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Int'l Fare of the Day: Houston to Johannesburg $945 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fly from Houston to Johannesburg for $945 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

We found seats departing HOU on Thursday, January 15, returning from JNB on Saturday, January 24. Flights connect via Atlanta.

Other dates are also available in January and February, with slightly higher fares for travel earlier in fall.

Visit our Johannesburg JNB fare page for a complete list of current deals from all over the US.

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

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Nassau, Bahamas $221 nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Frontier has lowered fares to Nassau, Bahamas for fall/winter travel from both Washington Dulles and Trenton.

As seen below, we found seats for $221 round-trip, nonstop, departing IAD on Tuesday, February 17, returning from NAS on the following Tuesday, February 24.

Discounted fares are not available for travel from November 20 through December 1, or December 18 through January 4.

Sale fares must be purchased by 11:59pm ET, August 23.

Visit our fare page for Nassau NAS for a complete look at current finds from all over the US and Canada.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: New York to Jacksonville $167 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fly nonstop from New York to Jacksonville for $167 round-trip, including all taxes, on JetBlue or Delta.

We found seats departing JFK on Wednesday, September 3, returning from JAX on Sunday, September 7.

Other dates are also available for travel any day of the week through April 29, excluding peak holiday periods.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

From Volaris: 50% Off Flights to Mexico

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Take 50% off your next flight to Mexico with the current promo offer from Volaris. This sale is valid for travel from August 20, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

An additional 20% discount is available to Volaris VClub members, should you care to join.

Discounts only apply to round-trip fares. Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm, August 20.

Fares include:

Chicago to Mexico City $318 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Morelia $304 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Leon $299 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Zacatecas $300 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Guadalajara $315 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Mexico City $301 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Uruapan $376 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Aguascalientes $267 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Morelia $285 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Zacatecas $276 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Oakland to Morelia $324 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Oakland to Leon $317 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Portland to Guadalajara $300 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Antonio to Guadalajara $258 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Denver to Mexico City $376 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Las Vegas to Mexico City $305 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Diego to Mexico City $263 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Jose to Guadalajara $263 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Guadalajara image via Shutterstock

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

SAS Sale to Europe

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Save on your next flight to Europe with the current sale from SAS. Fares are valid for departures from November 4 through May 15, excluding peak travel periods from December 16 through January 6. All travel must be completed by May 31.

Fares require a Saturday night stay. Tickets must be purchased by August 26.

Fares include:

Newark to Stockholm $599 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Copenhagen $695 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Oslo $599 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Copenhagen $799 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Stockholm $799 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Washington DC to Copenhagen $799 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Francisco to Stockholm $899 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to London $870 round-trip, including all taxes

Above image via Shutterstock

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

Int'l Fare of the Day: Chicago to Vancouver $295 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For September travel, fly nonstop from Chicago to Vancouver for $295 round-trip, including all taxes, on WestJet.

We found seats departing ORD on Monday, September 15, returning from YVR on Friday, September 19.

Other dates are also available for travel throughout September. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

America's Best State Fairs

Posted by Caroline Morse on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)

Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, musical shows, or food on a stick, there's a state fair out there for you. Here are 10 favorites across the country.

 

(Photo: Quinn Dombrowski via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

Iowa State Fair

More than a million people from all over the world attend the Iowa State Fair every year. We bet they're coming to see the fair's butter cow, an annual tradition since 1911 in which a sculptor uses around 600 pounds of Iowa butter to create a life-sized cow. Don't worry, the butter isn't wasted—much of it is recycled and reused for up to 10 years. (That's some shelf-stable butter!)

Not into cows, but still into butter? A different "companion" sculpture is featured every year alongside the cow. Previous years' artwork has included Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Harry Potter, Elvis Presley, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

 

(Photo: Joe Shlabotnik via flickr/CC Attribution)

New York State Fair

The New York State Fair draws big crowds and even bigger musical stars every year. This year, you can catch performances by Brad Paisley, Jason Derulo, and the Doobie Brothers. The food at this fair goes beyond the standard fare, too—the Taste NY tent is stocked with libations from local wineries and breweries as well as regional foods. Or, for a simpler snack, hit the Potato Booth for a baked potato smothered with your choice of toppings for just $1.

 

(Photo: kc7fys via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

Minnesota State Fair

Bring your appetite to the Minnesota State Fair, where there are about 500 different foods available at 300 concession stands. Some standout items: beer gelato, deep-fried breakfast on a stick (a sandwich with two pancakes as the buns, stuffed with two types of cheese, a sausage patty, eggs, and Canadian bacon, and then fried), and Jell-O salad ice cream. The Minnesota State Fair is surprisingly eco-conscious as well—at this year's Eco Experience, you can see things like the world's largest wad of paper, a climate-change exhibit, and an urban garden.

 

(Photo: Steve Rainwater via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

State Fair of Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the state fair (and its mascot, a 55-foot-tall cowboy). This fair goes on for 24 days and packs in plenty of entertainment, including concerts and cooking competitions. Of course, no Texas event would be complete without football: The Cotton Bowl Stadium inside the fairgrounds hosts college football games during the fair. There are plenty of non-sports games and rides for daredevils, too—be sure to check out this year's new 500-foot Top o' Texas Tower ride.

