Business-Class Sale on SAS to Scandinavia
If you're shocked by fares to Europe this summer in those cramped economy-class seats, you might find this interesting: an economy-class round-trip fare from Newark to Stockholm on SAS (tel. 800/221-2350; www.flysas.com) leaving on July 8 and returning on July 15 will currently set you back $1,651 with taxes, but thanks to a sale on SAS, that same flight will cost $2,095 in business class. OK, both fares are high, but if we're being taken to the cleaners, at least we'd prefer going in comfort for not a heckuva lot more.
SAS's sale is for restricted (as in non-refundable) business class and it ends on May 31.
Thanks to corporations limiting their employees from flying in business class, other airlines are also offering "relatively" cheap business-class fares to Europe this summer. In some cases, you must book up to 50 days in advance and there are other restrictions, such as with this Delta sale from Atlanta or New York and this one on Qantas.
New Routes on Sale from American Eagle
American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) will begin new service along three new routes: Chicago to/from Allentown, Dallas to/from Augusta, Ga., and Dallas to/from Fayetteville, NC. Special introductory fares are available for travel from June 15 through August 11, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Avoid travel on July 6, a blackout date. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase.
All fares must be purchased by 11:59pm CT, June 17. Round-trip nonstop fares include:
Summer Sale from Singapore Airlines: San Fran to Seoul
Singapore Airlines' (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) featured Best of the Web Fare is good for summer travel from San Francisco to Seoul. This offer is valid for travel Monday through Thursday, outbound from July 15 through August 12, with a maximum stay of three months.
All tickets must be purchased by August 12. Round-trip fares are nonrefundable.
- San Francisco to Seoul, South Korea $981, incl. all taxes
China Airlines: Los Angeles to Delhi
China Airlines (tel. 800/227-5118; www.china-airlines.com) has lowered fall fares between Los Angeles and Delhi. Travel Monday through Thursday, departing September 1 through November 18. Fare rules allow a maximum stay of four months. Stopovers en route are permitted.
This round-trip fare is available through China-Airlines.com. Book by May 31.
- Los Angeles to Delhi, India $1,171, incl. all taxes
Memorial Day Fares from Frontier/Midwest
Hoping to get away for Memorial Day? Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) last-minute travel deals are good from May 27 through June 1, valid for daily travel. Fares may require a 3-night minimum stay, and all purchases must be made by 11:59pm ET, May 31.
Fares are available for one-way purchase on Frontier, though some Midwest flights may require a round-trip purchase. Round-trip fares include:
- Appleton to Pittsburgh $158
- Boston to Green Bay $198
- Colorado Springs to Portland $248
- Denver to Los Angeles $128
- Los Angeles to Madison $238
- Chicago to Denver $158
- Oklahoma City to Aspen $238
- Rapid City to Aspen $238
From United: Bonus Miles for College Grads
Here's a deal for recent college grads looking to do some traveling this summer. United (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) is offering 10,000 Mileage Plus bonus miles to United College Plus members. Just mail in a copy of your final transcript, along with your United College Plus/Mileage Plus account number, and e-mail address.
Transcripts must be received within 12 months of graduation, and include proof of full-time enrollment in a U.S. college or university. To be eligible for bonus miles, you must have been a member of United's College Plus prior to graduation. Send to: Mileage Plus, Inc., P.O. Box 40, Rapid City, SD 57709. Attn: College Plus Graduation
Miles will be posted to your account within 4 to 6 weeks.
Nonstop Service between Spokane & the Bay Area
Horizon Air (tel. 800/547-9308; www.horizonair.com) will add new daily nonstop and direct service between Spokane and both San Jose and Sacramento. One-way introductory fares begin at $29 and are valid for travel from May 20 through June 30, every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays. Round-trip Fares require a 14-day advance purchase, and include:
Travelers can also earn double miles when traveling these routes through May 31. Interested? Register as a Mileage Plan member, and enter your account details prior to purchase.
Alaska Airlines' Summer Sale to Hawaii
Save on summer travel to Hawaii with the latest sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/547-9308; www.alaskaair.com). Travel is valid June 4 through June 30. Travel dates and restrictions will vary by route:
For travel between Hawaii and Alaska, Kona and Oakland or San Jose, Maui and Sacramento, San Jose, or Portland -- travel must be complete by September 30, 2010. Blackout dates for travel from King Salmon or Dillingham to Honolulu are July 10 to July 27, 2010. Blackout dates for travel from Honolulu to King Salmon or Dillingham are June 8 to June 29, 2010. Service between Oakland/Kona and San Jose/Maui operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Service between San Jose and Kona operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sale fares between Alaska and Hawaii must use Anchorage/Honolulu nonstop flights on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Travel between King Salmon or Dillingham and Honolulu is available from June 6 to August 21, 2010. Travel between Glacier Bay and Honolulu is available from June 13 to August 21, 2010.
All tickets must be purchased by May 27, and round-trip fares include:
- Anchorage to Honolulu $396, incl. all taxes
- Arcata to Lihue $582, incl. all taxes
- Walla Walla to Kona $589, incl. all taxes
- Billings to Lihue $588, incl. all taxes
- Bozeman to Kahului-Maui $588, incl. all taxes
- Barrow to Honolulu $604, incl. all taxes
- Bethel to Honolulu $604, incl. all taxes
- Dillingham to Honolulu $604, incl. all taxes
- Eugene to Lihue $588, incl. all taxes
- Fairbanks to Honolulu $455, incl. all taxes
- Helena to Kahului-Maui $612, incl. all taxes
- Juneau to Honolulu $496, incl. all taxes
- Ketchikan to Honolulu $499, incl. all taxes
- Kodiak to Honolulu $604, incl. all taxes
- Kotzebue to Honolulu $604, incl. all taxes
- Petersburg to Honolulu $492, incl. all taxes
- Portland to Kona $585, incl. all taxes
- San Jose to Kona $397, incl. all taxes
- Seattle to Lihue $457, incl. all taxes
- Wrangell to Honolulu $492, incl. all taxes
- Yakutat to Honolulu $481, incl. all taxes
Protections against "Flight Irregularity?"
Let's say your flight is canceled due to mechanical problems. Is your airline obligated to book you on another carrier at no charge? What protections do you have against flight irregularity?
Here's a recent e-mail on this very subject: "I haven't flown for several years, preferring to drive instead. One reason is that last time I flew, my flight was canceled due to mechanical problems. However, the airline (American) did put me on another airline at no extra charge to get me to my destination, and although we were still several hours late, it was better than sleeping on the airport floor. I need to fly to a wedding in August and wonder if United still has this policy in the event of a cancellation. What about other airlines?" Find out on Airfarewatchdog.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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