Looking for a good fare for an early 2011 trip? Today (Dec. 16) is the day to shop and buy.
Several major airlines have launched or matched sales in the market for travel during the first three months of 2011. As a result, fares and availability are very strong. Many of the sales end at midnight tonight, so don't wait until the last minute.
Here are the details:
JetBlue launched a one-day sale this morning. Fares start at $19 each way and include routes throughout the United States and the Caribbean. These fares offer a $20-$50 savings each way for travel Jan. 4 - Feb. 15. The first checked bag is free too -- which increases the savings.
AirTran's three-day sale ends tonight. Fares start at $44 each way for travel through March 16. More than 1000 routes are included in this sale.
Book a flight on Spirit Airlines today and use a coupon code to get $35 off the roundtrip price for flights Jan. 6 - Nov. 16. Spirit's fares are always among the best in the market, so this coupon offers savings on top of great fares. Just be mindful of Spirit's added fees for carry-on luggage and online seat selection.
Delta is offering sale fares starting at $44 each way to 40 cities out of Atlanta. Delta hubs such as New York City and Minneapolis are also showing good fares right now. Travel through March 16
Need a change of scenery to start the new year? Alaska Airlines has nonstop flights to four Hawaiian islands on sale from the West Coast -- for travel into May. Fares start at $139 each way.
Major airlines will often match (or beat) fare sales from competitors, so a good place to search for the best fare is Fly.com. This search engine compiles thousands of fares and shows the best prices.