The sleuths at Airfare Watchdog have uncovered the latest sales including a blowout on flights in and out of Atlanta, a systemwide sale from Southwest, specials to Tokyo, Phnom Penh and many Mexican cities.
AirTran (tel. 800/247-8726; www.airtran.com) is having its weekly sale on all routes to and from Atlanta, with fares starting as low as $39 one-way (round-trip purchase not required). Below are some sample one-way fares in and out of Atlanta before taxes and fees:
- Baltimore: $69
- Boston: $69
- Charlotte: $39
- Chicago: $69
- Detroit: $69
- Jacksonville: $59
- Newark: $69
- Pensacola: $39
- Washington, D.C.: $69
Travel between November 29, 2006, and December 19, 2006. Purchase your tickets by November 23, 2006. Fares require a 7-day advance purchase.
Los Angeles to Tokyo
Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) is offering an unbelievable $399 round-trip fare on travel between Los Angeles and Tokyo. You must depart between Nov. 23, 2006, and Dec. 7, 2006 with return travel on Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, or 18, 2006. Here are some sample fares including taxes and fees:
Depart November 25, Return December 4
- Los Angeles to Tokyo: $470 (vs. $931 on Delta)
Depart December 3, Return December 12
- Los Angeles to Tokyo: $470 (vs. $844 on Northwest)
As you can see, this is a great deal on travel to Tokyo. We were surprised to see such a low fare on this route and combined with Singapore Airlines' superior service, we urge everyone to jump on it before all the seats are sold out.
Southwest Systemwide Sale
Southwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) is having another systemwide sale. This time fares are higher than the sale last week. Below are some sample one-way fares before taxes and fees:
- Albuquerque to/from Sacramento: $99
- Baltimore to/from Detroit: $44
- Chicago to/from St. Louis: $59
- Dallas Love to/from Tulsa: $39
- Los Angeles to/from Phoenix: $49
- Seattle to/from Reno: $79
These are very low fares, most of which have already been matched by other airlines. Travel between November 23, 2006, and December 31, 2006. Purchase your ticket by November 27, 2006. These fares are only available on Southwest.com .
Mexico and Caribbean
Depart January 18, Return January 25
- Boston to Aruba: $404 (vs. $396 on American)
- Chicago to Los Cabos: $435 (with American matching)
Depart February 26, Return March 1
- Denver to Cancun: $410 (vs. $388 on Frontier)
- Indianapolis to Grand Cayman Island: $487 (vs. $411 on American)
As you can see, most of these fares are being matched, which is having its own sale. But the fares are still good, match or not match. Travel through March 7, 2007. A 2-day minimum stay is required, and you can stay up to 3 months. Purchase your ticket by December 8, 2006.
Korean Air to Cambodia
Depart January 11, Return January 28
- Los Angeles to Phnom Penh: $882 (vs. $1,120 on EVA)
Depart February 1, Return February 13
- New York to Phnom Penh: $1,062 (vs. $1,178 on China Airlines)
So go see Angkor Wat while you still can. Travel outbound between December 24, 2006, and February 28, 2007. Service does not operate daily. Purchase your tickets by December 17, 2006.
Los Angeles to Mexico
Delta Air lines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) is expanding its Mexico service from Los Angeles with several new flights. Seats are easy to find. Below are some sample fares including all taxes and fees:
Depart January 10, Return January 17
- Los Angeles to La Paz: $403 (vs. next lowest $430 on Alaska)
- Los Angeles to Loreto: $403 (vs. $575 on Aeromexico)
Depart March 17, Return March 24
- Los Angeles to Culiacan: $350 (vs. $510 on Aeromexico)
- Los Angeles to Zacatecas: $330 (vs. $487 on Mexicana)
These are very good fares considering that Delta is offering nonstop service. Culiacan service begins January 6, 2007, La Paz service begins December 15, 2006, Loreto service begins December 18, 2006, Manzanillo and Zacatecas service begins January 16, 2007. Complete all travel by May 16, 2007.
Be Nice to Earth
Tons of carbon emissions are generated each day by the thousands of flights that cross the Earth. But don't just feel guilty about it. An innovative California company called Terrapass (www.terrapass.com), is selling pollution credits that allow you to offset any pollution you generate from flying. The company buys credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange from polluters selling credits generated when they have produced fewer carbon emissions than their limit. Terrapass also funds renewable energy projects such as wind farms. Through these means, the company allows you to offset any emissions produced by flying. More information is available online at www.terrapass.com/flight/index.html.
In addition, Travelocity has a Go Zero program that allows travelers to purchase "carbon offsets" when they book their trip. According to the site, a contribution of $10 made through the program to the Conservation Fund's Go Zero Travel program offsets an average trip, including air travel, a one night hotel stay, and a rental car for one person.
Be Nice to Airline Staff
Earlier this week, I wrote about getting upgraded to first class. I've received a few e-mails saying that I'm living in la la land thinking that dressing nicely and, more importantly, playing nice will get you upgraded. Yeah, yeah . . . I know, it doesn't always work. But then I got this e-mail from John Hermann, a reader in Montana:
"I was on Virgin Atlantic from London to NYC coming back from a year of teaching at a Polish university. I was in my professor's corduroy suit and economy was overbooked. I was assigned seat D36, and so was a very unpleasant woman who fumed about the mix-up. I got the first class seat. And if you have ever ridden in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic you have experienced the best that air travel can offer. The bed was almost 6 ft. long, sheets, comforter, rack of lamb, best wines, and a gal came by asking if I'd like a massage upstairs!"
Today's flying lesson: be nice! And from everyone at meAirfarewatchdog.com, we wish you a nice Thanksgiving holiday.
Additional reporting by David Shan.
George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and other fare sales.
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