Archive for October, 2009

Last Minute Winter Sale

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Basically, every major US carrier is having some type of Halloween fare sale.  JetBlue started it last week and then Southwest, AirTran and Virgin America followed suit.  Now, American Airlines has joined the madness.  However, their sale date intervals are a lot smaller and don’t start until after Thanksgiving.

Tickets must be purchased by midnight October 29.  Sale fares are valid for Monday thru Saturday travel between December 2 thru December 16, and January 5 thru February 10.  This sale is for US destinations only.

Click here for more info…

$504: New York to Spain

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Iberia Airlines is currently having a “Non-Sale Sale” and offering flights to multiple Spanish cities from the U.S. for under $600.  They’ve seemingly lowered their rates across the board and aren’t really promoting it.

Their was no email blast about this to their subscribers. They mention these cheap route prices on their site, but there isn’t a big, splashy promotion associated with it.

“Non-Sale Sales” are the sweetest because the choice routes and rates tend to stick around longer. So, take advantage of this.

Destinations for under $600 from the U.S. include…

– Alicante
– Almeria
– Asturias
– Barcelona
– Bilbao
– Gran Canaria
– Granada
– Ibiza
– Jerez
– La Coruna
– Madrid
– Malaga
– Palma de Mallorca
– Pamplona
– San Sebastian
– Santander
– Santiago de Compostela
– Seville
– Tenerife
– Valencia
– Vigo

The lowest fare we found was New York (JFK) to Valencia (VAL) for $504 (see below)…

$25, $50, $75, $100 Sale

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In an effort to fill-up planes during the “pre” and “post-holiday” travel downtime, Southwest Airlines is having a 3-day fare sale for travel between December 2 – December 16, and January 5 – February 10. Sundays don’t qualify. Tickets must be purchased by midnight on October 29.

Dubbed the “4th quarter sale”, one-way ticket prices start at…

$25 for travel up to 374 miles
$50 (375 – 549 miles)
$75 (550 – 999 miles)
$100 (1,000+ miles)

The key is to find cities just below the next mileage interval to land an immense deal! For example, Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) is just below 375 miles and qualifies for the $25 each-way fare! Additional $25 routes are…

Los Angeles (LAX) to Phoenix (PHX)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LAS)
Boston (BOS) to Baltimore (BWI)
Chicago (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP)
Phoenix (PHX) to El Paso (ELP)

Be mindful of the different airports in your area and their respective flying distances to your final destination. For example, LAX to Reno (RNO) is $50, whereas Burbank (BUR) to Reno is only $25. So, be strategic with your itinerary!

Click here to search for your route!

Caribbean Island Joy Sale

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

JetBlue Sale

JetBlue is having a 4-day fare sale to numerous destinations in the Caribbean, including Nassau, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Tickets must be purchased by midnight on Friday, October 31. Travel dates are October 30 through December 16 for most destinations. Blackout dates are between November 23 and November 30.

Their lowest mentioned sale fare is Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau for $29 each way. We searched for that fare on their site and found it (see below). However, there are $93 in taxes on top of the $58 round-trip tally! Those taxes aren’t JetBlue’s fault, but regardelss, the final price is $151.

Click here to see all sale routes!

$662: LAX to Manila (Philippines)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Korean Air is shuttling North American fliers through its Incheon hub (Seoul) to Manila on the cheap these days. They’ve been competing with EVA, Asiana and China Airlines for the lowest fares on this popular LAX to MNL route.

There is not mention of this deal in the “Hot Deals” section of Korean Air’s website, except for their LAX to Tokyo ($630) and LAX to Sao Paulo ($769) deals.

We’re seeing other popular US departure cities, including Seattle (SEA), Las Vegas (LAS) and San Francisco (SFO) in the mid-$700’s to Manila.

We found this fare with Korean Air on Orbtiz…

$597: LAX to Tokyo

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Following Singapore Airline’s lead, American Airlines has gotten into the low-cost fun to Japan.  Cheap flights to Tokyo from Los Angeles/San Francisco for under $600 have been going on for about 6 months now.  Don’t turn your back on this one!

These low airfares to Japan are unprecedented.  Take advantage of this before they pop back up to the $800-$1000 mark where they rightfully (and profitably) belong!

See below (pulled from AA.com)…

$141: LAX to JFK (Round-trip)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

JetBlue is offering fares as low as $31 for travel on Halloween (October 31st) after 12 noon.  The horrifying catch is that they must be purchased today by midnight (Mountain Time), so make haste!

The most frighteningly low deal we found was for $41 from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK). Return flights on latter dates are regularly priced, which could negate some of the savings. See this monstrous deal.

So, what about the return trip?  We found that on Orbitz for $100 with Delta Airlines. Sometimes, to maximize savings, you may need to book on separate airlines. Please read this entry entitle, “Be Unafraid to Book on Separate Airlines.”

The first flight to be booked on JetBlue…

The return flight to be booked on Orbitz with Delta…

$232: JFK to Trinidad (Port of Spain)

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Christopher Columbus was so desperate for land at one point during his third voyage to the Americas that he looked to the heavens, prayed and vowed his next landfall to be named “Trinidad” (after the Holy Trinity).

Over 500 years later, vacation-deprived cubicle workers look up at holed office ceilings and pray to HR managers for time off to visit somewhere warm.

New York (JFK) to Trinidad (POS) for $232 round-trip on Delta. Not bad for New York to the Caribbean. We made this discovery at Delta.com…

$254: JFK to LAX + Free Wi-Fi

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The last time I flew on Virgin America my seatmate was bummed that “Gogo” wireless internet access was a paid service.  It hurt him even more to learn of the fee just after Richard Branson’s safety video.  He thought, “c’mon billionaire, you’re gonna charge me for internet?”

Well, no more disappointment now.  VA has partnered with Google to provide free Wi-Fi on all flights between November 10 and January 15.  This had to happen eventually.

In addition, for the next 24 hours VA has announced flights starting at $39* each way, including $99* coast to coast flights.  This sales ends tomorrow (October 20) at 7am (PST) and good for travel between November 10 and January 15.  The dates in and around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are, of course, blacked out.

See below for a cherry deal from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX)…

$69: One Day Only

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

JetBlue Sale

JetBlue is having a one-day “Sample Sale” with one-way flights from $24 – $99 (before taxes). This sale expires at 11:59 p.m. MDT, tonight. The cheapest round-trip route we found was Long Beach to San Jose for $69, after taxes (see bottom).

These sale fares are good only on Tuesdays and Wednesday for travel between October 22 and December 16, 2009. Also, Florida destinations are good for Thursdays as well. However, travel from some Caribbean cities to the US are not on sale. :(

Notable routes and their one-way rates include…
$24: Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC)
$29: Long Beach (LGB) to Las Vegas (LAS)
$29: Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Nassau (NAS)
$49: Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN)
$59: Boston (BOS) to Chicago (ORD)
$69: New York (JFK) to Santo Domingo (SDQ)
$79: Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS)
$79: New York (JFK) to Cancun (CLT)
$79: Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB)