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AirTran Launches 48-Hour Airfare Sale


Airtran Airways is offering an airfare sale that starts today and goes for 48 hours. The discounted flight tickets are for travel dates of September 2nd, 2010 through October 13th, 2010. You have to hurry up and make your reservations for this sale by the end of the day on August 27, 2010.

The best flight discounts are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The still have discounts on Fridays and Sundays but are not as low of a price as the other days. You need to purchase your tickets at least seven days in advance. All prices are advertised as one-way flights and you don’t have to purchase a roundtrip or stay overnight in order to get the advertised flight ticket prices. There are no blackout dates for this sale.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Federal aviation regulators today slapped American Airlines with the largest fine in history, charging that the carrier made thousands of unsafe flights.  The FAA said it has “proposed” a $24.2 million civil penalty for American Airlines’ failure to properly inspect wire bundles in the wheel wells of its MD-80 aircraft.  The airline has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine and plead their case.  (With a fine this big, you can bet they’ll fight it.)
  • According to a recent Travelodge survey, 25 percent of adult men bring stuffed animals with them when they travel for business.  Phew!  All these years and I thought I was the only one.
  • Meanwhile, another survey revealed that “other people’s kids” are the most likely cause of annoyance among airline passengers.  Forget about other people’s kids – my 2 year-old and 5 year-old are way more annoying to travel with!  I’ll listen to other people’s kids and smile at the fact that they’re not mine.

The USA Today reports that American Airlines agents who roam airport check-in lobbies with a handheld computing device can now print boarding passes.

To prevent long lines at check-in counters and self-service kiosks, the carrier began experimenting with the device — called Your Assistance Delivered Anywhere — in October at Boston Logan.  They’re now available for agents at nine airports:  Dallas/Fort Worth, Albuquerque, Boston, Chicago, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Miami, St. Louis and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The device can also check flight status, provide connecting information, display maps of other airports and print baggage tags for customers checking luggage.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Continental Airlines announced that it has partnered with Stirrings, a cocktail-mixer brand, and will begin selling “specialty cocktails” on its flights.  The airline will offer a mojito and pomegranate martini.  Continental also teamed with Red Bull to offer the energy drink.  All three are offered with alcohol for $9 apiece or without for $3.  (Maybe it’s me, but an energy drink while strapped in the middle seat at 30,000 feet doesn’t sound appealing.)
  • This ABC News article outlines the 5 biggest mistakes when buying airfare.  Here’s the Cliff’s notes: (1) Buying tickets on the weekend, (2) Flying on Fridays and Saturdays, (3) Checking bags, (4) Forgetting about Facebook & Twitter, (5) Not accounting for fuel surcharges.
  • Flights resumed this week on JFK Airport’s “Bay Runway,” after a four-month closing for construction.  The $348.1 million project to widen and resurface the runway, which is the longest and busiest in the region, was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.  Some were worried about the delays this project might cause for summer travelers, but not us.
  • The Feds have proposed fines of nearly $2.5 million for safety violations against two regional air carriers that operate commuter flights for United Airlines and US Airways.  The FAA said today that it wants to fine Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines for violating maintenance procedures and operating nine jets on 320 flights when the planes were not in compliance with safety regulations.