Fall Fares to Europe from Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus (tel. 800/223-6537; www.aerlingus.com) is offering discounted fall fares to Europe from New York, Boston, and Chicago. Fares are valid for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday travel, from Sept. 5 through Dec. 16. Add an additional $15 to each leg for travel on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. You'll find their lowest fares available later in the season, with the highest of the sale fares for travel in early September.
All tickets must be purchased by 7pm ET, August 12. Round-trip fares include:
- Boston to Amsterdam $662, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Barcelona $656, incl. all taxs
- Boston to Brussels $679, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Paris $669, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Dublin $642, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Frankfurt $664, incl. all taxes
- Boston to London $702, incl. all taxes
- New York to Barcelona $572, incl. all taxes
- New York to Dublin $502, incl. all taxes
- New York to London $642, incl. all taxes
- New York to Milan $567, incl. all taxes
- New York to Munich $618, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Brussels $722, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Paris $718, incl. all taxes
Florida & Gulf Coast Sale from American Airlines
Save on flights to/from Florida and the Gulf with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com). Travel to Florida is valid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from Sept. 7 through Nov. 15. Travel from Florida is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Round-trip fares require a Saturday night minimum stay. All tickets must be booked 14 days prior to departure. All purchases must be made by 11:59pm CT, Aug. 13.
- Albuquerque to Miami $232
- Columbus to Ft Lauderdale $144
- Colorado Springs to Ft. Myers $232
- Denver to Jacksonville $196
- Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale $244
- San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale $214
- Santa Ana to Ft. Lauderdale $214
- New York to Tampa $154
- Richmond to Orlando $114
- Minneapolis to Ft. Walton $158
Hawaii Sale from Alaska Airlines
Round-trip fares include:
- Anchorage to Honolulu $416, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Bellingham to Honolulu $454, incl. all taxes
- Eugene to Honolulu $477, incl. all taxes
- Fairbanks to Honolulu $476, incl. all taxes
- Spokane to Kahului-Maui $437, incl. all taxes
- Oakland to Kona $317, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Portland to Kahului-Maui $317, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- San Diego to Kahului-Maui $337, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Seattle to Lihue $377, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- San Jose to Kahului-Maui $337, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Vancouver to Honolulu $474, incl. all taxes
Travel between Maui and Portland is valid from Aug. 2, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Travel between Honolulu and Portland is valid from Sept. 20, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Travel between Maui and San Diego is valid from Oct. 1, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Service between Oakland/Kona and San Jose/Maui operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Service between Oakland/Maui and San Jose/Kona operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Service between Anchorage and all Hawaii cities operates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Service between Portland/Honolulu begins Sept. 20, 2010. Service between San Diego/Maui begins Oct. 1, 2010. Sale fares between Vancouver and Honolulu or Maui must travel via Portland. Sale fares between Maui and Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, or Sacramento must use nonstop flights. Sale fares between Kona and Oakland or San Jose must use nonstop flights. Sale fares between Portland and Maui or Honolulu must use nonstop flights.
New Carry-On Fees for Spirit Airlines
If you're the sort of flyer who avoids checked baggage fees by stuffing a carry-on to capacity, you may want to rethink your packing strategy. At least if you're flying Spirit Airlines (tel. 800/772-7117; www.spiritair.com), that is. As of this week, the budget carrier began charging a fee for carry-on baggage. Passengers are allowed one free personal item/bag which must fit underneath a seat (16" x 14" x 12"). Items such as umbrellas, cameras, infant diaper bags, assistive devices, outer garments, car seat/strollers, reading material, and snacks do not count towards the carry-on baggage allowance. Any carry-on baggage beyond this must be stored in the overhead bin (22" x 18" x 10"), one item per purchased seat, with fees ranging from:
- $20 for $9 Fare Club members (online check-in)
- $30 for online or phone check-in for non-members
- $45 for check-in at gate
Now it's entirely possible to shell out more for the transport of your carry-on than for the actual seat. But before you go clutching your pearls in outrage, try and see the silver lining here. With fewer folks dilly dallying in the aisles as they struggle with bags in the overhead, boarding and take off should be a tad quicker. Or that's the idea, anyhow.
Will other carriers soon follow? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can review Spirit's new baggage policy here.
Luggage Shipping: Hands-Free, Fee-Free Travels
Speaking of: With the introduction of yet another fee for baggage, we can't help but once again consider shipping baggage ahead as a way to save not only money but also time at the airport. How about you? Have you ever shipped your luggage in advance using UPS, FedEx, or the postal service? If so, would you do it again? We'd love to hear about your shipping experience on our latest poll. And be sure to stop by our Facebook page.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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