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Domestic Fare of the Day: Newark to Honolulu $573 round-trip, fall travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, September 19, 2014

Fly from Newark to Honolulu for $573 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

We found seats departing EWR on Thursday, December 4, returning from HNL on Thursday, December 11.

Other dates are also available for travel from October through December.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

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Domestic Fare of the Day: Washington DC to San Francisco $252 round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, September 19, 2014

Still available! Fly from Washington DC to San Francisco for $252 round-trip, including all taxes, on American/US Airways.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing IAD on November 5, returning from SFO on November 9.

Other dates are also available for travel through March.

Visit our SFO fare page for a look at current deals to San Francisco from elsewhere in the US and Canada.

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

Top 5 Off-Peak Destinations for Fall 2014

Posted by Caroline Costello on Friday, September 19, 2014

Nantucket, Cobblestoned Streets During Fall (Photo: Getty Images)

After August—generally the biggest travel month of the year—summer's annual dispatch of surf-loving, guidebook-toting vacationers packs up and heads home. With peak season over, folks bid good-bye to crowded beach towns and coastal cities, leaving travel providers with plenty of guest rooms, beaches, and restaurants to fill this fall. The following five spots are on our radar, thanks to their attractive off-peak pricing and super seasonal attractions.

 

(Photo: The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin)

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket is one of our favorite off-peak beach destinations. Autumn in Nantucket brings so many special seasonal activities that one could argue the island's true peak should fall when the leaves do. Restaurant Week, from September 28 to October 4, bestows bargain-priced gourmet meals on fortunate patrons, with three-course dinners priced from $25 to $45.

Better yet, get your fresh seafood straight from the source—for free! October also kicks off recreational scallop season. Beginning the first of the month, folks are permitted to harvest the mouthwatering mollusks right from the beach.

Cook up some pan-seared scallops in your kitchen at The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin. We found rates as low as $328.33 per night for a two-bedroom cottage with a kitchen and a deck that overlooks the water on Swain's Wharf. Comparatively, the same room is, on average, several hundred dollars more per night during the high summer season. This is the standard pricing structure at Nantucket properties. At the Chapman House, for example, rooms start at $319 per night during summer and drop as low as $119 per night come fall.

You can also snag discounted fall ferry tickets to Nantucket, depending on the operator. The Steamship Authority cuts one-way rates for automobiles from $68.50 in summer and early fall to $43.50 beginning November 1.

 

(Photo: Blue Haven Resort)

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos islands have a reputation for luxury. Bruce Willis and Mariah Carey reportedly have homes here. And lavish beachfront resorts far outnumber budget-friendly hotels. The good news is that in fall, you don't have to spend like Bruce Willis to have an awesome vacation. This is a less crowded, more upscale Caribbean destination set firmly off the beaten path, where alabaster beaches are free of those hectic armies of plastic chairs and towels, no matter the season.

Get the royal Turks and Caicos experience at Joe Six-Pack prices with an off-peak stay on Providenciales, the main tourist center of the islands. Airfares to Providenciales drop sharply during fall months. As of press time, JetBlue is offering flights from New York to Providenciales for $134 each way for select Saturday departures in November; compare this to February fares displayed on Kayak, which run roughly double that. Hotels, too, are markedly more affordable in fall. Autumn deals abound, and standard rates are usually lowest for summer and fall stays. At the beachfront Blue Haven Resort, rates for the cheapest garden-view room start at $300 nightly through December 19, then spike as high as $450 per night for stays during winter months.

In addition to pleasing prices, expect balmy temperatures. As the summer heat wanes, average daily temperatures hover around 75 to 85 degrees.

 

(Photo: Dan Queiroz via flickr/CC Attribution)

Miami, Florida

Miami does a lot to court fall travelers. There's Miami Spice, an extended restaurant week that covers the full month of September. Car aficionados can geek out at the Miami International Auto Show or attend the NASCAR Ford championship race in November. And, of course, the beaches and nightlife don't lose their allure when summer ends.

For further incentive, consider the savings. If you're flying, it's often cheaper to get to Miami in fall than in winter. We found flights on American from Boston to Miami in January for as little as $277 each way, compared to the cheapest fares we found for mid- to late-March departures, which came to $342 each way. It's the same story with United: Our search yielded Chicago-to-Miami nonstop flights for $516 round-trip in November; fares jumped to $573 for the same trip in February. If these airfare differences seem trivial, consider the costs if you're traveling with a family or even as a couple. Sixty bucks a ticket can really add up.

Let's look at sailings out of Miami's cruise port. Sure, this isn't technically a Miami-centric thing to do, but if you're in town and you want to tack a long-weekend getaway onto your trip, you'll save a ton by planning a sailing during fall. Norwegian, for example, runs a three-night Bahamas sailing (Friday through Monday) out of Miami. Prices for this sailing start at $469 per person for an inside cabin in March, compared to $219 for the same cruise in November.

 

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)

Algarve, Portugal

Portugal's Algarve region—a beach destination along the country's southern coast—draws huge crowds of mostly European tourists during summer. Similar to the French Riviera, the Algarve offers quaint historical towns, picturesque beaches, and, during the high season, a hard-partying club crowd. Yet a quieter mood develops here after the summer-holiday throngs have returned home.
Autumn sees a more serene Algarve, with bare beaches and bargains galore. And if you're after more of a culture-centric European vacation instead of an oceanside escape, the Algarve's cathedrals, castles, and cobblestoned villages will meet your needs in spades.

