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Fare of the Day: Philadelphia to San Diego $223 RT including all taxes, Labor Day travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, July 30, 2012

Fly from Philly to San Diego for $223 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on US Airways. We found this fare available for travel over Labor Day, plus other dates through December.

Travel is valid any day of the week. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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

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Fare of the Day: Chicago to Dublin $596 RT, nonstop, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, July 27, 2012

Fly from Chicago to Dublin for $596 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Aer Lingus. This fare is valid for Sunday through Wednesday travel, from November 1 through December 12, and again from January 6 through March 31.

A Saturday night stay is required. Seats are limited. For booking info, see our fare details.

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

Weekend Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Chicago $220 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hey, Atlanta, need something to do this weekend? Fly from the ATL to Chicago for $220 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on United Airlines.

This is a weekend fare, departing tomorrow, July 27, and returning Monday, July 30. Staying through Tuesday will set you back just a few more dollars, according to the flexible search calendar.

Seats are limited, so move quick! For booking info, see our fare details.

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

If You Haven't Visited Lately, Oahu's New Vibe May Surprise You

By George Hobica
Airfarewatchdog.com


I’ll state right away that Hawaii is one of my favorite places. I’m pretty much over the Caribbean, and although the Maldives and Fiji have beautiful beaches getting there is expensive and time-consuming. So when it comes time for balmy weather, surf, sand, and relaxation, it’s the Hawaiian Islands.

I’m often asked by first-timers which island(s) one should visit. I say visit them all. They’re all uniquely beautiful. If you’re flying all that way, you might as well make the most of it, especially if it’s your first visit. I love the Big Island with its varied ecosystems; peaceful Lanai (recently purchased by software billionaire Larry Ellison and home to two outstanding Four Seasons Resorts, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay); gorgeous Kauai, with some of the best hiking in the islands; and Maui, especially the idyllic town of Hana.

But on my recent visit I confined myself to Oahu.

Some Hawaii repeat visitors advise to shun Oahu, where Honolulu is located, because it’s a bit too bustling and "urban". But if you haven’t visited Honolulu lately, you might be in for a surprise. Sure, some things never change, such as the iconic Halekulani Resort. (Well, that’s not exactly true: the Oahu’s best hotel has undergone a massive renovation and looks better than ever). As is true about all of Honolulu's top hotels, the Halekulani is all about relaxation. I had one of the best massages in my life at the spa, and I can’t think of anything more relaxing than sipping a Mai Tai at the House Without a Key, listening to the sounds of Wayne Shishido and his Sunset Serenaders as waves lap against the shore. But you don't have to spend a lot to sleep comfortably. I also stayed at the budget-minded, centrally-located Holiday Inn Beachcomber, and was perfectly happy there as well, and was also impressed by glam and stylish Modern Hotel (originally developed by hotelier Ian Schrager but now under new management). Another fairly new entrant, the Trump Hotel Waikiki, is winning rave reviews over at TripAdvisor.

On my recent June week-long stay I also visited, but did not stay at, Aulani, the new Disney resort on Oahu. It’s worth the trip even if only to admire the magical architecture, grounds, pools, and beachfront, and to sip a cocktail (they’ll validate parking if you have a drink or meal—otherwise it’s quite expensive, as are the room rates. Book well in advance because the resort is often sold out).

Tourism is Hawaii’s number one industry, and two of the most popular tourist activities are (no surprise) shopping and eating. But here’s news: the land of the lunch plate special has come a long way in the last decade. There are now several hip, locally-sourced restaurants serving up surprisingly ambitious and tasty cuisine. Among the newer places popular with locals in the know: Whole Ox Deli for breakfast and lunch; Prima (primahawaii.com), a new Italian in Kailua, worth the drive for its small, eclectic menu; Town, where the offerings change daily based on local ingredient availability; Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar, with its brief but perfectly executed menu; and Side Street Inn, with two locations now, both serving deliciously fresh poke and insanely yummy spicy fried chicken among other temptations.

Shopping has also taken a turn for the better on Oahu. When I first visited decades ago, the retail experience was pretty much confined to mundane malls and the ubiquitous ABC convenience stores. No longer. There’s been an explosion of luxury boutiques along Kalakaua Avenue, worthy of the Las Vegas Strip or Madison Avenue. And the famous Ala Moana Shopping Center now houses over 260 stores, everything from the everyday (Macy's and Old Navy) to the upscale (Hermes, Prada, Gucci).

But Oahu isn't all sleeping, eating, and shopping. The newly-renovated and –expanded USS Arizona Memorial/WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is, for many visitors the highlight of their stay (be sure to make advance reservations). And I highly recommend spending a day driving around the entire island, stopping at various beaches and sites along the way, such as the Halona Blowhole and Halona Beach Cove, where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr cavorted in "From Here to Eternity." But don't jump in the water here. Instead, head to Bellows Field Beach Park in Waimanalo, arguably Oahu's best beach. (Used by for military training during the week, it's available to the public on weekends; if it's closed when you visit, head for Lanikai Beach in Kailua).

Getting there: Airfares to Hawaii fluctuate throughout the year, and we often see inexplicably low fare wars. This is especially true when, say, Delta, lowers fares from United’s hubs by 50 percent or more, even for peak season travel. Then United returns the “favor” by slashing fares from Delta’s hubs. And then US Airways and American jump in. So if you live near a major hub airport (Dallas, Houston, Newark, Denver, etc.) or can get to one cheaply you may be in luck. We saw that happen once already this year and several times last year. And with Hawaiian Airlines' new nonstop service from New York JFK to Honolulu, additional new seasonal service from Alaska Airlines, plus five new routes from Allegiant Airlines launching in mid-November, fares should be kept in check.

Fare of the Day: New York to Greensboro $169 RT, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fly from New York to Greensboro, NC for $169 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

This fare is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, on select dates in November and December.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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

Fare of the Day: Chicago to Shanghai, China $898 RT, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fly from Chicago to Shanghai, China for $898 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on United Airlines.

This fare is valid for Monday-Thursday travel, on select dates from September through December.

Seats are limited. For booking info, see our fare details.

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

Fare of the Day: Toronto to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil $629 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, July 23, 2012

Fly from Toronto to Rio for $629 round-trip, including all taxes, on Copa Airlines.

This is a hidden fare, valid for travel on select dates in September and October. Use the flexible search calendar to select the lowest fare, which will drop to the even lower $629 fare on the following page. Ta-da!

For booking info, see our fare details.

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

Frontier's Intro Fares for South Bend

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, July 23, 2012

Frontier's new intro sale for South Bend is valid for fall travel, from October 11. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, July 28. Other airlines are matching along some routes.

Fares include:

Denver to South Bend $158 round-trip, including all taxes

For a complete list, visit our fare page for South Bend.

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

Fare of the Day: Manchester to Phoenix $249 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, July 20, 2012

Fly from Manchester, New Hampshire to Phoenix, Arizona for $249 round-trip, including all taxes, on United Airlines.

This fare is valid for fall travel, any day of the week, from late August through October.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. For booking info, see our fare details.

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

Fare of the Day: Providence to San Diego $221 RT including all taxes, Labor Day!

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, July 19, 2012

No plans for Labor Day? Fly from Providence to San Diego for $221 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week, through early March.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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

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