This Week's Internet Airfare Specials

By Kim O'Donnel 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

DestinationFare Airport Airline
Albuquerque, N.M.$272NationalUnited
Appleton, Wis.$178BWIUnited
Appleton, Wis.$174NationalUnited
Austin, Tex.$249BWIUnited
Austin, Tex.$244NationalUnited
Billings, Mont.$274DullesUnited
Bloomington, Ill.$165NationalUnited
Boston, Mass.$137DullesUnited
Buffalo, N.Y.$158NationalUS Airways
Calgary, Alberta$400BWIUnited
Calgary, Alberta$399Dulles/NationalUnited
Cedar Rapids, Iowa$192BWIUnited
Cedar Rapids, Iowa$186Dulles/NationalUnited
Charlotte, N.C.$178BWIUS Airways
Charlotte, N.C.$158DullesUS Airways
Charlotte, N.C.$119DullesUnited
Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)$199NationalAmerican
Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)$165BWIUnited
Chicago, Ill. (O'Hare)$159Dulles/NationalUnited
Colorado Springs, Colo.$259DullesUnited
Columbia, S.C.$132DullesUnited
Dallas, Tex.$232Dulles/NationalUnited
Dayton, Ohio$127DullesUnited
Denver, Colo.$258Dulles/NationalUnited
Des Moines, Iowa$204BWIUnited
Des Moines, Iowa$198Dulles/NationalUnited
Detroit, Mich.$129DullesUnited
Eugene, Ore.$305DullesUnited
Fargo, N.D.$227NationalUnited
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.$168NationalUS Airways
Fresno, Calif.$304DullesUnited
Grand Rapids, Mich.$153BWIUnited
Grand Rapids, Mich.$148Dulles/NationalUnited
Green Bay, Wis. $176BWIUnited
Green Bay, Wis. $172NationalUnited
Greensboro, N.C.$106DullesUnited
Harrisburg, Pa.$88DullesUnited
Hartford, Conn.$122DullesUnited
Hayden, Colo.$267DullesUnited
Indianapolis, Ind.$158NationalUS Airways
Indianapolis, Ind.$144Dulles/NationalUnited
Kalamazoo, Mich. $145NationalUnited
Knoxville, Tenn.$134DullesUnited
Los Angeles, Calif.$304Dulles/NationalUnited
Madison, Wis.$179BWIUnited
Madison, Wis.$174Dulles/NationalUnited
Medford, Ore.$305DullesUnited
Milwaukee, Wis.$169BWIUnited
Milwaukee, Wis.$164Dulles/NationalUnited
Moline, Ill.$183BWIUnited
Moline, Ill.$177Dulles/NationalUnited
New Orleans, La.$208DullesUnited
New Orleans, La.$168NationalUS Airways
New York, N.Y. (LaGuardia)$106DullesUnited
Omaha, Neb.$217BWIUnited
Omaha, Neb.$212Dulles/NationalUnited
Ontario, Calif.$304BWIUnited
Orlando, Fla.$168NationalUS Airways
Peoria, Ill.$176BWIUnited
Peoria, Ill.$170NationalUnited
Philadelphia, Pa.$91DullesUnited
Pittsburgh, Pa.$97DullesUnited
Portland, Maine$148DullesUnited
Portland, Ore.$305BWI/NationalUnited
Providence, R.I.$148NationalUS Airways
Raleigh/Durham, N.C.$104DullesUnited
Reno, Nev.$302DullesUnited
Roanoke, Va.$95DullesUnited
Rochester, N.Y.$115DullesUnited
Sacramento, Calif.$305NationalUnited
Salt Lake City, Utah$285NationalUnited
San Diego, Calif.$302Dulles/NationalUnited
San Francisco, Calif.$307DullesUnited
San Luis Obispo, Calif.$306DullesUnited
Santa Ana, Calif.$305BWIUnited
Santa Ana, Calif.$303NationalUnited
Seattle, Wash.$304Dulles/NationalUnited
Sioux Falls, S.D.$219Dulles/NationalUnited
South Bend, Ind.$154BWIUnited
South Bend, Ind.$148NationalUnited
Springfield, Ill.$176BWIUnited
Springfield, Ill.$169NationalUnited
Springfield, Mo.$198DullesNationalUnited
St. Louis, Mo.$199DullesAmerican
St. Louis, Mo.$182BWIUnited
St. Louis, Mo.$175Dulles/NationalUnited
Toronto, Ontario$176DullesUnited
Tulsa, Okla.$223BWIUnited
Tulsa, Okla.$216NationalUnited
Wichita, Kan.$228BWIUnited
Wichita, Kan.$223Dulles/NationalUnited

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 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 and click on "Web Specials."

    American: Seats are limited and may not be available on all routes. Purchase tickets online only at 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 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 Specials. Fares may be booked online at *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 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

    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 Ticketing must be done online at

    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

    US Airways: For travel beginning Saturday, and returning Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Go to, 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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