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We’re always on the lookout for the next airfare sale, but sometimes it's nice to remember the good old, cheaper days. You won’t be able to use any of our latest finds to help you get anywhere, but hopefully it will be a nice stroll down memory lane. Here’s five of our picks for defunct airlines and their vintage sales.
· Trans World Airlines:
The airline better known as TWA was swallowed up by American Airlines in 2001, but before their disappearance they were trying to get butts in the seats to raise some cash. Back in April of 2000 they wanted passengers to beat the winter blues by taking advantage of cheaper fares to the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. For those looking for a classier escape, St. Louis to Paris was $698 roundtrip. New Yorkers could head to Seattle or Los Angeles for just $298, but for $498 we’d rather take a trip to Honolulu. Just remember that all travel must be completed by September 15, 2000.
Well, that's the end of these ads: Today's the last day for flights on Hawaiian carrier Aloha Airlines.
After declaring bankruptcy earlier this month, the airline says it had no choice but to shut down. Passengers still holding tickets will get picked up by United. (Possibly a fate worse than being stranded in Hawaii.)
After the jump, check out a 10 minute montage of Aloha's 61 years of history and the story of the airline's longest serving flight attendant.
Holy coconuts! Upstart interisland carrier go! has done it again. On June 11 they offered a surprise one-year anniversary gift to 1,000 lucky travelers -- $1 o/w fares on interisland flights around the islands. Double your pleasure and you get to fly these short-hop routes for a mere $2. Would you like to have your Kahului latte at Starbucks -- or actually fly to Kahului? The latter is the cheaper choice. This compares to $100 o/w fares that were common before go! crashed the market, a shockingly high tariff for a 30-minute hop. Alas, the one-day bonanza crashed servers as a stampede of customers sought to take advantage of the insane deal.
That said, don't expect that go! won't pull another stunt like this again. The aggressive upstart, a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines, has deep pockets compared to rival carriers, incumbents Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Air. And Mesa CEO Jonathan Ornstein appears to be willing to do whatever it takes to force the other guys off the tarmac. Stay tuned, island hoppers! More fare wars in paradise to come!
Ever since upstart airline go! entered the interisland market in Hawaii and challenged the incumbent carriers Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Air, the price wars have been fast and furious. Island-hopping travelers and locals who had been ponying up nearly $200 for round trip tix suddenly were paying $60 for the same routes. go! lowered the bar yet again today when it announced it would sell inter-island seats for a mere $9. Natch, these puppies sold out really quickly. But travelers should keep in mind that go! is going for the jugular with Hawaiian and Aloha (neither of which are as well capitalized as go!, a Mesa Airlines subsidiary). You should watch for similarly low, low, brutally low fares to sally forth again.
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