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Southwest has flight deals starting at $49 for Halloween

Halloween is next week, and Southwest Airlines is celebrating with a Monster Sale: Travelers can book one-way flights starting at just $49, no costume required.

Book your travel by Thursday, Oct. 25, for flights occurring between Nov. 29 and March 8, 2023; there is no promo code to enter.

Based on a test search conducted for this story, most of the sale fares cost more than the advertised price of $49 each way, depending on the route.

Deal basics

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Airline: Southwest Airlines.
Routes: Within the U.S and some international routes.
How to book: Directly through the airline’s sale page.
Travel dates: Nov. 29, 2022—March 8, 2023, with travel blacked out Dec. 16, 2022, to Jan. 9, 2023.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. CDT on Oct. 27.

This deal includes nonstop flights, based on availability on specific dates and markets.

Monster Sale flights are available to and from select continental U.S.

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Florida judge orders DeSantis to hand over migrant flights records

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but lawyers representing the Florida Center for Government Accountability said they anticipated there would be an appeal.

DeSantis said he launched the migrant relocation program — which is being paid from interest earned off billions in Covid-19 relief aid provided to Florida by Congress — as part of an effort to draw attention to the immigration policies of President Joe Biden. But the flights were roundly condemned by Democrats, who called it a “political stunt” and akin to human trafficking. The Treasury Department’s watchdog is currently looking into whether DeSantis improperly used money related to Covid-19 relief dollars.

Amid the widespread attention brought by the flights, numerous news organizations and other groups filed record requests in late September seeking information on how the flights were coordinated and whether it involved top officials with the DeSantis administration.

Florida Center

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Virgin Australia launches $145,000 lottery for passengers who book the middle seat

(CNN) — Offering neither a window view, nor easy access to the lavatory, the middle seat is indisputably the least desirable spot to sit on a flight.

In fact, only 0.6% of more than 7,500 voters polled prefer — or, perhaps more likely, accidentally voted for — the middle seat, according to a recent social media poll by Virgin Australia.

That number might soon go up if the airline’s scheme to get passengers to willingly book the dreaded middle seat is a success.

Virgin Australia has just launched the Middle Seat Lottery, a special raffle worth about AUD230,000 (or $145,000). And it’s only open to those who sit in the middle seat — voluntarily or involuntarily — during a flight.

“Virgin Australia is an airline that’s doing things differently and we are having a lot of fun coming up with exciting innovations to make every part of the travel experience

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August airline passenger complaints up 320% compared with pre-pandemic figures due to flight

The federal government saw a spike in complaints from angry airline passengers in August, the last full month of a summer marked by flight cancellations and delays.

In just-released data, the Department of Transportation says it received more than 7,000 complaints from flyers, a 6% increase compared with July and a 320% increase compared with pre-pandemic levels, CNN reported.

“Flight problems was the highest category of the complaints received in August 2022,” the DOT says. “Of the 7,243 complaints received, 2,321 (32.0%) concerned cancellations, delays or other deviations from airlines’ schedules.”

The data also shows that in August, United Airlines took the top spot for canceled flights at 3.6% of flights marketed as operating on its network. American Airlines was close behind at 3.5% of all flights canceled followed by Southwest Airlines in the No. 3 spot at 2.7%.

Delta Air Lines, followed by Alaska Airlines and ultra-low cost carrier

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American Airlines ditching first class on international flights because ‘customers aren’t buying it’

American Airlines is getting rid of first-class seats on international flights because people simply are not booking them, an executive for the airline revealed this week.

“The first class will not exist on the 777 or for that matter, at American Airlines for the simple reason that our customers aren’t buying it,” Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja said during an earnings call Thursday. 

The comment caused a stir because many observers assumed Raja was announcing a new move by the airline, but an American Airlines spokesperson clarified to FOX Business that Raja was referring to the carrier’s announcement from last month pertaining to long-haul flights.

In September, American unveiled new suites and premium seating that will be available on upcoming Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321XLR aircraft, which are set to make a debut in 2024.

