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Int'l Fare of the Day: Houston to Tel Aviv $786 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, October 20, 2014

Fly from Houston to Tel Aviv for $786 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

We found seats departing IAH on Thanksgiving, November 27, returning from TLV on Saturday, December 6. Flights connect via Newark. 

Other dates are also available for departures through early December.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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Thanksgiving Travel: New York to Milan $591 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, October 20, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly from New York to Milan for $591 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Berlin.

We found seats departing JFK on Friday, November 21, returning from Milan Linate on Monday, December 1. Flights connect via Dusseldorf.

You'll also find nonstops available to MXP for about $60+ on other carriers, including American and Delta/Alitalia. 

Other dates are also available for travel on Mondays through Wednesdays, as well as Sundays, beginning November 10.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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SAS Sale to Europe for Fall/Winter/Spring

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, October 20, 2014

SAS is offering reduced fares on flights to Europe from Newark/New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Fares are valid for travel from November 10 through June 19, excluding peak holiday periods. 

Avoid blackout periods from December 16 through January 6, and again from March 26 through April 12.

All tickets must be booked by October 28.

Fares include:

Newark to Copenhagen $549 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Stockholm $549 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Oslo $499 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Vilnius $799 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Brussels $844 round-trip, including all taxes

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

Washington DC to Warsaw $896 round-trip, including all taxes

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

Chicago to Stockholm $699 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Geneva $895 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Copenhagen $797 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Francisco to Oslo $746 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Stockholm $746 round-trip, including all taxes

Copenhagen image via Shutterstock

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Philadelphia to Denpasar, Indonesia $568 round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, October 20, 2014

With a whopping three connections, the following itinerary may seem grueling but worth it. And surely there are more than a few folks willing to take a $568 flight from Philly to Bali in early February?

Searching Orbitz, we found seats on Delta departing PHL on Wednesday, February 4, returning from DPS on Wednesday, February 18.

Flights connect via Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, though connection cities may vary by date.

Other dates are available for travel through spring. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Bali image via Shutterstock

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Thanksgiving Travel: Los Angeles to Bangkok $770 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 17, 2014

For travel over the week of Thanksgiving, fly from Los Angeles to Bangkok for $770 round-trip, including all taxes, on China Southern.

We found seats departing LAX on Sunday, November 23, returning from BKK on Tuesday, December 2. Flights connect via Beijing.

Other dates are available for travel through April, excluding peak winter holiday periods. 

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Above image via Shutterstock

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Paris $678 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 17, 2014

Finally, some decent fares to Paris! We found seats from Washington DC to Paris for $678 round-trip, including all taxes, on Icelandair.

Depart Dulles on Tuesday, March 3, return from CDG on Tuesday, March 10. Flights connect via Reykjavik.

Other dates are available for travel on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, January through March. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

You'll find the very same fare available departing from Denver DEN as well.

Have a look at our listings for Paris CDG for a complete look at current finds from all over the US and Canada.

Above image via Shutterstock

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Newark to Milan $635 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 17, 2014

Fly nonstop from Newark to Milan for $635 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

We found seats departing EWR on Thursday, March 5, returning from MXP the following Thursday, March 12.

Other dates are also available for travel from fall through mid-May.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Milan image via Shutterstock

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Fiji Airways Sale: Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji $996 nonstop, winter travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 17, 2014

Save on flights from Los Angeles to Fiji with the current sale from Fiji Airways.

Economy Class sale fares are available for travel from February 1 through June 10, and again from September 1 through September 30. Tickets must be booked by November 15.

We found seats for $996 round-trip, nonstop, departing LAX on on Wednesday, February 18, returning from Nadi, Fiji the following Wednesday, February 25.

Business Class fares are also reduced ($3,167 round-trip) for travel through December 14, and again from January 16 through June 10.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Fiji image via Shutterstock

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Domestic Fare of the Day: Baltimore to Las Vegas $187 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 17, 2014

Still available! Fly nonstop from Baltimore to Las Vegas for $187 round-trip, including all taxes, on Southwest.

