Booking sale travel is appealing, but is it worth it?

The week before last, I was working from home when I received a message that JetBlue was having a “Monster Sale” for Halloween.

Domestic one-way flights were priced at $31 each, including taxes and fees. But here was the catch: Travel could only take place on Halloween, with booking the day before and day of. 

Then I got a note from my editor: Book a flight. 

I logged onto JetBlue’s website clicking between fares from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Boston, Austin, Portland, Nantucket and Phoenix — trying to find the best flight times and location to book a day trip. Refreshing the page, prices on different flights increased — sale fares appeared to be running out quickly.

USA TODAY reached out to JetBlue to inquire about fare sale results, but the airline declined to comment. 

Finally, I zoned in on Charleston, South Carolina, a place I’d never visited but had always been curious about. 

A line of JetBlue tails at airport gates

I had two windows open on my screen — the flight deals were one-way only, so I purchased two one-way tickets between New York and Charleston and back. While booking, the website froze. 

I began to sweat. Did the purchase go through? What if I had only been able to book one ticket either there or back?

Then booking confirmation came through and relief set in: I had scored a $62 round trip to Charleston, South Carolina, the next day. 

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