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Amazing dirt cheap deals on nonstop flights on new routes from Austin, Texas, to Monterrey and Cancun, Mexico
Actually, it's a bit of all of the above: basic bus service on wings that hopefully won't start flapping too much. It's VivaAerobus, so it is alive in some way, maybe even airy and vivacious, but most importantly—drumroll, please—it's free! Before taxes, that is, as you rightly guessed (hey, we know you're not that easily fooled). Including everything except checked luggage, the total fare on the new nonstop Austin to Monterrey route comes to $160. Not exactly free, but definitely cheap, and since it's all taxes at least you know it's for a really good cause and will be wisely spent.
Bringing more than a carry-on will add $20 to the cost of the trip, which means you'll essentially be traveling as a free companion to your fancy fake Louis Vuitton steamer trunk that may be big enough for a stowaway but luckily doesn't have to be used for that purpose anymore. All told, it's almost $300 less than competing connecting service for summer travel and it sure beats trying to outrun the border patrol. Similar deals with similar savings are available to Cancun for just under $200 and connections are possible through the Monterrey hub to 20 other Mexican destinations, many of those also free before taxes.
VivaAerobus is the aviation venture of Mexco's biggest bus company, IAMSA. While it may be a relative latecomer to the new breed of booming bottom-feeding, bargain-basement, bare-bones airlines south of the border, it has first-mover advantage in the American market and comes with serious backing from notoriously cheap-thrills, no-frills Ryanair. Additional free routes are planned from Austin to Guadalajara, Leon, Puebla, and Queretaro, while another hub in Gary, Indiana, is rumored to be in the works. Go, cowboys! Go, hoosiers! Go free, everybody!
Categories: Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares
This is not where we tell you about a sudden shortage of healthy sprouts in the English diet, because depending on who you ask this predicament is either famously chronic, spanning centuries of bad cooking, or an equally famous myth that no longer holds true, thanks to the likes of Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey and other Brit champions of naturally naked, nearly raw vegetables.
What we do have for you is a whole batch of freshly picked, crisp London fares for late summer and early fall travel, a mostly motley medley of curious codeshare deals on virtual airlines, and that's quite a mouthful!
The low price leader is Brussels Airlines offering 2-stop connections through — you guessed it — Brussels, but don't let the fact that this newly invigorated European carrier doesn't ever cross the Atlantic throw you, because in most cases you won't set foot on even one of their aircraft during the 6 legs of the trip, but will instead be carried on a combination of American Airlines and British Airways flights.
From some cities a few bucks extra buys you a better connection, sometimes even non-stop service, on BMI British Midland, which again doesn't actually ply any of these routes, but simply lends its rather unfamiliar name to United Airlines and partners.
Why these deals are served up this way we can't really tell you, but you should do fine as long as you ignore the brand names and marketing ploys and just focus on the cost and total travel time when shopping around, keeping in mind that once you add the dressing they all taste more or less the same.
Unadvertised United summer and fall airfare sale with cheap flights and great deals to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We can't guarantee that Santa Claus comes early in the Southern Hemisphere, but it's definitely coming on winter down there in the big EZE. Still, the mild climate and "good airs" of Buenos Aires should be as easy on your wardrobe as the exchange rate could be on your wallet, and that's a gift in itself during these diminished-dollar days, not to mention a great opportunity to get a very early start on your Christmas shopping.
So if you're sick of summer already and need to cool off a bit, or if you blinked and missed out on the 30 seconds of spring we had this year, here's your chance to crank up that spring fever again for a little "May in September" romance with a cheap Springtime in Paris of the South twist. Fares start at a low $640 round-trip with taxes and, with some notable exceptions, jump around the middle of August. You can see the whole long wish list here, but just bring us back something nice.
Categories: Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares
Catch Continental's unadvertised summer airfare sale with cheap flights and great deals to Cologne, Germany.
Updated June 17 (see below)
No, no, we're not asking you to stop using cologne. Or deodorant, after-shave, toilet water, eau de somesuch and whatever other fancy tricks you've got in your toilet bag and hide up your sleeves to get you through the dog days of summer without smelling like a... well, like a wet dog. Your cover-up may strike some as a bit heavy-handed and a French shower really is no substitute for one that actually involves water, but it sure beats the alternative and is much appreciated, truly.
Rather than lecture you on personal hygiene, we're actually here to tell you a breaking "good news, bad news" kind of story, and in true New York tabloid style, we'll insult you first, then sock you with the bad news and finally pick you up with a teaser at the end. All right, let's get to the point already!
Continental's recent announcement that they will stop flying to Cologne, Germany, by Labor Day after little over 2 years of service marks the end of what was consistently one of the least expensive—and probably least profitable—routes to continental Europe. Remember those $230 roundtrip fares with taxes back in the winter of 2007 when the route was young and oil was cheap? Well, you just hold on to that memory because it'll be something to tell your grandkids about.
It also proves yet again that when it comes to air travel these days, what's good for the goose (that would be you, the flying public, freshly showered and nicely perfumed) often isn't so good for the gander (in this case a chastened Continental), even though in this sorry story the lucky golden goose still gets cooked in the end, because we'll all probably be paying more to get to Germany soon.
