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January 28, 2009

More Flights and Lower Fares between the Bay and the O.C.

Over the last couple weeks both Southwest and Virgin America have announced five new nonstops per day between SFO and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.  (Yes, that’s ten new round trips per day in addition to existing nonstops offered by American and United.) As a result, a fare war has erupted. When Southwest announced its flights on Jan 14, it offered introductory fares of $69 each way. When Virgin announced yesterday, its lowest fares came in at $59 each way. With that news, Southwest lowered rates on some flights to just $49 each way.  Virgin flights crank up April 30. Southwest flights begin May 9.  Given the choice, I’d fly Virgin America for many reasons: in-flight seat back TV, assigned seats, full-size, two-class Airbus jets and departures from the nice new International terminal at SFO.  The Southwest cattle call at boarding and the tired CRJ service from American and United just don’t cut it…and since they no longer offer 500-mile minimums on shorter flights, frequent flyer program loyalty is out the window. Thoughts? Which one would YOU fly? Please leave your comments below….


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  1. I’d fly Virgin in a heartbeat. I’ve flown Virgin to/from LAX a coupla times and love it, so I’m way excited that I can now fly it to OC where my family lives. For the longest time, JetBlue was the best and cheapest option, but it’s good to know that have choices now!

    PS. I’m one of those people who found you via the shout-out in the Times. So glad I found you!

    Comment by Astrid — January 28, 2009 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

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