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Fare of the Day: Knoxville to Orlando $58 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cheaper than a tank of gas, fly from Knoxville to Orlando for $58 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Frontier Airlines.

This fare is available for travel on a few dates in December, as seen by the screen shot below, and could surely work to have someone home for Christmas.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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Fare of the Day, Part 2: New York to Honolulu $382 RT, nonstop, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ok, so maybe we already posted a Fare of the Day, but this one is too good to let pass. Fly from New York to Honolulu for $382 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Hawaiian Airlines. We found seats available on a handful of days in early December.

We doubt this one will stick around for long, so better move quick! See booking info in our Fare Details.

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

Fare of the Day: Phoenix to Toronto $270 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fly from Phoenix to Toronto for $270 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

This fare is valid for travel any day of the week, with a 330-day period of travel, so plenty of availability on this one! No minimum stay required.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

 

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

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Dusseldorf $715 RT, nonstop, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's a nice little nonstop Valentine's fare from Los Angeles to Dusseldorf for $715 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Berlin.

As seen by the screen grab below, we found seats departing LAX on February 13, returning February 17. Other dates are also available throughout winter. Tickets require a Saturday night stay.

For booking info, see our Fare Details. And for a complete listing of current finds, visit our Dusseldorf fare page.

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

Fares of the Day: New York to Honolulu $434 RT/ New York to Doha $678 RT

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, November 26, 2012

With so many great fares floating around on this busy Cyber Monday, it's awfully hard to pick a favorite. BUT a nonstop round-trip flight from New York JFK to Honolulu for only $435, in the dead of winter sure seems pretty excellent. This fare is from Hawaiian Airlines, and seats are available for travel in December, January, and February.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Maybe even more amazing, for those who prefer Doha to Don Ho, this $678 round-trip fare from New York all the way to Qatar isn't something we see every day. We found seats from JFK to Doha available over Valentine's Day, as seen by the screen grab below. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

The Best Las Vegas Resort Buffets

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

With food – good food, and lots of it – now as closely associated with the Las Vegas Strip as gambling and other legitimized debauchery, it’s no surprise that one of Sin City’s most fabled institutions – the groaning buffet – is no longer just a cheap and easy feeding trough for comp-waving slot jockeys.

From innovative ethnic dishes to five-star restaurant-worthy desserts, this is no longer just about all-you-can-eat, industrial-grade crab legs. Nope – the chefs (yes, chefs) at the top hotel buffets in Las Vegas would like you to know that they are serious about food. 

Of course you get what you pay for. With all this time, money and attention lavished on the buffet, they are no longer necessarily the bargains they used to be. But try the buffets at these five Las Vegas resorts – it’s a safe bet you won’t be disappointed.

Bacchanal Buffet

Opened in September to the tune of $17 million, this 600-seat stunner at Caesars Palace is the one everyone’s buzzing about. It features more than 500 dishes per day, served up at nine cooking stations. The décor – modern, sleek, like a fine dining restaurant more than a mess hall – is half the fun; food-wise, expect everything from fancy charcuterie and very good ceviche to authentic Mexican street food, mini soufflés for dessert and plenty of those crab legs you love. (www.caesarspalace.com)

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

When it’s good, it’s very, very good – when it’s not so good, it’s still better than most others in town. Centered around the whimsical Conservatory, which looks as if it were designed by a somewhat-medicated Willy Wonka, filled with color and light and absurdly pretty floral arrangements, this is a perfect place for a leisurely and decadent weekend brunch, with lots of good seafood, great desserts and baked goods, dim sum offerings and too much else to mention here. (www.wynnlasvegas.com)

Wicked Spoon

This relatively new addition to the Strip is stuck in a blank spot at the back of the very excellent Cosmopolitan resort, but once you find it, you’ll be glad you did. This one holds some nice surprises – it’s not every day you can grab all-you-can-eat bone marrow off a buffet line. Other touches include a macaroni and cheese bar, kalbi (Korean-style) ribs and beautiful macaroons in the considerable dessert section. (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)

The Buffet at Bellagio


Opened along with one of the Strip’s most iconic resorts back in 1998, this one’s old enough by Vegas standards to be considered vintage. And true, it might not feature the flashiest setting (or setup), but this is classic Vegas, all the way – piles of seafood, prime rib and plenty of decadent desserts. Don’t go looking for too much in the way of innovation (for that, head across Flamingo Road to Bacchanal) and you’ll leave smiling. (www.bellagio.com)

Studio B at M Resort


One of the most attractive Las Vegas resorts built in recent years isn’t on the Strip at all; the sleek, modern M sits at the city’s southern gateway, luring road weary weekenders and locals alike. One of the reasons they come? This reasonably priced buffet, known for its offer of unlimited beer and wine at lunch and dinner, all week long. That’s one way to get people to walk out smiling – but the prices (starting at just $10.99 per person) and the selection (more than 200 items per day) help the cause immensely. (www.themresort.com)

The Buffet Survival Guide

1. Start low, aim high

All buffets – even the best ones – have their share of detractors; it often seems that the most vocal opponents are the ones who feel ripped off after spending $40 (or more, in some cases) for a dinner visit. Silly people. When first checking out a buffet, it’s always better to start with the cheapest meal, just as a test drive. You can also ask to go have a look before bothering to wait in line. Better to do your research than get a nasty surprise once you’ve already paid up.

2. Buy the pass

For many fans, the best buffet in Las Vegas isn’t a buffet at all – it’s many buffets. Caesars Entertainment sells a popular pass to its eight Las Vegas feeding troughs. Called the Buffet of Buffets (fans call it BoB), you buy the pass for $44.99 at any one of the stops; this grants you license to pig out at any of six buffets, at any time, during the next 24 hours; you can visit Bacchanal at Caesars and the Seafood Buffet at the Rio, too, but there’s a $15 upcharge per visit. (This means, obviously, that you’ll want to hit those two up at their most expensive meal of the day.)

3. Get comped

At some casinos, gambling  could end up earning you a comp. Sit at the video poker machines, spend your money and get your free drinks, then wander into the VIP line at the buffet and eat for free. Drop by the player’s club counter in any casino you visit and inquire. Some of the smaller casinos might even give a buffet comp just for joining the club.

4. Tip, for goodness’ sake!


We hear many complaints about buffet service, but wonder how many people doing the complaining actually bother to ever tip when they hit the buffet. Yes, they don’t do as much as servers in a regular restaurant, but they do bring drinks and clear tables – try to leave anywhere from $1 to $3 per person in your party.

See our current list of low fares to Las Vegas

Above photos by the amazing Stephen Shore

To learn more, visit George Hobica's profile on Google+

Fare of the Day: Dallas to Philadelphia $128 RT, nonstop, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fly from Dallas to Philadelphia for $128 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on American Airlines.

This fare is valid for Tuesday/Wednesday travel on select dates from December through late May. Tickets require a 21-day advance purchase.

May not be available during peak holiday periods. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Fare of the Day: Chicago to Istanbul $576 RT including all taxes, New Year's Eve

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hey Chicago, no plans for the New Year? Ring in 2013 on your way to Istanbul! We spotted this snazzy little holiday fare from Air France, departing Chicago on December 31, New Year's Eve, and returning home from Istanbul on January 11, for $576 round-trip, including all taxes.

A similar search on Turkish Airlines lists a lowest fare of $1,219 round-trip (or, returning two days earlier, $929 round-trip).

For a complete list of current finds to Turkey, visit our Istanbul fare page.

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

Fare of the Day: New York to Albuquerque $131 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, November 19, 2012

Fly from New York to Albuquerque for $131 round-trip, including all taxes, on JetBlue.

This fare is valid for May travel Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

 

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

Last Minute Thanksgiving Deal: San Fran-DC $150 round-trip, including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, November 19, 2012

Virgin America's latest Departure Deal features lowered fares between San Francisco and Washington DC, for last minute Thanksgiving travel, November 22-23. Tickets require a 1-day advancep urchase.

All tickets must be booked by November 19.

This deal is reversible:

Washington DC to San Francisco $150 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Francisco to Washington DC $150 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

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

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