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Happy Cyber Monday!
Hopefully you're not burnt out from turkey-eating and Black Friday shopping, because today really is quite the happy day for travelers looking for bargain, with at least nine airlines offering "book today" deals, and four other booking website joining the fun with their own promotions. Some require a code, others only book from a special Cyber Monday site, so pay attention if you're set on saving money.
Here's the current listing of travel Cyber Monday deals, and their fine print:
Cathay Pacific's new economy seats, which will likely figure in flight deals on Cyber Monday
Although the popular thing this week is to wish "Happy Thanksgiving," we're more interested in giving thanks for all the upcoming trip discounts about to make travelers very happy. It's never a good idea to join the Thanksgiving sales scrum, but some deals are too good to pass up. Thus, we've compiled a healthy list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday airfare and package deals for all you bargain hunters.
While most of the deals kick off at either midnight EST on either November 29 or December 2, many keep the deal rolling for a few days, so long as you travel by a certain date in 2014.
Have a look at what's up for grabs:
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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Big news today, as the sold out JetBlue Mint premium seats are once again up for grabs.
Previously JetBlue flights were only available for booking through June, 2014. Today, however, the schedule opens up further for flights through September 2, 2014. This means more Mint seats to go around, on JetBlue's nonstop routes between New York-JFK and Los Angeles-LAX from $499 each way (or 29,100 TrueBlue points), and includes "Even More Speed" preferred security lane access.
As a refresher, check out our three-part series on what's new at JetBlue, including all the Mint details and even fresh perks coming to Economy:
Ever traveled on a holiday before? It's generally pretty great, because it's the days around the holiday that see airports full of flyers headed home to celebrate. So what's the next holiday ideal for travel? Halloween!
If you can make some quick decisions, Southwest is offering 31% off flights booked for travel on Halloween, if you book it by today (September 17).
Search flights on SouthwestAir.com, enter promo code TREAT31, and remember not to pack any potentially alarming costume pieces in your luggage.
The only caveat is that you must travel round-trip, so one of those flights won't be 31% off; only the Halloween travel date is eligible. Check out the complete details.
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When you think of flying between LA and London, what airlines come to mind? Surely all the major US carriers, plus British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, right? Right. Well, except there's a lurking surprise: the LAX-LHR route on Air New Zealand.
This week, Air NZ not only celebrates a whopping 30 years on this route, but they're doing it with a fare sale and a slick infographic. First, let's discuss that fare sale...
Book the roundtrip before August 27 and score Economy fares from $830, Premium Economy from $1,406 and Business Premier from $3,030. That's including all taxes and fees. Or just enter to win it (plus a slew of other goodies) with the giant contest on the airline's Facebook page.
And now, the full infographic in all its infrographic-y glory:
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You know what they say about the best days to book airfares, right? That the magical weekdays are Tuesdays and Wednesdays for deals...but those are also the best days to fly on cheap rates, too. Now that the winter holidays are over, airlines have rolled out massive fare sales for travel that, in some cases, goes all the way through the end of spring.
There's 6 sales we think are worthy today. 5 are from the US, and one is from the UK. GET ON IT:
· AirTran sale
(Book by Thursday, January 6 for travel on Tuesdays & Wednesdays through May 15, 2011)
Sample fares (not including taxes & fees):
New York-LGA to Orlando $86 each way
Chicago-Midway to Atlanta $89 each way
Los Angeles-LAX to Fort Lauderdale: $129 each way
Baltimore-BWI to Key West: $126 each way
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212 and 808. Respectively, they are the area codes for dialing New York City and Hawaii. Today, however, they are also the prices for a one-way economy or first class seat on Hawaiian Airlines' just announced direct flights from New York-JFK to Honolulu starting in June 2012.
That's right. $212. To Hawaii. Non-Stop. With complimentary in-flight meals, pillows and blankets. That's all great and good, but the problem is these sale fares are going fast. Already we're seeing them raise to the $300s as planes fill forbelieve it or notautumn 2012. It just goes to show how needed this route is, since United née Continental is the only other airline making the 10-hour, 5,000-mile trek (and they dumped their free in-flight meal and other niceties almost one year ago).
The details: flights will be on an Airbus A330-200, with 18 first class seats and 276 economy (32" seat pitch in econ). Book 'em, Danno.
