AirTran is a Tease

Due to the nasty weather this winter, I am totally tempted to buy a flight to Florida… But I have to save my vacation time for the Europe trip this summer and you can’t get the cheapest flights over the weekend 😦 So sad.

http://www.airtran.com/sale

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  1. Jet Blue is doing the same thing out of New York. Like $80 fares to Florida. So far, nothing has fit into my schedule… but they’re posting another offer in 23 and I can’t wait to see it. I’m also hoarding vacation days, and I would only consider going over a weekend. JetBlue has been selling mid-week fares, so it probably won’t work out. Things usually don’t work out with a tease.

    • It is frustrating. I wish just once they would post these sale fares so you can travel over a weekend. I realize they are trying to fill their seats during off peak periods, but I feel like there is a lot of pent-up demand for $100-150 flights for three day weekends. I would totally fly to Florida, Bahamas, etc for the weekend if I could stay under $150, but the weekend flights are easily $300+.

      • I went through this a couple of years ago, and decided it would never work last minute. That’s why I started planning my weekend trips a year in advance. Will February come? Yes. Will I be depressed? Yes. I got back from Key West a week ago, and I’m ready for the beach again. I’m going to Puerto Rico in 3 weeks, and I’m still prowling the internet for deals to Florida. If my family wasn’t in NJ, I’d move to Miami.

  2. Is this like Ryan Air or Easy Air in Europe where the fares are really cheap but they charge you for absolutely everything including every ounce of luggage you carry?

    • Not quite. I don’t think the US has the equivalent of Ryan Air or Easy Jet. There are some airlines that may get down to $60 USD or so for a one way flight if they are running a sale, but on Airtran and Southwest and other similar airlines, a normal one way flight costs well over $100 USD.

      The majority of the airlines in the US allow you two carryon bags, and they don’t seem to be very strict about how much you shove into your bag if it somewhat matches the dimensions they specify. The airlines really only charge for checked bags and for special features like priority boarding or picking seats with extra legroom.

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