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Is AirTran's X-Fares Program A Good Deal?  
User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

I was looking at airfares between ATL and IAD or DCA and the prices are way too high for a poor person like me, around the $225-270 range round trip. FL has the X-Fares program where you can travel anywhere FL flies to for only $52 per segment if you are between ages 18-22 (I am). Since I live in ATL, that means that it's only $104 for me to go IAD round trip. It seems like a great deal.

Has anyone used the X-Fares program? Was it a good experience? Was it pretty painless to just go up to check-in desk and get on the standby list? Since you are flying standby, what are the chances of getting on the first flight? I know the ATL-DC corridor is one of the busiest in the nation, so is there is good chance I could get bumped off a couple of flights before actually getting on a plane?

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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Remember that like all fares they don't include the taxes. Can't fly Fri/Sun, yadda yadda yadda.

You might also want to try BWI-you might get a flight there first. And since you are going to IAD or BWI, I would recommend that you call AirTran reservations and ask them a day or so ahead to find out which city has lighter bookings for the time you want.


User currently offlineGroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Granted my opinion is biased, but I think the program is excellent. As Lowfareair mentioned, you cannot fly on Friday or Sunday. The total cost including tax is $62 each way. As far as ATL-IAD is concerned, those flights are rarely overbooked. Its been my experience that the 1600, 1725, and 2100 generally go out with open seats. Obviously, plan wisely and don't fly around a holiday weekend. Enjoy your trip!

JP


User currently offlineGnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

I flew from ATL-FLL and back last summer using the X-fare promotion. Left on Saturday afternoon (on a whim) and returned Monday night. No problems whatsoever. As has been mentioned, you can't check any bags since you're on standby. Like Lowfareair said, you definitely want to call reservations the night before you travel to check the loads on the flights you're thinking about trying. It could keep you from hanging around the airport for longer than necessary. Other than that, it's a great deal for us poor college kids.

GroundStop -- are the X-fares good to FPO, as well?


User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3776 times:

Thanks everyone, it sounds like an excellent program. I wish I discovered this sooner, now I only have about one year left before I turn 23.

I might try doing an ATL-BWI-IAD-ATL trip just for the hell of it. It will also give me chance to ride a MARC train from BWI, since I'm a railfan also.

The site tells me that my carry-on can't exceed 45 inches, is that number the sum of the length+width+height?


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3758 times:

Could you use an X-Fare on ATL-LAX?
If you can, that would be a good deal
-UN
But the seats are empty anyway, a major should do this, or another LCC.



What now?
User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

You can try ATL-LAX. Let me just warn you first that the Load Factor for June on that route was over 90%. Good luck.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Im' not going to go ATL-LAX but that is quite a deal!
-UN



What now?
User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

UN: You can go anywhere FL flies to EXCEPT Grand Bahama. So, yes, it's a fantastic deal! The money would I save if I flew to Las Vegas could be used to gamble my life away!  Smile

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6199 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Since you live in Atlanta, it's probably a good deal. But otherwise, remember that the $52 fare is per segment. That means that if your flight involves a connection (it does unless you're going to ATL as a final destination), we're talking $104 each way. That means $208 round trip, plus taxes. You can likely find a comparable fare to most destinations that gives you a confirmed seat, unless you're forced into a last minute booking situation.

I'm not sure what the standby priority is for X-fare riders, but if it's ahead of the nonrevs, then you probably have a good shot. Plan to travel when others are not likely to travel, and standby usually works out pretty good.

[Edited 2003-07-08 08:29:36]


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

BTV-West Coast runs like $3-4 hundred...If they served BTV it would still be a good deal.
-UN



What now?
User currently offlineGroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

The cost of a roundtrip w/ connection is $248. The concept was that young adults wouldn't make plans far enough in advance to get a 7 or 14 day advance booking. $248 r/t certainly beats your last minute Y-fare. As far as the priority code, it is higher than all nonrevs and slightly lower than revenue stand-by's who wish to travel on different flights than their originally booked segment. Remember, AirTran doesn't charge for that.  Smile

JP


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

I used to work for AirTran. Their advice to me for when people asked was to recommend that it only be used on non-stop routings. It is possible to get stuck at ATL with an X-Fare.

As I recall, you get your money back if you're denied boarding, but I could be wrong, since I hardly ever worked on X-Fares.

Cheers!



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6199 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

I don't believe the credit card is charged until a seat is cleared.


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