Days of Savings Sale from Frontier Airlines
Ski-enthusiasts, take note. Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) Days of Great Savings sale includes a heap of great deals to Aspen, Durango, Denver, Colorado Springs and other winter holiday hot-spots. Fares are valid for off-peak travel through March 10, Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Book by 9:59pm MST, November 23.
- Albuquerque to Aspen $198
- Aspen to Nashville $218
- New York to Aspen $278
- Chicago to Aspen $218
- Minneapolis to Aspen $198
- Portland to Aspen $218
- San Diego to Aspen $198
- San Antonio to Aspen $198
- Seattle to Aspen $218
- Tampa to Aspen $278
- Atlanta to Salt Lake City $258
- Chicago to Billings $238
- Minneapolis to Billings $218
- Nashville to Rapid City $238
- Dallas to Bozeman $218
- Seattle to Colorado Springs $218
- Milwaukee to Colorado Springs $198
- Dallas to Fargo $218
- Denver to Santa Ana $192
- Santa Ana to Durango $218
- San Francisco to Durango $218
- Fargo to Salt Lake City $218
- Los Angeles to Rapid City $218
- San Francisco to Rapid City $218
Virgin America's Fares to Fly By
Virgin America's (tel. 877/359.8474; www.virginamerica.com) current batch of Fares to Fly By start at $45 one-way. Travel is valid through March 10, with blackouts on November 25, 28, 30, December 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 30, January 3, February 12, and 15. All purchases must be made by 11:59pm, November 17.
- San Francisco to Las Vegas $90
- San Francisco to Los Angeles $80
- San Francisco to Santa Ana $90
- Los Angeles to Washington DC $210
- Los Angeles to Seattle $130
- Los Angeles to Boston $210
- Washington DC to Los Angeles $210
New Service from California to Hawaii
Beginning this March, Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) will launch new service between California and Hawaii. Fares from San Jose and Sacramento to Maui, and San Jose to Kona are available from $169 one-way. To take advantage of these special introductory rates, book your ticket by November 24.
Travel between San Jose to Maui is valid on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, starting March 11 through June 4. Travel between San Jose and Kona is valid on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting March 26 through June 4. Travel between Sacramento and Maui is valid every day of the week beginning March 26 through June 4.
British Airways 100,000 Miles for $75
The British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297; www.britishairways.com) Chase Visa card is offering 100,000 miles for acquiring the card and spending just $2,000 in the first three months. We've never seen an offer this generous before. That's enough miles for two "free" tickets (we use that word loosely, since there are always taxes and sometimes fees associated with frequent flyer programs and airline tickets) to Europe, or you can "spend" the miles on partner American Airlines. Plus you get an unusually generous 1.25 miles for every dollar charged, vs. the usual 1 mile. And if you have the card, you can save $50 on every BA fare by booking at www.ba.com/get50.
And if all that's not enough, every time you spend $30,000 or more on the card, you get a free companion certificate, valid for 2 years from issue, in any class of service. The annual fee for the card is $75. Apply here.
Mexico, the Caribbean, & Florida on Sale From USA 3000
USA 3000 (tel. 877/872-3000; www.usa3000.com) has some swell new fares for fall/winter travel to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Florida. As the prompt on their site suggests, you'll have better luck snagging the cheapest fares if you're flexible with your travel dates.
- Chicago to Cancun, Mexico $299, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Cincinnati to Cancun, Mexico $378, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- St Louis to Cancun, Mexico $299, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico $300, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Detroit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico $379, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- St Louis to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico $379, nonstop, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Ft Myers $200, nonstop
- Cincinnati to Ft Myers $200, nonstop
Southwest Sale: Fares From $59 One-Way
Fly for as little as $59 one-way, before taxes, as part of the new sale from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com). Travel is valid from December 2 through March 9, every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays.
Avoid holiday blackout dates December 18 through January 4. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase, and must be booked by November 23, 11:59pm, Pacific Time. Other airlines are matching, depending on route.
- Albuquerque to Santa Ana $248
- Burbank to Denver $210
- Cleveland to Omaha $172
- Detroit to Omaha $258
- Houston to Las Vegas $246
- Jacksonville to Philadelphia $182
- New York to Salt Lake City $250
- Kansas City to New York City $224
Pre-Holiday Sale from Alaska Airlines
The new pre-holiday sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) is valid for travel between December 1 and December 17. Fares start at just $29 before taxes and require a 14-day advance purchase. Sale ends November 13. Fares include:
- Arcata to Redding $78
- Billings to Helena $78
- Boise to Oakland $178
- Fresno to Spokane $238
- Kalispell to Seattle $178
- Spokane to San Jose $178
- Houston to Spokane $258
- Medford to Seattle $158
- Oakland to Vancouver $248
- Portland to Flagstaff $218
- Portland to Vancouver $197
- Seattle to Calgary $240
- Seattle to Missoula $178
Holiday Ticket Changes
Trying to wrangle your family together during the holidays can be a real maneuver. Who's going to pick up Uncle Dudley and Aunt Brenda from the airport at 7am? Is Jennifer bringing her vegan friend? Where will everyone sleep? Is cousin Harold really just going to sit there, spooning that entire pint of Chubby Hubby into his mouth while you blow up his air mattress? Yes, he really is. Anyhoo, one thing you can count on? Some one in the fam will inevitably have to shorten their trip, or make some change to their ticket. Hey, it happens. Just don't expect much sympathy from your airline, especially at Thanksgiving. More on holiday ticket changes on our Q&A 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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