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Amazing Deal Alert: Star Alliance Fares to Brussels from $232 Total Roundtrip

February 2, 2012

UPDATE: Deal Dead Vayama.com is currently running a sale on European fares and several savvy Slickdeal and Flyertalk members have uncovered super cheap fares to Brussels from multple US cities including NYC, Boston, Washington, Chicago and LA. I plugged in a random date and got $337 total, which is pretty good for European fares these […]

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Korean Air Bungles Palau Fare Mixup

November 15, 2011

Airline pricing is a science that I’ll probably never understand. Most of the time I’m frustrated with how much tickets cost (especially last minute tickets), but once in a while amazing deals come along that finally make you feel like you got a great bargain. This year alone I went to Stockholm and Copenhagen on Delta/KLM […]

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Maximizing Elite Status Series: Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights

November 1, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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Cheap Istanbul Flights: From $576 Total Roundtrip on Delta from JFK

November 1, 2011

This is an installment in my Istanbul: End of Year Mileage Run with Dad series. Posts include; Cheap Istanbul Flights: From $576 Total Roundtrip on Delta from JFK, Help Plan My Long Weekend in Istanbul, Flight Review: Alitalia JFK-Rome in Coach, Hotel Review: Westin Excelsior Rome, Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Spa Room, Istanbul Eats and Excursions. Delta just loaded a […]

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Cheap Flights to Ireland and Israel: From $379 Total Roundtrip!

October 31, 2011

Per this Flyertalk thread there are cheap fares on many airlines from New York and Boston to Ireland. Star Alliance: United/Lufthansa/Air Canada have many routings- both nonstop and connecting via Frankfurt and Toronto/Montreal. There are many ways to search for these fares, the easiest probably being Travelocity’s Flexible Date tool. Travelocity.com -> NYC – DUB […]

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$100 Off AAVacation.com Promo Code = $9 for Flight+ Hotel LA to Vegas and More

October 13, 2011

UPDATE: Deal now has updated T&C that state a $1,000 minimum purchase. Effectively this is now dead. TPG reader Jamison just tipped me off about a great deal to get super cheap AA flights and hotels with a AAvacations.com promo code DOUBLE100. See Flyertalk thread here (Thanks Janetdoe). Simply book a flight + hotel package […]

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Amazing Deal Alert- Super Cheap Skyteam Flights to Europe (As Low as $250 Total Roundtrip)

October 10, 2011

Airline booking engines are notoriously buggy and sometimes they err in the favor of consumers and mis-price flights. Over the years, I’ve hopped on many of these fares (like the $149 Stockholm/Copenhagen bonanza earlier this year) and I’ve never had an issue with Delta/Skyteam honoring them. Well, per this Flyertalk thread, KLM.com is currently pricing […]

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http://thepointsguy.com/2011/09/should-i-transfer-american-express-points-to-continental-by-september-30th/

September 15, 2011

September is probably my favorite time of year for fare sales. I always seem to hop on good deals this time of year, which allow me to pad my elite status so I’m not scrambling come December. I’m hoping the following couple deals spark a fare war across the board. Feel free to report your […]

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$1,040 Total Business Class Roundtrip Fares NY to Ecuador on Lan

September 2, 2011

Lan airlines (Oneworld South American airline partner) just announced a Labor Day sale and there are some pretty good deals. I was pricing JFK – Ecuador and got all-in roundtrip prices around $1,040 for business class when plugging in JFK to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. I’ve seen those routes have coach fares in that range, so for business class, […]

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Discounted Thanksgiving Business Class Fares to Europe

August 29, 2011

For the past couple years, I’ve noticed that airlines deeply discount business class travel to Europe. While I’ve always had plans that kept me  in the US for the holiday, I’ve always been tempted to book a weekend trip to Europe over Thanksgiving, if anything to boost my elite status. I checked and I’m once […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: How Do I Find Cheap Airfares?

August 14, 2011

TPG reader David writes: “The end of the year is fastly approaching and I am striving for Premier Executive status with United. I know this means I am going to have to do some mileage runs to make up about 10k EQM’s. What is the best way to search for low fares out of my […]

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Major United/Continental Fare Sale To/From Chicago from Many Western Cities (Incl San Francisco for $141 roundtrip)

June 22, 2011

Continental/United just loaded a ton of dirt cheap fares to/from Chicago and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Ontario and Salt Lake City. For example, Chicago to San Francisco from August through November has a base roundtrip fare of $120 and comes to a whopping $141 total roundtrip. While […]

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Cheap Flights to Madrid and Barcelona- from $356 Total Roundtrip

