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Ship your luggage! UPS Store selling "luggage boxes"

We like this a lot. At select locations, UPS Stores are selling two sizes of luggage boxes, according to a press release, "large and small; [each] has a sturdy handle for easy carrying, and is made of recyclable corrugate.  Because it weighs less than an empty suitcase, packing directly into the box can help lower shipping costs.  Travelers also can include packaging tape and a return UPS shipping label for use when returning home." Of course, you can always just put your stuff in a regular box and ship it. We couldn't find how much each box costs, but we did see that the maximum liability the UPS Stores will cover is $1000 per shipment, and only if a higher insurance premium is paid. Keep in mind that the airlines offer a higher level of protection if they lose or damage your luggage. So don't pack anything too valuable.

Clarification from UPS: "For the outbound trip, when the shipping is purchased at a The UPS Store location, the maximum liability is $50,000 (an automatic $100 in coverage with the option to purchase additional coverage). If a traveler chooses to purchase the return shipment at that time, then the maximum coverage on the return trip would be the $1,000 you mentioned in your post (considered a drop off package). If the traveler returns to a The UPS Store at their destination and purchases the shipping separate for the return trip, then it would be treated the same as the outbound shipment."

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Fare of the Day: Baltimore to Albuquerque

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baltimore to Albuquerque $129 round-trip, incl. all taxes

This fare was available earlier in the day and, boy, did it sure go fast! We saw it leap from $129 to $258 in no time. Luckily, we managed a screengrab before it vanished.

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

Categories: Airfare Tips

Fare of the Day: Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 28, 2010

Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil $591 round-trip, nonstop, incl. all taxes

This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week, year round. May not be available on all dates.

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

Alaska Airlines' Web Specials

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 28, 2010

Alaska Airlines' latest round of Web Specials start at $59 one-way. Rules and restrictions vary by route, though most are valid for travel from July 12 through July 31. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase.

Fares include:

Spokane to Portland $118 round-trip

Los Angeles to Portland $218 round-trip

Los Angeles to Reno $118 round-trip

Ontario to Portland $218 round-trip

Seattle to Billings $318 round-trip

Seattle to Lewiston $158 round-trip

Seattle to Redmond $198 round-trip

San Francisco to Spokane $258 round-trip

San Francisco to Seattle $198 round-trip

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

Categories: Domestic US Fares

Fare of the Day: New York to Tokyo, Japan

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, June 25, 2010

New York to Tokyo, Japan $682 round-trip, nonstop, incl. all taxes

We came across a heap of great fares to Asia from United earlier today. Hong Kong, Tokyo, Ho Chi Mihn City, Beijing, Seoul...all ranging from $677 to $737 round-trip, incl. taxes, for travel in fall. Pretty good, right? We sure thought so! Ah, but then they were gone, just as quickly as they came. Sigh. That's how it goes in the game of airfares, but we do hope someone out there was able to snatch one of these fares!

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

Categories: Air Travel

Fare of the Day: New York to Monterrey

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, June 24, 2010

New York to Monterrey, Mexico $218 round-trip, incl. all taxes

Available for travel in late September and through October. Seats are scarce and may not be available on all dates. We've found similar fares to Monterrey from other cities. Such as? Take a gander at our Monterrey fare page.

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

Categories: Airfare Tips

Fare of the Day: Washington DC to San Francisco

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Washington DC to San Francisco $197 round-trip, incl. all taxes

This one is a tad tricky to book, but a good fare nontheless. You'll have better luck searching for dates in the fall. Some itineraries may require more than one connection. Good for travel Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday. Fare requires a 14-day advance purchase. No minimum stay.

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

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Fare of the Day: Newark to Honolulu

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Newark to Honolulu $482 round-trip, nonstop, incl. all taxes

Found via United.com, for travel over Valentine's Day, though available on other dates as well! This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week, with a 330-day travel period. Please note that nonstop flights are scarce and some itineraries will require a connection for a few dollars more. We found fewer dates available at this price in fall.

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

Categories: Airfare Tips

Yay. Singapore Airlines lists sale fares with taxes and surcharges

One of the many things we like about Singapore Airlines is that when they have a sale on their web site, they list fares with all taxes and fuel surcharges, round-trip. We don't see why other airlines can't do this. We're tired of those "come on" $179 fares to wherever, that are actually one-way with a round-trip purchase required, and don't include the taxes and surcharges.

So here are some good fare sales on Singapore right now, with taxes and fees:

San Francisco to Seoul $799

New York to Frankfurt $696

Houston to Moscow $643

Plus, of course, you get that great Singapore Air service. Most of Singapore's best fares right now will be for travel August 16 or later.

 

 

 

Fare of the Day: Boston to Washington DC

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 21, 2010

Boston to Washington DC $149 round-trip, nonstop, incl. all taxes

Fares are available over the November/December holidays! This is about $100 cheaper than what you'll find from other carriers at the moment, with the exception of AirTran which is only $5 less but includes a layover. And we like to avoid those whenever possible, especially during the holidays, don't you?

JetBlue's new service to Washington begins November 1. This fare requires a 14-day advance purchase, and is valid for travel 7 days a week when available.

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

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