You have decided the destination. I bet you can even picture yourself on the beach sipping something fabulous while rocking your new bikini purchased especially for this moment. What's next? Well you can't be a summer jet setter without a flight. So what are you waiting on? Well, a budget savvy frugalista would answer- the best deal on a ticket.
Virgin America today teams up with Twitter to launch a “Fly Forward, Give Back” (#FlyFwdGiveBack) flash fare sale. The airline is encouraging flyers across the nation to grab a seat and retweet, to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research through the Stand up to Cancer initiative. With sale fares as low as $49* and with Virgin America donating five dollars per booking** from now through 11:59pm PDT tonight (August 10th) to support cancer research, this deal is definitely “retweetable.” Virgin America is the only airline based in Silicon Valley, and its use of technology, social media and design has made it a favorite among local flyers. The airline has been an early adopter of Twitter’s advertising products and is using both Promoted Tweets and a Promoted Trend to drive conversations and engagement around today’s #FlyFwdGiveBack sale. More details can be found at: http://www.virginamerica.com/vx/booking/twitter.
The “#FlyFwdGiveBack” fare sale is good for travel across Virgin America’s network between August 13, 2011-November 16, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT tonight (August 10th). Main Cabin fares start as low as $49* (restrictions, taxes and fees applying) on short-hauls like Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)-San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SFO-Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)-LAX and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)-LAX fares start from $99* (restrictions, taxes and fees applying). Tickets are on sale now on Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).***
Virgin America will donate five dollars for every direct booking** made today in the ‘#FlyFwdGiveBack’ fare sale, up to a total of $50,000, to fund collaborative cancer research through Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)3 charitable organization, which raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. As SU2C’s Official Domestic Airline partner, the carrier supports SU2C’s mission by driving awareness and funding for cancer research – through donations, joint fundraising campaigns and in-kind ticket contributions. Virgin America guests are also able to join the SU2C movement at 35,000 feet via the Red™ entertainment platform. Flyers can visit the Shop “Make a Difference” section on Red, swipe a credit card and join the fight to bring an end to cancer – right from their seatbacks. The Virgin America-SU2C partnership kicked off in fall 2010 as SU2C returned to TV for its second star-studded fundraising telecast, which simultaneously aired on all networks and 14 cable channels. The show combined entertainment with an appeal to support cancer research and included an appearance by a Virgin America aircraft and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson.
# FlyFwdGiveBack fares include:
August 13, 2011 to November 16, 2011
Three Day AP Three Day AP
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday Monday, Thursday, Friday
Boston Los Angeles $139* $159*
Boston San Francisco $139* $159*
New York Los Angeles $139* $159*
New York San Francisco $139* $159*
New York Las Vegas $139* $159*
Chicago Los Angeles $99* $109*
Chicago San Francisco $109* $119*
Dulles Los Angeles $139* $159*
Dulles San Francisco $139* $159*
Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $139* $159*
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco $139* $159*
Orlando Los Angeles $139* $159*
Orlando San Francisco $139* $159*
Cancun Los Angeles $169* $169*
Cancun San Francisco $169* $169*
Los Cabos San Francisco $119* $119*
Dallas/Ft.Worth Los Angeles $99* $109*
Dallas/Ft.Worth San Francisco $99* $109*
San Francisco Los Angeles $49* $59*
San Francisco Las Vegas $49* $59*
San Francisco San Diego $59* $69*
Seattle San Francisco $79* $89*
Seattle Los Angeles $99* $109*
Boston Seattle $159* $179*
Boston Las Vegas $159* $179*
Boston San Diego $159* $179*
New York San Diego $159* $179*
New York Seattle $159* $179*
Chicago Las Vegas $109* $129*
Chicago San Diego $119* $139*
Chicago Seattle $129* $149*
Dulles San Diego $159* $179*
Dulles Seattle $159* $179*
Dulles Las Vegas $149* $169*
Fort Lauderdale Seattle $139* $159*
Fort Lauderdale Las Vegas $139* $159*
Fort Lauderdale San Diego $139* $159*
Orlando San Diego $139* $159*
Orlando Seattle $139* $159*
Dallas/Ft.Worth Seattle $119* $139*
Seattle Las Vegas $89* $109*
Seattle San Diego $99* $119*
Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun and Chicago.
You have decided the destination. I bet you can even picture yourself on the beach sipping something fabulous while rocking your new bikini purchased especially for this moment. What’s next? Well you can’t be a summer jet setter without a flight. So what are you waiting on? Well, a budget savvy frugalista would answer- the best deal on a ticket.
Timing is everything
Did you know the most expensive days to book flights are Fridays and Sundays? My theory is that people are trying to leave after the workweek on Friday and be back before the workweek begins again on Monday. It goes back to simple supply and demand. So when exactly is the best time to buy? Well the answer to that depends on who you ask, however the consensus appears to be either Tuesday or Wednesday. Fare Compare even goes as far to suggest that you purchase your tickets for domestic travel on Tuesday at 3pm (Eastern Time) because prices tend to go up on Thursday for the increased weekend rates. Now it is time to figure out what day you will fly. If you are looking to further your savings and have the availability, try to schedule your flight for Wednesday morning. According to Fare Compare, “Wednesday is one of the three cheapest days, the others are Tuesday and Saturday (Friday and Sunday the most expensive days to travel). The cheapest days to travel internationally are a bit different”.
Travel Zoo: this is site the “Google” of travel searches. It allows you to compare multiple travel sites in one search. You simply type in your intended date of departure and whether your trip is one-way or roundtrip and Travel Zoo does the rest.
Hotwire: “No booking fees. Ever” is the motto that they are known for. This site offers deals up to 40% off with a daily feature of called “Today’s Top Deal”. In addition to their great savings, Hotwire features the link, Trip Watcher, which alerts you about price drops on trips that you want.
Travelocity: US cities on sale now for $79+. Just so happens, a “low fare alert” for Atlanta popped up today.
There’s an App for That!
I get emails all of the time for special offers and rates. Let technology work for you by signing up for email updates, signing up for “low fare alerts” from discount travel sites like the ones mentioned above, and check out the App Store and the Android Market. Most of the airline companies have become more technologically savvy and created an app for their loyal customers. It’s worth checking out!
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