For a better perspective on how the new Hawaiian flights will go down, we met with the airline's CEO Mark Dunkerley this morning, mere hours after even airline crew found out they'd soon be flying to NYC.
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If you’re looking to get away this month, how about Paris? The only downer is that you’ll have to settle for business class—we know—that does sound like roughing it.
All-business-class carrier OpenSkies is pulling out of the Washington, DC area at the end of October, so that means they’re selling the last available seats for quite a deal. You’ll have to fly this month, and you’ll need to go between Washington-Dulles and Paris-Orly. However, if you can swing the dates and the destinations there might be flights available for as low as $750 roundtrip—and that includes taxes!
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On Monday we flagged for you the unofficial airfare tax holiday that the United States is currently "enjoying," courtesy of Washington DC being the most insanely dysfunctional place on the planet.
Without getting into too many details: House Republicans told Senate Democrats that they would only fund the FAA if three powerful Senate Democrats gave up on something called the Essential Air Service, which is a program that sends a bunch of money to (ironically) totally inessential rural airports in those Senators' states. Everyone from liberal journalists to travel bloggers agree that the subsidies are totally unjustifiable, so this was partly an attempt to embarrass the Democrats. The Republicans basically said "there's no way you guys are shameless enough to hold up FAA funding just to keep sending obviously wasteful pork to tiny airports in your states," to which the Democrats responded "actually, we're exactly that shameless." And that's why there are no airfare taxes right now, because FAA doesn't have enough money to collect money.
The sad thing is that we don't have the space to dwell on that insanity, because of course Spirit Airlines looked at both sides of the political aisle and said "you want to see shameless... we'll show you shameless."
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The government’s general ineptitude might just be your ticket to cheaper airfare, but you’ve got to act quickly. Due to the budget battle over the FAA in Washington, DC it seems that certain airfare and travel taxes are now optional—and that means that you might be able to save a few bucks on your next airfare purchase.
The unofficial “sale” started over the weekend, but it seems a few airlines still might be passing along the savings. Initially there were several airlines where you could save a few bucks—including United and Delta—but at this point it looks like Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and Frontier might be the only ones left. Other carriers—we’re looking at you American and US Airways—bumped their fares to make up the difference right from the beginning, so in reality they’re just charging for the tax as part of their fare and pocketing it.
The Jaunted HQ flag flies at half-mast today since yesterday, when JetBlue revealed they'd not be bringing back the popular All-You-Can-Jet Pass for 2011. This shocked some of the country's (and world's) dedicated budget travelers and they collectively cried a single tear, erased penciled-in plans for fall, and commiserated on Twitter. @Andrewhyde's remark on Twitter yesterday even made a Top Tweet: "All You Can Jet was the most innovative thing out of the airline industry since trying to be profitable."
Although we're still holding the hope that the AYCJ Pass will return in some form in the future*, for now there are ways to get your travel on and do a sort-of DIY AYCJ:
· Follow @JetBlueCheeps
All former AYCJ-ers should already know this, but JetBlue's deals twitter churns out awesome last-minute fares nearly every Tuesday. Since we know some flyers used their AYCJ passes to travel each weekend and still work somewhat normally, Cheeps are for you. Best of all, you don't have to plan much ahead. Last week, Cheeps had $29 from Las Vegas to Long Beach or $69 from JFK to West Palm Beach. Not too shabby.
Well here's a surprise! Spirit Air is having one of their "sales," and they've borrowed a few of Charlie Sheen's recent catchphrases to boost the sale's meme cache. That's right"Tiger Blood,""Adonis DNA" and "Winning" all appear in a flash ad on Spirit's website, advertising fares as low as $27*
It's the "Living the Dream" sale, and we're starting the countdown egg timer until Sheen has his people drafting the papers to sue Spirit's people. Sure, the catchphrases Charlie has been slinging on Twitter are now copied over and over for a variety of uses, but this one seems particularly egregious. Exploiting a celeb's mental health in order to convince budget-seekers to hope onboard your flights? Not coolespecially considering this isn't a real sale.
The $27 price is each way, based on roundtrip purchase, and does not include taxes, fees and the mandatory checked and carry-on baggage fees levied by Spirit. Remember they are currently the only US airline to charge for both types of luggage! Sheen only travels by private jet lately, so at he's smart enough to avoid Spirit.
[Photo: screenshot from Spirit Air website]