An American Airlines Boeing 777 plane takes off from

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Pack your bags and let’s go! RDU adds nonstop season flights to Cancun, Bahamas and Iceland

Who’s ready for a vacation?

If you have some PTO you want to use–the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has a nonstop flight to a place you might enjoy.

Starting, Saturday, November 5, American Airlines said it will launch a nonstop seasonal service to Cancun, Mexico.

In addition to American Airlines’ flight to Cancun, JetBlue also announced it will be offering a seasonal nonstop flight to Cancun starting on Dec. 24. That service will run daily through Jan. 2, 2023. After that, JetBlue will offer the nonstop flight twice a week through Jan. 14.

If the Caribbean is more your style–Bahamasair is launching a year-round nonstop service to Freeport, Grand Bahama with connections to Nassau. The flights are scheduled to start on November 17. Bahamasair will fly from RDU on Thursdays and Sundays.

If you would rather go to a place where you can really ‘chillax’ how about Iceland? Icelandair is

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A new unlimited all-you-can-fly pass coming to Frontier Airlines

Fewer things get frequent flyers more excited than the prospect of an all-you-can-fly pass.

It’s like an indulgent buffet of dreams in the sky for travelers. You can fly to as many places as you want and theoretically pay the same fixed price. In fact, one of the most iconic moments in modern-day era travel deals was in 2010 when JetBlue offered an unlimited Jet Pass for 30 days of flying.

And now we know that a new all-you-can-fly pass is coming in 2023. Only this time it won’t be JetBlue offering up unlimited flights, it’s Denver-based Frontier Airlines.

What we know about the Frontier Airlines all-you-can-fly pass

Details are still somewhat light on Frontier’s just-announced all-you-can-fly offering, known as the GoWild Pass. But we do know it is coming in the spring of 2023 and that it will be valid for 12 months for over 300 days of travel

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Air Serbia to restore Middle East flights next month

Air Serbia is expected to resume scheduled operations to the Middle East in November after over two and a half years. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, the airline is soon to announce the resumption of flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv from late November. Flights are tipped to operate twice per week with the Airbus A320-familly fleet. The airline discontinued services to the Israeli city at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and later concluded a codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines on the route to shuttle passengers to Tel Aviv via Istanbul. Israeli carrier Arkia has operated services between the two cities on and off during the summer, however, there are currently no nonstop flights.

The resumption of Air Serbia’s Tel Aviv service effectively marks its return to the Middle East after over two and a half years. However, the airline operated charters to Dubai during EXPO

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American Airlines eliminates first class on long-haul international flights

American Airlines will no longer offer first class seats on long-haul international flights, according to airline officials.

Executives with the Dallas-based carrier announced the sweeping decision during an investor call last Thursday. As reported by Insider’s Stephen Jones, American plans to replace the premium fare level with more business-class offerings, citing a lack of demand as the driving reason.

“First class will not exist on the 777, or for that matter at American Airlines, for the simple reason that our customers aren’t buying it,” said American Airlines chief commercial officer Vasu Raja, per Jones. The replacement of first class with additional business offerings will allow the carrier to provide “what our customers most want or are willing to pay for,” Raja continued.

American Airlines will continue to offer first class seats on domestic and short-haul international flights as it overhauls its long-distance international offerings. In September, the carrier unveiled its

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Judge orders release of DeSantis migrant flight records

A state judge on Tuesday ordered Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to release within 20 days documents previously requested under the state’s public records law related to two migrant flights DeSantis sent to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

The Florida Center for Government Accountability (FCGA) had filed multiple records requests last month following the flights and subsequently alleged in court that DeSantis was refusing to produce them.

DeSantis’s attorneys pushed back, arguing that they had not been given a reasonable amount of time to produce the documents, while also indicating they already released some of the requested materials and planned to publish the rest by Dec. 1.

The judge on Tuesday ruled orally from the bench that DeSantis was unlawfully delaying the release of the remaining records, said Michael Barfield, FCGA’s director of public access, although the ruling has not yet appeared in writing on the case docket.

The group, which aids

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