'Ultra Low' Fares Being Offered by Discount Airlines

Ready to check out the cheapest airline tickets for your winter travel? Well, you are in luck, because airlines are offering some amazing fares right now. Spirit, JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest all have winter fare specials that will knock your socks off, so let’s get right to them.

Spirit Air
After offering $9 one-way fares from Phoenix to Las Vegas, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, they are now offering cheap flights starting at $17 each way. These fares include great city pairs like:

  • Chicago-Detroit
  • Fort Lauderdale-Nassau, Bahamas
  • Fort Lauderdale-Orlando
  • Las Vegas-Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas-Oakland
  • Las Vegas-San Diego

You can still join Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club by going to spirit.com. These super-cheap fares are one way, based on a roundtrip purchase and can be combined with other Spirit fares on other travel dates. They have to be booked 7 days in advance and are limited in quantity. Also keep in mind that Spirit charges fees for both checked luggage and carryon luggage.

JetBlue $100 Coast to Coast
To celebrate the centennial of the first transcontinental flight, JetBlue is offering $100 one-way fares between New York’s Kennedy Airport and Long Beach. These fares are good for Tuesday and Wednesday travel between January 10 and January 31, 2012. Unlike the first transcontinental flight in 1911, JetBlue gets you across the country in less than six hours and offers DirecTV and SiriusXM radio onboard. Of course, taxes and fees are extra, but JetBlue lets you check one bag for free.

Virgin America
Virgin America is now booking sale fares for travel between January 5 and March 14, 2012. Blackout dates for these sale fares are February 12 and 20, and April 6 and 9. The following cities are included in this sale (fares are one way):

  • San Francisco-Los Angeles, $59
  • San Francisco-San Diego, $59
  • San Francisco-Las Vegas, $59
  • Seattle-San Francisco, $59
  • Seattle-Los Angeles, $79
  • Chicago-San Francisco, $99
  • Chicago-Los Angeles, $99
  • Dallas-San Francisco, $99
  • Dallas-Los Angeles, $99

When you book on southwest.com or swabiz.com for travel February 12 through May 23, 2012, you can get the following one-way sale fares:

Atlanta-Baltimore, $79

Chicago-Atlanta, $79

Winter is a great time to fly, because fares often hit rock bottom in January. These fares go fast, so it is important to jump on a great deal when you see it. To find other cheap flights, be sure to sign up for FareCompare fare alerts.


Published: December 28, 2011