Long(er) checkpoint lines – and checkpoint closures
Due to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government, passengers are finding longer lines tha usual at many airport security checkpoints.
On Monday, Harstfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had checkpoint wait times exceeding an hour. And George Bush International Airport (IAH) said its security checkpoint and ticketing counter in Terminal B would remain closed through Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Fiji Airways airfare deal
Fiji Airways has a two-for-one airfare deal right now. “The Great Companion Getaway” is available to purchase January 12 to 19 for travel from January 21 through March 31, 2019 and includes flights to Fiji from Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buy one all-inclusive ticket and pay just for the taxes on a companion ticket. Details here.
$49 flights to Europe on WOW Air – with lots of caveats
WOW Air, the budget Icelandic airline that expanded quickly but is now cutting many routes, has announced $49 sale fares to some European cities from the U.S., all with stops (or free stopvers) in Iceland’s KEF airport.
Fares are on sale now through January 18 (or until seats sell out) for a limited number of dates and flights between January 21 and March 11, 2019.
Keep in mind that WOW Air charges for just about everything – including carry-on bags that go in the overhead bin, reserved seats and in-flight meals, so that $49 fare may be significantly higher once you add in the “extras.”
Stellar credit card offer from Southwest
There are lots of airline credit card offers out there (and blogs devoted to getting you to apply for them) but Southwest Airlines currently has a generous promotion that some say takes things to a new level.
The deal, available through February 11, promises 30,000 Southwest rewards points – plus a compantion pass for the rest of the year – to those who sign up for the airline’s credit card and charge $4,000 to the card in first three months.
Holiday shopping season is in full swing and there are some airlines participating with Cyber Monday offers and Black Friday deals that last beyond Friday.
Alaska Airlines has a Cyber Monday sale scheduled that begins at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Nov. 27 at alaskaair.com.
Emirates Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale feature two-for-one round-trip airfares for travel out of its 11 U.S. gateways: Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD), Orlando (MCO), New York (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
British Airways’ Black Friday fare savings offer continues through Cyber Monday.
Several airlines rolled out sales on Black Friday that continue through Cyber Monday (and maybe beyond.) Other airlines have teased about their sales but are waiting until Sunday or Monday to roll them out.
If you’re planning a trip, check these out.
On Black Friday Emirates announced a two-for-one round-trip airfare sale for travel out of its 10 U.S. gateways Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD), Orlando (MCO), and New York (JFK).
The sale fares apply to economy class bookings for travel from January 9 through May 6, 2016.
Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale of up to 50 percent off prices on economy fares from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Boston to Asia will be available through December 4, 2015. They’re also throwing in 1,000 bonus Asia Miles for each booking.
Etihad Airways is offering a CyberMonday deal of 25 percent off fares in economy, business and First Class from the US to a wide variety of destinations. The sale is good through November 30 for travel from January 1 through June 30, 2016. More details here.
And Alaska Airlines will be kicking off its Cyber Monday sale on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. PST. All they’ve said so far is that the sale will include “some of the airline’s best deals of the year.”