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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.

Rare Summer Airfare Sales Announced

sale-tagsIt’s rare to see them, but a couple of summer airfare sales have popped up on the radar:

AirTran Airways today launched a fare sale for travel to all of its destinations between this month and November.  Passengers have to buy a ticket before Thursday to get the sale for travel from July 16 to Nov. 16.  The lowest fares are available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Hawaiian Airlines also recently announced a mid-summer airfare sale good for travel through August 22nd.  Rates from the mainland to Hawaii (Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kahului and Lihu’e airports) start at $398 round-trip.  Follow @HawaiianFares on Twitter for future airfare sale announcements from Hawaiian Airlines.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • According to the USAToday, less than 10% of passengers who could use Wi-Fi to log on to the web, actually do so.  The biggest issue for travelers: price.  Gogo, the biggest Wi-Fi service provider in the air with 8 big airlines as its partners, charges $4.95 to connect to the Internet on flights of up to 90 minutes. The price goes to $9.95 for flights up to 3 hours and to $12.95 on longer flights.  It now has a monthly rate of $34.95 for use on all carriers it provides service to.
  • Senators from both the Democratic and Republican parties are expressing confidence that they have enough votes to lift the ban on American travel to Cuba, overturning a U.S. policy that has been in effect for nearly half a century.  Previous efforts to have the ban lifted have died in the House or Senate as opponents argued that lifting the ban could prop up Cuba’s communist-run government.
  • The federal government has created an iPhone app called “My TSA,” which provides information on airport delays to travelers and reminds you what items are allowed in your carry-on or checked baggage.  Unfortunately, the app is only for the iPhone.  Consumers using any other devices, including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry or Android devices, will instead be directed to a mobile web site.

FlightsCancelled

Mother Nature is again beating up the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region – and again hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result.

As early as last night Continental Airlines had canceled 70 flights for today at its Newark hub.  US Airways canceled 160 flights from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.  Delta, Jet Blue and American Airlines were advising travelers that flights were likely to be canceled and to call ahead before heading for the airport.  Southwest Airlines has already canceled most of its Thursday flight schedule at Philadelphia International Airport.

In total,  approximately 500 flights have been canceled at Newark Liberty.  At New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, the total number of cancellations currently stands at about 200.  Coupled with the Philadelphia and Boston disruptions, we’re looking at about 1,000 flight cancellations overall.

My advice:  Avoid the Northeast if at all possible.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The Department of Homeland Security will begin installing the first of 150 full-body scanners in U.S. airports next week.  Boston’s Logan International Airport will be the first, with three scanners scheduled for installation.  Officials plan to install another scanner at Chicago’s O’Hare International in the next two weeks.
  • Due to some well-worded letters from Georgia community leaders, Delta is reducing the airfare between Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Atlanta by as much as 40 percent for the next four months.  Rountrip airfare purchased at least seven days in advance has been reduced from $510 to $300 and walk-up tickets have been rediced from $656 to $400 roundtrip.  I’m sending my letter to Delta today to see if they can lower the Seattle to New York flight for me.
  • Alaska Airlines is dumping its previously announced Wi-Fi test partner and switching to Aircell Gogo in hopes of outfitting its entire fleet of aircraft with Internet service in a more timely manner.  According to an airline spokesperson, their “hope is to have the entire fleet outfitted by the end of year.”