Cathay Pacific's (tel. 800/233-2742; www.cathaypacific.com) monthly Web-only sale is slightly different this month than usual, in that it has five destinations, instead of just one, and is for departures in September. The five destinations on sale are Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta or Singapore from Cathay's US hubs of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York-JFK. We didn't have a hard time finding the fares, as it appears that they are still readily available. Below are a few comparisons and prices include all taxes and fees:
Depart September 22, return September 29
- Los Angeles to Bangkok - $780 round-trip versus $794 round-trip on EVA through Travelocity
- San Francisco to Hong Kong - $767 round-trip versus $922 round-trip Philippine Air Lines through Travelocity (interestingly, Travelocity lists Cathay Pacific's lowest fare as $958 round-trip, so this sale is most likely available only on Cathay's site
Depart September 30, return October 14
- New York to Bali - $896 round-trip versus $1,857 round-trip on Japan Airlines through Travelocity
- New York to Singapore -$894 round-trip versus $1,274 round-trip on United (from Newark) through Travelocity
As you can see, you can indeed save money on this sale, although to some destinations more than others. Fares start from $699 round-trip from Los Angeles and San Francisco or $799 from New York-JFK.
Depart September 1 through 30, and stay no longer than 30 days. As always, you're permitted a stopover in Hong Kong, just pay additional airport taxes and fees. Tickets are available for purchase through May 31, or until they're sold out.
Orlando to Glasgow for $99 OW
Flyglobespan (tel. 011 44 131 466 7612; www.flyglobespan.com), Glasgow-based discount carrier, is offering an incredible fare between Orlando's Sanford Airport and Glasgow for only $99 one-way, and that's with all taxes and fees included. Unfortunately, only a few dates appear to be available, namely June 2 and 3. Even so, if you travel through June 19, the fare will still be under $200 one-way, and remember, that's with taxes and fees all included. So we wouldn't wait too long to nab this fare.
Atlanta and Chicago sale with AirTran
AirTran Airways (tel. 800/247-8726; www.airtranairways.com) has launched a two-day sale between Atlanta or Chicago Midway and pretty much every destination it serves, with fares starting as low as $49 one-way to/from Atlanta and $39 one-way to/from Chicago. Below is a sample of fares before taxes and fees:
- Baltimore - $89 one-way versus $119 one-way on US Airways
- Boston - $89 one-way versus $134 one-way on Midwest or US Airways
- Dallas/Ft Worth $99 one-way versus $129 one-way on American or US Airways
- Denver - $129 one-way versus $141 one-way on America West
- Ft Lauderdale - $79 one-way versus $139 one-way on US Airways
- Grand Bahama Island - $79 versus $109 on Delta
To/from Chicago Midway:
- Dallas/Ft Worth - $59 one-way, matched by ATA in price, but travel daily through April 2007
- Grand Bahama Island - $119 one-way versus $144 one-way on Delta
- Houston Hobby - $119 one-way versus $84 one-way on American, but travel through June 30 only
- Miami - $109 one-way versus $104 one-way on American, but travel through May 23 only. Longer travel dates (namely June), the lowest fare is $101 one-way on Continental
- New Orleans - $99 one-way versus $104 one-way on Delta
- New York LaGuardia - $109 one-way versus $59 one-way for travel through June 14 on ATA, but ATA does offer a $89 one-way fare for travel through April 2007
As you can see, the sale is pretty good, but it'd appear that fares to/from Atlanta are significantly better than those to/from Chicago Midway, which, after all, is a Southwest Airlines stronghold. Travel May 31 through October 4, 2006, and you have a better chance of getting the lowest fares if you travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (the sale doesn't apply to travel on Fridays or Sundays.) A 14-day advance purchase required, and round-trip purchase not required. Blackout dates on June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 7 to 9 and September 4, 2006. Tickets must be purchased by May 17, 2006.
Save 25 Percent to Cabo San Lucas
Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) is offering travelers booking a ticket through their website to Cabo San Lucas a 25 percent discount off any published base fare, except Alaska's Hot Deals. This discount applies to departures from Washington State, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, for travel between September 6 and November 15, 2006. Note that only six people are allowed per e-Certificate, traveling together and booked and ticketed at the same time in the same reservation and at the same fare. To qualify for this discount, make your reservation before May 21, 2006, and enter the e-Certificate code EC03006.
USA3000 $10 Off Sale
USA3000 (tel. 877/872-3000; www.usa3000.com) is offering a $10 discount on all flights booked by May 22 for travel through August 31. USA3000 serves the Caribbean from Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or St. Louis. Use the discount to reduce their already low fares. This airline sells all its fares one-way. To redeem, type in the promo code summer when booking.
Sale From Atlanta to Caribbean and Mexico
Delta Air Lines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) is having a sale between Atlanta and 3 cities in Caribbean and Mexico: Barbados, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Kingston. The prices are pretty decent, and we didn't have too hard to find finding seats as advertised. Here are three examples, with taxes and fees all included:
Depart July 31, return August 7
- Barbados - $382 round-trip versus $606 round-trip on American through Travelocity
- Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo - $419 round-trip matched by Aeromexico
Depart June 21, return June 28
- Kingston - $264 round-trip versus $405 round-trip on American through Travelocity
So the savings are significant. Travel Mondays through Thursdays (higher fares apply Fridays through Sundays), with departures through July 31, 2006. To Barbados and Zihuatanejo, return travel must be completed by August 30, 2006. To Kingston, return travel must be completed by September 30, 2006. No advance purchase required, but a two-night minimum stay is. Tickets must be purchased by May 26, 2006.
Additional reporting by Kim Liang Tan
George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and other fare sales.
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