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Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Mon Jul 07, 2003 3:31 pm


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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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Mon Jul 07, 2003 3:37 pm

Other than non-revving in general, the only "free flights" offered to the public was by Spirit Airlines on September 11, 2002.
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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Mon Jul 07, 2003 7:41 pm

I think Delta Airlines also gave away free tickets to NYC after 9/11.
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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:19 pm

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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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Tue Jul 08, 2003 4:30 am

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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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Tue Jul 08, 2003 5:42 am

ATA, UA, and some other others are doing stuff like fly three and ride free, one was when you purchase tickets at 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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RE: Are "free Flights" Offered In The US?

Tue Jul 08, 2003 6:40 am

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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