I see where you can fly for $49 to Jacksonville, Florida each way. I try to check it out and can't bring anything up. What's the trick?
By Pam from Carbondale, IL
What airlines was running that special? The times I have seen what seemed like a good deal like that ended up being if I was flying in state, say from Jacksonville to Ft Lauderdale, not St Louis to Ft Lauderdale.
Don't know about that airfare, but was once told by a travel agent to go on one of those web-sites that sell discounted airfare after midnight. That's when the airlines release unsold seats and you can get really good prices. These are generally tickets that will be used in the very near future.
These are usually promotional fares for a limited time and from specific airport to airports. I'm in TN and we get $39 to FL occasionally. My suggestion is that you call the general number for the airport you'll be flying from and ask them for the regional and/or low-cost airlines that fly from that airport. Call those specific airlines and ask for the fares for your destination or ask them what promotional fares they have and how long they will last.
There is a website called travelzoo.com that features weekly low fares, also Budget Travel magazine's website (probably budgetravel.com or budgettravel.com). Be sure to ask what add-ons there are to the fares, extra for baggage, ticket purchase at airport, etc. They seem to add on more every day. I even heard (really) that some airline was considering pay toilets! Hope that gave you a smile. Good luck.
This is Southwest airlines that runs the add occ. I think you are seeing the online internet ad which takes you no where. Find the sw air closest to you and give them a call. From travel specialists articles, they prefer phone calls to get the special rates over internet activity.
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Where's a good place to find cheap flights to the South?
By Esther from Baltimore
I would go to www.expedia.com, fly on a week day and buy tickets as soon as you can, even if it's months in advance. It's really cheap. (01/22/2010)
Check with Southwest and hotwire. Southwest does not charge for the first two checked bags per person, which is something to consider nowadays, even if the fare might look cheaper elsewhere. We just paid $300 for four checked bags to fly round trip from CA to NY! Also, sign up with travel sites like Hotwire. They notified me via email when I could fly round trip to Hawaii last year for $315! Saturdays can now also be lower fare days. Good luck! (01/22/2010)
What is a good site for very cheap airline flights. I search and so many come up. Thanks.
Since my brother retired to Texas I have flown quite a bit the last couple of years. I have learned, late Tuesday night is best time to find lowered fares. Go directly to specific airlines site, check to see which carriers travel to your destination. If you are flexible Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the cheapest days for fare. Plan ahead at least 2 weeks.
My last trip from Ohio to Texas I paid 49.00 each way. Same flight on different days was up to $325.
I've joined the frequent flier program. My next trip I can upgrade. I fly Continental and am very happy with their service and flights.
I've had some good results from wotif.com in the past. (06/16/2009)
It's been seven years or so since I did this, but I got a fairly decent deal with Priceline. $150 round-trip from the Dayton, OH, airport to San Diego, CA. The 4-hour layover on the way back and flying one airline out and another back (I think it was American going, United returning) didn't bother me at all. I miss traveling. (06/21/2009)