Alaska Fares to Go

Alaska Airlines has released its latest Fares to Go with some deals for Tue-Thu travel from/to, or within Alaska between May 1-31, 2011. Travel between all routes except Seattle/Juneau must be non-stop. Tickets must be booked by Apr. 11, 2011.

Sample round-trip fares include:

Baseball Summer Sale on AirTran

AirTran is getting in the spirit of summer with its latest sale inviting you to travel throughout their network through Nov. 2, 2011. Lowest fares are available Tuesday/Wednesday, with higher peak sale fares other days of the week. If you plan on traveling from/to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco, you're out of luck for peak summer dates as blackout dates for these cities are May 1, 26-28, 30; and Jun. 9-Sept. 5, 2011. For the rest of the country, summer dates are scarcely available, but blackout dates include May 1, 26-28, 30; June 19, 23-26, 30: July 1-5, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31; Aug. 5-8, and 14, 2011. Whoa, that's a lot of blackout dates. Good thing they play baseball nearly every day so you can still book a ticket to see your team play an away game. Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase and must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on April 14, 2011.

Sample round-trip fares include:

Easter Egg Summer Sale on Frontier

Only have time to travel in the summer? We don't see sales for summer travel too often, but Frontier has just given us an Easter Egg Sale. Travel is valid Monday-Thursday between June 1-Sept. 8, 2011. No blackout dates are listed, but seats will be scarce or unavailable around peak holiday dates. Tickets must be booked by 11:59 pm ET April 12, 2011.

Sample round-trip fares include:

Baltimore Sale on AirTran

AirTran is having a spring sale from/to Baltimore for travel through June 22, 2011. Travel is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays and tickets require a 7-day advance purchase. Avoid blackout dates for travel from Baltimore: April 14-17; May 26-28 and 30, 2011. Blackout dates for travel to Baltimore are April 22-25; May 26-28, and 30, 2011.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on April 11, 2011. Sample round-trip fares include:

Free Rail Ticket with OpenSkies

OpenSkies, the unique all-business airline, and SNCF-French National Railway announce the expansion of their partnership "tgvair," which conveniently and seamlessly connects round-trip travelers from New York and Washington, D.C. to 14 major French cities via Paris-Orly Airport.

The tgvair partnership enables OpenSkies passengers to purchase round-trip plane and train tickets simultaneously and benefit from an exceptional travel experience -- from their city of departure in the U.S. to their final destination in France. Previously connecting OpenSkies passengers to Lyon and Nantes, tgvair now truly opens up France to U.S. travelers by adding 12 new stops.

To celebrate the launch of the tgvair expansion, customers will receive a free round-trip train connection service when purchasing any round-trip flight via by April 30, 2011, for travel from March 31-June 15, 2011. This offer is valid for any OpenSkies booking in any fare class in both Biz Seat and Biz Bed cabins.

Upon arriving at Paris-Orly Airport passengers now have access to complimentary shuttle service to and from the Massy Train Station, where they will enjoy first-class, high-speed rail service to and from the following key destinations throughout France: Angers, Bordeaux, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Nantes, Poitiers, Reims, Rennes, Strasbourg, Tours, and Valence.

"Tgvair reinforces the unique positioning of OpenSkies and further expands our network beyond Paris to incredible destinations throughout all of France," says Dale Moss, CEO of OpenSkies. "We're excited about deepening our partnership and encourage our customers to take advantage of this new offer's flexibility."

How it works:

When reserving travel via OpenSkies, either via phone tel. 866/581-3596 or online at, customers are given an option of selecting Paris or any of the additional 14 French cities as their final destination. The reservation will include both legs of travel in one itinerary, and can be reserved all at once, rather than having to add on the train ticket later in a separate itinerary or transaction.

Upon arrival at Paris-Orly Airport, a shuttle bus operated by Air Caraibes will transfer passengers to Massy TGV station. At Paris-Orly Airport, the shuttle is located outside the terminal at Gate G. At Massy TGV station, the shuttle is located outside the station close to the taxi location.

To get their train ticket(s) at Massy TGV station, passengers simply present their OpenSkies flight tickets or e-mailed trip confirmation along with their government-issued photo identification at the rail station's dedicated Tgvair counter.

From the Mail Bag: Why is My Infant's Ticket So Expensive?

Q: I recently purchased tickets for travel to San Jose, Costa Rica, from San Francisco. Our daughter is just 8 weeks old and will be flying in her mothers' lap, not in a seat. How is it that her ticket was almost $500? I asked the lady at the counter if she made a mistake, she said she has no control over fares posted on her computer. She said normally the airfare for a lap child is approximately 10 percent of the applicable adult fare. How did it get to be almost $500?

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Peter Thornton

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.

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