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Int'l Fare of the Day: NYC to Paris $618 nonstop, late summer travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

From XL Airways, fly nonstop from New York to Paris for $618 round-trip, including all taxes.

We found seats for travel over a long weekend in early September, departing from JFK on Wednesday, September 3, returning from CDG on the following Sunday, September 7.

Slightly higher fares are available for longer trips in late August. We also spotted a $715 nonstop fare departing JFK on Monday, August 25, and returning from CDG on Wednesday, September 3.

Visit our Paris CDG fare page for a complete look at current finds.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Hong Kong $715 round-trip, fall/winter

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For fall travel, fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong for $715 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

Searching Delta.com, we found seats for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, departing LAX on Monday, November 24, returning from HKG on Monday, December 1.

Other dates are also available for travel from September through December, with slightly higher ($723) fares for travel through April.

Visit our fare page for Hong Kong HKG for a complete look at current deals.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: San Diego to Seattle $134 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fly nonstop from San Diego to Seattle for $134 round-trip, including all taxes, on Alaska Airlines.

Searching AlaskaAir.com, we found seats departing SAN on Thursday, September 4, returning from SEA on the following Sunday, September 7.

Other dates are available for travel from late August through late September.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Chicago to Rome $751 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For winter travel, fly from Chicago to Rome for $751 round-trip, including all taxes, on Turkish Airlines.

Searching TurkishAirlines.com, we were able to find seats departing ORD on Saturday, February 14, returning from FCO on Friday, February 20.

Other dates are also available for travel from January through March.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Hartford to Los Angeles $246 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fly from Hartford to Los Angeles for $246 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

As seen below, we even found seats for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, departing BDL on Wednesday, November 26, returning from LAX on Tuesday, December 2.

Other dates are available for travel from late August through June. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Flight Deals from American Airlines

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

From American Airlines, the latest batch of US Flight Deals are good for travel from August 25 through December 17. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase, and must be booked by 11:59pm CT, July 31.

Sale fares are blacked-out for travel August 28-29; September 1; October 10, 12-13; November 21-22, 25-26, 29-30; December 1. Travel is valid to Florida and Las Vegas on Sundays through Wednesdays, and from Florida and Las Vegas on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel is valid for all other destinations Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

Other airlines may be matching along some routes.

Fares include:

Flint to Nashville $224 round-trip, including all taxes

Memphis to Tampa $227 round-trip, including all taxes

Baton Rouge to Nashville $282 round-trip, including all taxes

Santa Ana to Austin $332 round-trip, including all taxes

Corpus Christi to Charlotte $292 round-trip, including all taxes

Des Moines to Washington DC $262 round-trip, including all taxes

Des Moines to Austin $254 round-trip, including all taxes

Little Rock to Washington DC $284 round-trip, including all taxes

Tulsa to Nashville $298 round-trip, including all taxes

Albuquerque to St Louis $294 round-trip, including all taxes

Memphis to Flint $283 round-trip, including all taxes

Memphis to San Antonio $317 round-trip, including all taxes

Oklahoma City to West Palm Beach $356 round-trip, including all taxes

Dayton to Tucson $386 round-trip, including all taxes

Garden City to Santa Ana $324 round-trip, including all taxes

Mobile to San Francisco $358 round-trip, including all taxes

Manhattan to St Louis $306 round-trip, including all taxes

Manhattan to San Antonio $308 round-trip, including all taxes

Wichita to Seattle $374 round-trip, including all taxes

Wichita to San Diego $362 round-trip, including all taxes

Birmingham to San Diego $374 round-trip, including all taxes

Fresno to Austin $352 round-trip, including all taxes

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: NYC to Dublin $646 round-trip, nonstop, Thanksgiving

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly nonstop from New York to Dublin for $646 round-trip, including all taxes, on Aer Lingus.

Searching AerLingus.com, we found seats departing JFK on Wednesday, November 26, returning from DUB on Thursday, December 4.

Don't wanna go over the holiday? There are plenty of other dates to choose from throughout fall/winter.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Airplane Makers Plot to Cram More Bums on Seats

By George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog

Don't tell me that the issue of standing room airplane "seats" is rearing its ugly head again. You may remember this front-page article in the New York Times back in April of 2006, written by freelancer Christopher Elliott, stating that Airbus had approached some Asian airlines about installing "standing seating" on its A380 aircraft.

Airbus immediately denied the story, calling it "idiotic," and the Times published a mea culpa correction and the paper's ombudsman wrote this damning article about the whole sad affair although Elliott more or less stood by his story, as Consumerist.com reported.

But wait. Hugo Martin in the LA Times is reporting that Airbus has in fact patented a design for such "seating" (actually, they look more like bicycle saddles than seats). Martin quotes Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn saying, “Many, if not most, of these concepts will never be developed, but in case the future of commercial aviation makes one of our patents relevant, our work is protected. Right now these patent filings are simply conceptual.” So maybe Elliott wasn't so "idiotic" after all.

But what is pure idiocy is the whole concept of stand up air travel, even if it (presumably) led to lower airfares. While it would be fodder for stand up comedians, it's a crazy idea and if the story had appeared on April 1st I'd be laughing. But there's nothing funny about Airbus' patent application. First of all, airplanes are already packed to the max, and since the airlines could cram more stand-up passengers in their metal tubes they'd have a harder time complying with FAA regulations mandating that all passengers can be safely evacuated in an emergency in 90 seconds, even if not all doors are operable. So that would mean more means of egress at a minimum (although presumably, since standing passengers are already standing, they could escape faster, and there'd be room for more exits with all the seats removed). And what would the "brace position" look like? Would you rest your hands on the shoulders of the passenger in front of you? And how would the seat belts work? It's all pretty silly, but that's what they said at Kitty Hawk.

Oh, and not to be outdone, Boeing recently announced, says USA Today, that it is developing a "high-density" 737-MAX model that will cram an extra 11 passengers onboard, resulting in a 29-inch seat pitch vs. the typical 31 inches. News reports suggest that the new model will be targeted to airlines that wish to cram as many passengers as possible in their planes. (Maybe that's why they call it the "MAX"). But these days, isn't that just about every airline?

Other stories you might like:

Are airline pet fees justified? Passengers say no, but there are costs involved

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Carry-on Rules Revisited

To learn more about George Hobica, visit his profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Phoenix to Dublin $746 round-trip, Thanksgiving travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fly from Phoenix to Dublin for $746 round-trip, including all taxes, on Aer Lingus.

Searching AerLingus.com, we found seats for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, departing PHX on Tuesday, November 25, returning from DUB on Monday, December 1.

Other dates are also available for travel in late fall/winter. Visit our fare page for Dublin DUB for a complete look at current deals.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Las Vegas $203 nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fly nonstop from Washington DC to Las Vegas $203 round-trip, including all taxes, as part of the previously mentioned sale from Frontier.

We found seats departing Dulles on Monday, February 16, returning from LAS on Monday, February 23.

Other dates are also available for travel from December 13 through March 1, excluding peak holiday periods.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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