Archive for July, 2009

JetScrewed by your TruePass?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I held onto my JetBlue TruePass for 11 months before “inefficiently” using it on a short, 250-mile flight just before it expired. I had hoped to use it on a longer, more exciting segment but was unable. The problem was that most of the flights I wanted to use it on throughout the year didn’t qualify. Well, no more of that!

JetBlue just announced that they are drastically improving their trueBlue Awards Program and doing away with blackouts and expiration dates (as long as you use your JetBlue Card from American Express at least once a year).

Thank the skies! Just as many airlines are tightening their purse strings, JetBlue is getting a little more generous.

See all program improvements.

Read more about JetBlue Airways.

$30 Off: International Flights

Friday, July 17th, 2009

For two days only, Vayama.com will be shaving $30 off taxes/fees for flights originating from the US to international cities. This sale just began today at 7:00pm EST and will end on Sunday, July 19th at 11:59pm EST.

We did a test search for Los Angeles (LAX) to Amsterdam (AMS), which showed a base fare of $455 and taxes/fees of $369. The $30 was automatically deducted from the taxes/fees, bringing the total to $339.75.

This $30 deduction is automatic, no coupon or discount code required.

As always, check multiple sites for the best deal before booking your flight.

$435: New York to Moscow this Summer

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Several weeks ago we found Delta fares from Las Vegas to Spain for $209. While not as jaw dropping, Delta currently has a sale from New York (JFK) to several European cites, including Moscow for $435.

However, we found this Moscow rate on Orbitz, not Delta.com. On Delta.com it was $521. So, compare both sites before you purchase.

Why the low rates from Delta? Like many other legacy carriers, Delta’s passenger traffic is down from last year. In fact, Delta just announced that it dropped 6.3% in June from a year ago. So, this could be an effort to fill seats.

Tickets must be purchased July 20, 2009. Travel dates are August 17 – October 24, 2009. Additional cities on sale include Madrid, Milan and Venice. To see full list click here.

Delta\'s Europe Sale

$707: New York to Hong Kong

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Asiana Airlines just popped up on our radar as the latest airline to participate in the recent low-fare to Asia madness.

Along with Singapore Airlines (Los Angeles to Tokyo for under $600) and China Airlines (LA to Bangkok for under $700), airlines are offering unheard of rates to the Far East.

This is a rare time for flyers. In the not too distant future, we’ll be looking back on 2009 as the year you could hop from the US to Asia for way under $1,000.

We’re seeing these rates for September through November. This is an unannounced fare, so there’s no mention of this sale on Asiana’s website. We actually found this on Orbitz (see below)…