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1/7/05-Tyler

East Texas Airfares Dropping After American, Delta Slash Prices

We're past the holiday travel season, but big price cuts may mean now is the time to fly away. Delta Airlines slashed their fares, and American Airlines followed suit.

Also gone, the required Saturday night stay over to get the lowest price. The slashing of fares isn't a short-term battle, but Delta and American's moves are meant to be permanent. And it's the biggest change in airline pricing for more than a decade. Fares are cut nearly fifty percent in some cases... especially for those who can't book in advance.

For a walk-up flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Seattle, it used to cost more than $1,100. Now, just $499.

"Anytime, you'd like to see it lower, but I don't notice it's too expensive, if you get one of the bargain flights like on my trip," said George Copeland who Friday was leaving for a mission trip to Costa Rica.

Another traveler, California Dennis Trombly agrees.

"It's reasonable that they dropped the fares. I usually shop on a travel site like Orbitz, Travelocity, and the cheapest fare wins."

And it is cheaper to fly from East Texas airports now. For travel on American and American Eagle later this month, a round trip coach ticket:

  • to New York (LaGuardia), $312 from Tyler Pounds, and $303 from the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview.
  • to Atlanta, $263 from Tyler and $232 from Longview.
  • to Las Vegas, just $223 from Tyler, while the price from Longview hasn't been dropped yet. It's over $350.

Regardless, travelers seem to be happy. And some say price always trumps amenities like more room or more comfortable seats.

"I'm comfortable because I'm short. Co-workers that are taller have some issues," Trombly says.

Whether you're flying for business or pleasure, if you're traveling from Tyler or Longview, travel experts say you should book your flight at the same time as your connection. That way, you'll save the most money.

One more note: if you're flying to airports where the major carriers compete with low-cost carriers like Southwest or Jet Blue, travel analysts say you're less likely to see a significant drop in fares from where they are now.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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