Consider Four Seasons Country Club, TripAdvisor's number-one-rated hotel for stays in the Algarve. Rates at this assemblage of 96 villas, which are rented by the week, start at €1,170 (about $1,510) in July and August and drop to nearly half that price—€610 (about $788)—in November and December. That's huge. Similarly, rates at popular B&B Duas Quintas drop to €75 (about $97) per night in fall, compared to €95 per night (about $123) during summer.

Can you still hit the beach in the Algarve during fall? Maybe. In early fall—September and October—its Mediterranean climate yields mild, summery weather. Those of you dead-set on surf and sand should plan an earlier fall vacation.

 

(Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Whether you want to watch whales or the autumn leaves, to bike through Tudor neighborhoods or barhop around waterfront pubs, you'll find that Victoria doesn't lack for fall fun. One of our favorite new attractions to see in Victoria this fall is the Float House, which bills itself as the largest floatation center on earth. Book a 90-minute session in one of the center's five tanks filled with water and Epsom salt and float your stresses away.

Another great stress buster: the thought of all the money you'll save when you visit Victoria in autumn. Between sunny summer and ski season exists a great opportunity for budget-minded travelers: the off-peak fall period. Rates drop at hotels and B&Bs. And museums and restaurants get a little less crowded. At Abbeymoore Manor, a B&B in a historical 1912 mansion, low-season rates for stays between October 20 and December 18 start at $159 CAD (about $145). During high season, rates start at $229 CAD (about $209). Again, at the luxurious Villa Marco Polo Inn, rates start at $185 CAD (about $169) during the off-peak fall season and rise to $250 CAD (about $228) in summer.

It's cheaper to stay there, and it's probably cheaper to get there, too. We ran some test dates through Air Canada's booking system and found November midweek flights from Los Angeles to Victoria for as little as $174 each way. In June, the cheapest fares we spotted for the same trip came to $273 each way.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Fall 2014.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Billings $215 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

On Alaska Airlines, fly from Los Angeles to Billings for $215 round-trip, including all taxes.

We found seats departing LAX on Thursday, October 30, returning from BIL on Monday, November 3. Flights connect via Seattle. 

Plenty of other dates are also available for travel through early June.

Visit our Billings BIL fare page for a look at current finds from other cities.

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

Holiday Fare of the Day: Newark to Belfast $692 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

For travel over the last week in December, fly nonstop from Newark to Belfast for $692 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

We found seats departing Newark on Thursday, December 25, returning from Belfast on Thursday, January 1.

Other dates in late December are much much higher, and you can be sure this fare won't last long!

Visit our Newark EWR fare page for a complete look at current finds.

 

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

SAS Sale for Fall/Winter Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

SAS has reduced fares on winter flights to Scandinavia and Finland from Newark/New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Fares are valid for travel from November 3 through March 25, excluding peak holiday periods. 

All tickets must be booked by September 22.

Fares include:

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

Washington DC to Copenhagen $949 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

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

Newark to Helsinki $729 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Helsinki $859 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Helsinki $885 round-trip, including all taxes

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

Washington DC to Oslo $755 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Oslo $705 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Oslo $905 round-trip, including all taxes

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

Washington DC to Stockholm $749 round-trip, including all taxes

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

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

Above Stockholm image via Shutterstock

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

Aer Lingus Sale for Fall/Winter Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aer Lingus has lowered fares to Ireland, Britain, and elsewhere in Europe for fall/winter travel. 

Sale fares are valid from November 1 through March 31. Rules and restrictions may vary by route, so be sure to read our Fare Details for specifics.

Avoid blackout dates around peak holiday periods. All tickets must be booked by 7:00pm ET, September 23.

Fares include:

New York to Dublin $595 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Shannon $639 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Glasgow $829 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Edinburgh $829 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Manchester $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Dublin $627 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Shannon $669 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Birmingham $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Edinburgh $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Glasgow $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Dublin $739 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Above Edinburgh image via Shutterstock

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Dallas $115 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

From American, fly nonstop from Atlanta to Dallas for $115 round-trip, including all taxes.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing ATL on Tuesday, October 14, returning from DFW on Saturday, October 18.

Other dates are also available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through November 20.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Int'l Fare of the Day: New York to Naples $657 round-trip, nonstop, Oct travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fly nonstop from New York to Naples for $657 round-trip, including all taxes, on Meridiana.

Seen below, we found seats departing JFK on Friday, October 3, and returning from NAP on the following Thursday, October 9.

Other dates are also available for travel throughout September and October, though seats are scarce.

Visit our fare listings for New York JFK for a complete look at current finds.

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

Holiday Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to New York $342 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Considering that the best non-holiday fare we've spotted along this route recently is $317, this fare doesn't seem all that bad for off-peak holiday travel: Los Angeles to New York for $342 nonstop, round-trip, departing on Thanksgiving Day, returning the following Wednesday, December 3.

And for just a smidgen more at $398, nonstops are still available for travel on Wednesday, November 26, returning mid-week.

Visit our Los Angeles LAX fare listings for a complete look at current finds.

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

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