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A Shopper's Guide To Flying Near New Year's

December 18, 1987

People who plan to fly out of town for the New Year's holiday might do well to shop for airports. With some exceptions, local residents taking a plane from Los Angeles or Long Beach airports rather than from Orange County can save up to $312, depending on the destination and whether the flight is restricted. The following chart illustrates round-trip air fares to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami from area airports. The fares are hypothetical for departure Dec. 30, returning Jan. 3. Two quotes are listed for each destination. The first quote is unrestricted coach, with some discount seats available. The second quote is with various restrictions applying. See notes at bottom.

San Francisco Las Vegas Miami American Airlines Orange County $258 N/A $740 $118(x) N/A $288(x) Los Angeles $258 $78(d) $710 $118 -- $288(x) Long Beach N/A N/A $1,110 N/A N/A $258(x) San Diego $258 N/A $690 $118(x) N/A $288(x) Ontario $258 N/A $710 $98(x) N/A $288(x) Delta Orange County $242 $282 $1,130 $162(f) $202(c) $238(f) Los Angeles $248 $194 $974 $108(f) $78(c) $238(f) Long Beach N/A N/A $970 N/A N/A $248(f) San Diego $288 $216 $1,080 $58(f) $108(f) $258(f) Ontario $282 $338 $1,014 -- $218(d) $258(f) PSA Orange County $258 $178 N/A $148(a) $98(d) $N/A Los Angeles $258 $184 N/A $148(a) $78(d) N/A Long Beach $258 N/A N/A $148(a) N/A N/A San Diego $258 $178 N/A $98(a) $78(d) N/A Ontario $258 N/A N/A $148(a) N/A N/A United Orange County $268 N/A $740(d) $172(b) N/A $590(d) Los Angeles $258 N/A $590(d) $108(f) N/A $278(a) Long Beach N/A N/A $974 N/A N/A $282(a) San Diego $258 N/A $690(d) $75(f) N/A $343(a) Ontario $258 N/A $710(d) $108(f) N/A $298(a)

Notes: (a) Seven-day advance purchase required, 50% penalty applies on changes after purchase. (b) Seven-day advance purchase is required, 25% penalty applies on changes after purchasing. (c) Seven-day advance purchase is required, no penalties apply on changes after purchasing. (d) Unrestricted discount coach fares, a limited number of seats available on these flights. (f) Totally non-refundable fares, no changes will be allowed after the purchasing of tickets. (x) Excursion fare. Special holiday fares, check with airline for the restrictions applicable. N/A Route not available.

All fares subject to change without notice, and price quotes subject to availability at time of purchase.

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