft Lauderdale to Cancun $156 round-trip

Ft Lauderdale to Nassau $150 round-trip

Myrtle Beach to New York $72 round-trip

Chicago to Myrtle Beach $72 round-trip

 

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

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AirTran pulling out of Charleston, SC

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, October 29, 2009

You can expect to pay higher fares for sure if flying into or out of Charleston after Dec. 3. We're surprised that they didn't at least fly through the busier Christmas period. Airtran is reported to have carried up to 80% of traffic in and out of the city thanks to its low fares, typically as low as $39 each way to Atlanta.

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Categories: Airline Industry News

DC to Asia, on sale from Korean Air

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fly from DC to Asia this fall via Korean Air's current web sale. Travel is valid on weekdays from November 1 through November 30, with a minimum stay of 4 days, and a maximum of 2 months. Stopovers are not permitted.

Taking along a child? That'll be 75% of the adult fare, please.

All fares must be booked by October 31, and include:

Washington DC to Bangkok, Thailand $956 round-trip, incl. all taxes

Washington DC to Cebu, Philippines $1,054 round-trip, incl. all taxes

Washington DC to Manila, Philippines $975 round-trip, incl. all taxes

Washington DC to Phnom Penh, Cambodia $1,145 round-trip, incl. all taxes

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

Categories: Asia/Australasia Airfares

Coming Soon: A New Look from Airfarewatchdog!

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Once again, we've been tinkering under the hood here at Airfarewatchdog, trying to get beautiful. And because you've proven to be such a whiz at this stuff in the past, our new features are based on your genius suggestions for the site. So, hey, thanks!

Don't worry, you'll still find oodles of amazing fares. We've just made it easier to sort through and find exactly the kind of fare you're looking for. And we think you'll really like the new customized home page, which will feature content based on your alert settings. See? More of what you want!

Be sure to check out our sneak peak redesign tutorial for a detailed look at these and all the other new features we'll be rolling out next month! Till then, sit tight!

 

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Categories: Airfarewatchdog News

What will 2010 bring to the airline business?

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A lot depends on where oil prices are headed, and if we knew that for certain, we'd be oil futures traders and make a ton of money. But we're not and we don't.
 
Airline fees
 
Will we see more of them? Some weaker airlines might have folded by now without them. We wouldn't be surprised to see some inventive new ones, such as:
1) a small discount if you book with the airline's credit card (aka a fee if you don't), 
2) a fee for checking in at the airport with a real live human (as opposed to getting your boarding pass at home or from a kiosk) a la Ryanair
3) a fee for lap children (they already pay 10% of the adult fare on international flights)
 
Airline consolidation and further shrinkage
 
2006 saw US Air merge with America West, 2009 saw the combination of Northwest and Delta, so who's next? As airlines shrink in size, they become more viable candidates for consolidation (antitrust concerns would pose a problem if United and Continental were to merge at their former sizes since the combined entity would have too large a market share, but at their current and future sizes? It's a more likely. If oil prices spike, we might see a weaker carrier cease flying or at least file for Chapter 11.
 
Fares
 
As the economy picks up next year and the business traveler comes back, fares may go up. They have to go up if airlines are to survive, but that will mean fewer people traveling on fewer flights, and it will have a negative impact on the travel industry as a whole (hotels, rental cars, attractions...)   If we had to guess, we'd say fares will firm up. It all depends on the economy and if we have more mergers or lose some carriers.
 
Airlines sell direct
 
We're seeing an increasing trend of airlines selling fares only on their own web sites with promo codes and special offers.  They're experimenting with new sales channels and keeping their best fares from the aggregators and online travel agencies.
 
More regulation
 
2010 will probably be the year we see some kind of passenger rights bill passed. There'll be one more horrific incident like the one in Rochester, MN and that will tip the balance. Or someone will go into a diabetic shock because he couldn't get to his insulin on a marooned aircraft.
 

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Categories: Airline Industry News

Continental joins United in Star Alliance

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"There have been many successful mergers, just not in this business," Larry Kellner, CEO of Continental, is quoted as saying in the Wall St. Journal today. And while Continental isn't merging with United, today it joined United as one of the members of Star Alliance, a network of 23 airlines. This "increases the chance," says the Journal, that the third- and fourth-largest US carriers will "consider a merger down the road."

Also increasing the chance of such a merger, of course, is that both airlines have shrunk, allowing them better to avoid scrutiny from anti-trust enforcers (since the combined entitty wouldn't have as large a market share). This is not to say that a merger will happen, but if it does, it would improve all airlines' pricing power.

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Categories: Airline Industry News

Don't overlook Spirit's "Big Front Seat" fares

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, October 26, 2009

If you're a big guy or gal, or simply want more room when you fly, we've noticed that on some routes and dates, Spirit Airlines' fares for their "business class" two-by-two seats at the front of their Airbuses cost only a few bucks more than the cramped seats in the back. As you can see from the seat map provided by our friends at SeatGuru.com, there are 8 wider seats at the front of the plane on Spirit's aircraft, and although you don't get free meals or drinks or anything else but more room, they're often an amazingly good value.

On a flight from Boston to Myrtle Beach in November, for example, the Big Front seats were going for just $15 more each way. And if you apply a promo code such as 50OFF you'd have saved $50 round-trip on this fare, giving you a comfy seat for even less.

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Categories: Airfare Tips

Why does Airfarewatchdog win all those awards? Here's as good an answer as any

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just in case you're new to Airfarewatchdog.com, and wondering what we're all about and how we're different from the "rest," here's about as good an example as I can come up with.

No other fare alert site or service would notify you of specific fares such as the LOT Polish Airlines deal from New York to Tel Aviv, part of a limited time, LOT.com-only 50% off sale. These fares are only available direclty from LOT, and they're not being listed with the automated fare reporting systems that other sites use. Only real live human beings could hunt them down, and Airfarewatchdog.com only uses people, not computer programs, to find fares and send alerts.

So would you rather pay $892 on Turkish AIrlines, the lowest fare that you would have seen on Kayak?

Or save over $200 per person with this sale? Note that the screen shots below are time and date stamped, and were taken within seconds of each other.

 

 

 

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Categories: Airfarewatchdog News

Travel+Leisure names Airfarewatchdog "Best of Web"

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, October 24, 2009

We are deeply honored that Travel+Leisure magazine has named Airfarewatchdog in the Fare-Sale Alert category in their annual "Best of the Web" survey.

And we've also been named to Conde Nast Traveler's list of 21 Twitterers to Follow.

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Categories: Airfarewatchdog News

Why people aren't flying

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's not just high airfares, because really, they're not that high. And it's not just the recession. Read more at Gadling.com.

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Categories: Airline Industry News
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