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User Guide for a Flexible Dates Search on

Posted by Tim Charters on Monday, January 31, 2011

Planning a spring/summer getaway? Take a look at Orbitz if you have any flexibilty with your travel dates. With three different search features, you're bound to find an airfare that will meet your schedule. Our step-by-step guide . . . just for you, our Airfarewatchdog fans!


1. Go to the Orbitz homepage.

2. The home page will automatically default to a Quick Search for a Flight. Type in the two cities and/or three letter airport codes you will be traveling From/To.

3. Near the bottom of the light blue box, click on Flexible Dates to start a flexible dates search.

4. The Quick Search box will now have 3 options for a flexible airfare search. Select one.

Option 1 - Weekends
Click on the button in Option 1 and select the month in which you would like to travel. Orbitz will allow you to search for weekend trips over an 11-month period. Weekend flights depart Thursday, Friday or Saturday and return Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

Option 2 - Bonus Days
Click on the Option 2 button stating "I have some flexibility around my dates". Select your Leave and Return dates. Located in the two drop-down boxes, you may choose from one up to three days before/after your travel dates.

Option 3 - Flexible Stays
Click on the button for Option 3 "I want to take a trip for ....". Select the length of your trip from the dropdown box. Choices for stays start at 2-4 days and run all the way up to 14-16 days.


5. Once you have selected your option, enter in the Travelers details at the bottom of the search box. If you prefer, check the box to receive search results for only non-stop flights.

6. Click on Find to get your flexible search results.

7. A matrix grid of possible airfares will appear with. Click on the price of the airfare that corresponds to your travel dates/itinerary.

If you selected Option 1 - Weekend Fares:

If you selected Option 2 -Bonus Days:

If you selected Option 3 -Flexible Stays:

8. Now you should have a variety of flights to select from on your screen. Scroll up and down the page to view various flights. For other flights/airlines listed in the matrix grid, click on the airline or the number of stops located under the airlines.


9. Click on the Select button for the flight that will meet your travel needs and/or itinerary.

10. Review your itinerary and start following the steps on the subsequent page(s) to finish booking your flight on Orbitz.

Voila! Have a great trip.

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Fare of the Day: Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA

Posted by Ricky Radka on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fare of the Day: Miami, FL (MIA) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) $168 RT, including all taxes on United Airlines, codeshared with Continental & US Airways.

Travel any day of the week if available, 330-day travel period, 14-day advance purchase restriction, no minimum stay requirement. Many summer dates are blacked out. You will need to be flexible with dates, this fare has very little restrictions so search around and you might be able to pull up some dates that work for you.

Amazing cross country fare that will not last long, book now if interested.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

Categories: Airfare Tips

Fare of the Day: New York to Moscow $415 RT

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, January 28, 2011

Who says flights to Europe are expensive? From Aeroflot, fly from New York to Moscow for $415 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes. This fare is available for travel in winter too, but the real steals are the spring/summer dates. We've found departures as late as May, returning in June, via

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

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles, CA to Guadalajara, Mexico

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) $285 RT non-stop, including all taxes on Continental Airlines.

Beginning May 3, 2011, Continental is starting it's new daily round-trip service from LAX to GDL. As of now the fare is bookable but still subject to Mexican government approval. Travel any day of the week, 330-day travel period. Found via travelocity.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

Categories: Airfare Tips

Free 250 AAdvantage miles from Best Western Rewards

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, January 27, 2011

To be honest, I've never stayed at a Best Western, therefore I've never had a reason to sign up for the Best Western Rewards program. Until now.

By signing up for Best Western Rewards, which is a free rewards program and setting your earning preference to airline miles then selecting American Airlines as your airline of choice on the information screen you will earn a free 250 AAdvantage mile boost in your account. While probably not enough miles to get you that international flight you've been saving for this is a great way to keep your account active and get some extra miles for a couple minutes of your time.

Stays booked during this Spring Promotion (February 6 - April 11, 2011) are entitled to earning even more bonus AAdvantage miles for those who are registered. Earn 500 miles on the first stay, 750 on your second, and 1,000 for each stay thereafter. No limit cap to the number of bonus miles during the promotion period.

While entering your AAdvantage number on the information page make sure to use all CAPS because the entry field is case sensitive even though it's not listed as so. Register here to get your free 250 AAdvantage miles.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

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Win a chance to go Around the World in 80 Days.

