· Independence Air:
The airline was doing its thing through the end of 2005, but had to shut down for good in January of 2006. Before that, they always offered decent deals to and from their base at Washington-Dulles, especially up and down the east coast. Good deals are great, but we’re interested in the free companion ticket offer that they ran during the summer of 2005. Just book and complete two roundtrip tickets during the summer, and you’ll get a freebie flight for a friend. The free ticket was good between September and November. Of course you needed to join the iClub—their frequent flyer program—but that was pretty much it. We can only dream that we’d be awarded for taking plenty of summer vacations in 2010.
The airline that was here and gone before we really knew it continues to live on through the Internet. Skybus used to try to give away at least ten seats for just $10 each way on each and every of their destinations. We tried scoring one last flight from Columbus, Ohio to Burbank, California, but we were out of luck of course, since the airline shut down in 2008, only a year after starting. However, maybe we can still take advantage of that 10% discount off airport parking in Columbus and Oakland. It would make us feel a little better, as we’re still a little bitter that we got burned on a $10 ticket.
· Aloha Airlines:
One of the airlines dedicated to the spirit of the islands is long gone, but we still want to take advantage of some of the expired offers. During 2007 travel, you could get roundtrip flights between Orange County and Oakland to pretty munch any of the islands for under $350. If you needed to island hop there were even $19 one-way tickets available between Honolulu and Kona—among several others—earlier in the year. Too bad we can’t get a price match or something on another airline.
· Northwest Airlines:
NWA lives on through its big brother Delta, but it’s still gone for good. We took a look back to the summer of 2001, and the airline was doing well trying to get passengers from Detroit to Los Angeles. Summer fares were running at $119 each way, but of course there were still taxes and fees and a Saturday night stay was required. This might have seemed like a good deal back then, but we think with a little diligence we could find something better almost 10 years later. We’ll skip this vintage sale for now.
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[Photos: Official Sites via Internet Archive]