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Fare Thee Well

Smart travel tips: Don't leave home without them.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of

Making arrangements for business travel can be confusing for homebased entrepreneurs. The major carriers, such as Delta, United, American and Northwest, as well as the low-fare carriers, have their pros and cons--and their myths. Let's explore them.

Myth #1: You'll always save a bundle using low-fare carriers, especially on walk-up fares. A random call to a travel agent found the price for a one-way, walk-up flight from Louisville, Kentucky, to Atlanta on ValuJet (now called AirTran) was $109; on Delta the rate was $159. Quite a savings. Another call yielded very different results, however. The walk-up, one-way fare for a flight from Atlanta to Boston was $149 on ValuJet and $132 on Continental.

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