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New Routes from Allegiant and Alaska Airlines, but Big Winner is Puerto Rico

September 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· AirTran:
If you need some time in the sun but lack a passport, Puerto Rico is always a good option. AirTran is starting up nonstop service between San Juan and another sunny destinations—Tampa—beginning on April 5 of next year. Tickets are on sale now, and there will be two flights each day. We’re going to need to brush up on our high school Spanish a little bit, but we’ve still got a little bit of time.

· Allegiant Air:
This November will bring a new destination into Allegiant Air’s route network, as the airline is bringing its vacation packages and cheap airfare to Savannah, Georgia. The new flights will start on November 18, and will run between the low country and Fort Lauderdale. As always the fares will be a pretty good deal, as introductory rates will start at just $30 each way. The new flights will run twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.

· JetBlue:
It seems like every week brings another new route from JetBlue. This week one of our favorite low cost carriers is announcing a new option between Tampa and San Juan. Sounds pretty familiar, as AirTran is doing the same thing. Expect some cheap options on this route with the increased competition between the two budget carriers. JetBlue’s flights will begin next May, and a second daily flight will begin in June.

· Alaska Airlines:
San Jose is getting a new option in and out of its newly remolded airport, but just be sure to bring something to over your nose. Alaska Airlines is starting service to Guadalajara, Mexico, as long as Uncle Sam is cool with it. If all goes according to plan the new flights will begin just before Christmas, and they will operate every day of the week. However, there will be two different timing options depending on the day of the week you choose to depart.

· Jetstar:
Things are getting cheaper down under, as Jetstar is adding almost 40 additional flights in and around New Zealand starting next February. The competition between Jetstar and Air New Zealand should help fares head south fairly quickly. The low cost carrier is sending more planes to New Zealand, and these aircraft should boost service in and out of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. Domestic routes should start around just $20 each way.

[Photos: PhillipC & Jaunted]

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