Archive for 2010

$771: Los Angeles to Tokyo

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Having just returned from two months in Asia, I gained even more appreciation for the epic isle of Japan. It’s finely tuned public transportation, spotless avenues and multi-functional toilets are above and beyond.

A common stigma about Japan is that everything is expensive, overpriced and the US dollar is worth dirt. That was true in the 1980’s. However, in 2010, not the case. I was able to find modern, clean, snug hotels for only $100/night in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Meals were only $10-15. Remember, there’s no tipping in Japan. Also, green tea and water are free with your meal. In America, drinks and tip account for 35% of your bill. But, these expenses are avoided in Japanese restaurants. I had an incredible sushi meal at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market for only $10 total.

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$598: East Coast to Tel Aviv

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Ukraine-based Aerosvit Airlines has one-stop fares from New York to Tel Aviv for only $598.

The only downside is that the “one-stop” is a lengthy one in Kiev. Depending on your travel plans, decide if the savings is worth it you or not.

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$913: West Coast to Bangkok

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Wow! Airfares to Thailand from the US have gotten frustratingly high. But, don’t let that deter you. If you realize all the money you’ll save in Thailand on accommodations, food and goods, it’ll be worth it.

For example, I’m typing this at an internet cafe in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. The cost for my computer station is only 10 baht per hour. FYI, 1 baht = 3 cents (USD). Dirt cheap.

And, a you can buy 3 tall bottles of Leo Beer for only 100 baht. And, a complete, sit-down meal for four people is about 300 baht.

In addition to the dirt cheap prices, there are many surreal moments here. For example, last night I saw a Thai folk band play in a restaurant, but wasn’t sure if I could photograph them because of the giant image of their King in the background. I then looked up at the ceiling and saw 3 lizards resting upside down near the light. Then I look down and a cat strolls in.

Only in Siam.

$291: West Cost to Honolulu

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Dang! 2010 has been uber frustrating for finding great flight deals. I’m currently searching for flights to Thailand and the best I can find is $1050. This is almost twice the $586 I paid to Japan last year.

In 2010, airfares have pretty much bounced back to normal levels. 2009 was an aberration in deal hysteria. However, I’ll occasionally see prices that remind me of 2009. As is this $291 fare from Seattle to Honolulu. From LAX and SFO it is priced out in the mid-$350’s.

I wish there more cheap flights like these. As for my Thailand flight search, it’s looking bleak!

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Photo credit to mjb84.

$764: West Coast to Hong Kong

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Even if Hong Kong isn’t your final destination in Asia, it is usually one of the cheapest flights from the US.

During the month of November, flights to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are in the $750 range.

We found LAX to Hong Kong for $765 on Air China (see below).

If you’ve never been to China, read what not to do there. These include, not traveling there during the Golden Weeks, unless you enjoy massive crowds. And, don’t expect much English to be spoken. Also, don’t be shocked by the bathroom habits of small children. Read more.

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$877: West Coast to Bangkok

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

It’s been frustrating this summer trying to find affordable tickets to southeast Asia. We were so spoiled last year with abundant rates in the $600’s to tropical cities such as Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok. We even found $588 to Manila from San Francisco.

Gone are those days. In 2010 you’re lucky if you can fly to southeast Asia for under $1,000. So when we see prices under $900, we have to mention them.

Below is Los Angeles to Bangkok for $877 on China Southern Airlines for travel next March. Try dates from September through March to Thailand (from the West Coast), before the temperatures in Siam start sizzling.

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$486: East Coast to Moscow

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Is one night in a Moscow hotel more expensive than a round-trip flight to Moscow from the US? It’s close. A just released report by the Hogg Robinson Group details that for the 6th consecutive year, Moscow hotels cost an average of $400.65/night. In the meantime, Aeroflot is offering fares from Washington DC to Moscow for only $486.

Whenever I see hotel prices this disproportionately high compared to the flight, I immediately think of home exchanging as an alternative. When I first heard about HomeExchange.com at the Los Angeles Travel Convention in 2006, I was somewhat skeptical. However, after speaking with their CEO in person I was put at ease and the system made sense. I signed up and browsed all the cities and homes. In my opinion, the key to having success and drawing people with nice properties to your property, is to build a quality profile page with nice pictures and descriptions. Something to consider. Also, Couch Surfing and hostels are low cost alternatives.

East Coast to Moscow:

  • $486: Washington DC (below)
  • $556: New York
  • $656: Newark
  • $695: Chicago

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*Image (Red Square) provided by Punxsutawneyphil in accordance with Creative Commons.

$432: Newark to Reykjavik

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Reykjavik-based Iceland Express is igniting a price war for US to Europe travel. Read more.

We found this $432 fare (below) for travel from Newark to Reykjavik next summer.

In addition, Island Express is flying passengers cheaply to other European cities, including Barcelona, Basel, Frankfurt, Krakow, Luxembourg, Milan, Oslo, and Paris, via their Reykjavik hub. They just announced that they’ll be flying four times a week to London from Newark.

These budget prices will hopefully force the legacy carries to lower their prices to Europe in the coming months.

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*Photo by o palsson in accordance with CC license.

$668: West Coast to Moscow

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Fly non-stop from Los Angeles to Moscow for only $668 next May on Aeroflot.

Flights from San Francisco and Seattle are in the low $700’s.

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Photo by Neiljs and displayed in accordance with CC.

$693: Boston to Rio de Janeiro

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If you watched Brazil solidly spank the USA last night in a soccer friendly, then maybe you thought about visiting the 2014 host of the World Cup? Or, even visiting this year?

Well, $693 from Boston to Rio de Janeiro (below with US Airways found on Cheapoair) is a deal you want to score. And, from New York and Los Angeles, fares are in the $700’s for travel through November. From Miami, in the $600’s.

Just like Neymar went “instant legend” last night by scoring a goal in his first ever game for “A Selecao” (Brasil National Team), you could experience a similar joyous thrill upon touching down in Brazil (the entire cabin tends to cheer and clap).

Just as the exceptional dribbling and passing skills of the Brazilian forwards make the ball seemingly disappear and then reappear, like magic, so can these low prices! Make your play quickly!

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