Big Sale Announced by Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines has announced a bevy of low fares for this summer/fall/winter. Prices as low as $29 one-way (Austin to Orlando, Oct. 23 until next March 1).

https://www.flyfrontier.com/ways-to-save/online-deals/

Of course, with Frontier there will be extra fees for everything.

Frontier Airlines is headquartered in Denver, close to mountain lakes like this one.
Frontier Airlines is headquartered in Denver, close to mountain lakes like this one.

Well-known travel blogger MommyPoints says that this sale is particularly good because it includes an extensive date range…from now until next Spring.

Why This $29 Airfare Sale Is So Awesome

 

Frontier and Spirit Airlines May Join TSA PreCheck

PreCheck is the TSA program that lets you bypass the lengthy “standard” security lines at US airports. If you have PreCheck you can use the short line, leave shoes on and leave liquids and computers in your carry-on luggage.

Now Frontier and Spirit have indicated that they will join PreCheck…the last US-based carriers to do so.

Frontier Airlines Finally Joins TSA PreCheck

The hangup has evidently been mostly the changes to their reservation systems needed to get that little PreCheck logo printed on boarding passes.

Spirit Airlines has very inexpensive flights, with lots of fees
Spirit Airlines has very inexpensive flights, with lots of fees

Passengers can get PreCheck in several ways. My favorite is to get Global Entry ($100 / 5 years), which includes PreCheck as a free bonus.

Another way is to sign up for PreCheck itself ($85 / 5 years). A third way is through some premium credit cards.

In the past the TSA granted temporary PreCheck to randomly-selected passengers, but the agency has stopped doing so.

Six Airlines Approved for Flights to Cuba

Six American airlines have been approved by the US government for scheduled flights to Cuba.

Six U.S. Airlines Approved for Cuba Service

The six are American Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country. They will fly to Cuban cities other than Havana, but in the future some may be approved to that popular destination.

The origination cities in the US are Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia.

Americans continue to face significant obstacles to Cuban travel, due to the continuing “12 reasons” rule. Abolition of these restrictions may depend upon Congressional action.

Updated Award Chart Comparison for Mainline U.S. Carriers

Here is an updated version of MileValue’s award-chart comparison for major United States airlines:

http://www.milevalue.com/comparison-of-united-delta-and-american-airlines-latest-2016-award-charts/

The chart covert the Big 3 mainline airlines in the U.S. – American, Delta and United. The fourth column is for American Airlines off-peak awards, which come with a considerable savings.

The chart does not cover Allegiant, JetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and other smaller airlines.

American Airlines, Photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Airlines Letting Passengers Cancel Flights to Zika Virus Areas

As the Zika virus spreads from South America into Caribbean island nations (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), airlines have begun letting passengers cancel flights without penalty.

If you or your partner are or could be pregnant, call the airline to learn if you can cancel for a full refund. The airlines are changing their policies on this daily, so Hang Up / Call Again (“HUCA”) tomorrow if you do not get a good answer today.

You can see a map from the Center for Disease Control showing areas of the United States where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika virus are found.

Nations where the Zika virus have been found, according to the CDC:
Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Cape Verde
Colombia
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
S. Martin
Samoa
Suriname
Venezuela

Mosquito, Photo by edans / Flickr