Buy One Biz Class to London, Get One Free
Surely by now you've heard of Eos Airlines (tel. 800/458-1277; www.eosairlines.com), one of the kazillion new all-business-class airlines to pop up along the New York/London route, no? We assume someone out there has. At least enough folks to necessitate the addition of a new 44th weekly flight. To mark the occasion, Eos is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on round-trip tickets purchased by September 5th. This offer is valid only for the $4999 fare code SRT7CMA, and that doesn't include taxes. Oh, and it also doesn't include those little Eos perks, like limo service, rail pass, or access to the day room. All travel must be complete by November 30.
Summer Savings on Fall Travel from ATA
ATA (tel. 800/435/9282; www.ata.com) has a 'Sizzling Summer Savings' sale on over 50 destinations, including some of the better fares to D.C. and Hawaii for fall. All purchases must be made by August 27, and are valid for travel from September 10 through December 14. Sample fares include:
- Chicago to Ontario $179
- San Jose to Washington, D.C. $179
- Washington, D.C. to Chicago $139
- Washington, D.C. to New Orleans $149
- Oakland to Honolulu $260
- Dallas to New York $179
- Phoenix to Honolulu $340
- Houston to Honolulu $480
Aloha Airlines is also having a little sale to Hawaii, this one from Orange County and San Diego.
- San Diego to Maui $318 round-trip
- Santa Ana to Honolulu $418
- Santa Ana to Maui $418
- Santa Ana to Kona $418
These fares are valid for travel from September 10 to November 15, and tickets must be purchased by August 28.
Alaska Weekly Specials: Actually Special
Folks on the west coast may want to get in the habit of checking Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) weekly web deals, as we always find such great fares between the west coast and Mexico, as well as their namesake Alaska. This week's offerings include:
- Fairbanks to Juneau $378
- Portland to Reno $139
- Las Vegas to Klamath Falls $312
- Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC $296
- San Diego to Cabo San Lucas $243
- Vancouver, BC to Puerto Vallarta $561
- Los Angeles to Manzanillo $256
- Seattle to Puerto Vallarta $561
All purchases must be made by August 26, and remember to enter the promo code EC05007. Plan on never coming back? Hey, no problemo. These fares are all available as one-ways as well.
And speaking of deals to Alaska, Frontier Airlines has Denver to Anchorage for $239 round-trip
Cracking the Code Share
What's a code share then? Put in simple terms, it's when one airline buys a bunch of seats on another airline at a contract price, and then sells them for whatever they can get. For example, Delta flies nonstop from New York JFK to Pisa, Italy, and Alitalia, which doesn't fly that route nonstop, wants to list that flight in its schedule. This makes Alitalia look like a bigger, more comprehensive airline, which supposedly is good for business. Delta and Alitalia are then said to be in a code share agreement on that route. So how can that save you money on your next flight. We gladly break it down for you at Airfarewatchdog.com.
Air Canada to Shanghai
As we've mentioned in previous weeks, Air Canada (tel. 800/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) is currently the price leader for trans-Atlantic travel to London and the airline is now assuming the same position across the Pacific to Shanghai. All fares are round-trip and include tax:
- Boston to Shanghai $914
- Atlanta to Shanghai $929
- Chicago to Shanghai $922
- Detroit to Shanghai $929
- New York to Shanghai $913
These fares are good for fall travel starting late August or early September and are so far only available directly from Air Canada. You probably won't find a better deal to Shanghai at the moment, but if you're flying out of Los Angeles you can go non-stop on China Eastern for $894.
Getting Baby On Board
Think it's stressful enough traveling with your children? Don't chew your nails to bits just yet. There may come a day when you have to send Junior off all by himself, and then you'll know stress. What's to know before sending your own sweet mannered minors into the skies? Check the airfarewatchblog and find out.
Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart, Grace Park, and Bo Borre
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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