Deals That Require Action
Short-lived deals are gaining popularity with airlines. Guess it's a good way to fill seats without commiting to long-term sale fares. They're often advertised only through the airline Web sites, or via e-mail to those who sign up for notifications. This week, discount airlines are pounding each other in the Florida market. Here are this week's offerings:
* AirTran: Sale to Florida, with fares starting at $59 each way from BWI, Reagan National and Washington Dulles. Buy by Friday (March 23). Travel April 16-May 24 with blackout dates April 20-22. Round-trip fare to Fort Lauderdale, for example, with taxes is $138. Go to www.airtran.com.
* Spirit Airlines: The discount airline has come up with a membership club that allows you access to sale fares. It's a new wrinkle in the sale game. The $9 Fare Club costs $9 for a three-month trial membership or $29.95 for an annual membership. If you join, you can access $9 sale fares (one is going on through tomorrow). I find the $9 fares a bit of a come-on. Dates, availability, destinations are all very limited. But if someone has joined the club and has had either a good or bad experience, please dish. Also, the airline is offering a fare sale of $64 each way plus taxes from Reagan National to Fort Lauderdale: This one is open to anyone who signs up for the airline's frequent-flier program. Go to www.spiritair.com.
* JetBlue: Sale fares to Florida and out West from Washington Dulles. Dates and booking deadlines vary, but all must be purchased by either today or Friday. Best is the deal to Vegas: $158 round trip, including taxes, for travel April 17-May 17. Go to www.jetblue.com.
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