Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Virgin America Fare Sale

Virgin America introduced a major fare sale last night with, for example, round-trip fares between New York and Los Angeles for just over $300 when you add in the fees. But hurry, hurry, hurry (as the carny barkers used to say), because these fares come with lots of availability and other restrictions.

Details from the Virgin America announcement:

Book by March 29. Fly with 14-day advance purchase April 6 through June 20 and August 24 through November 17. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
San Francisco Las Vegas $59*
San Francisco Los Angeles $59*
San Francisco San Diego $59*
Seattle San Francisco $79*
Seattle Los Angeles $99*
Boston San Francisco $129*
Boston Los Angeles $129*
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) San Francisco $129*
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) Los Angeles $129*
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco $129*
Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $129*
New York (JFK) Los Angeles $139*
New York (JFK) San Francisco $139*

Book by March 29. Fly with 14-day advance purchase August 19 through November 17. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
San Francisco Orlando $199*
Los Angeles Orlando $149*
Seattle Orlando $199*
San Diego Orlando $199*

And here's the fine print:

* All coach fares are one-way and require a 14-day advance purchase. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm PDT 03.29.10. For service to and from Orlando, travel must occur between 08.19.10 and 11.17.10. For all other service travel must occur between 04.06.10 and 06.20.10 or 08.24.10 and 11.17.10. Blackout dates are 05.28.10, 05.31.10, 09.03.10, and 09.06.10. Higher sale fares in effect on Fridays, and Sundays. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flight may not operate daily during off-peak periods. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Passengers who "no-show" without a change or cancel prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of the fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through the reservation call center will cost an additional $15 per passenger per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares do not include passenger facility charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th security fees of up to $5 each way and a federal segment tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. ... Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds for $25 for each ticketed passenger. The fee per passenger for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

Whew, sounds like one of those TV ads where the announcer races through the fine print at 300 words a minute.


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