Skybus Adds New Routes
What do Michael Jackson and Skybus (no telephone; www.skybus.com) have in common? Is it their mutual love of captain's hats and epaulets? Noooo. It's Gary, Indiana, or, in Skybus speak: Gary/Chicago. Michael Jackson's hometown is the latest in a string of new destinations announced today, which include Toronto/Niagara Falls, and Philadelphia/Wilmington. Service is scheduled to begin in March/April but tickets are on sale now. Those flexible with their dates of travel can, in most cases, still find seats at Skybus' usual $10 each-way introductory fare, as well as some for $25 each-way. And that makes flying with Bubbles so much more affordable!
Skybus is also adding flights to their existing routes, like Hartford/Springfield, Milwaukee, Richmond and Ft. Lauderdale. Look for those to begin in March and April as well.
- Niagara Falls to Columbus $50 round-trip
- Gary to Greensboro $20 round-trip
- Wilmington to Columbus $20 round-trip
- Wilmington to Greensboro $20 round-trip
New Deal to Delhi from American Airlines
American's (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) latest offer nets you 15% off all flights from the continental US to Delhi, India. Travel is valid immediately through March 30, 2008.
All you have to do is book your reservation via aa.com by January 16, 2008 and enter promo code DFDELL08 to receive the 15% discount. Easy enough, right? Just to give you an idea, here's a sampling of fares from a few different cities:
- Baltimore to Delhi, India $834 round-trip, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Delhi, India $834 round-trip, incl. all taxes
- Chicago to Delhi, India $895 round-trip, incl. all taxes
- Ft Lauderdale to Delhi, India $975 round-trip, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Delhi, India $834 round-trip, incl. all taxes
For a complete listing of departure cities, visit our Delhi fares page.
Last Day of the Virgin America Sale
If you missed it before, you'd better hurry. That 4-Day sale from Virgin America (tel. 877/359-8474; www.virginamerica.com) expires today, January 11. Sale fares are $44.00 each way between San Francisco and Las Vegas or Los Angeles. These fares can be used one way.
Between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., a fare of $118 each way is still relatively easy to find. For $10 more each way, at a fare of $128 each way, Virgin America will fly you comfortably between San Fran and New York. Similarly, the Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. route is offered at $118 each way and Los Angeles to JFK at $128 one-way. Taxes and fees are additional in all cases and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. A 3-day advance purchase (or more if you can for best availability) is required. Seats are limited and subject to availability, of course. All bookings on the sale fare must be made on Virgin America's site.
- New York to Los Angeles $256 round-trip
- New York to San Francisco $256 round-trip
- Washington DC to Los Angeles $236 round-trip
- San Francisco to Los Angeles $88 round-trip
- Seattle to Los Angeles $198 round-trip
The current Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com) sale is good for travel through September 30, 2008. We found deals like Minneapolis to Toronto for $204 roundtrip (that's a 66% drop in price!), Hartford to Flint for $210 (a 56% drop in price) and Charlotte to Omaha for $189 (a 42% drop in price). Take a look:
- Minneapolis to Nashville $179 round-trip
- Minneapolis to Toronto $204 round-trip
- Hartford to Flint $210 round-trip
- Charlotte to Omaha $189 round-trip
- Newark to Milwaukee $189 round-trip
- Omaha to Cleveland $189 round-trip
- Milwaukee to Dayton $149 round-trip
- Grand Rapids to Kansas City $179 round-trip
- Green Bay to Atlanta $189 round-trip
- Tampa to Des Moines $199 round-trip
Silverjet Sale to London, Including Summer Travel
Silverjet (tel. 877/359-7458; www.flysilverjet.com), the luxurious all business class airline flying from Newark to London's easy in, easy out Luton Airport, is having a 20% off sale, lowering round-trip business class fares to $1,759 RT including taxes and fees.
This sale ends Jan 31 and there is no minimum stay required. Nor is there an advance purchase required.
Important to note: we didn't see any last day of travel for this sale, but of course silly us, we assumed it was just for winter. But no... we found seats in May as well. We found seats in July. In fact, seats are on offer through October.
Now listen up: come this summer, you'll be paying $1,200, maybe $1,500 RT for economy travel on this route depending on dates. These $1,759 RT's appear to be wide open. No restrictions. Why not spend a bit more to fly in comfort this summer?
New Nonstop Service from Boston to North Florida
Good news for Boston area golfers and beach-goers. JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) has announced new daily nonstop service between Logan International and Jacksonville Fl., beginning March 15. Jacksonville is a short drive from the World Golf Village and World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, as well as Amelia Island.
AA 20% off to Hawaii
In other promo code news, American (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is offering 20% off flights to/from Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, and Maui. This deal is good for travel from April 16 to May 23, and must be booked by January 15.
As before, these fares must be booked directly from American's site by using the promo code DFALOHAGO.
Sample fares include:
- Chicago to Honolulu $423 round-trip
- Des Moines to Honolulu $455 round-trip
- Detroit to Honolulu $514 round-trip
- Houston to Honolulu $431 round-trip
- New York to Honolulu $535 round-trip
- Atlanta to Honolulu $512 round-trip
- Kansas City to Honolulu $423 round-trip
- Las Vegas to Honolulu $343 round-trip
- Spokane to Honolulu $391 round-trip
Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart and Alisa Brayman
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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