If you’re looking for a quick weekend away, this is a good week to go. This week’s Internet specials span the United States, from the east coast to Florida to the California coast. For those unfamiliar with these offers: 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 Airlines – United 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, May 18 and apply to departures after 7 PM on May 18 or anytime May 19 with returns on Monday, May 21 or Tuesday, May 22. Taxes and airport fees are additional. A sampling of this week's fares include:
- Austin to Washington/Dulles Airport – $321
- Chicago to Greenville, SC – $217
- Chicago to White Plains, NY – $221
- Cleveland to Phoenix – $321
- Cleveland to Toronto – $239
- Denver to San Antonio – $271
- Denver to Monterey, CA – $271
- Las Vegas to San Francisco – $161
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 May 19 for travel departing May 19 and returning May 22. The best fares I found include: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)
- Charlotte to West Palm Beach, FL – $240
- Long Beach, CA to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – $348
- Memphis to Washington DC/Reagan Airport – $250
- San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – $360
Delta Airlines Web Deals – There are no Web specials for Delta this week.
American Airlines Net Fares – American Airlines offers both specials for this weekend and the following weekend, provided you purchase your tickets no later than 11:59 PM, Central on May 18. Travel for this weekend’s fares is May 18 after 7 PM or May 19 anytime with return travel on May 21 or May 22. For the following weekend, travel is limited to departures on May 25 after 7 PM or anytime May 26 with return travel on May 28 or May 29. Highlights include:
- Charlotte, NC to Dallas – $196
- Houston to Miami – $230
- Chicago to Toronto – $238
- Miami to Gainesville, FL – $122
- Chicago to St. Louis – $130
- Nashville to Washington DC/Reagan Airport – $268
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.