Virgin America Holds Mega Sale Through February


Virgin America, a stylish, 2-year-old discount carrier, has launched a nationwide fare sale good for travel as late as Feb. 10.

Fares range from $49 to $109 one-way and are described by bargain-hunters such as Travelzoo as being as much as $100 less than competing airlines on the same routes. Sample fares include: $49 between San Francisco and Los Angeles; $109 New York-San Francisco; and $109 Washington-Los Angeles.

Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 8. Virgin America has won several recent travelers’ polls as best domestic airline, due partly to in-flight amenities. Its fleet is outfitted with mood lighting more reminiscent of a dance club than an airline, an extensive library of games, movies, TV shows, music, plus all of its planes come equipped with Gogo in-flight e-mail and Web surfing.

The fledgling carrier, privately held and 25 percent owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, flies to nine U.S. cities, with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., joining the network on Nov. 18. This sale carries blackout dates and seats are limited.

Also, back on the ground, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is offering significant Fall savings at its four-star heritage properties in Canada. If you book by Aug. 31, rooms can be had at the Royal York in Toronto for $97 ($104 CAD); $111 ($119 CAD) at Chateau Frontenac in Quebec city; $185 ($199 CAD), with a $100 CAD resort credit at Chateau Lake Louise. Deals are good from early September through November or December.

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