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Airfare Flash Sales From Low-Cost Carriers

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When low cost carriers compete, that’s your chance to snare a really cheap airfare.  That time is now – but you’ve got to be quick as many are expiring soon.

To launch its new service from Newark Liberty International Airport, Southwest is offering one-way fares as low as $69 to and from Baltimore, $119 to and from Denver, and $139 to and from Houston and Phoenix.

Meanwhile, JetBlue Airways launched The-Deals-Are-In-The-Air Sale, valid on routes throughout the country for those who book by today. One-way fares are as low as $39 one-way to and from Las Vegas and Long Beach, Calif. and Burbank, Calif.

Lastly, AirTran Airways is conducting the “Take Yourself To A Ballgame” sale where it’s offering travel to all of the airline’s destinations with special low fares available through April 14th.  The lowest price sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with other sale fares available for travel on all other days of the week.

Here’s some more news you can use:

  • American Airlines late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Orbitz Worldwide and its prime stakeholder Travelport Ltd, claiming the travel agents have established a costly stranglehold over the way the airline’s airfares are distributed and seeking damages related to their “monopoly.” Travelport controls three out of the five companies that distribute tickets globally, but American says their distribution channel is costly and the airline has developed AA Direct Connect as an alternative.
  • And as if Orbitz didn’t have enough airline tussles, today they informed partners that, “at the direction of US Airways, effective April 14, 2011, Orbitz Worldwide will no longer be able to provide US Airways fares, schedules, or seat availability.”  This goes for all Orbitz subsidiaries as well, including Cheaptickets.com.  Similar to American Airlines, this is over distribution costs.
  • This video of a TSA agent giving a 6-year old girl a serious pat-down is causing quite a stir – and rightfully so.  Not only did the girl get super-frisked, but she was then lead to another area of the security checkpoint to have a drug test perform.  You can’t help but shake your head.

Airfare Sales for Cheap Holiday Travel

HotDealsSome new airfare sales have arrived on the scene – and it could help you save on your holiday travel:

Virgin America is hosting a 48-hour “Taking Care of Business” sale.  Airfares start at $39 each way, but you better act fast because the sale ends tonight.  Travel dates for the sale vary, but most are by December 15th, but a few reach into February 2011.

Alaska Airlines today launched a fare sale for flights purchased through Oct. 23rd.  The airline is sporting fares as low as $89 one-way between Anchorage and Fairbanks and $199 between Anchorage and Seattle.  The fares are available on select routes between Alaska and the Lower 48 states, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico.  Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering $100 off any vacation package, including packages to Mexico, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Southern California.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new ”Hawaii Five-0” airfare sale, features round-trip fare deals from 10 mainland destinations to Oahu and Maui for as low as $308.  Bonus?  Fares are good for travel at one of the best times of the year in the Islands, and one of the coldest in the rest of the 49 states: winter.

AirTran is also conducting an airfare sale through midnight tonight.  They’re offering Travel is valid through January 26, 2011.  Keep a close eye on blackout dates when sale fares do not apply during the holidays.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • JetBlue Airways plans to outfit its fleet of 160 planes with inflight Internet access starting in mid-2012, the airline said Wednesday.  Demand continues to surge for Wi-Fi connections on airliners.  Nearly all major U.S. carriers have or are rolling out inflight Internet service.
  • Neck pillows are great if you can sleep with your head perfectly held in place. If you tend to nod forward while sleeping in a seated position, turn the neck pillow around to support your chin.  This video from LifeHacker shows you how.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport began using a new, high-tech body scanner at one of its checkpoints Wednesday.  The full-imaging scanner is the first in Minneapolis and screens passengers for essentially anything under the clothes.  Civil rights groups have expressed concern that the machines, which produce a detailed image of a person’s body, are too revealing.  But MSP security officials say they’ve taken steps to protect privacy.

airline fare saleThere are a few airfare sales that are piquing a lot of interest:

JetBlue is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering one-way fares starting at $29 – or for 5,000 TrueBlue points.  In order to take advantage of this sale, you need to book by April 18th for travel between April 22 – June 16, 2010.

American Airlines is conducting a sale on flights to the Caribbean and Latin America.  Flights start at $78 one-way for travel through early June.  The sale ends April 14th, so act now if you want to get these sale prices.

AirTran’s latest fare sale encourages travelers to “book a sweet deal from Point A to Point B.” You can find airfare deals to/from a variety of U.S. cities, as well as specials to international destinations including Aruba, Montego Bay, and Cancun.  Purchase your airline ticket by 11:59 pm ET on April 20 for travel through November 10, 2010.  The lowest sale airfares are good for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  A 10-day advance purchase is required, and there are blackout dates.

