I’ll tell you where to go … L.A.

I like Los Angeles. The car culture, the wide boulevards, the In-N-Out burgers, the palm trees and sunglasses. If you like L.A. and you’d like to go there before the end of the summer, now might be a good time to book.

Continental started off recently with a round-trip fare, Bradley to LAX, that comes out to about $245, with taxes and fees included, through Aug. 24. Northwest and Delta have matched it – and Delta has direct flights that go for about $225 round trip. (Direct flights sometimes cost less because some fees apply per segment flown.)

At present USAir has similar prices through May 10 and United has them through May 16.

Most of these fares are at least technically available most days, but availability is quite limited on each flight so they are selling out quickly. There’s no telling how long seats will be sold at such a competitive rate, anyway. There’s a lot of pressure on airline prices right now, and a lot of fluctuation.

So, if you’re going to do it, do it now. It’s possible these fares will last, or will reappear later in the season. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

And if you rent a car near LAX, drive it over the In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda Boulevard, order a burger and take it out on the lawn outside. You’ll be right under the flight path for planes coming into LAX. You might get a photo like this one.


Yep, that there’s a Cathay Pacific 747 with its landing gear down.

Here are the airport codes to search on for this one:

Bradley: BDL
Los Angeles: LAX


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