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Virgin Atlantic's 72-Hour L.A.-London Fare Sale

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I just got an email from Virgin Atlantic's P.R. rep announcing a three-day fare sale starting this morning and going through Thursday on airfare between Los Angeles and London. Travel dates are January 10 - March 26. The email said the fares were as low as $296 each way based on a round-trip purchase plus up to $250 in government taxes and fees. That would be a total of $842. But on the Virgin Atlantic website I found a total round-trip airfare of $711 for a departure on February 20 and a return on February 27. That same fare was also available on other travel dates. That's a very good airfare from L.A. The best competitive price on those same travel dates I found using Kayak was $827 on Delta, which is a decent fare in itself.

A word about Virgin's pricing policies. The airline was just fined $50,000 by the Department of Transportation for not clearly stating total airfares, including airline surcharges and government taxes and fees. They seem to have fixed that oversight.

2010-hs-mark-orwolljpgSmart Traveler Mark Orwoll is the International Editor of Travel + Leisure. You can follow him on Twitter.

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