And finally, Southwest Airlines has launched a 72-hour sale.  Flights start at $39 one-way or $78 round-trip, and destinations include Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Orlando, among many others. More than 1,000 routes are on sale, but if you don’t book by Thurs., April 15th, you’ll miss out.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Republic Airways officials announced this morning that Frontier will be the operating brand name for Republic’s Frontier and Midwest carriers. The announcement followed months of speculation about the future of the Frontier and Midwest brands after Indianapolis-based Republic Airways bought the airlines last year. As a concession to Midwest, Republic officials said chocolate chip cookies will be served on all flights, a trademark amenity of Midwest.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Continental Airlines is expected to bid to acquire United Airlines, after reports that United and US Airways were in merger talks.  Continental and United discussed merging in 2008, until Continental walked away.  A combined United-Continental would create the world’s largest airline, ahead of Delta Air Lines, now the largest after acquiring Northwest Airlines in 2008. A combined US Airways-United would be the second-biggest U.S. carrier. Delta and Air France-KLM are larger worldwide.  A United-Continental merger would also face less regulatory scrutiny because the carriers have fewer overlapping city pairs – 9, whereas United and US Airways have 14.

Could be a Crazy Weekend for JetBlue Customers

jetblue2Traveling on JetBlue this weekend could get messy.  The airline is transferring to a new reservation system.  Passengers will be unable to check flight status, check in at jetblue.com or make changes to an existing itinerary online for 24 hours beginning at noon on Friday (1/29).  They also won’t be able to book travel at all.   In addition to those inconveniences, JetBlue is warnings of longer lines at airports and is urging passengers to arrive early.

The airline says it is ready for potential delays and slip-ups after preparing two years for the switch.  However, other airlines have attempted to switch reservation systems in recent years with less-than-stellar results, including widespread delays, baggage problems and help center backups.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • American Airlines is currently conducting an airfare sale – offering one-way fares as low as $49.  Book by February 9, for travel dates until the end of May.
  • Frontier Airlines announced a “Cinco de Flyo” sale, with fares to five Mexico destinations starting at $124 each way. Sale-priced tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MST on Jan. 29, 2010, for travel through March 7, 2010.  The airline has also put travel to/from the “Northern Rockies” (Billings, Boise, Bozeman and Spokane) on sale as well.
  • Travel website Kayak.com has a hidden easter egg reference to ABC’s TV drama Lost.  Search Kayak for flights from Sydney’s SYD airport to Los Angeles’s LAX and you’ll see that Oceanic Flight 815 — the very one that crashed on the mysterious island in the first episode of Lost — is one of your options.  Lost fans will see that airfare and fees = 4 8 15 16 23 42.

The Last Airfare Sales of 2009

airfare saleHere’s a quick look at some of the last airfare sales of 2009:

  • Virgin America is conducting one more sale before the end of the year. One-way fares start as low as $39 from Los Angeles to San Francisco or $59 to Seattle.  Act quickly; it’s a 48-hour sale.  You can grab seats through Feb. 28 with only one-day advance purchase.
  • Southwest Airlines also kicked-off a winter airfare sale with flights as low as $59 each way to / from cities across the U.S.  Purchase your airline ticket by 11:59 pm PT Jan. 4, 2010 for travel from Jan. 12 to March 9, 2010.  These airfare deals are good for travel on all days of the week.
  • Continental Airlines has made fares as low as $178 round-trip to destinations within the United States.  Round-trip fares to European destinations are starting at $486 round-trip, and fares to Latin America are starting at $227.
  • American Airlines has launched “The Great American New Year Sale” offering deep discounts on flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to a number of major U.S. cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando and Las Vegas.  Bookings must be made by 26 January 2010 in order to take advantage of the sale prices.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, which fly about half of all passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said they will waive baggage fees for items checked as baggage that the passenger otherwise would have taken aboard as carry-on baggage from Mexico or Canada.  The only items allowed on board will be “small purses, cameras, coats, items needed for infants, laptop computers, diplomatic or consular bags, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life sustaining items, medication or medical devices, musical instruments, or a special needs item.  Passengers with non-exempt carry-on items will be denied access through the checkpoint.”
  • With the new air travel restrictions – including no bathroom visits or lap items during the last hour of flight – flying with children just became a whole lot more difficult.  The New York Times blog, Motherlode, asked: “So, what is a parent to do? …Any thoughts on how to keep youngsters calm and entertained whitough your usual tools?”  Readers didn’t seem to have many suggestions – but they had a lot of strong opinions.