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February 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
With major airlines raising prices three times since the beginning of the year, shopping for bargain air fares will be more critical than ever. Flash sales feature limited dates but they do offer good savings for a quick getaway or weeklong vacation. Here are two sales that end tonight (Monday) from Virgin America and Spirit Airlines. Virgin America: Cheapest fares for this sale are for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Thursday to March 14. During that period, one-way prices from Los Angeles start at $69 to San Francisco, $89 to Seattle, $109 to Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago, $119 to New York City andWashington, D.C. Sale prices are higher but still discounted for travel March 15 through June 7. Read the fine print for restrictions by destination.
April 3, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Sick of all those extra airline fees? Sorry, but here comes another one. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is set to become the second major airlines in the U.S. to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on luggage into a plane. Allegiant, a low-cost airlines that flies out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and several Florida cities, is about to introduce a fee of up to $35 per bag that would take effect Wednesday morning. Airline President Andrew Levy announced the new fee in an email to employees last Friday, saying the changes are part of "an ongoing effort to develop an innovative, new approach to travel.
January 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman passed through security screening at New York's LaGuardia Airport with a stun gun and knife in her purse -- but later discovered the mistake herself and alerted authorities. The woman realized she was carrying the items Saturday after a short layover in Detroit and while she was on her way to Denver. She alerted a flight attendant, said Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Laura Bennett.
August 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Get ready for the takeoff of another super-cheap airline offering ultra-low fares with loads of passenger fees. Industry insiders say the new super discount airline may soon be launched with the help of Indigo Partners, the Phoenix private equity firm that invested in Spirit Airlines in 2006 and helped convince the Florida airline's chief executive, Ben Baldanza, to adopt dirt-cheap fares and abundant fees. Indigo is reportedly negotiating to buy Frontier Airlines from the Denver carrier's parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. Meanwhile, Indigo has started to divest itself from Spirit, with Indigo owner William Franke and Indigo principal John Wilson resigning from the Spirit board of directors Wednesday.
November 4, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: Several readers have asked for information about what to do when a relative who plans to make an airline trip dies before the trip can be taken. Does nonrefundable mean nonrefundable? Answer: When airlines say "nonrefundable fare," they usually mean it. Except when they don't. Don't get excited. This doesn't mean you'll get your money back if, say, you change your mind about going to (fill-in-the-blank place) because you're worried about (fill-in-the-blank anxiety-inducing issue)
May 26, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The cost of flying might be going up, but this time it's not the airlines raising prices. The Obama administration has proposed raising the taxes on air travel by about $14 per flight, a move airlines strongly oppose. Higher taxes are needed to help reduce the deficit, pay for improvements at the nation's airports and add thousands of new immigration and customs officers to reduce wait times to process foreign visitors, the administration says. Airlines say higher taxes will backfire and hurt the economy.
January 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Fly from Albuquerque to Tucson on Southwest Airlines for $59, from Asheville, N.C., to Orlando on Allegiant Air for $49, or from Boston to Chicago on Spirit Airlines for only $9. If these fares seem too good to be true, that's because they are. An asterisk accompanies the online ads for the fares, with the fine print indicating that additional fees and taxes apply. In some cases the additional charges raise the final ticket price by 20% or more. Starting Jan. 26, no more asterisks.
May 4, 2010 | David Lazarus
As expected, United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced Monday that they're climbing into the cockpit together, creating the world's largest carrier. And, as expected, the two companies said this would result in "best-in-class customer service" for passengers. Yeah? Not to be a Gloomy Gus as the wedding bells are still ringing, but can anyone think of a single major merger that's resulted in better service (never mind lower prices) for consumers? Maybe among phone companies?
January 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been updated. See below for details
If airfares seem a little higher than usual, it's not because the airlines have raised their prices. The Department of Transportation's long-awaited new rules on what airlines can advertise as posted ticket prices go into effect Thursday. I think of it as the "no surprises" rule. The biggest change: Published airfares (online, on billboards, in print, over the phone) must include all taxes and fees. The idea is that consumers looking for the lowest airfare won't be misled by super-low prices that increase exponentially after fees and taxes are added on. The rule applies to airlines, ticket agents and online travel booking sites like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. Kayak, however, already publishes the total cost of airfares on its site.
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