Are you still looking for a quick Easter getaway? A number of US airlines offer last-minute airfare specials beginning on Tuesdays for travel on the upcoming weekend, including this weekend. Most fares are non-refundable and must be purchased immediately, but these specials often represent significant savings even over the advance purchase fares. Below is a recap of this week's offerings.
United/Continental Airlines – Continental Airlines offers dozens of Internet specials this week, mostly to or from their hubs in Houston, Newark, Chicago, Cleveland and Denver. These fares must be purchased by 11:59 PM, Central on Friday, April 6 and apply to departures after 7 PM on April 6 or anytime April 7 with returns on Monday, April 9 or Tuesday, April 10. Taxes and airport fees are additional. A sampling of this week's fares include:
- Atlanta to Newark – $221
- Cleveland to Boston – $221
- Chicago to Huntsville – $221
- Chicago to Memphis – $157
- Chicago to Washington DC – $221
- Knoxville to Washington DC – $161
- New Orleans to San Francisco – $321
- St. Louis to Washington DC – $221
US Airways – US Airways also offers weekly Internet specials. Their E-saver fares for this week must be purchased by 11:59 PM, Eastern on April 7 for travel departing April 7and returning April 10. The best fares I found include: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)
- Pittsburgh to St. Louis – $238
- Pittsburgh to Washington DC – $190
- Portland, ME to Philadelphia – $220
Delta Airlines Web Deals – Delta is not offering any Web specials this week. Presumably, these fare specials will start again next week, after the holiday.
Keep in mind that there are a limited number of seats for these Internet deals and they may sell out at any time. Be sure to read the fine print before purchasing your tickets, but if you see something that interests you, it's a good idea to buy your tickets immediately to avoid being disappointed.