Midwest 6-City Sale
Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com) has lowered summer fares to/from select cities, for travel between May 12 and August 31. Cities included in this sale are Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Toronto, Atlanta, and Dallas. Sale fares are also available for an extra $20 round-trip via Milwaukee to/from Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Grand Rapids, Flint, Des Moines, and Minneapolis. Fares must be purchased by May 4, and may require a one to three night minimum stay.
- Atlanta to Appleton $218
- Atlanta to Des Moines $218
- Atlanta to Green Bay $218
- Atlanta to Grand Rapids $218
- Nashville to Des Moines $198
- Nashville to Green Bay $198
- Nashville to Minneapolis $198
- Des Moines to Minneapolis $168
- Flint to Kansas City $198
- Flint to Minneapolis $168
- Grand Rapids to Minneapolis $168
- Kansas City to Minneapolis $198
$159 One-Ways from Air Canada
Hurry and you can still catch this sale! Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) is offering C$159 one-way fares between U.S. and Canadian cities, and you'll find the best values on trips to/from the west coast. This sale is good for travel through June 30, and all fares must be booked by midnight PST, May 1.
- Ottawa to Las Vegas $318
- Ottawa to Los Angeles $318
- Montreal to San Francisco $318
- Montreal to Austin $318
- Toronto to Portland $318
- Toronto to Seattle $318
Airline Learns from Domino's Pizza
When the product or service you've paid for is...eh...less than satisfactory, it's normal to expect compensation in some form or another. Say, for example, your pizza isn't delivered in 30 minutes or less? It's free! And now at least one airline is finally taking a tip from the pizza biz. Should Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) take longer than 25 minutes to deliver your belongings to baggage claim, you'll receive a $25 voucher for future travel on either Alaska or Horizon Airlines or 2,500 frequent flyer miles. How can they afford to keep this promise? Well, they've also announced plans to charge $15 for the first checked bag, and $25 for second checked bags. Both changes go into effect July 7.
Will we see other carriers scrambling to offer vouchers for slow baggage service? Eh, we're going to guess no on that one. But wake us when they start giving away complimentary two-liters and cheesy bread in coach, mmkay?
So-So Southwest Sale
Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) is having yet another sale. Fares range upward from $49 each way. This isn't the most generous sale we've ever seen, and definitely not as good as the recent spate of 50% off promo code sales. But it is what it is. And remember, Southwest has lower fees than on most other airlines, and is much more lenient when it comes to changing a ticket.
Here's the deal: 14-day advance purchase required. Purchase by May 14, midnight Pacific Time. Travel through October 28. Travel valid only on Tuesday & Wednesday. Travel not available to/from Washington, DC (Dulles); Fort Myers, FL. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Got all that? Great. Now for the fares:
- Albany to Los Angeles $258
- Los Angeles to Albuquerque $228
- Los Angeles to Amarillo $256
- Los Angeles to Corpus Christi $256
- Los Angeles to Harlingen $258
- Los Angeles to Jackson $256
- Los Angeles to Midland $258
- Los Angeles to Oklahoma City $258
- Portland to San Diego $250
AirTran Summer Sale for Travel Through November
As with the Southwest sale above, this isn't the most spectacular sale we've ever seen from AirTran (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com), but it's still possible to squeeze out a few decent fares here and there. You'll have better luck finding deals along east coast-ish routes, such as the ones we found below:
- Atlantic City to Atlanta $138
- Atlanta to Detroit $138
- Boston to Ft Myers $152
- Baltimore to Portland, ME $118
- Columbus to Houston $208
- Jacksonville to Raleigh/Durham $154
- Milwaukee to St Louis $78
- Minneapolis to Tampa $170
- Raleigh/Durham to St Louis $148
This sale is good for travel through November 11, and all fares must be purchased by May 12. Valid travel dates are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and may be slightly higher on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. There is a 10-day advance purchase required, and blackout dates are May 22; June 19, 21, and 26-28; and July 2, 3, 5, and 6.
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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