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Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?  
User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4691 times:


Just wonderin'. Here in Europe, specifically the UK, a number (if not all) of our low-cost airlines have at one time or the other (some, on multiple occasions) offered "free flights". These are flights for which only taxes are payable, and they are usually quite popular, for reasons which are obvious.

Do such offers appear in the US, with the likes of Jetblue, Southwest and all the others?

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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3379 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

Other than non-revving in general, the only "free flights" offered to the public was by Spirit Airlines on September 11, 2002.

User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4614 times:

I think Delta Airlines also gave away free tickets to NYC after 9/11.

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4546 times:
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One thing to remember is that our LCC's for the most part have been around longer than the European counterparts have, so some of these promotions might have been tried years ago.

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User currently offlinePIA747 From Pakistan, joined Apr 2003, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

In May Jetsgo, a low cost carrier based in Montreal offered 1000 free tickets to Toronto, each weekend for three weeks. Flights were available from Montreal, Ottawa and New York.
The "Let's Go to Toronto" weekend offers included:A first night of accommodation free at any of its participating Comfort and Quality Inns, Hotels and Suites in the Greater Toronto Area. A minimum two-night stay at the regular rate was required.
National Car Rental was providing one day of free car rental for every day purchased at their Pearson Airport facility.

The objective was to try and help Toronto's tourism industry get back on its feet.

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4388 times:
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ATA, UA, and some other others are doing stuff like fly three and ride free, one was when you purchase tickets at ATA.com if you get a certain amount you get a free ticket on ATA but there are catches to it. Just check with the airline to see what they offer by that way.

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4578 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

Don't forget taxes and fees in the US are only a few dollars, while on European and Canadian flights they can add up to about 40 euro one way! Also the LCC's in Europe make some money with sales of snacks, drinks, hotels and bustickets. So a "free" passenger with Ryanair can still give some revenue. Theses fees are higher than the sum they actually have to pay airports, creditcard companies and meal caterers. While on Southwest (with sparse but free on board service), it would just be a waste of money to fly a 80 kg full can choosing additional pax around.

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