June 15, 2011

Spanair is a Madrid based Star Alliance carrier that does not fly to the US. However, they do file codeshares with their US based Star Alliance partners and from time to time their codeshared flights can be very cheap. It seems like they’ve loaded some extra cheap fares that may be of interest to many […]

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Cheap Continental June-November Flights from Newark to Las Vegas – $289 Total Roundtrip

June 14, 2011

I know Vegas is really hot in the summer, but if you are looking for a relatively cheap summer vacation and Europe (with the rising Euro) isn’t doable – you might want to consider a desert retreat to Las Vegas. Hotels can be had for dirt cheap and the party continues all year round – […]

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More Cheap Delta Fares to Hawaii- from $220 Roundtrip Total

June 7, 2011

I’ve written about a bunch of good deal fares to Hawaii recently and it seems that Delta has loaded a ton of really competitive fares to all of the islands they serve – including Honolulu, Lihue, Maui and Kona. The easiest way to play around with dates is go to Delta.com -> Planning Tools -> […]

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Widespread Continental/United Fare Sale to Hawaii- As Low as $345 Total Roundtrip

May 24, 2011

As I’ve written about a couple times, there have been a lot of sub-$500 fares to Hawaii recently. I’ve seen Delta “attacking” a lot of Continental/United hubs and vice versa. Today it seems that Continental/ United has loaded a huge availability of rock bottom fares to multiple Hawaiian islands – I’m seeing total roundtrip (including taxes) […]

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Delta Double Miles and Cheap Flights to Tokyo Haneda- Under $600 Total Roundtrip From Many US Cities

May 18, 2011

Delta was one of the airlines to get routes (Los Angeles and Detroit) to the Tokyo Haneda airport, but they suspended the service soon after the tsunami hit Japan. Now that things are picking up, they are reinstating the route and to incentivize travelers, they are introducing super low fares for June and July travel […]

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Sub $500 Fares on Continental/United from Chicago/NY/LA to Hawaii- Lanai, Molokai and Kapalua

May 10, 2011

I’ve been toying with a trip to Lanai, so I’ve been accustomed to seeing $750+ airfares from NYC. Today, Continental introduced some relatively dirt cheap fares to Lanai, Molokai and Kapalua and there’s a bunch of availability from now until spring 2012. These fares are good from Newark, Chicago and LAX and probably more – […]

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Cheap Delta Flights to Iceland

April 29, 2011

If you are looking for a fun summer vacation and want to try something different, you might want to consider Iceland. Delta becomes the first US carrier to start serving Iceland starting JFK- Reykjavik on June 1, 2011 and I’ve noticed some pretty low introductory fares. Total round-trip JFK-KEF prices including taxes come to $488 […]

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Newark to Boston for $39 Round-trip Total on JetBlue

April 28, 2011

JetBlue is running a pretty amazing fare sale today only- $9 each way between Newark and Boston (you can originate in either city). The roundtrip fare comes to $39.40 with all taxes and there seems to be very good availability between May 4- June 15, 2011. Sure beats taking the bus if you are a […]

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Dirt Cheap Atlanta Fares on Continental/United – $193 to/from LAX, Portland and more!

April 7, 2011

This fare war is getting nasty! Continental and United are attacking Delta in all of its main hubs, including Atlanta which rarely gets action on super-cheap fares. I just used Travelocity.com flexible search to pull up this gem; $193 to/from Atlanta to Los Angeles. I don’t have time to play with every iteration, but if […]

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Delta Firesale from DC: San Diego and Albuquerque $199 Total Roundtrip!

April 7, 2011

Not to be outdone by Continental/United, Delta launched some of their own attacks on United’s hub of DC. WAS – Albuquerque and San Diego are now $199 To book these go to Delta.com -> Planning Tools -> Book a flight -> WAS to either SAN or ABQ -> Click the “My dates are flexible” box […]

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Major Fare War by Continental/United on Delta Hubs – Transcons from $193 total roundtrip!

April 7, 2011

I wrote this morning about my frustration with finding reasonably priced transcontinental flights. Well, the fare gods (or revenue management departments) must have heard my complaints – Continental/United just launched a major fare sale on NYC – San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland and more. These are bookable at Continental.com, just make sure […]

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American Airlines NYC – Honolulu for $431 Total Roundtrip

April 6, 2011

Need a warm, Hawaiian getaway to defrost from this miserable winter? AA has some cheap fares from Newark to Honolulu that come to $431 total roundtrip. Play around with dates towards the end of April and returning in May on aa.com (look on the flexible date calendar for the $186 fares). Routing through Chicago nets 9,925 miles, […]

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