Posted by Ricky Radka on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Want a chance to live your favorite Jules Verne novel? No, not Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Cathay Pacific's new competition/promotion gives you a chance to travel all around the world on it's flight network for 80 days. The winner will receive unlimited round-trip economy class tickets from Hong Kong to any destination of your choice on the Cathay Pacific/Dragonair network, to be travelled within an 80 day period between June and August of 2011 (no repeated routes). In addition to flights, the winner will receive 3 nights at a 4-star accommodation or above, per trip. A daily allowance of HKD2,800 (~$360USD) per day, per trip! Plus global travel insurance.

So how do you enter? Submit a short video (30-60 seconds in length), story (200 words or fewer) or photo (640x480 recommended) on to the Cathay Pacific Facebook page explaining how you would spend 80 days traveling around the world. Multiple entries accepted.

Entries must be submitted by March 6, 2011, the judging will take place between March 7-13, with final interviews on April 12, 2011. A final winner will be announced on April 14, 2011.

Note: If the winner resides outside of Hong Kong, which is the most likely case, the entrant will receive one round-trip Economy class ticket to Hong Kong from the territory of residence. All other flights during the 80 days must originate from Hong Kong or within the Cathay Pacific network.

With contests like these there are of course loads of Terms and Conditions, so read up if you are interested in entering.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

Categories: Airfare Tips

Valentine's Sale from Delta

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Here's a nice little Valentine's sale from Delta, good for travel February 10-15, valid any day of the week. Yes, some routes may seem a tad high at first glance, but we usually see carriers jack up their fares over Valentine's Day. So if you're looking to surprise your out-of-town honey this February 14, these are the lowest fares on offer along these routes. Fares require a Saturday night stay, as well as a 10-day advance purchase.

Fares include:

Columbus to Milwaukee $149 round-trip

Newport News to Ft Lauderdale $184 round-trip

Madison to Tampa $206 round-trip

Columbus to San Diego $214 round-trip

Minneapolis to Las Vegas $230 round-trip

Denver to Atlanta $218 round-trip

Seattle to Salt Lake City $178 round-trip

Minneapolis to New York $277 round-trip

Detroit to Tulsa $269 round-trip

Fargo to San Jose $226 round-trip

Fresno to new York $296 round-trip

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

8 great reasons to fly to Pittsburgh (besides amazingly low airfares)

By George Hobica,   

Fallingwater Photo by George Hobica

Pittsburgh might not be on your list of 1000 places to fly to before you die, but perhaps it should be. With the opening of a swank new Fairmont Hotel, a cultural scene that rivals that of many larger cities, and its proximity to an architectural gem that everyone should see before they head for the great beyond, this city of rivers and bridges deserves a visit. Plus, of course, now that Southwest Airlines and JetBlue fly here, airfares to Pittsburgh are amazingly cheap.

There's no place quite like Pittsburgh, an implausible and affable place of distinct and likeable neighborhoods, littered across a series of steep Southwestern Pennsylvania hills and secluded hollows, perched on cliffs and huddled down by its famed three rivers. Once at the forefront of the industrialized world, the still blue-collar city is shedding its old skin and growing into a new identity, as a knowledge center and a place of creativity.

That's not to say that Pittsburgh's gone pretentious or anything. This is still the home of the Steelers and the Pirates, though the latter ended a depressing season with a lower approval rating than their Somali namesakes. But football season's just heating up, and there are also the Penguins, just now getting out on the ice. Hate sports? No matter – this is still a great place to kick back and knock back a few (local) beers, make some new friends maybe; it's a perfect city for slowing down and just enjoying life for a couple of days. We've got eight great reasons to visit Pittsburgh (or, rather, da Burgh) right now.

GET IN THE ZONE There are plenty of cool neighborhoods in town, perhaps none quite as nifty as Lawrenceville. Located not far from downtown, this industrial center along the Allegheny River that served as arsenal to the Union Army during the Civil War is now a magnet for young creatives, lured in by Lawrenceville's charming vibe. The neighborhood is part of the city's 16:62 Design Zone, an area that features more than 100 home decor-related businesses catering to all tastes and budgets. While in the area, stop in at Dozen, the neighborhood bakery that's the rage around town right now.

