| || This Week's Internet Airfare Specials |
By Kim O'Donnel
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Following are this week's Internet-only specials from participating airlines. The chart below covers flights for this weekend only. Fares shown are for round-trip travel from the three Washington-area airports and are generally restricted to flights between Friday evening and Tuesday.
We also list other Web specials, including fares that extend beyond this weekend, deals on international flights, and offers from budget airlines. This page is updated every Wednesday; fares are added as they become available. No fare is guaranteed until confirmed by the participating airline.
*EDITOR'S NOTE: This week marks the end of my journey with the Web airfares column, which I've been writing for more than five years. Thanks for the great ride. -- Kim O'Donnel
|Destination||Fare ||Airport ||Airline|
|Buffalo, N.Y.||$158||National||US Airways|
|Cedar Rapids, Iowa||$192||BWI||United|
|Cedar Rapids, Iowa||$186||Dulles/National||United|
|Charlotte, N.C.||$178||BWI||US Airways|
|Charlotte, N.C.||$158||Dulles||US Airways|
|Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)||$199||National||American|
|Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)||$165||BWI||United|
|Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)||$159||Dulles/National||United|
|Colorado Springs, Colo.||$259||Dulles||United|
|Des Moines, Iowa||$204||BWI||United|
|Des Moines, Iowa||$198||Dulles/National||United|
|Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||$168||National||US Airways|
|Grand Rapids, Mich.||$153||BWI||United|
|Grand Rapids, Mich.||$148||Dulles/National||United|
|Green Bay, Wis. ||$176||BWI||United|
|Green Bay, Wis. ||$172||National||United|
|Indianapolis, Ind.||$158||National||US Airways|
|Kalamazoo, Mich. ||$145||National||United|
|Los Angeles, Calif.||$304||Dulles/National||United|
|New Orleans, La.||$208||Dulles||United|
|New Orleans, La.||$168||National||US Airways|
|New York, N.Y. (LaGuardia)||$106||Dulles||United|
|Orlando, Fla.||$168||National||US Airways|
|Providence, R.I.||$148||National||US Airways|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||$285||National||United|
|San Diego, Calif.||$302||Dulles/National||United|
|San Francisco, Calif.||$307||Dulles||United|
|San Luis Obispo, Calif.||$306||Dulles||United|
|Santa Ana, Calif.||$305||BWI||United|
|Santa Ana, Calif.||$303||National||United|
|Sioux Falls, S.D.||$219||Dulles/National||United|
|South Bend, Ind.||$154||BWI||United|
|South Bend, Ind.||$148||National||United|
|St. Louis, Mo.||$199||Dulles||American|
|St. Louis, Mo.||$182||BWI||United|
|St. Louis, Mo.||$175||Dulles/National||United|
Other Web Specials
Fall in the Caribbean is the focus this week at American Airlines, which is offering slashed fares to various island destinations. Roundtrips are as low as $242 roundtrip (including taxes and fees) to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but we also have our eye on Freeport, Bahamas ($281), Grenada ($373) and Montego Bay, Jamaica ($380). Depart from National to get these rates, which are good for travel until Dec. 15. A blackout is in effect Nov. 17-22 and Nov. 24-27. Book tickets by Oct. 11.
A few deals to London are on tap this week, depending on your cabin-class preference. For a business-class experience, consider the promotion at Maxjet, which is celebrating its first year of service. The all-business class carrier is offering a $999 roundtrip from Dulles, nonstop, to London Stansted, between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28. To get the promotional fare, type "ANNV06" in the promotion code field. Purchase tickets by Oct. 1.
Economy-class travelers can look to Virgin Atlantic for a break. Depart from Dulles nonstop to London Heathrow for $516 roundtrip. The fare is good for travel between Oct. 26 and Dec. 19 and then again in 2007, between Jan. 7 and March 25. The hitch? The sale expires today, Sept. 27. Remember when deals to Europe were less than 500 bucks? We experienced a case of sticker shock when researching a so-called last-minute deal to Amsterdam this week. The offer at United Airlines is good for Dulles departures Oct. 2-5, returning Oct. 9-12. The reward for your spontaneity: $711 roundtrip. Purchase tickets by Sept. 29.
At US Airways, the Amsterdam travel window is a bit wider -- until Nov. 15 -- but you pay extra for the leeway. Depart from National to Amsterdam for $833 roundtrip. Ouch. Purchase tickets by Oct. 2.
Airline Rules and Links
Air Canada: Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.aircanada.ca/home.html and click on "Websaver" icon, or book through a travel agent (ask for Websaver fares), between Wednesday and Friday.
Alaska: Depart Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday; return Saturday, Monday or Tuesday. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.alaskaair.com and click on "Web Specials."
American: Seats are limited and may not be available on all routes. Purchase tickets online only at http://www.aa.com by clicking on "Current Web Fare Specials and Net SAAver Fares." American requires site registration to search for and purchase flights.
America West: Depart Saturday, return Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Tickets are only available online, at http://www.americawest.com/specials/sp_emailfares.asp. You must purchase your tickets by Friday. Be sure to match dates in flight search to exact dates of the web special to receive the lowest fare.
Continental: Round-trip purchase is required. To purchase, call 1-800-642-1617 and request continental.com Specials. Fares may be booked online at www.continental.com. *An additional $20 charge is added to reservations made by telephone.
Delta: Depart on Saturday, return the following Monday or Tuesday. Tickets must be purchased by Saturday. Fares are available online only at http://www.delta.com Click on the "Special Offers" link on the home page and then on "Delta Web Fares" or "Delta Fan Fares."
Frontier: Depart Friday or Saturday, return the following Monday or Tuesday. Fares may be booked online at www.frontierairlines.com.
Northwest: Depart Saturday, return on Monday or Tuesday. *To book Northwest's Web specials you must first be registered for the airline's free e-mail alerts at http://webx25.nwa.com/cgi-bin/wp_empin.pro. Ticketing must be done online at http://www.nwa.com/travel/cyber/cyber.html.
United: Depart on Saturday, return the following Monday or Tuesday. Reservations must be made at least one day prior to travel. Reservations and ticketing must be done on United's Website at http://www.ual.com.
US Airways: For travel beginning Saturday, and returning Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Go to http://www.usairways.com, and select "Weekly E-Savers." Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation; round-trip purchase is required. Tickets purchased through US Airways telephone reservations at 1-888-359-3728 are $30 higher.
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