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Memorial Day airfares on sale

Other big airlines match Frontier deal, with fares starting at $39 one way.

By Teresa Mears May 24, 2010 12:11PM

If you're kicking yourself for not booking a Memorial Day weekend getaway, you may have another chance.


Frontier Airlines is offering weekend airfares starting at $39 each way on more than 700 routes, and other airlines have matched the fares on competitive itineraries. The fares are good for travel May 27 through June 1, and tickets must be purchased by May 31.



Like all airfare sales, this one may or may not include the trips you want to take.


From Denver, for example, Frontier has quite a few routes on sale, including Colorado Springs at $39 each way, Aspen, Colo., at $47, Albuquerque, N.M., at $54 and Los Angeles at $64.


From Fort Lauderdale, Fla., however, the only sale fares from Frontier are $149 to $169 each way, and they're only to Colorado destinations.


If you're flying on Frontier, you don't need to book a round-trip ticket to get the sale fare, so if you wanted to stay longer, it would be possible to use the sale fare one way and find another fare back. If you're flying Midwest, which was recently purchased by Frontier, the sale fares are good only on round-trip tickets. Some fares require a minimum three-day stay.

The published fares don't include taxes, nor do they include fees. Most major airlines, including Frontier, charge $15 to $35 for the first checked bag, though, unlike Spirit, the other airlines still allow one free carry-on.


If your destination isn't part of the latest sale, and you still want to take a last-minute trip, check the websites of the airlines that serve your town and the major travel booking websites. Many offer last-minute packages all the time.


You can also bid for a last-minute trip on Priceline or search for last-minute deals on Bing Travel.


If you're not set on a specific destination, FareCompare has a tool that lets you search for trips in a specified price range during a specific month. Once you choose a destination, you can see how much it would cost on different days.


If you checked airfares last week and all the cheap fares for your desired trip were sold out, check again. Sometimes when airlines have a lot of seats left, more seats are offered at a discounted price.


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