 

(Photo: Selena N. B. H. via flickr/CC Attribution)

North Carolina State Fair

Fair food can be healthy, too: The North Carolina State Fair's Field of Dreams is a miniature farm where fairgoers can pick their own crops (like apples, strawberries, and cucumbers). This year is the Year of the Horse, so there will be plenty of equine-themed activities, including horseback-riding lessons, polo, and parades.

 

(Photo: Eve Hermann via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair boasts one of the world's longest portable sky rides—the SkyGlider, which takes you a half mile above the fair on a ride that's more relaxing than adrenaline-pumping. There's also the Giant Slide (144 feet long), and there are more than 60 rides on the Mountain Dew Midway to enjoy. For families, there's a special park just for kids (aptly named Kiddieland) that features rides for smaller fair fans.

 

(Photo: Katherine Johnson via flickr/CC Attribution)

Illinois State Fair

Which do you think is the bigger draw: disgraced "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke or a 500-pound butter cow sculpture? You'll find both at the Illinois State Fair this year. Need more reasons to visit? Check out the fair's food-vendors map, which lists where you can find delicacies such as quarter-pound bacon on a stick, fried peaches, alligator on a stick, deep-fried turkey sandwiches, and pork chops on a stick.

 

(Photo: Andrew Petro via flickr/CC Attribution)

Arizona State Fair

The Arizona State Fair's eclectic concert lineup means that there's something for every type of music fan. This year, there will be performances by Sublime with Rome, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, and the Barenaked Ladies. There's also a Milking Parlor, where you can watch an educational video about Arizona's dairy farmers; or for something slightly more exciting, check out the midway rides, featuring roller coasters, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and more.

 

(Photo: Jay Galvin via flickr/CC Attribution)

Alaska State Fair

Giant produce may not be what you think of when you think of Alaska, but the Alaska State Fair could change that. The fair has already set two world records for massive vegetables; see if it will happen a third time at this year's 19th Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. There are more than 10,000 exhibits at the fair as well as big-name celebrities like KC and the Sunshine Band, The All-American Rejects, Flo Rida, and the stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty.

 

(Photo: Jason Meredith via flickr/CC Attribution)

Kentucky State Fair

Kentucky is world famous for horses and bourbon, and you'll find both at the Kentucky State Fair. There's the World's Championship Horse Show, Quarter Horse Show, Miniature Horse Show, and 4-H Horse Show to satisfy the equine category, and there's the "Bourbon: America's Native Spirit, Kentucky's Liquid Soul" exhibit, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Congress' recognition of bourbon as a unique product, to satisfy the spirits category.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title America's Best State Fairs.

Follow Caroline Morse on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Madrid $678 round-trip, Thanksgiving travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly from Los Angeles to Madrid for $678 round-trip, including all taxes, on Aeroflot.

We found seats departing LAX on Monday, November 24, returning from MAD the following Monday, December 1. Flights connect via Moscow.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid April. Fares may vary slightly ($683) depending on travel dates.

Visit our fare page for Madrid MAD for a complete look at current finds.

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

Weekend Fares from US Airways and United

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here's a quick look at what's available for weekend travel  on US Airways and United. Most are valid for departure on Friday or Saturday, returning the following Monday or Tuesday, either this weekend or the next.

Check our Fare Details for rules and restrictions.

Seats tend to go fast, so hurry!

Newark to Charlotte $226 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Indianapolis $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Memphis $273 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Pittsburgh $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Columbus $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Atlanta to Phoenix $320 round-trip, including all taxes

Columbus to Philadelphia $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Detroit to Philadelphia $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Philadelphia to Columbus $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Pittsburgh to Raleigh-Durham $240 round-trip, including all taxes

Tampa to Charlotte $260 round-trip, including all taxes

Washington DC to Cincinnati $240 round-trip, including all taxes

Washington DC to Indianapolis $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Phoenix to Salt Lake City $260 round-trip, including all taxes

Phoenix to Long Beach $240 round-trip, including all taxes

Lexington to Philadelphia $260 round-trip, including all taxes

Baton Rouge to Charlotte $270 round-trip, including all taxes

Mobile to Houston $165 round-trip, including all taxes

Denver to Bismarck $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Denver to Las Vegas $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Denver to San Francisco $278 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Savannah $278 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Pittsburgh $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Washington DC $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Houston to St Louis $226 round-trip, including all taxes

Houston to Milwaukee $326 round-trip, including all taxes

Austin to San Francisco $328 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Los Angeles $168 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Santa Ana $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Los Angeles to San Antonio $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Above image via Shutterstock

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Denver to Tampa $157 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fly nonstop from Denver to Tampa for $157 round-trip, including all taxes, on Frontier.

Searching FlyFrontier.com, we found seats departing DEN on Tuesday, September 9, returning from TPA on Monday, September 15.

Other dates are also available for travel Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, through October 23.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

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