The small Caribbean island of Aruba, known for its white-sand beaches and cactus-studded interior, has become the focus of a fierce bidding war between leading US airlines. Delta, US Airways-American and United have all lowered airfares from a range of American airports by up to 25%.
US Airways-American triggered the sale on August 5, lowering prices by 25% on several of their routes. Shortly afterwards, Delta and United followed suit, cutting airfares on flights departing from a similar selection of airports.
In general, US Airways-American is offering the best deals, with more convenient connections resulting in faster flight times for the same price as their competitors. There are, though, a couple of notable exceptions. Flights between Philadelphia and Aruba are fastest with Delta, and United offers the best deal on journeys between Detroit and Aruba.
Sale fares are available for travel throughout the fall months, but those wary of visiting the Caribbean during its infamous hurricane season should not be deterred. Aruba is located safely south of the hurricane belt, enjoying idyllic tropical weather throughout November.
The sale is valid on flights departing this fall from the following airports: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Hartford, Newark Liberty, Philadelphia and Washington DC Dulles.
Airlines participating in fare sale: US Airways, American, United and Delta
Start of fare sale: August 5
Fare sale length: These types of flash fare sales don't typically last longer than one week
Conditions: Sale only applies to flights with departure dates this fall
Airfare savings: Up to 25% lower than the average price reported in Hopper's flight reports
The research team at Hopper uses data drawn from a combined feed of Global Distribution System (GDS) data that includes 10 million flight price queries per day, containing about one billion individual trips per day, to provide insights on airline pricing to consumers.