Winter fare sales are starting to heat up


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:04 p.m.
If you've postponed your winter travel plans until after the holidays, or you'd like to get away again, we're seeing a number of sales.
British Airways has offers for travelers to London. The London Express Package includes roundtrip air, three nights' hotel and daily continental breakfast. Packages must be purchased by Jan. 12, for travel Jan. 10 through March 31. Sample package prices start at $449 from Dallas, $399 from New York, $481 from Seattle. Price per person based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees additional. Contact: 1-877-428-2228 (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.); www.britishairways.com, then click on ''Special Offers,'' then ''Current Offers.''
British Airways is also offering an Internet-only sale for travel to London. Sample roundtrip fares from Dallas to London start at $389 in Coach Class and $535 in Economy Plus Class. These fares include taxes, fees and surcharges. Tickets must be purchased online by Jan. 9, with a seven-day advance, for departure through April 2. A Saturday night stay is required. The carrier also has sale fares to Europe, but when we compared prices, we found lower fares to many of these destinations on other carriers. Access www.ba.com/tell.
Several carriers, including American, US Airways and Taca, are offering sale fares from Dallas to San Jose, Costa Rica. Roundtrip fares start at $319, plus taxes and fees. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 5, for travel through March 31. Blackout dates apply.
American AAdvantage and United Mileage Plus members can redeem fewer miles for short-haul flights this winter. Fly for 15,000 miles in Coach Class or 30,000 miles in Business Class for nonstop flights of up to 750 miles. Travel is valid within the continental U.S. and Canada through Feb. 28. Access www.aa.com/shorthops or www.united.com/reduced awards.
  • n n In other news, President Bush recently signed a bill into law that extends bankruptcy protection for air travelers through Nov. 30.
    The protection allows passengers to fly standby on the same route on an alternate carrier for $50 each way if their ticketed airline ceases operations. For international flights, departure fees may be charged in addition to the $50 fee.
    Passengers must make alternate travel arrangements within 60 days of the date of cessation, or on or before the date of travel listed on the original ticket, whichever comes first. Travelers within the first three days after cessation will have seven days to make alternate travel arrangements. The protection does not apply to foreign airlines or charter flights.
    Tom Parsons is publisher of Bestfares.com. Contact him at www.bestfares.com/contact.asp.
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