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Fare of the Day: Allentown, PA to Dallas, TX

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fare of the Day: Allentown/Bethlehem, PA (ABE) to Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW). $113 RT, including all taxes.

Travel 7 days a week, 330 travel period with a 7 day advance purchase restriction.

Note: This route includes a bus service from ABE to EWR, then the flight is non-stop from EWR-DFW.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Fare of the Day: St. Louis, MO to Honolulu, HI

Posted by Ricky Radka on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fare of the Day: St. Louis, MO (STL) to Honolulu, HI, (HNL). $451 RT, including all taxes.

Travel Monday through Thursday between January 11 - March 10. United Airlines is attacking select American Airlines hubs. Also available from Miami and Dallas.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Spirit Airlines Expands to 5 New Cities

Posted by Peter Thornton on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spirit Airlines is expanding to 5 new markets in the New Year.  Plattsburgh, NY (Greater Montreal area), Niagara Falls, NY (Greater Buffalo/Toronto area), Latrobe, PA (Greater Pittsburgh area), Charleston, WV, and Dallas, TX will all be added to Spirit Airline's route map next year.  The new nonstop service from/to Fort Lauderdale will connect each city to Spirit's growing network throughout the U.S. and Latin America.  Some cities will also begin nonstop service from/to Myrtle Beach in May.  

Although Spirit is a no frills to the max airline and you will have to pay for carry-on luggage that doesn't fit under your seat, these are some excellent fares for the shoestring traveler out there.  Note: These fares are available only to Spirit's $9 Fare Club, which anyone can join for an annual fee of $59.95.  If you like to travel a lot, this fee will be recuperated in savings very quickly.  Non-member fares are higher, but still a bargain.  

Latrobe to Fort Lauderdale $70 round-trip

Latrobe to Myrtle Beach $98 round-trip

Plattsburgh to Fort Lauderdale $70 round-trip

Plattsburgh to Myrtle Beach $98 round-trip

Niagara Falls to Fort Lauderdale $70 round-trip

Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach $98 round-trip

Charleston to Fort Lauderdale $70 round-trip

Charleston to Myrtle Beach $98 round-trip

Dallas to Fort Lauderdale $90 round-trip

Dallas to New York $98 round-trip

Dallas to Washington D.C. $98 round-trip

Dallas to Orlando $98 round-trip

Dallas to Atlantic City $98 round-trip

Dallas to Las Vegas $138 round-trip

Categories: Domestic US Fares

Fare of the Day: Newark, NJ to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Posted by Ricky Radka on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fare of the Day: Newark, NJ (EWR) to Curacao, Netherland Antilles (CUR) $281 RT non-stop, including all taxes.

Tired of shoveling snow already? We are too. Avoid another winter storm by heading down to Curacao this January. This great price on Continental is available for travel on Wednesday and Saturdays through January 19th. Found on Orbitz.com and Continental.com.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Fare of the Day: Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA

Posted by Ricky Radka on Monday, December 27, 2010

Fare of the Day: Miami, FL (MIA) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) $198 RT, including all taxes on Continental Airlines.

This fare is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays through May 11th. There is a 14 day advance purchase and a no minumum stay restriction. Found via Travelocity.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Sun Country Extends Holiday Sale, Begins Lansing Service

Posted by Peter Thornton on Friday, December 24, 2010

Minneapolis based discount carrier Sun Country Airlines began their brand new service from/to Lansing, Michigan this week.  The new service will connect Lansing with Orlando, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Cancun, and Montego Bay with non-stop flights and lower fares.  They have also announced plans to begin service to Washington D.C. and Minneapolis from Lansing in April 2011.  

Current fares from/to Lansing include:

Lansing to Orlando $158 round-trip

Lansing to Fort Myers $178 round-trip

Lansing to Las Vegas $218 round-trip

Lansing to Cancun $415 round-trip tax included.

Lansing to Montego Bay $417 round-trip tax included.

 

Sun Country also extended their Holiday Sale for travel any day of the week through Mar. 3, 2011.  Tickets require a 3-day advance purchase and must be booked by 11:59 p.m. CT on Dec. 28, 2010.