$10 OPERA TICKETS! One thing a lot of first-timers don't know about Pittsburgh is that while the city isn't as big as it used to be, it still retains a vibrant cultural scene from its heyday. From ballet to world-class art museums, a marvelous symphony and a healthy theater scene, Pittsburgh has just about everything you could want a city to have, arts-wise, while, for the most part, keeping everything super accessible. Curious newbies can take advantage of $10 main floor tickets to the Pittsburgh Opera, home-based at the historic (and breathtaking) Benedum Center. Next up, in mid-November? Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

GOOD EATS Pittsburgh has long been a town of simple tastes; for far too long, it seemed like the dining scene was content to hide out at least a couple of decades back from the present time. Recently, things have been changing, and rapidly; we're nuts for the ingredient-conscious, New American dinners at Eleven, the hardcore farm-to-table Legume Bistro in the Regent Square district and the sleek look and feel – not to mention the tasty American contemporary food and cocktails at the loungy Spoon in East Liberty. In short, you can eat really well here now, and not a moment too soon.

IT'S NEAR FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S FALLINGWATER Just an hour's drive or so from the city is one of the most iconic dwellings in the known Universe, the weekend home Wright designed for a wealthy Pittsburgh family. Some people come to PGH just as a jumping off point to visit, but of course, there are many other great things to see and do here. (Tip: only the extended tour allows indoor photography, and it's well worth the $67 admission, although there are less expensive tours as well). And speaking of nearby sites, the Flight 93 Memorial is also within driving distance, although the final exhibit is still in the planning stages. It's still a moving experience even at this early stage.

TRY THE COFFEE Pittsburgh is full of surprises; you probably didn't know it had a killer little café culture brewing, did you? From the locally-roasted liquid happiness at La Prima Espresso Bar (205 21st Street) to the sleek and sophisticated 21st Street Coffee down the block at #50 – they use beans from Chicago's famous Intelligentsia – to the cozy, sit down and stay awhile scene at Enrico’s Tazza d’Oro in the heart of residential Highland Park (1125 N. Highland Ave.), coffee lovers are covered.

PLAY THE MARKET The city's Strip District is famous as the home of its wholesale markets, late-night gin joints and the obscene sandwiches at the skankeriffic Primanti Brothers, but lately it's been showing signs of joining the 21st Century. This fall saw the inauguration of the ambitious Pittsburgh Public Market, a Friday, Saturday and Sunday affair on Smallman Street between 16th and 17th Streets that showcases the region's bounty. A must-stop on any weekend visit.

HIT THE MATTRESS Pittsburgh is full of museums, some of them quite famous; if you visit just one, it should be the off-the-grid, awesomely unusual Mattress Factory. Tucked away in the back streets of the often-ignored North Side, artists have been creating installations in the space since the late 1970s. The museum offers a unique residency program, which allows the artists to live on site while dreaming up and then executing the installation, or work of art. The museum is currently hosting an intriguing exhibit from the Lam Center of Contemporary Art in Havana, Cuba; the show deals with issues of race and racism in contemporary Cuban art.

SQUARE OFF Speaking of mattresses – we're loving the sparkly, zen-like new Fairmont Hotel that's popped up right off Market Square in the heart of Pittsburgh's walkable downtown. After test-driving plenty of local hotels over the years, it's safe to say that with the arrival of the Fairmont, we're already mostly done forgetting about the competition. A vast fitness center, a happening lobby bar and quiet, contemporary rooms, nearly all of them with great views (request one overlooking the skyline's crown jewel PPG Building), make this a great hotel just to waste a weekend in, never mind the city. We didn't try the restaurant, Habitat, on our two recent weekend visits but will next time.


For low fares to PIT, visit

Fare of the Day: Dallas, TX to Miami, FL

Posted by Ricky Radka on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fare of the Day: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) to Miami, FL (MIA) $117 RT, including all taxes on United Airlines.

Travel on select Monday through Saturday dates. 330-day travel period, 14-day advance purchase restriction, no minimum stay required.

Must be flexible with dates for this fare, found via Travelocity.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

Categories: Airfare Tips

Fare of the Day: Chicago to Dublin $476 RT

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, January 24, 2011

Nobody to kiss this Valentine's Day? Aww. Spend your Valentine's Day in Ireland and plant a big wet one on the Blarney Stone*. Fly from Chicago to Dublin for $476 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes. This fare is available for travel on select dates in February, for travel Monday through Thursday. Seats are limited.

* We know, we know. The Blarney Stone is actually closer to Cork, not Dublin.

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

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