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I love when low cost carriers drive down the price that other airlines charge in various markets, and there is one example I wanted to share that really has my attention (given my constant beach-filled daydreams).
There are many dates where you can now fly nonstop on United from Houston to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for around $100 round trip. You can very much thank Spirit Airlines for prices being in that realm.
Yesterday I found the price as low as $85, though right now prices are hovering around $100 round trip. In fact, at $85 it is even a decent mileage run for those still chasing elite status in that manner.
More importantly though you can get to the beach on a “full service” airline for at or below $100 on various dates from now through May. I chose to highlight this route because it is one I have personally been watching, but you will see similar effects on other (often leisure) routes where the presence of low cost carriers has caused others to drop their prices on certain dates.
This is a situation when using miles in the traditional sense would not really be in your best interest since it would cost in the neighborhood of 25,000 airline miles for a saver award, but instead you could redeem in the neighborhood of 8,500 – 10,000 points via a fixed value card and you then would earn United miles while flying (just be sure your redemption amount is above the minimum threshold).
Are there any routes in your area where the prices are now lower than they used to be thanks at least in part to more competition?
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