Sample fares include:

Minneapolis to Las Vegas $238 round-trip

Minneapolis to Los Angeles $238 round-trip

Minneapolis to Dallas $178 round-trip

Minneapolis to Palm Springs $238 round-trip

Minneapolis to San Diego $238 round-trip

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

AirBerlin 2for1 Christmas Special

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, December 23, 2010

(image courtesy of airberlin.com)

This one day sale is available starting now (Dec. 23) through tomorrow Dec. 24th 6:00PM EST, so there is no time to waste and you better get planning if you are interested. The travel period for this sale is May, 1st through June, 9th 2011 to select cities in Germany and Europe. e.g. Berlin, Vienna or Stockholm.

We saw some tickets on the non-stop from New York (JFK) to Dusseldorf (DUS) for $875 RT including all taxes, split that between two people and you've got a couple of $437.50 RT fares to Germany. Pretty good price for late spring travel, if you ask us!

Log on to airberlin sale page here and look for the 2for1 logo next to the flight you are interested in booking then grab yourself and your favorite travel companion an early Christmas present!

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Fare of the Day: Los Angeles, CA to Dallas, TX

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (DFW) $166 RT, including all taxes. On Delta, found via Travelocity.

Travel 7 days a week if available, no advance purchase or minimum stay requirement. 330 day travel period.

There are some other U.S. cities priced at the same base fare $118 located on our Dallas, TX (DFW) fare page. Check them out while they last!

 

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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A Guide to Getting to and from Ft. Lauderdale Airport

By George Hobica

Airfarewatchdog.com

As every savvy traveler knows, a low airfare is only the beginning. The real work? That starts when you touch down in your destination, where costs can easily run away from you. And it starts right at the airport. If youre not careful, you can easily spend as much getting into town as you did on the flight that brought you there.

Thats why were taking a break from telling you about low fares to talk to you about ground transportation. (We can tell – you're totally excited right now.) Seriously, though, you will be, when we show you how cheaply you can get things done. This week, were analyzing the situation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. It may not be all that warm down there right now, but it sure beats Cleveland.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
South Florida is no transit wasteland; arriving passengers at Fort Lauderdale can hop a shuttle bus at their terminal and, within a few minutes, be standing on a platform waiting for their train to Miami or West Palm Beach. It will perhaps come as a surprise to no one, however, that negotiating both the Broward Transit system (they're the bus people) and the Tri-Rail schedule (that's the train) takes a fair bit of focused energy. Sure, they both operate on reasonable schedules, all day long, and sure, you'll save money – the bus shuttle is free, fares to Miami are just $3.75 each way – but at what real cost? Besides the waiting you'll do, also know that the Tri-Rail stations are mostly in terribly inconvenient (and generally quite terrible) locations that require yet another bus ride or a potentially expensive taxi ride, once reached. If you're just sticking around Fort Lauderdale, you'll be fascinated to learn – we were! – that there's no direct bus to the beach area from the airport. You have to catch Broward Transit's Route 1 bus into town, then transfer at the rather colorful downtown transit center. Taxi!

SHUTTLES
Cruise passengers departing from Port Everglades or sunseekers just heading for local hotels may be all set with free shuttles from the airport; for the rest of us, there's GO Airport Shuttle, the exclusive operator of shared-ride services from Fort Lauderdale. They operate vans all over South Florida and promise a wait of no more than 30 minutes from the time you check-in at their arrivals-level desk; fares to Fort Lauderdale's beach hotels average around $15, with Miami Beach not much more expensive at $21 (fares may fluctuate depending on exact distance.)   

TAXI 
Fares are regulated by local government and can be rather reasonable -- $12 into Port Everglades if you don't feel like standing around waiting for your cruise shuttle bus, just under $20 to the beach hotels in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, contact Yellow Cab.

CAR RENTAL
If you're renting a car, it is worth considering whether or not you've got somewhere cheap – or free, better yet – to park it in your destination. Valet parking, often mandatory at downtown hotels and beachfront resorts, can run you upwards of $30 per night. If you decide to opt for a car rental at Fort Lauderdale, head down to the arrivals level and catch the airport's one-bus-serves-all shuttle. If you've arrived at Terminal 1, you can just walk directly into the rental car center, which is conveniently located located right at the heart of the rather compact airport complex. If you do rent, to find the lowest car rental rates in Fort Lauderdale, take a look at Autoslash.com for hidden discounts.

