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.
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.
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.
Categories: Domestic US Fares
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!
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!
By George Hobica
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.
BROWSER (AND FRIENDS) SAY:
By George Hobica
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?
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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