The closure of this route adds at least another couple of nails in the coffin of transatlantic competition and at this rate, the whole hard-won Open Skies caboodle that after years of negotiation was meant to herald a surge in traffic and bargains galore seems headed for an early funeral, a fast victim of OPEC and circumstance.
Until that doleful day, one little piece of good news is that Continental is doing what few dare to do these days and having an old-fashioned fire sale to fill seats for the remainder of the season. For peak summer travel, non-stop fares from Newark are just over $800, although unfortunately the even better August fares that we've been showing you for over a month seem to have suddenly disappeared overnight and gone the way of most good deals, that is into the eternal night.
Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, June 12, 2008
Do balled-up socks fit best in your underarms, or should you just do the whole swallow-it-in-a-balloon trick like you saw on Cops? Well, you may soon be inclined to find out, gentle traveler. Both United and US Airways have announced plans to charge $15 for first checked bags. And really, the only thing shocking here is that it took them so long to catch up with American Airlines, who set the trend for $15 1st-bag charges last month.
However, the rules are different if you're an elite level frequent flyer, or flying in first class.
No more free soda
US Airways will start charging $2 for non-alcoholic beverages, such as soda and juice, in August. Probably the days of free drinks in economy class are numbered.
*Update: Budget Travel has posted an interview with American Airlines VP Mark DuPont in which he tackles the $15 bag fee, and what passengers can expect when checking in from here on out.
Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Thursday, June 12, 2008
Summer is practically upon us! Ahh... nice warm (or downright hot) weather, summer BBQ's , family get-togethers, vacations...
Last call for unadvertised Air India summer and autumn airfare sales with cheap flights and great deals to London, England; Paris, France; Delhi, India; and Mumbai (Bombay), India.
If you've been snoozing past the great Air India summer fares from New York to London and Paris, better sit up right now and take notice because there are still a few seats left. At several hundred dollars off the going rate, they're going fast and so should you! These are some of the best bargains to Europe this side of the Atlantic, so even if you're nowhere near New York, don't just sit there, get yourself over here to make your connection! Be aware that a cheap Paris date can be tricky to find at this point, but gets easier as fares fall into fall (see London and Paris fall fares).
Posted by Jonathan Weinberg on Tuesday, June 10, 2008
It's not often that we see discounts on flights to Europe during the peak summer travel season, but we just discovered a great deal from American Airlines to Dublin, Ireland for travel through October 30th.
American is offering 30%* off all coach fares (one-way or roundtrip) with a minimum base fare of $200. This offer is valid for travel between July 1, 2008 and October 30, 2008.
You must book book your reservations by June 13, 2008 using the promo code DFDUBH08 at the AA.com website.
Posted by David Landsel on Monday, June 9, 2008
OpenSkies launches new route from New York to Paris, but don't expect any cheap flights or great deals.
Possibly the worst kept secret in aviation history and the first airline to be planned by blog, OpenSkies by British Airways is now open for business and ready to fly you from New York to Paris Orly. Well, almost. Like an overly ambitious Chinese restaurant, they'll be happy to take your order for, say, sesame noodles, but they won't actually be able to deliver for another couple of weeks, by which time your noodles should be as cold as we hope you like them.
All similarities end here, unless you happen to think that high-class Chinese take-out is not an oxymoron. Sure, a ticket buys you some chow—and "healthy" airline food to boot, if you can believe that oxymoron—but dinner at this lofty joint definitely comes at a price. After a quick gander at their smart new web site you could be forgiven for thinking that this is just another business class-only airline, because all those "high value" concepts are really just a fancy way of saying "overpriced" and marketing-speak for "no bargains here."
All-business is allegedly all British Airways wanted all along, but after watching three such airlines—EOS, MAXjet and SilverJet—fail dramatically in as many months, they decided to play it safe with a very traditional three-tier class system. They got hip new names like prem+ and biz to make them sound fresh, except for economy which is apparently just too boring to rebrand and gets squeezed into less than a dozen rows in the far back, while the bulk of the aircraft is reserved for what is essentially a very large and very expensive first-class cabin.
Nice seat if you can get it, and you can get if you pay, to paraphrase the classic blues song. By pay, we mean something starting close to $4,000 for a round-trip ticket, which is enough to give our charge cards the blues and obviously caters more to the old disenfranchised Concorde crowd. There is a summer sale of sorts going on for premium economy at around $1,600, but the best coach fare we could find for July is over $1,300 or nearly double what Air India is currently charging. That's a lot of price padding for a little extra seat padding, and sesame noodles or no, we hear they serve a mean curry!
As for increased competition to keep fares in check, this venture doesn't hold a whole lot of water. Not only are transatlantic routes being hosed down and washed out by the week, this is after all British Airways by any other name, not an airline known for aggressive pricing. What's more, the sole remaining independent business class-only carrier, L'Avion, which serves Newark from Paris Orly, is actually in code-share cahoots with OpenSkies, so this is really nothing more than a run at Air France for the suits and of little consequence to the grubby unsuited rest of us. So much for the promise of Open Skies, the treaty!