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A Shopper's Guide To Flying On Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Greene / Los Angeles Times

People who plan to fly away for the Memorial Day weekend would do well to shop for airlines and airports. The thrifty traveler can save, depending on the destination, airport and whether the flight carries any restrictions.

The following chart illustrates round-trip air fares to Denver, Las Vegas, Reno and San Francisco from John Wayne/Orange County, Los Angeles International, Long Beach, San Diego and Ontario airports. The fares are for departure on May 26 and returning before noon May 30.

Three quotes are listed for each destination. The first quote is full coach. The second quote is the lowest fare without restrictions applying. The third quote is the lowest fare with various restrictions. See notes at bottom.

Orange Los Long San Airline County Angeles Beach Diego Ontario DENVER America West $610 $660 $590 $660 $660 na na na na na $238 $218 $218 $218 $218 American na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Delta $649 $590 na $640 $590 na na na $590 na 238 $218 na $258 $258 US AIR na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na United $640 $660 $700 * $660 $660 $640 $450 $510 * $450 $450 $278 $258 $298 * $258 $258 RENO America West $244 $238 $248 $296 $238 na $218 $218 $256 $218 $214 $168 na na $148 American $244 $238 $238 $296 $238 $214 $168 $168 $256 $168 $164 $168 $168 $182 $178 Delta $244 $238 na $296 $268 na $168 na $256 na $164 $128 na $182 $238 US AIR $490 $490 $490 $470 $490 $244 $238 $218 $256 $218 $124 $128 $124 $142 $108 United $508 * $248 * na $400 * $148 * $448 * $228 * na $306 * $218 * $268 * $168 * na $182 * $152 * LAS VEGAS America West $246 $188 $218 $118 $178 $168 $128 $138 $58 $118 $88 $76 $86 $50 $50 American na $188 na $258 na na $108 na na na na $116 na $174 na Delta $294 $260 na $236 $218 na $110 na na na $214 $88 na $188 na US Air $370 $370 na $276 na $188 $128 na $114 na $128 $76 na $50 na United na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na SAN FRANCISCO America West na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na American $268 $278 $278 $268 $268 $188 $188 $188 $188 $188 $128 $128 $128 $128 $128 Delta $268 $268 na $298 $228 $229 $188 na $158 $188 $88 $98 na $128 $88 US Air $490 $392 $490 $480 $290 $188 $198 $188 $158 $188 $88 $88 $88 $78 $88 United $278 * $268 $208 $268 $228 $248 * $138 $188 $98 $138 $168 * $88 $122 $78 $88

Notes: All fares may be subject to one or more of the following restrictions: 2- or 7-day advance purchase, 25% penalty on changes; 2- or 7-day advance purchase, 50% penalty applies on changes; 2- or 7-day advance purchase, non-refundable, no changes allowed; or No discount fares available on some flights. N/A Route not available. *United Express only.

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

Source: Selected airlines

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