Cheap Flights Between LAX/SFO and LIR (Costa Rica)

I was perusing Flyertalk today and came across an awesome deal on flights between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Costa Rica on American Airlines.  You can find round-trip fares for under $300.  You can find all the details using this link.  This is about half to one third the cost of other airlines.  And it’s a very low cost/mile flight so it will help bump up your EQM (butt in seat miles).

UPDATE: The deal is also good out of LGA and DFW.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Sale

You can get discounted tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular if you’re willing to go a little off season.  Here’s the information from Travelzoo:

After more than 75 years and countless high-kicks, the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” has become an iconic New York City holiday experience. Travelzoo subscribers can save 30% on tickets for the show at Radio City Music Hall. Snag seats early while the best locations are still available.

From Nov. 11-23 and Nov. 28-Dec. 2, the best prices are available:

•2nd Mezzanine … $38.50 (reg. $55)
•Select Orchestra and 1st Mezzanine … $52.50 (reg. $75)
These same seats are $52.50-$77 (regularly $75-$110) from Nov. 24-28 (Thanksgiving weekend) and select performances Dec. 3-23 and Jan. 2.

Backed by stunning, larger-than-life scenery and a 40-piece orchestra, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes celebrate everything about the Christmas season. Newly revamped for the 2011 season, the show features a 3DLive video game adventure and brand new Rockette numbers alongside favorites like the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

Travelzoo Tip: Be sure to select the “TicketFast” option to print your tickets at home — this added convenience is free with this deal.

How to Book This Deal

  Click here to book online at ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’Select a valid performance. Enter the code TZOO1 in the box marked “Promotions and Special Offers.”

Note: Fees of $13.75-$17.60 per ticket will apply. Full-price tickets are subject to the same fees.

If you also want to visit the 9/11 Memorial while you’re in NYC, make sure to reserve your spot.  You can reserve a spot on-line here.

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Remembering 9/11

I don’t even know how to write today.  Watching the news coverage brings me right back to that day ten years ago.  I think of my friends and their families who were directly affected by the events of that day.  And I can’t help but think what they are going through.  I was working out of town in DC that day.  My apartment was across the street from the FBI building.  My roommate was from Florida.  Our office building was evacuated after the plane hit the Pentagon.  My roommate and I invited our fellow consultants over to our apartment since the traffic in DC was at a stand-still.  Neither one of us thought we would be personally affected.  However, when we got back to the apartment, my roommate learned otherwise.  While watching the coverage on TV, she got a call from her then boyfriend, now husband.  His brother, who normally didn’t work in the World Trade Center, was at Windows on the World for a meeting that day.  After the plane stuck the tower, he called his family to tell them that he loved them.  He never made it out.  Although I never met you, Garth Feeney, I will never forget you.  It is obvious from the love of your friends and family, the world will never be the same without you.


AA – South America to Hawaii Tack On Example

In a previous post, I talked about how you could tack on a free leg to Hawaii to a return trip from South America.  I posted about it on Milepoint and got a question about how exactly it worked.  So here are some screen shots.

You want to go to  Check the Redeem AAdvantage Miles checkbox and click on the Multi-City hyperlink.


Next, you choose the South American city you are traveling back from and the US gateway city on the first leg.  On the second leg, you choose the US gateway city and the Hawaiian airport you want to go to.  Notice how I chose February 25 for my first flight and July 28 for my second.  After you’ve filled out the other fields according to your needs, click the Go button.


On the next screen, pick the dates you want to travel.  Notice that the Hawaiian leg has — in the box.  That means that it won’t cost you any miles to do that leg!  You can even see in the information box that American Airlines is telling you that “This international award allows a stopover at Miami – MIA for no additional miles.”  Click the flights you want for both legs and then click the Continue button.


Select the actual flights you want to take and then click Continue.


Fill out the final page, make your payment for taxes, and you’re on your way!  For 15,000 miles and about $66 dollar, you get a trip back from South America and a trip out to Hawaii!  Not bad at all.  You will need to book one-way award tickets to South America and back from Hawaii as well.  When you’re doing that, you can use this same type of technique to continue the cheap award travel.  Europe to any US city is the same cost (including Hawaii).  So on the return trip from Hawaii, you could, instead of just going back to your home, book a trip from Hawaii to a US gateway city with a stopover on your way to Europe.  Or you could go back to South America using the stopover trick.


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US Airways or Hawaiian Airlines Miles for Amazon Purchases

This could be dangerous.  I just learned that you can get US Airways Miles for your Amazon purchases.  I was reading the Million Mile Secrets blog where he was interviewing Mary Alice who writes the Traveler’s Loophole blog.  Mary Alice said that one of her favorite ways to earn miles is shopping on Amazon.  I love shopping on Amazon so this really intrigued me.  You can earn 1 US Airways mile for every dollar or 2 Hawaiian Airlines mile for every dollar.  All you have to do is start your session through their shopping sites.  Here’s the link for US Airways and the link for Hawaiian Airlines.

Eric Carle Museum Blog

I got a very nice comment from the folks at the Eric Carle Museum the other day.  They have a new blog on their site.  And on the blog they mentioned that this Sunday, September 11, in honor of their 10th anniversary, they will have free admission to the museum.  I’ll be at the museum on September 25 for the pre-release book signing of Eric Carle’s new book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.  I wrote about the book signing in a previous post.  If you want to check out the book beforehand, you can see it on this YouTube clip.  I think this book is quite touching in that Eric Carle is paying tribute to one of his inspirations – Franz Marc (who painted The Large Blue Horses).  I will be picking up several copies of the book that day.  I know that one of them will definitely be going to the art teacher at my sons’ school.  If you can’t make it to the museum that day and want to buy a copy, let me know.  I may be able to get one for you.

Picture courtesy of the Eric Carle Museum

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