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User currently offlineBcoz From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 372 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

I've noticed that United is offering same-day return cheap e-fares for certain city pairs if you go and return on the same Saturday. This, of course, is great for the flying nut who wants to get some time in the air but doesn't really want to spend a whole lot of cash.

My question is this... Anyone know of any other carriers that are offering similar sale fares?


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

Depends on the airline. I'm often able to snag $95 same-day fares from MSP to MKE on Delta/Northwest - I've often booked these flights when I wake up in the morning and do some flying later that same afternoon.

User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1604 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

I went to UA.com out of curiosity, and noticed that these fares for CMH-ORD same day r/t are $72 for tomorrow and next Saturday, then go up to $142 from Halloween wknd through Nov. Do they consider even early Nov. the beginning of holiday travel, or is this just the end of a sale?

User currently offlineUALFAson From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting LHCVG (Reply 2):
Do they consider even early Nov. the beginning of holiday travel, or is this just the end of a sale?

The Saturday same day return fares are just like the last-minute e-fares in general, in the sense that they're trying to dump excess inventory in specific undersold markets at the last minute. It's too early to determine if on Saturdays in November there is going to be excess unsold capacity in the CMH-ORD market. You will need to wait until the week before.

What's ironic is that a couple of weeks ago I did a same-day return e-fare on LAX-SFO for $99 roundtrip, thinking it was a decent, although not great, deal. Looking to book a business trip later this month, I can now do a same-day LAX-SFO return on a random Wednesday for $88 r/t plus taxes.

But to go back to the original post, I have not seen other airlines offer same-day return fares as part of their weekend e-fares. United has been doing it for at least a couple of months, but I'm not sure how much earlier before that.

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User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1250 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

In the past it has been available on some US e-savers. I believe it was only when the e-saver was offered with origination in either city.

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