Business professionals know how to squeeze the most from their budgets, and airfare can often be a major line item. Here are seven discount airlines of which even the savviest executive may not be aware.
1. Frontier Airlines
Frontier flies to more than 80 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. However, the business traveler will find that its Mexican destinations are limited to a half dozen seaside resort areas and that it does not serve the capital city. Its main hub is Denver, Colorado. Frontier has been flying for more than 18 years and has earned a solid reputation among travelers.
While Frontier won't take you to the major business hubs in Mexico, Volaris will. Destinations include both Mexico City and Monterrey. Volaris flies from major cities in California as well as from Las Vegas, Nevada. The airline also has a partnership with Southwest Airlines, which greatly extends its reach.
With its excellent coverage of the Washington D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts corridor, jetBlue is often a good choice for business travelers on the East Cost of the United States. The same is true for the West Coast, where the airline also offers many destinations. However, much of the U.S. interior is not yet served. jetBlue has long been a major force among discount air carriers, and today it's bucking the baggage charge trend with its "first bag free" policy. Always remember to factor in baggage fees when comparing airline prices.
While this discount airline is far from being a behemoth like Southwest Airlines, it does a great job covering the U.S., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia and Peru. Business travelers who find frequent destinations on its operations map will benefit from its "$9 Fare Club" which opens up a tier of discount prices unavailable to non-club members.
So far we've discussed U.S. destinations and points farther south. For professionals with business in Canada, it's worth the time to get familiar with Porter. This regional airline connects a wide range of Canadian cities with the East Coast of the United States. It also offers a corporate benefits program.
Here's an airline that advertises itself as "low-low" cost and serves a long list of medium-sized U.S. cities. For example, it's a great choice for travel between Greensboro, North Carolina and Sanford, Florida. Its business model focuses on vacation travelers; however, businessmen and women might find it useful, especially considering the incredibly high fares the major airlines charge to service the smaller airports.
7. Sun Country Airlines
"Sun country" refers to the destinations of this airline that has its hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul; although, it can also get flyers from Minneapolis to the Eastern Seaboard cities of Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. as well as to Anchorage, Alaska. One of the original discount airlines, a group of former Braniff International pilots and flight attendants started the company back in 1982. It consistently garners high marks in travel magazine ratings.
Chris Turberville-Tully works with Absolute Casing, providing those who need a flight case several options to choose from whether for projectors, medical equipment, and more.
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