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Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
We've been wondering. Does it make sense to spend $25,000 on a frequent flyer credit card in order to earn 25,000 miles, which is typically what you need for a free domestic roundtrip ticket. If, that is, there are seats available to frequent flyers, which there often are not.
All too often, you have to spend 45,000 or 50,000 miles for a domestic ticket, right?
And what if that ticket would only cost you $179, or $225, the typical price that we often list for cross country fares when there's a sale?
Maybe you'd be better off with a cash back credit card instead. For example, after you've spent $6500 using your card, the American Express Blue Cash card pays 1.5% on all purchases, and 5% back on supermarket, gas station, and drugstore purchases. So let's say you take that same $25,000, and let's say $15,000 of that is "other" purchases, and $10,000 is gas, food, and drugstore.
The calculator please! You'd earn $225 plus $500 for a total of $725 in cash back. And then you take that cash and buy yourself a nice airline ticket without being told, sorry, there are no seats.
Honestly, seems like a no brainer to us.
Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Spirit has introduced yet another wonky sale, the latest in their Cheapano Fibonacci series. Fares start as low as $1 each way and creep up to $233 each way, though members of their $9 Fare Club (which you can join now) have access to a wider selection of fares. Yes, putting together a round-trip itinerary with the available dates can sometimes leave you cross-eyed but it's absolutely do-able (just ask some of the Airfarewatchdog staff who
Valid dates of travel vary from city to city, so check their chart for specifics, but think early February to as late as mid May in some markets. Fares must be booked by midnight January 30, so hop to it!
Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
JetBlue this week began offering new refundable fares through their website and third-party partners. This new option provides additional flexibility to people who want the ability to change or cancel their travel plans without penalty. This comes on the heels of Southwest’s launch of their “Business” and “Business Select” classes of service in November which also allow for ticket changes and refunds. JetBlue appears to be playing a bit of catch-up in this space.
JetBlue allows unlimited changes to the ticket without penalty as well as a full refund at any time prior to the flight’s departure. If you miss your flight and do not notify the airline, you will receive a full credit for the cost of the flight to be used at a future date within one year.
This appears to be a positive development, but in investigating the new fare structure, Airfarewatchdog.com has noticed that travelers need to carefully compare their options when considering the new refundable fares.
For example, we checked prices on flights from West Palm Beach to New York, JFK on a Friday in March and found that JetBlue’s everyday fare was $99-$119 each way, while the refundable fare for the same flight was priced at $399 each way. That’s up to four times the cost for the added flexibility, which is quite steep.
However, when we checked prices for New York, JFK to West Palm on the same Friday, prices ranged from $204 to $324 at their everyday fare vs. the same $399 for the refundable fare. In this instance, the price premium was not as great and may be worth the added cost for the additional flexibility.
We recommend doing your homework and comparing the lowest available JetBlue fares with the new refundable fares before booking. Depending on your specific situation and the prevailing fares at the time of booking, the new refundable fares may or may not be an option worth pursuing.
One final note on JetBlue’s fares… We have noticed that when booking two or more passengers, *some* JetBlue flights drop in price as much as $15 each way. When we checked flights from West Palm Beach to New York, JFK on March 14, we noticed that the lowest fare when booking one passenger was $99 each way, while the lowest fare shown for two or more passengers was $84 each way. We have noticed this before, and it seems to be a nuance of JetBlue’s reservation system, although it’s never been officially documented anywhere to our knowledge. Yet one more thing to keep in mind when comparison shopping for airfare.
Categories: Airfare Tips
Posted by Jonathan Weinberg on Thursday, January 24, 2008
American is offering 20% off flights from anywhere in the Continental US to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for travel in September '08.
This deal is available for travel from September 2, 2008 through September 30, 2008. Reservations must be made via the American Airlines website using the promotion code DFJACGO by January 27, 2008.
Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, January 24, 2008
Southwest is always having sales, yet they remain one of the few profitable airlines. Now why is this? Anyway, their latest sale for travel Jan 29-Feb 29 ends tonight midnight CT.
Fares range from $49 to $99 each way, no round-trip purchase required. Ft. Myers, FL; New Orleans, LA; and Orange County, CA are not included in this sale. What's particularly good about this sale is that it's not the usual Tue/Wed only deal. You can find seats seven days a week, with a few exceptions.
Be sure to use Southwest's "ShortCut" (their flexible date search calendar) to find seats more easily. Most other airlines are matching this sale.
Posted by Jonathan Weinberg on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
American has a fantastic promotion going on right now to Latin America, with 25% off all flights from the Continental US to the following destinations:
We found some great deals through this promo like New York (JFK) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $217 roundtrip including tax with good availability.
This deal is available for travel from January 22, 2008 through May 14, 2008. Given the extended travel window, the lack of any other restrictions on this fare, and the 25% discount, it's one of the best we've seen yet from American.
Reservations must be made via the American Airlines website using the promotion code DFSPRLAT08 by February 5, 2008.
Posted by George Hobica on Monday, January 21, 2008
This is a pretty simple deal: Just enter SAVE40 (all caps, no spaces) in the Promotion Code box on the home page when booking your flight to save $40 off your roundtrip purchase for travel between January 23, 2008 and February 12, 2008 or between April 8, 2008 and October 31, 2008. Once the promotional code is entered, fares displayed will automatically reflect a promotional discount of $20 off each way for a total discount of $40 when purchasing a roundtrip reservation. You always get $10 off round-trip when booking on Spirit's site, so basically you're getting an extra $30 with this promo code.
Sale ends midnight Jan 22.
Posted by George Hobica on Sunday, January 20, 2008
United Airlines has lowered fares to Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. We found plenty of seats for February travel and some of these fares are half what you'd pay on other airlines.
To search these fares, use our handy dandy international fare search page.
Categories: Asia/Australasia Airfares
After making that long-haul trek all the way across the Pacific to Australia or New Zealand, you will be no doubt be ready to get out and shake a leg. Whether you're on a business trip with meetings in several cities or a walkabout in the outback is more your pleasure, both Qantas and Air New Zealand have some great ways to keep you on the move on the cheap.
Now pick up an Aussie AirPass and throw Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane into the mix, and the total price comes to $1,263.
In other words, you can tour the whole of Southeast Australia and Tasmania for only $120 more than the price of seeing Sydney alone, and the savings are even greater to other cities. Yes, even the math is magical in the Land of Oz!
The Aussie Airpass is on sale for travel through early December 2008.
Categories: Asia/Australasia Airfares
Posted by Jonathan Weinberg on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
American has a great promotion going on right now to Mexico with 20% off all flights from the US to Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Ixtapa. This deal is available for travel from April 1, 2008 through April 30, 2008.
This promo only requires a one night minimum stay and a minimum base fare of $125. These deals typically require a Saturday night stay, so compared to others we've seen recently, the terms are pretty favorable.
Reservations must be made via the American Airlines website using the promotion code DFAPRMXPLE by January 21, 2008.
Categories: Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares
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