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Domestic Discount Airlines

AirTran Airways
airtran airways plane airplane in flight mountains Phone: (800) 247-8726
Route Map
Hub: Atlanta
Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
Tip: Most flights route through the Atlanta hub; check for very affordable upgrades on the day of travel. Serves many alternate airports; check the route map for a comprehensive list.

Allegiant Air
Phone: (702) 505–8888
Route Map
Hubs: Las Vegas, Orlando
Where to Find Them: AllegiantAir.com
Tip: Based in Las Vegas, Allegiant Air flies to many smaller airports such as Bellingham, WA and Hagerstown, MD.

Frontier Airlines
Phone: (800) 432-1359
Route Map
Hub: Denver
Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
Tip: Almost everything routes through Denver; check the weather. Frontier offers a number of flights to Mexico's most popular vacation destinations.

Gulfstream International Air
Phone: (800) 523-3273
Route Map
Hubs: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa
Where to Find Them: Not bookable on its Web site; available on the major booking and aggregator sites through codeshares with Continental.com.

JetBlue Airways
Phone: (800) 538-2583
Route Map
Hubs: New York (JFK), Los Angeles/Long Beach
Where to Find Them: JetBlue fares are now available on major booking sites and aggregator sites.
Tip: Rows 12 and back have more legroom on many planes in the fleet.

Southwest Airlines
Phone: (800) 435-9792
Route Map
Hub: None
Where to Find Them: Southwest.com
Tip: Seats are not assigned, so check in as early as possible on the Southwest Web site before leaving for the airport to ensure that you get a priority A boarding pass.

Spirit Airlines
Phone: (800) 772-7117
Route Map
Hubs: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Detroit
Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
Tip: Spirit flies from some unexpected airports -- like Atlantic City, Providence and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International.

Sun Country Airlines
Phone: (800) 359-6786)
Route Map
Hub: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
Tip: Sun Country offers service to additional Mexico and Caribbean destinations in the winter and early spring.

usa3000 usa 3000 plane in flight air sky close up USA3000
Phone: (877) 872-3000
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Hub: None
Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
Tip: USA3000 serves warm-weather destinations in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Virgin America
Phone: (877) 359-8474
Route Map
Where to Find Them: On its Web site, aggregator sites
Tip: All planes have special "mood lighting" as well as interactive seat-back TV's; touch the screen to choose a movie, listen to music or even chat with other passengers onboard.

Looking for discount airlines outside the U.S.? See our list of International Discount Airlines.


Go Anyway,
Ed Hewitt
TravelersEd@aol.com
Features Editor
The Independent Traveler

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