Airlines Start New Year with Huge Airfare Sales

Several U.S. airlines have begun 2012 with a bang, by offering heavily discounted fares and special sales.

Earlier this week, JetBlue offered deals beginning as low as $29+ each-way, and although that specific sale deadline has passed, it is now offering new deals from $49+ each-way that are good for purchase throughout January (note: prices mentioned do not include all taxes and fees).

Virgin America, meanwhile has twice extended its current airfare sale, which now ends Jan. 9 (but could be extended yet again).

Current Airline Airfare Sales

The following carriers are just a sampling of the current airline sale offerings:

  • Delta Sale on Europe – Book by Jan. 12
  • Frontier Sale from $65+ each-way – Book by Jan. 12
  • JetBlue Deals from $49+ each-way – Book by Jan. 29
  • Virgin America Sale from $49+ each-way – Book by Jan. 9
  • US Airways Last-Minute Weekend Sale – Book by Jan. 7

January is a Cheap ‘Dead Zone’ for Flights

One of the reasons airlines are offering up all these deals now is because January is traditionally a ‘dead zone’, meaning a period when people do not fly. Most did all the traveling they planned to during the Thanksgiving and December holidays, but the airlines will try to lure them into taking winter vacations so they keep the carriers’ planes full and bottom lines afloat.

Winter Sales Still Include Some Restrictions

There are two important restrictions shoppers should be aware of if they plan to take advantage of these New Year’s sales:

Flight Days: Most of the sales require that flights be taken on days many would prefer not to fly, especially Tuesday and Wednesdays. However, the Virgin America sale allows travelers to fly on Saturday as well (or on any other day, for just a few dollars more).

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Blackout Dates: Watch out for ‘no fly’ dates around Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) but especially during the fluid period of Spring Break which has become a lucrative travel period for the airlines and they raise their prices accordingly.


Updated: February 9, 2016