Category Archives: Airfare Deal

Cheap East/West Coast Fares and Southwest 50K Sign-up Bonus

The Points Guy has a post today about real cheap fares ($137 round-trip) between LAX/SFO and Pittsburgh.  The flights connect through various cities.  If you’re looking for a one-way ticket to places like Minneappolis, Detroit, Cinninati or NYC, you could book a one-way ticket and get off in the connecting city.  Of course, that’s not technically allowed and you cannot check any luggage if you do it.

Also on Slickdeals today, there’s a post about new Southwest offers with a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after you spend $1,000 on the card within the first 3 months.  These points do count toward getting the free companion ticket for a year.  You need to get 110,000 points in one year to get the free companion ticket.  So if you get both a personal and a business card, you’ll already have 112,000 points (from the sign-up bonuses and your minimum spend).  These are Chase cards so make sure you prioritize which Chase cards you want to apply for – since so many travel credit cards are issued by Chase.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card – $69 annual fee – 3K bonus points on your anniversary
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premiere Card – $99 annual fee – 6K bonus points on your anniversary Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Business Card – $69 annual fee – 3k points on your anniversary
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card – $99 annual fee – 6K points on your anniversary

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Southwest Sale Today – 35% off some flights

Southwest is running a 35% off Wanna Get Away sale today on select flights. 

  • 35% discount valid for one-time use at southwest.com or SWABIZ.com off the total amount of a roundtrip Wanna Get Away Fare® purchase before taxes and fees.
  • Purchase must be made on 5/15/12 for travel on one of the following dates: May 22, May 30-31, June 5-6, July 4-5, 2012.
  • There are no Blackout dates.
  • Discount is only valid to/from any scheduled Southwest Airlines markets.
  • The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion Codes or fares available exclusively through the web tool DING!.
  • This promotion includes only Wanna Get Away Fares.
  • 7-day or more advance purchase may be required.
  • Discount is not valid on reservations made using Rapid Rewards points.
  • Changes made to the itinerary after purchase may eliminate qualifications for this promotion.
  • Discount is not valid for travel between the following market pairs
    • Austin—San Diego
    • Baltimore/Washington—Ft. Myers
    • Baltimore/Washington—San Diego
    • New York LaGuardia—Chicago Midway
    • Kansas City—San Diego
    • Chicago Midway—Oakland
    • Chicago Midway—San Diego
    • Chicago Midway—San Antonio
    • Chicago Midway—Seattle
    • Chicago Midway—San Francisco
    • Chicago Midway—Tucson
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul—Phoenix
    • St. Louis—Tampa Bay
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Coast to Coast Airfare Sale

Travelzoo’s Top 20 had an incredible deal on coast to coast flights.  The sale is for flights between January 31 and May 16.  The best fares can be found on Mondays – Wednesdays (but you can also find them on other days).  I was so surprised to see that these fares were available during our February vacation.  For example, there was a fare of $171 all in for a round-trip between NYC and Portland, OR!  Flights between NYC and Los Angeles were just under $300 round-trip.

If you were ever interested in trying out a mileage run, this would be a perfect opportunity.  These are great fares if you’re going to pay for a vacation.

Some of the sales may end as soon as January 19, so don’t wait.  Also Travelzoo Top 20 deals tend to sell out very fast.

Sample West Coast Fares (each way):
  • Portland-New York … $64
  • Los Angeles-Fort Lauderdale … $99
  • San Francisco-Baltimore … $129
  • Los Angeles-Orlando … $129
  • San Francisco-Orlando … $129
  • Phoenix-Tampa … $129
  • Los Angeles-New York … $134
  • San Diego-Boston … $139
  • Seattle-Boston … $139
  • Palm Springs-New York … $139
Sample East Coast Fares (each way):
  • New York-Portland … $64
  • Fort Lauderdale-Los Angeles … $99
  • Baltimore-San Francisco … $129
  • Washington, D.C.-Los Angeles … $129
  • New York-San Francisco … $129
  • New York-Los Angeles … $134
  • Philadelphia-San Diego … $135
  • Boston-San Diego … $139
  • Boston-Seattle … $139
  • New York-Palm Springs … $139
  • Newark-Portland … $146

Sample Midwest & Texas Fares (each way):

  • Chicago-New York … $51
  • St. Louis-Orlando … $59
  • Kansas City-San Diego … $59
  • Cincinnati-Boston … $59
  • Cleveland-Baltimore … $59
  • Houston-New Orleans … $59
  • Indianapolis-Atlanta … $59
  • Dallas-Las Vegas … $61
  • San Antonio-San Diego … $74
  • Chicago-San Francisco … $99

Fares listed are each way, available on multiple airlines, and often are valid in either direction.

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NYC – Dublin – $414 (Round-trip, including taxes)

I am loving this deal that I saw on Travelzoo today.  It’s $414 round-trip from NYC to Dublin with dates through March.  Too bad I already have all of my winter travel plans done.  I absolutely love Ireland.  We went there 2 weeks before we got married.  My husband had a business trip so his flight, car and hotel were paid for.  We got to spend a long weekend there.  It was back in the day where most people didn’t have cell phones so it was so nice to be unreachable during the craziness right before our wedding.  We called it our pre-wedding honeymoon.

The landscape is amazing.  It is so green; pictures just do not give it justice.  And the people were so nice!  I remember we went on a tour bus in Dublin and the operator said that they love Americans because nearly all Americans have some Irish in them.  (It also didn’t hurt that my maiden name is Irish.)

We started in the middle of the country (Carrick-on-Shannon) where the conference was being held.  What was great about going over there for a conference is that the locals took us around.  One of the nights they took us to a local pub in the countryside.  There is no way you would find it if you weren’t with locals.  When we walked into the pub, there was a band of older men singing traditional Irish songs.  They even told us folklore stories of the area.  Another night, we took a cruise on the Shannon river.

I’ll have to spend a few posts talking about Ireland some day.  It is such an incredible place!  If you haven’t been, put it on your list!

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Lufthansa End-of-Year Deals

Lufthansa is running reduced fares to Europe.  You can fares as low as $507 (including taxes) from New York City to Dublin.  A Saturday stay is required.  I did a quick check to see how hard it was to get the fares and it doesn’t seem very hard right now.  I absolutely loved Ireland!  The people are so friendly and it is incredibly beautiful.  This is a very reasonable way to get there if you have to pay for your flight.  Here are the rest of the details on the deal.

Book by: Jan 12, 2012
Depart between: Nov 24, 2011 – Mar 22, 2012
Offer not valid for departures between Dec 15, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012

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