Hawaii Sale from Alaska Airlines
If ever there was a year to visit Hawaii, this is it. With the exception of spring break and a handful of holidays, the low fares have been holding pretty steady since winter. Even smaller markets are catching a break from the typical high Hawaiian prices. Need proof? Just check out a few of the round-trip fares from the Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) sale to Hawaii:
- Walla Walla to Honolulu: $420
- Bellingham to Honolulu: $378
- Wenatchee to Honolulu: $413
- Spokane to Honolulu: $420
- Pullman-Moscow to Honolulu: $420
- Yakima to Honolulu: $418
Travel Stimulus Sale from Alaska Airlines
But wait, that's not all. Alaska (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) also has some great deals between the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest (California, Nevada, and Arizona) as part of their "Travel Stimulus Sale". Fares require a 7-day advance purchase, and are valid for travel through October 31. Hurry! All tickets must be purchased by May 29.
Round-trip fares out of Bellingham include:
- To Las Vegas: $138
- To Los Angeles: $138
- To Oakland: $138
- To Palm Springs: $138
- To Phoenix: $138
- To Reno: $138
- To San Diego: $138
Allegiant Vegas Fares
Quick! Grab a toothbrush and a roll of quarters, toss 'em in your favorite fanny pack and meet us at the slot machines. Allegiant (tel. 888/594-6937; www.allegiantair.com) has some incredible fares for summer trips to Las Vegas, for as little as $38 round-trip. $38?! With your luck, you'll rake in twice that in your first 30 minutes at the craps table. And that's before we even factor in the value of all those free margs you so enjoy drinking. These fares are good for June and July travel, and we don't imagine they'll last long, so put the pedal to the metal, people.
Round-trip fares include:
- Bellingham to Las Vegas: $58
- Billings to Las Vegas: $58
- Bismark to Las Vegas: $178
- Bozeman to Las Vegas: $58
- Casper to Las Vegas: $38
- Colorado Springs to Las Vegas: $58
- Fresno to Las Vegas: $38
- Ft Collins to Las Vegas: $58
- Grand Forks to Las Vegas: $58
- Grand Island to Las Vegas: $58
- Grand Junction to Las Vegas: $78
Atlanta Night Owl Sale
Live in the Atlanta area and don't mind taking the late flight out of town? AirTran (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) is having a sale on one-way flights departing Atlanta Hartsfield after 10PM, with fares starting at just $29. Please note that this sale is only good for one-way flights from Atlanta, and is not valid for return flights. Still, you should have no trouble stringing together a reasonably priced ride home, be it on AirTran or another carrier.
All flights must be booked by May 29 (yes, now) , for travel through September 8. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and are valid for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday travel. Mind the blackout date, July 2. One-way fares from Atlanta include:
- Boston: $39
- Chicago: $49
- Los Angeles: $99
- Miami: $49
- Philadelphia: $49
- Raleigh/Durham: $29
- St. Louis: $49
- Indianapolis: $29
Expedia to scrap all fees, permanently
Remember back in March when Expedia and some of the other OTA guys announced they'd be temporarily suspending booking fees? Right. Well, turns out, that's going permanent. No more booking fees, and no more change fees or cancel fees on any hotel, car rental, cruise reservations, and the majority of flight reservations. Will the other sites follow? They did last time. As it stands, Orbitz flight booking fees range from $6.99 to $11 and Travelocity charges $5 to $15. And don't forget, change fees mentioned are additional to whatever wacky and infuriating fees your airline will charge.
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*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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