Geneva, Switzerland Sale from United
When it comes to low fares, Switzerland rarely gets the bluelight-special bargain basement treatment. Ah, but finally, United (tel.800/241-6522; www.united.com) steps in with special introductory fares to promote their new nonstop service between D.C.'s Dulles and Geneva. Service begins April 19, and fares include:
- Albuquerque to Geneva $611, including all taxes
- Boston to Geneva $512, including all taxes
- Cleveland to Geneva $512, including all taxes
- Houston to Geneva $511, including all taxes
- New Orleans to Geneva $566, including all taxes
- Portland to Geneva $632, including all taxes
All fares are good for outbound travel Monday-Thursday, between April 19 and May 15. All trips require a minimum Saturday night stay and maximum 30 day stay.
AeroSvit Spring Sale to Ukraine and Beyond
Been meaning to take that trip to Odessa? No no, not Texas, although we're sure that one is just as lovely. Ukrainian airline AeroSvit (tel.888/661-1620; www.aerosvit.ca) has some great deals on spring travel from New York to select cities in Ukraine, China, Russia, and India. Rules vary according to destination, but most fares are valid for departures before May 16 or May 31. Seats are limited. Check AeroSvit for further details.
- New York to Lviv $848, including all taxes
- New York to Odessa $858, including all taxes
- New York to Simferopol $977, including all taxes
Fares to Australia Continue to Drop
V Australia (tel.800/444-0260; www.vaustralia.com) goes head to head with Qantas, as they begin new service between Los Angeles and Brisbane as of April 8. This comes just six weeks after their first route, Los Angeles to Sydney. Brisbane fares are available at a low introductory special for travel between April 10 and April 30 for $777 round-trip, if purchased by April 12. And we've found lower fares available for travel through December 15:
- Los Angeles to Brisbane $647, incl. all taxes
Other deals to Australia we've recently come across here at Airfarewatchdog include:
- San Francisco to Brisbane $670, incl. all taxes on Qantas
- Los Angeles to Sydney $652, incl. all taxes on V Australia
- Los Angeles to Melbourne $641, incl. all taxes on Qantas
Hawaii Sale from American Airlines
American Airlines (tel.800/433-7300; www.aa.com) has some fine fares to Hawaii, good for travel through May 25. Valid sale fares are for Monday-Wednesday departures and Tuesday-Thursday returns, with a 3-night minimum stay. Think you can handle staying in Hawaii for a minimum of 3-nights? Good! Let's check out the fares then:
- Dallas-Ft Worth to Honolulu $511
- Las Vegas to Kona $390
- Kansas City to Maui $410
- Miami to Honolulu $486
- San Diego to Maui $372
Spring/Summer Super Deals to Ireland, France, Germany ... You Name It
Ok, so yes the economy is in the toilet and you may be a tad hesitant to head off on a seemingly extravigant vacay to Europe. But would you look at these fares?! Look at 'em! Some of the best of the crop are the spring fares to Dublin and Shannon, which are only slightly higher in peak summer months:
- Boston to Dublin $397, including all taxes
- Buffalo to Dublin $386, including all taxes
- Des Moines to Dublin $464, including all taxes
- Newark to Dublin $364, including all taxes
- Fort Wayne to Dublin $458, including all taxes
- Manchester to Dublin $396, including all taxes
- Minneapolis to Dublin $508, including all taxes
- Portland OR to Dublin $547, including all taxes
- Raleigh-Durham to Dublin $433, including all taxes
- Tampa to Dublin $440, including all taxes
Virgin America Fares to Fly By
Coast-to-coast for $158? We liked this so much, we made it our Fare of the Day. And their other web fares in the bunch are pretty snazzy stuff as well, good for travel through late May:
- Boston to Los Angeles $158 round-trip (JetBlue is matching that with Boston to Long Beach now).
- Seattle to Las Vegas $118
- Boston to San Francisco $198
Officially a Trend: Booking Fees Kicked to Curb for Spring
Last month, we saw Expedia and Travelocity drop booking fees for reservations made through May 31. And now? Both Cheaptickets and Orbitz say they too will scrap the booking fees for domestic travel through May 31. So while fees for international tix will remain at $10 a pop, those $7 domestic booking fees are suspended for spring. But is it enough to lure back recession-weary travelers? Let us know what you think.
Southwest Ready for New LaGuardia to Baltimore/Chicago Service
Southwest (tel.800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) has announced its first routes out of its new base in New York's LaGuardia airport and -- tah dah! -- no surprise here, it's to Baltimore and Chicago. For Baltimore service, fares will be set initially at $49 each way. Not quite as cheap at the Bolt Bus, but remember that Southwest lets you change your reservation without a penalty (they'll give you a credit good for future travel, which you can apply to any fare). The other airlines, although they charge as little as $78 RT between New York and Washington's two other airports (DCA and IAD) charge up to $150 to make a change.
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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