Sdeal-glassavvy travelers know that the best airfare deals are only sometimes available on the airlines’ own websites, and many of them come in the form of promo-code deals and special offers.  You can only get these, in some cases, if you sign up for alerts and emails directly from the airlines.  However, since many airlines make it a bit challenging to find where to sign up for alerts, here’s a handy list published by USA Today for your reference:

AirTran: Frequent promo-code deals that are individually generated (but you can sometimes forward them to friends and they work for them as well)

Alaska: Weekly discount promo-code offers, usually in the 10% range.

American: Must register for the AAdvantage program. You can register separately for their DealFinder program, but we haven’t seen too many enticing offers lately.

Delta: Must register for the SkyMiles program. Sale announcements including weekend fares.

Frontier: Sale announcements including weekend fares.

Hawaiian: Register for the “Low Unadvertised Fares Email” located on the airline’s website. Special website-only deals and other sale announcements.

jetBlue: Promo-code sale fares, sometimes 20% off or $30 off; also, sometimes incredible deals that are available on the website only, such as a recent $14 coast-to-coast sale.

Southwest: Incredible 50% off promo-code deals and other fare sales.

Spirit: Spirit’s loyalty program ($9 Fare Club) involves a yearly fee. Promo-code offers and wacky sales with fares as low as $2 plus tax.

United: Must register for the Mileage Plus program. No longer sends out weekly weekend fare emails but offers other sale announcements, usually no great shakes.

Virgin America: Must register for the Elevate loyalty program to get alerts. Best deal they’ve had so far was a 2-for-1 offer, but we’ve seen 35% promo-code deals as well.

United: Must register for the Mileage Plus program. No longer sends out weekly weekend fare emails but offers other sale announcements, usually no great shakes.

Virgin America: Must register for the Elevate loyalty program to get alerts. Best deal they’ve had so far was a 2-for-1 offer, but we’ve seen 35% promo-code deals as well.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Between May 17-23, airport security officers uncovered a record 65 firearms on passengers boarding planes, surpassing the previous record high of 50 guns. The TSA reported 54 of the guns found at airport security checkpoints around the country were loaded and another 19 had rounds chambered.
  • If you’re one that lives by the numbers, you’ll appreciate this factoid.  A new study of more than seven million commercial aircraft fights has concluded the odds of having a medical emergency on your plane are 604 to 1 and the chances of ending up at a different airport as a result are about 8,500 to 1. The likelihood of someone dying during your flight: 240,000 to 1.
  • Do you think air travel is getting more expensive?  Well, think again.  Compared to 10 years ago, we’re actually paying less.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, average air fare costs peaked in 2000 at $449 a flight, and have been dropping or stable ever since. In 2008, the year baggage fees were introduced, flights averaged $377. By the end of 2012, the average plane ticket cost $374.