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Discount Airlines Guide

With so many discount airlines, how do you choose which one to fly for your leisure or business trip? Be sure to check each airline’s website for cheap airfare deals during your initial flight search.

Discount Airlines

  • AirTran Airways Logo

    AirTran Airways | www.airtran.com
    Phone: (800) 247-8726
    Hub: Atlanta
    Where to find discount flights: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
    Booking Tip: Most flights route through the Atlanta hub; check for very affordable upgrades on the day of travel. Services many alternate airports; check the route map for a comprehensive list.

  • American Trans Air Logo

    American Trans Air (ATA) | www.ata.com
    Phone: (800) 435-9282
    Hubs: Chicago (Midway), Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix (mini-hub)
    Where to find discount flights: The major booking sites, aggregator sites, Southwest.com (for codeshare service)
    Booking Tip: Through a codeshare partnership with Southwest, ATA now serves more than 60 cities.

  • Frontier Airlines Logo

    Frontier Airlines | www.frontier.com
    Phone: (800) 432-1359
    Hub: Denver
    Where to Find Them: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
    Booking Tip: Almost everything routes through Denver; check the weather. Frontier offers a number of flights to Mexico’s most popular vacation destinations.

  • JetBlue Airways Logo

    JetBlue Airways | www.jetblue.com
    Phone: (800) 538-2583
    Hubs: New York (JFK), Los Angeles/Long Beach
    Where to find discount flights: JetBlue fares are now available on major booking sites and aggregator sites
    Booking Tip: Rows 11 and back have more leg room on many planes in the fleet.

  • Silver Airways Logo

    Silver Airways | www.gosilver.com
    Phone: (800) 523-3273
    Hubs: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa
    Where to find discount flights: Not bookable on their website; available on the major booking and aggregator sites through codeshares with United.com

  • Southwest Airlines Logo

    Southwest Airlines | www.southwest.com
    Phone: (800) 435-9792
    Hub: None
    Where to find discount flights: At Southwest.com and at ATA.com (its codeshare partner)
    Booking Tip: Seats are not assigned, so check in as early as possible on the Southwest Web site before leaving for the airport. For a small fee, sites like BoardFirst.com will check you in as soon as the time window for your flight opens, even in the middle of the night.

  • Spirit Airlines Logo

    Spirit Airlines | www.spirit.com
    Phone: (800) 772-7117
    Hubs: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Detroit
    Where to find discount flights: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
    Booking Tip: Spirit flies from some unexpected airports — like Atlantic City, Providence and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International.

  • Sun Country Airlines Logo

    Sun Country Airlines | www.suncountry.com
    Phone: (800) 359-6786
    Hub: Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Where to find discount flights: The major booking sites, aggregator sites
    Booking Tip: Sun Country offers service to additional Mexico and Caribbean destinations in the winter and early spring.

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