If you’re traveling domestically within the next four months, take heed. Now might be the best time to book your flight.
A cluster of U.S. carriers have rolled out rival fare sales, offering fall plane tickets starting at $39 each way. Which airline wins the war? It depends where you’re flying. Travel dates vary by sale, as do prices for select routes. Run your itinerary through multiple airline sites and book what works best for you. Don’t forget to factor in those checked bag fees. (See Airline Baggage Fees for the scoop on your carrier.) Here’s what’s on sale:
JetBlue: Select domestic routes are on sale with fares starting at $39 each way plus taxes. Travel is valid in September through early November, and a two-week advance purchase is required.
Southwest: This three-day sale features fares from $39 each way before taxes for travel between September and mid-December. Southwest, we must add, has a pretty decent baggage policy. Passengers may check up to two bags for free.
American Airlines: American’s offering $39 fall fares on select routes (taxes are additional). Travel dates stretch from now through mid-December. A two-week advance purchase is required.
AirTran Airways: AirTran isn’t offering that golden $39 fare, but the airline’s systemwide sale features a wide range of discounted routes and some competitive prices. Travel is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from late August through mid-December. Additionally, AirTran’s sale includes cut-rate fares to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.
— written by Caroline Costello