Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fly Skybus from Columbus for only $10!!

This is so cool!
Of course, I'm always trying to find the lowest airfare for destinations that I'd like to travel to and that can be difficult when flying out of Columbus International Airport. However, now that Skybus (based out of Columbus) is preparing to enter operation, that will all change.
Checking out their website you will see that they offer fares to select cities in the US for as low as $10 one way (plus taxes, of course)!
As of now their are only 9 destination cities and they are expecting to receive their federal certification to fly within the month with their first scheduled flights being May 22.
Doing a test comparison for 1 passenger with Skybus' site and Travelocity flying from Columbus, OH (CMH) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Hollywood Int. Airport) and back on Mon., Oct. 22 and Fri., Oct. 26 gave these results:

Skybus: Nonstop flight with Priority Boarding ($10 @ way), assuming 2 bags ($5 @) and Travel Insurance. Flight Time ~2:00 - 2:45.
Total Cost: $136.84 with taxes and fees.
JetBlue (Travelocity's Lowest Fare): One connecting flight in NY (JFK) and Flight Protection. Flight/Layover Time ~5:30.
Total Cost: $260.55 with taxes and fees.

That's a big difference. Make it even bigger by dropping the Skybus Priority Seating (allows you to board 30 minutes before others) and it's an even bigger savings, only $116.84! Plus, that was using a connecting flight with JetBlue. the only nonstop flight was with Delta Airlines and that ticket cost, with Flight Protection, skyrockets to $386.75!! Krikey!!

So, for travelers looking for a really good deal on flights, look into Skybus to see if they go where you want to go. Or, heck, for as low as $36.30 without frills you can take a weekend trip (Sat. - Mon.) to Portsmouth, NH (60 miles out of Boston and 50 miles out of Portland, ME)!! Talk about your weekend getaways!

I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye on Skybus and you may want to as well!

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