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Back Again! The "All You Can Jet" Pass from JetBlue

JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) has been in the news a lot lately and here they are again with their attention-grabbing "All You Can Jet Pass," a rerun of a popular deal that was introduced around this time last year.

This year, it's a bit different however: the Pass comes in two versions, one for travel any day of the week ($699; sold out), and the other ($499) for travel except Friday/Sunday. Last year, you could fly any day of the week for $599 but let's face it, fares on JetBlue and other airlines are quite a bit higher this year than last, so in fact both passes are a bigger bargain than last year (assuming that you use them enough to justify the cost).

Taxes are included on domestic flights, but not on international and Puerto Rico fares. There's a three-day advance purchase required, and a $50 change fee. If there's a seat on the plane, it's yours (no capacity restrictions). And the travel period is Sept. 7 to Oct. 6, inclusive. You must be a member of JetBlue's frequent-flyer program to buy a pass. Book travel beginning Aug. 23, 2010.

One other restriction of note: Booking multiple flights departing from the same city on the same day is prohibited; any such bookings will be canceled immediately with the exception of the most recently booked flight. So in other words, you cannot fly from Boston to New York, then New York to Boston, and then Boston to, say, Los Angeles on the same day.

All-You-Can-Fly with the "Fall Free For All Pass" from Sun Country!

Another All-You-Can-Fly pass, this time from Sun Country Airlines (tel. 800/752-1218; www.suncountry.com). The "Fall Free For All" pass weighs in at $499, and gets you a coach seat on any Sun Country flight from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13. Fly as often as you like!

Additional taxes and fees will apply to each route as it is booked. Tickets must be booked three days prior to departure. And as is the case with JetBlue's pass, no-shows will be charged a $100 fee, and the pass will be suspended until the fee is paid.

Passes may be booked by phone at tel. 800/359-6789. All passes must be booked by Tuesday, Aug. 24, 11;59pm CT.

Ending Soon: Rarotonga, Cook Islands Sale from Air New Zealand

Fly from Los Angeles to Rarotonga, Cook Islands for $642 round-trip, nonstop, incl. all taxes. This fare is part of a soon-to-expire promotion from Air New Zealand's (tel. 800/262-1234; www.airnewzealand.com), so don't miss out!

Offer is valid for departures from Aug. 15 through Oct. 31. Tickets require a two-day advance purchase, with a minimum stay of six days and an allowed maximum of six months. Fare may not be available on all dates.

If you're feeling especially fancy, Business-Class fares are also discounted to $1,586 before taxes.

Hurry hurry! This offer expires Aug. 23.

Raleigh/Durham Sale from Frontier/Midwest

Save on travel to Raleigh/Durham with this sale from Frontier/Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com). Travel is valid on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from Aug. 17 through Sept. 30. Round-trip fares require a 1-day advance purchase, and must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Sept. 3.

Express Seats from American Airlines

Not a fan of mob scenes at the gate? Then you're probably not all that fond of the long wait to deplane either. American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) now offers a compromise by way of its new Express Seats option, allowing passengers to purchase seats in the first few rows of Coach, including bulkhead. Passengers booked in Express Seats are also boarded in Group 1 of general boarding, meaning less time spent waiting in a crowded gate and less time spent waiting to deplane.

Express Seats are available exclusively for sale at the self-service kiosks upon check-in at the airport, anytime from 24 hours to 50 minutes prior to departure, only for domestic travel.

Pricing will vary by destination and length of flight, though AA.com lists the following "introductory" examples:

  • $19 for St. Louis to Chicago O'Hare
  • $29 for San Francisco to Dallas/Fort Worth
  • $29 for Boston to Chicago O'Hare
  • $39 for New York JFK to Los Angeles
  • $39 for Chicago O'Hare to Honolulu

Not entirely unreasonable we suppose. What do you think? Would you fork up $78 for a round-trip flight for the privilege of sitting in "upper" Coach?

How to Avoid a $100,000 Airfare

Emergency medical evacuation is a product most people probably don't think they need. It sounds almost exotic, as if one's trip would need to be inherently dangerous to justify the purchase.

Well, think again. Emergency medical evacuation is far from necessary for every vacation, but if you're concerned about potential health problems or accidents, traveling to relatively remote destinations, or even just taking a cruise, you may feel a bit more comfortable knowing you can easily -- and affordably -- get to a health care center in the case of a medical emergency. And speaking of affordability, consider that a domestic medical evacuation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and it can cost more than $100,000 for international evacuations. Not looking to spend that much on your next getaway? We didn't think so. More on medical evacuations at Airfarewatchdog.com.

Additional reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

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

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