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50% off sale to/from Vegas

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Southwest Airlines, in a further attempt to circumvent online travel agencies and meta search engines such as Kayak and Sidestep, and to confound airfare prediction sites such as Farecast, has launched an unprecedented 1/2 off sale to/from Las Vegas.

Here's the fine print:


Purchase December 30 through December 31, 2008, midnight PST. Travel January 13 through March 11, 2009. Travel valid all days of the week. Roundtrip travel is required on a Wanna Get Away fare to/from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport. Offer applies to Southwest Airlines-operated, published, scheduled service. 50% discount available only on off the total amount of any roundtrip Wanna Get Away purchase before taxes and fees. This promotion does not include Business Select, Anytime, or Senior Fares. Seats are limited and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares do not include federal excise tax of $3.50 for each flight segment. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Fares do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $18 and government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of up to $10. The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion Codes or fares available exclusively through the web tool "DING!". If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare's rules apply. Fares are nonrefundable but (except for tickets purchased through our Group Tickets program) may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Changes made to the itinerary after purchase may eliminate qualifications for this promotion. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the full unrestricted fare.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares


$17-35 off promo code on Spirit

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, December 29, 2008

This offer is valid for travel on flights between December 29, 2008 and November 11, 2009. All you have to do is enter SAVE35 in the Promotion Code box on the home page when booking your flight. $9 Fare Club members will then receive $35 off a roundtrip purchase when booking a qualifying flight! Non-members will receive $17 off.

This promo appears often, and this time it expires at 10:59 ET on Dec. 30.

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Categories: Airfare Tips

Alaska Airlines 10% promo code discount

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, December 25, 2008

 Here are this week's routes on sale at 10% off on Alaska.  Feel free to check the route on your Kayak, your Orbitz, your Travelocity or whatever, but if Alaska is your airline of choice on these routes (in some cases, there may be no real choice), then scurry back to to book because the promo code works only there. 

Of course, if money is no object, you can book wherever you like, and you must also take the Airfarewatchdog staff to dinner next time you're in NYC.

Sale ends Dec 28 at midnight.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

Air Canada 15% off promo code savings

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Because we're signed up for fare alerts directly from Air Canada, we learned about this 15% discount deal. The promo is valid for travel through May 31, 2009. This discount is available in economy as well as premium cabins, for both intra-Canadian and international routes.

So what this means, in case it's not obvious, is that every Air Canada fare you see on Kayak, Orbtiz, or those fare comparison and fare drop alert sites is 15% higher than it could or should be, at least for travel through May 31.

It continually amazes me that our media friends have not caught onto the fact that there is no incentive for a site like Kayak or Orbitz to alert their users to these promo code deals. These deals can only be booked on the airlines' own web sites by plugging in the promo code into the promo code box, and therefore the online travel agencies and meta search engines cannot monetize them.

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United's Weekend E-Fares.

If you are looking to get out of town after Christmas, then check out United's weekend sale. You must depart after 7pm on Friday December 26 or anytime on Saturday December 27 and return on either Monday December 29 or Tuesday December 30 in order to take part in this promotion.

Here is a sampling of the fares I found on their website (roundtrip with taxes and fees included). In parenthesis is the competition's price.

* Los Angeles (LAX) - Fresno (FAT), $185 nonstop (American $266 nonstop)

* Washington (IAD) - Greenville (GSP), $191 nonstop (Delta $221 1 stop)

* Boston (BOS) - Knoxville (TYS), $258 1 stop (US Airways $271 1 stop)

* Akron (CAK) - Chicago (ORD), $217 nonstop (Northwest $260 1 stop)

You must purchase your tickets by Friday December 26. For a full listing of participating cities in this weekend's sale, check out United.


SAS "24 Days of Christmas" Day 23: Gdansk


Day 23 of the Scandinavian Airlines "24 Days of Christmas" features Poland's fourth largest city in Poland and the country's principal seaport. Located alongside the Baltic Sea, Gdansk is known as the birthplace of the solidarity movement, which played a major role in bringing an end to communism in Central Europe. Things to do and see include St. Mary's Church, which is said to be the largest brick church in the world, the former path of procession for visiting Kings called Royal Road and of course tasty Polish food and beer.

Here are some sample fares I found on SAS' website (roundtrip with taxes and fees included). In parenthesis is the competition's price:

* Wed 01/14 - Fri 01/23: Chicago (ORD), $521 2 stops (Lufthansa $787 1 stop)

* Mon 03/16 - Mon 03/23: Washington (IAD), $499 2 stops (Orbitz $622 2 stops)

* Sat 04/25 - Sat 05/02: Newark (EWR), $676 1 stop (LOT Polish (JFK) $1,135 1 stop)

* Mon 05/04 - Mon 05/11: Seattle (SEA), $676 1 stop (Lufthansa $1,309 1 stop)


 You must book by tonight to lock in these prices. To receive these advertised fares, you must travel between December 26, 2008 and May 14, 2009. Blackout dates are April 2, 2009 and April 19, 2009. For more information about these fares and other, go to Scandinavian Airlines.

Several major airlines are suspending a key safety program.


On the heels of this past weekend's Denver accident, during which a Continental 737 cracked open and burst into flames (fortunately all 110 passengers and five crewmembers aboard escaped; only 38 were injured), ABC News is looking into why some major airlines like American, Delta, US Airways and ComAir have suspended a key safety program. For more on this story, click here.

Buy one, get one free with Spirit Airlines.

When you sign up as a member of Spirit Airline's "Free Spirit" frequent flyer club, you will be able to take advantage of their buy one, get one free promotion. Here is what you need to do:

1) Between now and December 24 at 11:59pm ET. you must register for the buy one, get one free promotion and book a qualifying roundtrip flight with Spirit for travel between January 5, 2009 and June 17, 2009.

2) You must include your "Free Spirit" number on the reservation when you place your order on

3) Around July 15, 2009, for those who qualified for the promotion, Spirit will send you an e-mail voucher in the amount of your purchased tickets price (less any taxes and fess), to the email that you registered your "Free Spirit" account with.

Other restrictions apply, please see for full terms & conditions.

Save $25 on AirTran flight.


AirTran is offering a $25 discount to customers who are registered to receive email notifications, which is why it's a good idea to sign up for the airlines' email lists. All you have to do is book before January 2, 2009 and travel before April 30, 2009. We received the following discount code, but it might only work once (feel free to be the first to use it)! We're told that we can forward our code to a "friend" so if you're a friend of ours (and we hope you are) email us and we'll forward the coupon code to you!

Discount code 2587

Certificate #: 28345b976dead

Click the 'Submit Coupon' button, and AirTran will deduct $25 big ones from the final price.

For more information head on over to

Singapore's Business Class Special Fare Offer.


Singapore Airlines announced today that they will offer a special value fare on its exclusive, all-Business Class, nonstop flights from Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX).  Priced at $5,999 (thats with taxes and fees included). This price drop will be valid on a limited number of seats between now and March 31, 2009.

Customers with flexible travel schedules will be able to enjoy up to a 39 percent savings off peak travel day prices.  This offer is only available on Monday-through-Thursday departures out of Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX).

By taking Singapore Airlines' nonstop flights, you would reduce your travel time by up to four hours compared to 1 stop services. Singapore does offer some great features on their planes.

* 180-degree flat beds.

* More than 1,000 on-demand entertainment options.

* Oversized 15-inch video monitors with the world's only in-flight workstations.

* As well as the industry's first in-flight iPod and iPhone connectivity.

Singapore Airlines launched the world's first all-Business Class flights from North America to Singapore in May 2008. Reservations and additional information, including full terms and conditions can be found at

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