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Discount Airline Piles on Rod Blagojevich... Again

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 8, 2011 10:40PM

Spirit Airlines, which in June ran a Rod Blagojevich-themed fare offer in which they said they were "guilty of selling seats but we don't expect to serve time," is at it again.

Spirit is now offering a "Slammer sale" on fares from O'Hare International Airport to their other hubs across the country for selected dates in February. The ad on Spirit's homepage features an Illinois license plate with the soon-to-be-incarcerated former Illinois governor's signature mop atop Honest Abe's head. and it's a decent photoshop job, to boot.

There are a lot of $14 one-way fares—one dollar for every year in Blagojevich's prison term—to cities such as Boston, New York, Dallas-Fort Worth and Detroit. We love Spirit's brass balls to use political scandals to fill their airplanes on the cheap. But we do have to take exception to their pricing. A flight from O'Hare Airport to Orlando is only $10 cheaper than flying to Los Angeles? And a round trip from Chicago to New York is cheaper than a one-way flight from Chicago to Las Vegas? Not that we're arguing with the math, mind you. We're just curious how they came to those numbers.