Airlines start summer discount season

March 10, 2010 at 2:31 PM

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. airlines have launched the first serious sale involving the coming summer travel season, a price expert from Bestfares.com said.

Tom Parsons, founder of Bestfares.com, said "the first big summer fare sale," is underway, USA Today reported Wednesday.

However, it may take some searching to find the best fare and passengers may have to book flights 10 days or more in advance. But several airlines, including AirTran, US Airways, United, Delta and American are offering discounts, Parsons said.

"The airlines are not going to give away every single seat at a cheap price. But this is the first big summer sale we've had, so there should still be plenty of room," he said.

Low fares include round trip Orlando, Fla., to Chicago flights for about $158 on Delta and Dallas to New York round trip faces for $174 on American Airlines, the newspaper said.

"The unofficial motto" for the industry, AirTran spokesman Christopher White said, "is 'Match (the fare) or die.'"

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