- The Washington Times - Friday, July 14, 2006

DING AT DULLES

Southwest Airlines has announced its start-up schedule for fall at Washington Dulles International Airport — the airline’s 63rd destination. Southwest will begin service Oct. 5 with 12 daily flights to four destinations. The low-cost carrier will fly seven daily flights to Chicago’s Midway Airport, two daily flights to Orlando and Tampa, Fla., and one daily to Las Vegas. The Dallas-based carrier will go head-to-head with Dulles’ dominant carrier, United Airlines, but also US Airways and low-cost carriers AirTran Airways and JetBlue Airways. Fares will start as low as $79 each way to Chicago, Orlando and Tampa and $99 each way to Las Vegas. (A 14-day advance purchase is required.) See www.southwest.com.

BONEFISHING GETAWAY

Learn the art of bonefishing in the shallow Bahamian waters of Abaco Island with Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour’s new getaway package. Included are four days, three nights of oceanfront accommodations, two half-days of bonefishing with local experts, breakfasts and round-trip transfers to Marsh Harbour Airport. The package is open to anglers of all skill levels and is good for fly-fishing or spin reels. The cost is $735 per person, double occupancy. Call 800/753-9259 or see www.abacobeachresort.com.

GOING WEST

Take off to California with ATA’s Fantastic Fare sale from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Fares start at $99 each way to San Jose. Burbank, Los Angeles and Orange County are available for $109 each way. Flights are available Aug. 22 through Oct. 27. Lowest fares are available for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Go to www.ata.com.

UPGRADE

Getting that always desirable upgrade to the front of the plane may become a little easier with US Airways’ new promotion, GoUpgrades. The new offer is a three-tier, pay-for-upgrade system in which upgrades can be obtained for as little as $50 within North America. The GoFirst upgrades range from $50 to $250 depending on length of flight and are good for all flights within North America (including the Caribbean, Latin America, Hawaii and Alaska).

GoEnvoy and GoEnvoySleeper upgrades are for trans-Atlantic service and cost $500 per flight segment. Upgrades are available beginning 30 hours before departure. Complimentary upgrades still are available for Dividend Miles Preferred members. Call 800/428-4322 for more information or to purchase an upgrade.

WORLDWIDE SALE

Air France has announced its Bastille Day early-bird sale, placing nearly every destination it serves on sale through December. Flights to Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East are on sale from the airline’s 11 U.S. gateways, including Dulles. Sample one-way fares include: Barcelona, $260; Venice, $375; New Delhi, $528; and Bombay, $507. Book by July 28. For more information, go to www.airfrance.com.

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