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Carol Sottili

OpenSkies, a premium airline now owned by British Airways, yesterday announced sale fares between New York and Amsterdam, and New York and Paris. The sale will continue until the first 1,000 tickets are sold on each route, or until Oct. 15, whichever comes first.

Round-trip fare in PREM+ class to Amsterdam is $998 plus $158 taxes; $1,198 plus $111 taxes to Paris. Service to Amsterdam starts Oct. 15. All travel must be completed by March 31.

These prices are a deal only if you are willing to pay for service and comfort. Economy cabin tickets on other airlines to Paris, for example, are going for about $913 for nonstop flights and $650 for connecting flights. Openskies' PREM+ service offers seats that recline to 140° with a 52" seat pitch, seat width of 20.6", 40 seats, a universal power plug-in for computer and personal electronics, and a personal entertainment system with over 50 hours of audio and video. Domestic airlines commonly offer 32" seat pitch, a seat width of less than 18" and 150 seats in economy; some of the newer planes offer personal entertainment systems, but lots don't.

Also, JetBlue will offer a new twist on a sale today (Tues., Oct. 7) when it hosts a "Happy Jetting Happy Hour" event at Reston Town Center in Reston, Va. from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The airline will offer 300 last-minute weekend trips from Washington Dulles at discounts of more than 50 percent. Most are for flights leaving on Saturdays in October, but some January trips will be offered. Destinations include New York; several cities in Florida, such as Fort Lauderdale and Orlando; and Long Beach and Oakland in California.

By Carol Sottili |  October 7, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  | Category:  Carol Sottili
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Thank you for reporting about the new airline owned by British Airways. Here is another article on travel deals that your readers may find useful, Travel Deals Come with Expiration Dates

Posted by: Holly Bentz | October 9, 2008 4:16 PM

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