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The Deal: For just 48 hours, JetBlue is slashing prices on fall fares to destinations in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Discounted flights start at $29 each way plus taxes and fees, and travel is valid between September 6 and November 16, with the exception of some blackout dates and day-of-week travel restrictions. Prices for select routes are rather competitive. For example, you can fly between Los Angeles and New York for $159 each way, between Chicago and Boston for $52 each way, and between Orlando and Washington D.C. for $74 each way.

The airline is touting this deal as “The Fall Shipping & Handling Sale,” advertising free first checked bags for JetBlue passengers. While a complimentary first checked bag isn’t particular to this sale (it’s simply JetBlue’s policy), it’ll save you as much as $25 each way when compared to what many of the major carriers charge for checked luggage.

The Catch: Travelers looking to cash in on this sale will have to think ahead and act fast. This offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, and travel isn’t valid until the beginning of September. Additionally, there’s a web of day-of-week travel restrictions that apply to select destinations, so be sure to keep an eye on the fine print when booking.

The Competition: AirTran Airways just announced this systemwide sale featuring fares to destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico starting at $54 each way plus taxes and fees. JetBlue beats AirTran’s prices on many routes, but AirTran offers a wider range of travel dates (fly from the end of July through mid-November) plus a healthy selection of cut-rate fares to Caribbean gateways.

— written by Caroline Costello

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