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Airlines getting desperate?

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, November 27, 2008

You may have seen this article in the New York Times, which our very own Jason Ma was cited as one of the many people who bought peak Christmas airfare far in advance, thinking that prices would only go up. Jason booked a ticket from New York to LA for $649 round-trip and then the fare went down to around $539 on the same flights. Well, now we see Newark to LA on peak Christmas nonstops via Continental for $325 including tax. Ouch! Clearly, people are not traveling like they used to and the airlines are freeing up cheap seats at the last minute.

In fact, this fare is available on many dates besides the ones shown below, over Christmas week.

Sorry Jason, but you cannot really predict airafres. Sorry, too.


And here's another example from (leaving Monday before Xmas, returning the Sunday after) from Newark to Miami on nonstop flights. You'd pay about this much, with taxes, during any time of the year, so it's remarkably low for peak Xmas week travel:




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Categories: Airline Industry News


International travel on Sun Country for as low as $149 O/W

Sun Country Airlines is currently running a sale on their site with fares as low as $149 one way (before taxes and fees). Some locations include Cancun, Cozumel, St. Maarten and Punta Cana. So when everyone else is shivering from the harsh winter weather, you can be shivering from the frozen drinks you just finished while lounging beach side.You must travel between November 26, 2008 and February 11, 2009.Take a look at Sun Country Airlines for full terms and conditions.


Virgin offers winter "Upper Class" sale.

Are you a frugal, but at times like to splurge? Well then take a look at the "Upper Class" sale going on right now to London at Virgin Atlantic. They are offering the luxury of sitting up front with the beautiful people and saving you some green this winter. Take a look at some of the prices I found on their website (Round trip, using London Heathrow Airport, taxes and fees included):

January 06 - January 12: New York (EWR), $2,204.32
January 20 - January 26: Boston (BOS), $2,403.32
January 18 - January 25: Chicago (ORD), $2,804.32
February 03 - February 10: San Francisco (SFO), $3,504.32

Other departure cities in the U.S. include Orlando, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Miami.The above advertised fares do not include complimentary limo service. You must book by December 1, 2008 and travel between December 3, 2008 and March 22, 2009. Except for Orlando fares, which are only valid from February 4, 2009 to March 22, 2009. For full details, terms and conditions check out Virgin Atlantic.

IcelandAir says "Thank You" with low R/T airfare deals.

The country of Iceland has been struggling the last few months financially, and is currently suffering from one of the worst financial situations in the country's history. Sounds kind of familiar actually right? But in any event, the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden have offered Iceland the much needed financial relief that they currently need.

As a way of saying "Thank You", IcelandAir is offering round trip airfares as low as $399 round trip (before taxes and fees) to locations Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Reykjavik. U.S. travelers have been pushing Iceland to the top of their "to do" travel list ever since the U.S. dollar became so favorable in recent months. Here are some sample fares found on their website (round trip, taxes and fees included):


  • January 15  - January 22: New York (JFK) - Oslo (OSL), $471
  • January  29 - February 5: Boston (BOS) - Stockholm (ARN), $471
  • February 17 - February 22: Boston (BOS) - Reykjavik (KEF), $471
  • March 12 - March 19: New York (JFK) - Copenhagen (CPH), $475


These "Unity Fares" are good for travel through March 31, 2009 and must be booked by Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2008. Check out IcelandAir for full details, terms and conditions.

Airlines pooh-pooh pets on planes

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Southwest Airlines has never allowed them. Frontier Airlines banned them as of June 9th this year and now charges up to $400 round-trip to fly them as baggage under the plane.

And Delta and United recently raised their in-cabin pet fee to such absurdly high levels that they might as well have banned them.

Are airlines sending a message to passengers and their pets? As in, leave 'em home?


Although many pet owners disagree, most animal welfare experts insist that shipping pets as cargo (in the airplane's hold) isn't such a great idea, since a malfunction in pressurization or temperature could result in an animal's death, plus if an airline can lose your bag, they can also lose your pet. Frontier, on its site, clearly states, "No oxygen will be administered to a pet in the event of an emergency."  Well, duh, of course not, but kudos to them for being up front about it.

But it seems like airlines have declared war on in-cabin pets. Delta now charges $300 round-trip for each in-cabin pet, as does American, both up from $200 earlier this year, and United upped its charge recently from $200 to an industry-leading $350 round-trip. Continental is a relative bargain at $250 round-trip and JetBlue is even better at $200 round-trip.

But the winner is AirTran, which currently charges just $69 each way for in-cabin pet transport.

Southwest Airlines doesn't even allow pets in the cargo compartment, let alone in the cabin.

So should pets be allowed in the cabin at all? We're running a poll right now and welcome your opinion.


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Save $10 each way when you fly with USA 3000 this winter.

 Even more promo codes:

This time USA 3000 Airlines is offering passengers an early holiday gift. When you travel between now and December 19th or January 5-31st and enter the promo code "HOLIDAY", you will get an instant $10 savings on one way service or $20 for round trip. This holiday promotion runs through December 15th.



Visit the Land of the Rising Sun in 2009.

Looking to start off the New Year with an adventure? Well for the month of January, All Nippon Airways is slashing prices on round trip airfare from major U.S. destinations to some of Japan's most popular cities. Here are some sample fares that I found on their website (Round trip with all taxes and fees included):


  • January 5 - 15: San Francisco (SFO) - Tokyo (NRT), $1,066.90
  • January 5 - 15: Los Angeles (LAX) - Osaka (ITM), $1,067.90
  • January 8 - 18: New York City (JFK) - Tokyo (NRT), $1,186.90
  • January 9 - 19: Chicago (ORD) - Nagoya (NGO), $1,163.10
  • January 9 - 19: Washington (IAD) - Nagoya (NGO), $1,193.10

The sale is for round trip airfare from January 5, 2009 to January 31, 2009. You must book by December 9, 2008 in order to lock in these low deals. For more information and full details check out ANA's website.

AirTran $20 off promo code

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

As we recently mentioned, airlines want you to book on their Web sites, not with Kayak or Travelocity or Orbitz.

So they're offering promo codes. We just received this in our email, and perhaps you did too:


We're not quite sure if the discount code/certificate number works only for one time use (although it does say you can forward the discount to a friend). So sign up for the airlines' newsletters and save money.

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This week's Alaska Airlines discount code

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You can save 10% with this week's promo code on select Alaska Airlines routes for travel Jan 6-Feb 12. This sale ends end of day Nov 30. See if there's something for you.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

Jetblue offers True Blue members a 10% bonus.

JetBlue has re-introduced a special that it was offering earlier this year, in which members of the airline's "True Blue Program" will receive a "10% bonus" when they purchase award points. For example when you buy 30 points from Jet Blue (which costs $150), you will get an extra 3 points on the house.

So if you are close to getting an award flight, and just can not wait a few extra months to reach that 100 point finish line, then it may make sense to jump in on this promotion. Head on over to JetBlue and click the "True Blue Program" tab. You will need to be a registered member of this program in order to get all of the information. This "10% bonus" deal runs from November 25, 2008 to December 25, 2008.

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