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United, JetBlue & Virgin America–Oh My!

August 13, 2009

I love a good deal just as much as the next person, but the current airline price wars is getting REDONKULOUS!

Please note that I’ve pulled information from each of their sites. I am in NO WAY responsible if prices change. My suggestion, book ASAP so you get the best deal they have to offer.

Wondering which deal you think is best and where you’re going to fly. If you’re in San Francisco, let me know!

United Fall Fare Sale

Nothing gimmicky here…just some good flight deals. Check it out http://bit.ly/khdffs

Book by: Friday, August 14

$59–$194 each-way, based on a round-trip purchase**

Fares shown are valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Higher fares are available on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

21 days advance purchase, minimum stay SATURDAY

Blackout dates:

  • To San Francisco: August 18–25, 2009
  • From San Francisco: August 22–29 and September 21–28, 2009
  • To Portland: August 18–25; August 30–September 3; and September 16–20, 2009

Luggage fees:

  • $15 for first checked bag
  • $25 for second checked bag

Why this rocks:

  • United First® and United Business® customers have access to in-seat power outlets on all of our three-cabin Boeing 767, 747 and 777 aircraft. In-seat power outlets are also available to United First customers on select Boeing 757 and Airbus 320 aircraft. Outlets on all of the above aircraft are EmPower® DC power ports, which require an adapter when powering a laptop or any other electronic device. **Yes, this is straight from their website.**
  • All premium service flights between JFK and SFO or LAX has an AC power port. Plug it in, plug it in!
  • Inflight Internet-Coming soon to all United p.s. flights–United is partnering with Gogo® Inflight Internet to keep you connected, even at 30,000 feet. You will be able to browse the web, catch up on email and access corporate VPNs en route to your destination on your Wi-Fi enabled laptop or mobile device. Service coming fall 2009. For more information, visit gogoinflight.com. **Not sure which flights have these as of right now. Worth checking out seeing as Fall 2009 is, well…now.

JetBlue All You Can Fly Jetpass

Fly JetBlue anywhere you like, as often as you like, between September 8 and October 8, 2009. That’s 57 cities and more than 600 daily flights! Check it out http://bit.ly/khjbp

  • $599 for a month of unlimited travel, any available seat
    • Domestic taxes and fees included
    • International and Puerto Rico taxes and fees not included
  • On sale through Friday, August 21, 2009, or while supplies last **The fine print on JetBlue says they can end the offer earlier, if they care to do so.
  • Travel Dates: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 through Thursday, October 8, 2009
  • Each flight must be booked no later than 11:59 p.m. MDT three days prior to the flight’s scheduled departure.
  • Nonrefundable/nontransferable/no name changes permitted
  • Customers who already have a flight booked during the pass travel period can pay the difference to upgrade to the pass by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583), prompt 4.
  • Each All-You-Can-Jet Pass is eligible for 35 TrueBlue points. Flights booked on the pass are not available for additional TrueBlue points.

To purchase an All-You-Can-Jet Pass:

Call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583), option 4. You do not have to be a TrueBlue member at the time of purchase, but a TrueBlue number is required to book all flights.To join TrueBlue, click here; it’s free.

Other important info:

  • Changes or cancellations of flight bookings made after 11:59 p.m. MDT three days prior to the flight’s scheduled departure will incur a $100 change/cancel fee. If changed more than 3 days before, $0 cost.
  • “No shows” for flights will incur a $100 fee, with Pass suspension until fee is paid.
  • Passes may be used only to book new travel and may not be applied to existing reservations.
  • Travel is subject to availability and seats may not be available on all flights.

Why this rocks:

  • Dunkin donuts coffee in flight. Mmmmm…
  • Complimentary snooze kits
  • Aren’t leather seats more sanitary? I always feel like they are less dirty.
  • Never a problem for me, but more leg room is bonus for those taller then 5’4″ (which is 2 more inches than little ol me!)
  • DirectTV, so you don’t miss The Real Housewives of Wherever You’re Flying
  • FREE Wireless
  • JetBlue has first checked bag FREE!

Virgin America Fares to Fly By

Not to be upstaged, let’s talk about the hipster Virgin America. Wish they flew to more locations, but they have just added Fort Lauderdale to their list. I’m thinking this is a teaser of what else may be in the pipeline. **Please, please, PLEASE add Austin soon. kthxbai* Check out more http://bit.ly/khvaptf

The deets:

  • Purchase by 8.17.09
  • 3-day advance purchase
  • Must fly between 8.18.09 and 11.18.09
  • Blackout dates do not apply (They never do *sigh*)
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable
  • $50 change fee, if done on website (which is standard for Virgin America)
  • $75 change fee if you talk to someone who breathes
  • First piece of luggage, up to 70 lbs, is $15. And though I tend to overpack, I’ve never been close to the 70 lbs, but I have been over the 50 lbs other airlines limit to. Don’t judge!

Let me break down the prices:

**Prices do not include additional taxes and fees, but are still a rockin’ deal.**

Also, these are the prices advertised on their website http://bit.ly/khvaptf however, when I clicked on some of the flights to verify, the prices were in the $400-$600+ range…each way. Tricky!

  • SFO–LAS (Vegas, baby!!) $49 each way
  • SFO–LAX (L.A.–almost my second home) $49 each way
  • SFO–SNA (O.C. anyone?) $49 each way
  • SFO–SAN (I *heart* San Diego) $49 each way
  • SFO–SEA (grab a cup of Starbucks in Seattle) $49 each way
  • LAX–SEA $69 each way
  • SFO–JFK (It’s up to you NY!) $119 each way
  • SFO–BOS $119 each way
  • LAX–IAD (To see the President in D.C.) $119 each way
  • LAX–BOS (Mmmm…chowder in Boston) $119 each way
  • JFK–LAS $139 each way

Why this rocks:

  • If you’ve flown Virgin America, you know it rocks…
  • Like I said above, 20 lbs difference on baggage allowance makes a big difference to a girl who loves shoes
  • The entertainment starts before you leave the ground. Plug in for music, movies, TV and games
  • The ambiance on Virgin America is like a night club. Black lights (or maybe they’re purple lights), hipster flight attendants and soothing music. Get your groove on!
  • I swear I’ve been on flights before that has aromatherapy piped into the plane. I kinda liked it 😉
  • And last, but not least, ALL Virgin America flights are equipped with Gogo Inflight WiFi, for a small fee.

As an added bonus…if you’re flying AirTran, Delta or Virgin America, Gogo has a 1 month unlimited pass (on one airline) for less than $50. ROCK IT at http://bit.ly/khgogo

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 13, 2009 10:07 am

    great summary of all the deals! 🙂 it’s almost difficult to narrow down the destinations of choice.

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