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Southwest sparks fare war

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  February 16, 2011 10:57 AM

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Let's call it a fare war. Southwest launched a big sale a few days ago and yesterday, we pointed out that US Airways had jumped on. Now Smartertravel.com is reporting that American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, and United are now in too. To get discount fares on Southwest and US Airways you must purchase before Feb. 18 for travel through late May. Smartertravel suggests that the competitors will likely drop discounts around then too.

And here's a new one from Southwest: It's no secret that Boston-Baltimore is perhaps the most competitive route out of Logan. Southwest is putting Baltimore flights on sale with one-way prices starting at $59. Besides Logan, this deal also applies to T.F. Green outside Providence and to Manchester. To get discounted prices you must purchase before March 15 for travel March 3-May 25. But travel is limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with a blackout day of April 26.

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