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Frontier Airlines to Start Flying From Dulles, Sells Flights for $15

The very cheap flights are available until midnight, assuming the airline’s website isn’t crashing.

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Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it will start flying out of Dulles International Airport in August and is celebrating the planned service by offering one-way flights to 14 destinations for just $15, less than what it probably costs to get to the airport from most of the Washington area. (Hint, hint, Silver Line.)

The catch is that the severely low fares are only available through 11:59 PM tonight, and the airline’s website is predictably choking under an avalanche of internet traffic. But those who can get through can book trips to Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Orlando; Minneapolis; Chicago; and Tampa for dates starting August 19. For dates from September 8 on, the list of cities expands to include Cincinnati; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tennessee; Fort Myers, Florida; and St. Louis. Trips can be booked through November 19, 2014.

After the initial sale, Frontier says rates will remain as low as $39 through May 17. But while the cut-rate airfare is alluring, eager flyers should probably note that the airline is aggressive with service fees, charging as much as $50 for a carry-on bag. Frontier also flies out of Reagan National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, for those willing to pay a bit more in exchange for going on vacation before late August.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.