BROWSER (AND FRIENDS) SAY: 
Fort Lauderdale is popular for many different reasons, used heavily by cruise passengers catching boats at nearby Port Everglades, a favorite with many Miami-bound travelers who couldn't even find their way to Fort Lauderdale's downtown but simply can't stand the more hectic Miami airport. Still others merely love the cheap fares on Spirit, but are actually Palm Beach-bound. So how to get around really depends on why you're here. That said, we just aren't in love with the idea of wasting potential beach time trying to figure out South Florida's public transportation network. When we touch down at Fort Lauderdale, our first stop is always the rental car center, where rates can often be extremely reasonable.  

Find fares to Ft. Lauderdale and from Ft. Lauderdale.

Learn more about Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International. See whats up in Fort Lauderdale at http://www.sunny.org/.  

Why did American remove its fares from Orbitz?

By George Hobica

Airfarewatchdog.com

You may remember that back in September 2008, American airlines went after Kayak.com, and yanked their fares from the "meta" airfare search site for a while, until they made nice and kissed. As we understood it at the time, American didn't want Kayak to offer consumers the opportunity to book AA's fares on third-party sites such as Travelocity or Orbitz. Rather, they wanted all AA fares to link directly and only to aa.com, American's web site. The reasons for this are obvious: if a fare is bought on Travelocity or Expedia, then a fee must be paid by the airline. But perhaps less obvious, when consumers go directly to aa.com, they are given the opportunity to buy ancillary items: insurance, rental cars, frequent flyer credit cards, vacations, and other AA flights, all of which AA makes additional revenue from. When consumers go to online travel agencies, those companies make the ancillary revenue.

One thing that an Orbitz or Expedia does that an airline web site such as aa.com doesn't do is inform consumers if their cheapest fare will be flying out on one airline (such as American) and back on another airline (such as Delta). AA.com and Delta.com want to keep you entirely on their route system.

Now, AA is going after Orbitz.com, and after some legal wrangling will no longer list fares on Orbitz (official American Airlines press release). Thus, you'll have to use another source to compare fares, such as TripAdvisor.com/flights, or the aforementioned Kayak.

A few days ago, Delta.com removed fares from CheapoAir and OneTravel. Is this a trend?

Well, let's face it, Southwest Airlines has long sold its fares only on its own web site (Southwest had a tussle with Kayak a few years back, when Kayak decided on its own to search and list Southwest's fares without permission; a cease and desist letter quickly ended the practice). Allegiant Airlines also sells only on its own site. And both airlines are consistently profitable. Maybe the other airlines are taking notice.

So Airfarewatchdog wonders: Airlines cut out bricks and mortar travel agents long ago, refusing to pay a commission; what's taken them so long with online travel agencies and meta-search? What does American really want? Lower fees from Orbitz? To have only aa.com as a booking option when AA fares are listed? Why are they being so hard on Orbitz and not on other websites? When will they go the route of Southwest and sell only on aa.com?

Bottom line, this will make airfare shopping harder for consumers, just like in the old days when you called up each airline in turn to find the lowest fare. This is not a good thing for consumers, especially if it spreads to other airlines and third party sites. But frankly, it's kind of a good thing for Airfarewatchdog.com, which uses people and not computer software to compare and list fares. And as this blog post suggests, it may be good--oh cruel irony!-- for the very travel agents that the airlines shut out so many years ago.

We have a feeling that American and Orbitz will find common ground eventually; meanwhile, if Orbitz is your online travel agency of choice, you'll have to compare fares there and on aa.com. And of course, don't forget to check Southwest.com. And by the way, it's interesting that AA's fares are still being shown on Cheaptickets.com, which is owned by Orbitz. What's that all about?

Update: It looks like the AA kerfuffle with online travel agencies is spreading. You'll see what I mean if you head over to Expedia.com and do a search, such as New York to Miami. See the difference? American's fares are not listed in the usual side-by-side comparison layout. Hmmm.

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