Searching Southwest.com, we found seats departing BWI on Wednesday, October 29, returning from LAS on the following Tuesday, November 4.

Other dates are also available for travel Mondays through Fridays, as well as Sundays, through November 19.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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What's New in Premium Economy?

Posted by Ed Perkins on Friday, October 17, 2014


Lufthansa is the latest major holdout to join the group of giant airlines offering premium-economy class. All newly delivered 747-8s incorporate the new cabin, with initial routes linking Frankfurt with Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington. The airline will start offering premium economy on its A380s and A340s next spring, with installation completed by the end of next year. Lufthansa's product will closely resemble that of Air France.

Lufthansa's announcement suggests an overall update of premium economy. The basic idea is simple: The gap between economy class and business class has become immense over the last decade, in both product quality and cost. Here's how:

* Among the world's major airlines, business class has become opulent beyond anyone's wildest expectations. The emerging norm is seats that convert to fully horizontal lie-flat beds for overnight flights, elaborate meal service, generous baggage allowances, and special ground facilities and services; airlines currently operating business class with seats that convert to flat beds at an angle are rushing to convert to the lie-flat design. Business class has become so lavish that many lines have completely abandoned first class.

* Economy class, on the other hand, keeps getting worse: ever-tightening legroom, narrower seats, minimal cabin service, fees for practically everything, and general cattle-car treatment.

* The difference is reflected in the fares: From Boston to London in mid-November, for example, current economy round-trip fares for nonstop flights start at $800, while business class starts at $6,000, more than seven times as much.

Enter premium economy: better than regular economy, cheaper than business class. But different airlines have implemented this idea in different ways. Most big Asian, European, and Pacific lines have opted for what I call "genuine" premium economy. Seats are 2–3 inches wider at shoulder level than seats in regular economy, meal and beverage services are better, extras do not require fees, and most lines provide preferred check-in lines. Standard layouts are 2-2-2 in 767s; 2-3-2 in A330-340s, A380 upper decks, and 787s; and 2-4-2 in 747s and 777s. Seat pitch (front-to-rear spacing of set rows) of 37–40 inches provides 6–8 inches more legroom than conventional economy. Air Canada is the only North American line to offer genuine premium economy on a few planes.

Fare differences are inconsistent, but premium is typically 60 percent to 90 percent higher than regular economy. Here are some sample round-trip fares for nonstop travel in mid-February:

* From Washington to Frankfurt on Lufthansa: $1,635 in premium compared to $1,237 in economy.

* New York to Paris on Air France: $1,479 in premium compared to $1,239 in economy.

* New York to London on British Airways: $1,526 in premium compared to $973 in economy.

* Los Angeles to Taipei on EVA: $1,608 in premium compared to $973 in economy.

No U.S. airline offers genuine premium economy; instead, many now offer what I call semi-premium economy—regular narrow economy seats with an extra 3–6 inches of legroom—at fares up to $150 or so more than regular economy. KLM also uses this system.

I know of only two airlines that offer a premium-economy approach in 757s: OpenSkies, with what seems to be above average service at good prices (although I haven't been able to try it), and Icelandair, which touts its equivalent service as a business class but is really about the same as other lines' premium economy. And the "business class" featured by the several charter-style airlines that fly across the Atlantic is actually about what other lines would call premium economy.

All this leads to three conclusions:

* Premium economy generally seems to target business travelers whose companies won't pay for business class. Prices are too stiff to appeal to all but the most affluent vacation travelers.

* But when it's on sale, as currently with Air France, premium economy can look attractive enough to tempt leisure travelers who are fed up with the miseries of regular economy. If you're interested, keep on the lookout for premium "sales."

* No U.S. airlines seem likely to switch to genuine premium economy anytime soon. But they sell it—and you can access it—on flights operated by codeshare partners.

These days, most big metasearch engines and online travel agencies provide price searches for premium economy. And airline-seating websites such as SeatGuru post seating details.

Ed Perkins on Travel is copyright (c) 2014 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title Premium Economy: What's New in Airline-Seating Classification? Follow Ed Perkins on Google+ or email him at editor@smartertravel.com.

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