Labor Day Sale from Frontier
For those hoping to get away for Labor Day weekend, the holiday sale from Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) could be just the thing. Fares are valid for travel only on Sept. 4, 5, and 8. Seats are limited, and not all flights may be available.
All purchases must be made by Sept. 3. Round-trip fares include:
- Albuquerque to Austin $158
- Atlanta to Milwaukee $128
- Nashville to Spokane $258
- Boise to Wichita $258
- Cleveland to Omaha $248
- Denver to Houston $168
- Dallas to Los Angeles $244
- Des Moines to Milwaukee $98
- Indianapolis to Milwaukee $98
- Los Angeles to Rapid City $258
- New York to San Diego $328
- Long Beach to New York $328
- Chicago to San Antonio $278
- Milwaukee to Raleigh/Durham $138
- Sacramento to Salt Lake City $268
- Tucson to Wichita $258
Brazil Sale from American Airlines
Save on fall travel to Brazil with American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com). Discounted fares are available for travel from Nov. 19 through Dec. 10, to both Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. No blackout dates. Tickets require a three-day advance purchase. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm CT, Aug. 31.
From John F. Kennedy to Rio de Janeiro, fares are only valid on AA flights 255 and 256.
From the U.S. to Brasilia, flights do not operate on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
From Brasilia to the U.S., flights do not operate Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Round-trip fares include:
- Miami to Brasilia, Brazil $865, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- New York to Brasilia, Brazil $879, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Orlando to Brasilia, Brazil $879, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- San Francisco to Brasilia, Brazil $879, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Washington, D.C. to Brasilia, Brazil $879, nonstop, incl. all taxes
20% Off Porter Airlines
Save 20% on your next trip with Porter Airlines (tel. 888/619-8622; www.flyporter.com). Just enter promo code CLASS20 at time of purchase. Valid for online bookings, for travel through March 31. Avoid blackout dates Dec. 16 through Jan. 5.
All purchases must be made by Wednesday, Sept. 1. Round-trip fares are listed in Canadian dollars and include:
- Boston to Ottawa C$334
- Boston to Quebec City C$302
- Boston to Thunder Bay C$318
- Boston to Montreal C$334
- Newark to Ottawa C$216
- Newark to Quebec City C$238
- Newark to Thunder Bay C$254
- Newark to Montreal C$194
- Chicago to Ottawa C$366
- Chicago to Quebec City C$334
- Chicago to Thunder Bay C$286
- Chicago to Montreal C$366
- Toronto to Ottawa C$142
- Ottawa to Thunder Bay C$190
- Toronto to Quebec City C$158
- Toronto to Thunder Bay C$206
- Toronto to Montreal C$158
Fall Sale from Alaska Airlines
Save on fall travel with the current sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). Fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from Sept. 8 through Dec. 15. Travel to Mexico is valid daily.
Tickets must be booked by Aug. 31, and require a 14-day advance purchase (except for Mexico & Hawaii fares, which require no advance purchase).
Beware of blackout dates from Nov. 20-30.
Round-trip fares include:
- Anchorage to Bellingham $482
- Newark to Anchorage $596
- Miami to Anchorage $596
- Austin to Seattle $208
- Boise to Calgary $292
- Burbank to Portland $178
- Denver to Medford $248
- Dallas to Vancouver $356
- Eugene to San Diego $268
- Fairbanks to Santa Ana $676
- Los Angeles to Portland $178
- Orlando to Vancouver $378
- Miami to Vancouver $378
- Chicago to Calgary $378
- Portland to Phoenix $158
- Seattle to Tucson $218
- Edmonton to Newark $396
- Vancouver to Las Vegas $294
- Calgary to Newark $368
SAS Fall/Winter Sale
Save on fall/winter travel to Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe with the latest sale from SAS (tel. 800-221/2350; www.flysas.com). This sale is good for travel from Oct. 1 through March 31. Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay, with an allowed maximum stay of 12 months.
All fares must be purchased by 11:59pm, Aug. 30. Round-trip fares include:
- Denver to Stockholm $740, incl. all taxes
- Denver to Copenhagen $752, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Stockholm $636, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Bergen $662, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Copenhagen $648, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Helsinki $659, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Oslo $636, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Gdansk $698, incl. all taxes
- Washington, D.C. to Stockholm $662, incl. all taxes
- Washington, D.C. to Oslo $662, incl. all taxes
- Washington, D.C. to Helsinki $659, incl. all taxes
- Los Angeles to Stockholm $764, incl. all taxes
- Los Angeles to Copenhagen $764, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Stockholm $676, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Copenhagen $681, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Helsinki $700, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Oslo $703, incl. all taxes
- San Francisco to Stockholm $772, incl. all taxes
- San Francisco to Copenhagen $744, incl. all taxes
Why You Sometimes Need to Play Travel Agent
It's a dirty little secret in the airfare search business, but consumers around the world waste millions of their hard-earned dollars by overspending on airfare because current airfare search technology is far from perfect. We were reminded of this again today when we noticed a classic fare war between American and United on routes from each other's hubs (Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Washington) to Honolulu (both airlines reduced fares to around $420 round-trip including tax, with virtually no restrictions -- no minimum stay, no advance purchase, travel over a 330-day period).
But what if you actually wanted to go to Kona, Hawaii, rather than Honolulu, from, say, Miami? Well, all the usual airfare search suspects would have told you that the cheapest way to get there would cost you $688 round-trip including tax (we used travel dates in October in our sample query). Savvy traveler that you are, you know that doesn't make sense. Surely it doesn't cost $268 to travel round-trip inter-island, right?
Trouble is, many, if not most, consumers aren't as savvy as you are, and they're going to book that fare. Fact is, you can fly between Honolulu and Kona almost year round for $150 round-trip including tax on two airlines (and local residents know that there are even cheaper deals available, at least for Hawaiian residents). So most people -- calculators please! -- end up paying $118 more than they should. If you're a family of four or a group, that price difference can add up. So how do you beat this costly flaw in booking technology? How can you be sure you're not overlooking a cheaper connection on some itty-bitty carrier you've never heard of? More on this in the Airfarewatchdog blog.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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