Travel notes: Idalia and travel plans; Frontier’s fare cuts aimed at Avelo, Southwest’s winter BOGO promotion


Flights on Avelo Airlines will be be affected by Tropical Storm and possible hurricane Idalia. The storm is expected to bring rain, strong winds and heavy flooding to Florida.

The current path shows the storm heading north and turning out to sea off the Carolinas.

The airline is loosening booking rules in anticipation of the storm, including offering rebookings at no extra charge.

Click here for a list of airports and how to rebook with no increase in fares. Flight cancellations can be made online with no penalty. That’s standard policy on Avelo.

Avelo flies to five Florida destination. Most have twice a week service.


Frontier slashes fares to Avelo destinations

Frontier Airlines is slashing base fares in response to competition from Avelo at Wilmington Airport (ILG).

The base fares can be as low as $19 round trip for customers who buy a Discount Den membership. The promotion lasts through the end of the month and covers travel on certain days into February.

A link to Frontier deep discount fares from Philadelphia lists all cities served or to be served from Wilmington, including San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flights from Wilmington to the Puerto Rico don’t start until November.

The fare competition is nothing new, but the above iisting makes it clear that Avelo is in its crosshairs, since Frontier flies to a couple of dozen destinations from Philly.

Avelo appears to be holding its own, thanks to positive word of mouth regarding customer service and the convenience of the Delaware Airport.

Parking update

As of Tuesday afternoon, there was plenty of parking at Wilmington ILG, with about 400 spaces available in the two lots near the terminal. The cost is $9.50 a day

Click here for updates on parking.

Southwest variation on two for one sale

Finally, Southwest Airlines, which offers a limited number of flights from Philadelphia and operates a major hub or focus city at Baltmore-Washington is offering a version of a two-for-one sale.

Through Wednesday night, buying a round-trip ticket on Southwest for travel in September will allow you to get a two for one fare for travel from early January to early March.

You have to sign up for the airline’s Rapid Rewards program to get the fare deal.

Southwest offered a similar deal for Rapid Rewards members in the spring of this year, following a breakdown of its route system during the Christmas holiday period.

Click here for details on the latest offer