There’s been lots of chatter about escalating airfare prices and the heavy cost of summer travel. Well, while it’s true that travel ain’t cheap, it’s still possible to find a solid deal – if you know when and where to look. One simple approach is to keep tabs on the “discount carriers” (i.e. JetBlue, AirTran, Virgin America, etc.) and monitor for sales. Start following these airlines on Twitter (@JetBlueCheeps, @VirginAmerica, @AirTranAir, @SouthwestAir) and you’ll often be alerted to fare sales that aren’t always published elsewhere. In the meantime, here’s a few other sales you may be interested in knowing about:
- AirTran is currently running a “Stretch Your Budget” travel sale that runs until Thursday, March 29th. The airline has discounted flights between a number of destinations for travel between April 3rd and June 27th.
- Virgin America is offering some very nice “fares to fly by” including New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $140 each way. Or how about Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) for $89 each way?
- Southwest Airlines today announced a one-day fare sale on flights between four cities: Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Tucson. These low fares are available until 11:59 PT tonight and are available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between April 17 and May 23.
- And if you’re looking for an affordable international flight, Delta is offering flights to Barcelona, Spain (BCN) from New York (JFK) starting at $350 each way when you book by 4/2. Or check out their Atlanta (ATL) to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) flight for $230 each way.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- According to the Associated Press, the agency that operates the three major New York City-area airports wants to start fining passengers who don’t turn off their cell phones or tablets before takeoff. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey claims they’ve responded to 400 calls involving passengers who refused to turn off their electronic devices (a.k.a. “Baldwining“).
- Qantas said it will operate Australia’s first commercial flights powered by a blend of converted cooking oil and conventional jet fuel starting April 13th on a Sydney-Adelaide return service operated by an Airbus A330. The aircraft – which can carry about 300 passengers – will use the 50/50 mix in one of its two engines. Qantas engineers will monitor the engine running on standard aviation gas against the biofuel. Hopefully some day they can also engineer the engines to make french fries. Just add potatoes.
- Bruce Schneier, a vocal critic of security measures used by the TSA, was asked to testify before Congress about the TSA’s security screening initiatives – but then was “formally uninvited” after the agency complained. So much for the freedom of speech.