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Brazil is about to get a little early Christmas present. The country's third largest airline, Azul, started by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has announced it will begin flying between the United States (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando) and Brazil as early as next month.
Our friends at The Flight Deal have discovered an unbeatable Azul deal for December, from Fort Lauderdale to Brazil, for $193 one-way in Economy or $510 one-way, in lie-flat Business Class, taxes included.
We're been a bit hesitant to promote the deal, since it's definitely going to be a headache for travelers who aren't completely confident in their ability to "hack" budget flights. In order to take full advantage of the Azul flight deals, you'll need to book through their Portuguese site, hunt-and-peck for valid dates, use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees, already have or obtain a Brazil visa ($160+ pp), be okay with arriving to an "alternative" airport, and be prepared to either pay much more for the return flight, or book a one-way home on another airline using frequent flyer miles.
Scared? Don't be. Just keep in mind that this is the infancy of budget flights between the US and Brazil, so the situation will only improve.
What to know to grab this deal:
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Around 5pm EST, their US website finally went live, advertising specials and bookable deals in US Dollars, with some flights as low as $99 and $125 one-way. Despite those unbelievable numbers, the airline is a reputable one. WOW has been flying between Iceland and Europe since 2011, and we didn't think twice to book them earlier this year for a trip to go waterfall-spotting and hot spring-soaking in Iceland.
Think fast and have your credit card ready, and here's what you need to know to score WOW Air's cheapest US deals:
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Not tomorrow. Not even later tonight. Right now is prime time for purchasing flights from the US to Europe, across all three airline alliances.
A fare sale initiated by American Airlines/US Airways this morning quickly erupted into a full-scale fare war, and now economy roundtrips from cities around the US to cities around Europe and the UK are totaling between $400-$800, with the average fare around $680.
Our friends at TheFlightDeal, FareDealAlert, and airfarewatchdog have been on it from the start, tweeting a stream of tempting deals all day long, like $467 SFO - Dublin on US Airways and $664 DFW - Madrid on Delta.
Travelers in cities other than the usual cheap fare favorites of New York, LA and SF will be shocked to see some serious deals closer to home, flyable for travel dates throughout winter 2014 and into late spring 2015.
Here's a few of our favorites:
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Alaska Airlines has been utilizing quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to promote their cause as Seattle’s hometown airline, and so far so good. There have been funny commercials, appearances here and there, and now the airline is continuing their relationship into the 2014 football season.
His official title is Chief Football Officer—hope the true airline CFO doesn’t mind—and as part of his duties he’s passing some Alaska Airlines savings on to passengers.
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Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Boston-Logan International Airport.
This will be the airline's 6th US destination (following JFK, EWR, SFO, LAX, and ORD). To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $753.88. That's a whole $4 cheaper than last year's similar launch sale to Newark.
Just when it seems like airlines are only imposing new fees to negatively impact passengers, British Airways has gone and introduced a fee which actually helps. Starting now, travelers searching airfares on British Airways for travel on BA or Iberia may pay $5/£5/€5 for short-haul or $10/£10/€10 long-haul per person to place a reservation on hold for a period of 72 hours before deciding whether or not to purchase.
Alliance partner American Airlines offers a similar option, allowing customers to place an itinerary on hold for 24 hours, for free; BA's charging for the privilege may set a precedent for the future of this service.
While on hold, the flight price is guaranteed not to increase, but it can decrease (yay).
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Think fastBusiness Class to Europe is on sale right now, but for how much longer, who knows?
Airfares are hovering around $1,500-$1,700 for scattered dates during this summer; this is half off (at least!) the usual price of Business Class and what you'd easily pay for Economy seats during peak summer travel. United initiated the sale, but it hasn't been publicized. Reading between the lines, this means act fast. The lowest airfares come from non-hub cities, so search for departures from places like San Jose versus San Francisco, or Boston or White Plains versus New York.
We recommend paying close attention to the itinerary before booking, and trying for a routing that includes Lufthansa from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt on the new Boeing 747-8i. It showed up for us while searching Dayton to Malta!
By now you've endured the theatrical Opening Ceremonies and moved on to watching the downhill skiing and figure skating events of the Sochi Winter Games, but Frontier has given us even more reason to cheer on our own athletes: cheap airplane tickets!
For each gold medal Team USA takes home, Frontier will translate that to a 1% savings in airfare for a ride on one of the 'fuzzy woodland-creatured' planes the LCC flies. With a total of 90 medals for which our team is contending, the odds are good that USA's athletes will benefit budget-conscious travelers much more than 1% off in the coming events.
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Airfares were high and hope for a deal was low. There has to be someone to turn to in times like these, and there is: the Priceline Negotiator. We're not affiliated with Priceline in any way, but we are skeptics who somehow manage to make their Name Your Own Price tool work for us and our wallet.
The going rate for a last-minute NYC-Memphis roundtrip was $515. No way were we about to pay that for a trip that was just for fun. Since it wouldn’t kill anyone if we didn’t go, we decided to do so only if we could score a deal using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price tool.
In our prior successful use of Priceline Name Your Own Price, we went ahead with some of Priceline’s suggested flight options promising a better chance at a lower price, like choosing Newark-EWR as our first-choice NYC airport (even though it totally isn’t). For that trip, we ended up paying $350 for a Delta roundtrip via Atlanta.
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If you watched this weekend’s conference championship game, or really any Denver Broncos game this year, you probably noticed some of Peyton Manning’s unique phrases and calls before the play. One of the most recognizable has to be how he shouts out “Omaha” as he changes the play to clue his offense into something we’ll never know (or perhaps he's just sharing his love for Nebraska).
Now Frontier is cashing in on the Omaha craze, as it's offering up some one-way airfare specials to and from the city. Sure, these flights won’t get you all the way over to New Jersey to celebrate this year’s big game, but at least they might help draw in a little bit of tourism cash to Omaha. We’ve been to the city, and we’ve got to say the area’s Old Market is definitely worth a visit—it’s pretty darn nice.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
There are approximately two times of the year when it is absolutely miserable to be in New York City: deep winter and high summer.
Luckily for New Yorkers (and anyone within comfortable distance of JFK or LGA Airports), the city's hometown airline JetBlue swooped in to save the day and banish cabin fever with 80-90% off flights during two special sales, "FlightWeek" in winter and "HotSeatsNYC" in summer.
Do you ever get sad because it seems like New York and Los Angeles get all the best airfare deals?
Well, we're about to turn that frown upside-down, as United has dropped their airfares from the US to Europefrom and to a variety of cities on both endsand an average economy roundtrip is ringing up around $680.