Turkey Wings: Airlines slice some tasty fares

Airlines slice some tasty fares

Thanksgiving, one of the peak travel times of the year, brings bounteous business to the airlines. One perennial problem, though, is that almost everyone schedules flights on just two days, the Wednesday before the holiday and the Sunday after. During the time in between, jets crisscross the country at only about 30% of capacity. Last week American Airlines launched a drastic fare-cutting plan to fill some 220,000 empty seats with travelers who ordinarily would stay home. The carrier offered a $29 one-way fare for any trip up to 500 miles, $49 for voyages between 501 and 1,500 miles and $79 for...

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