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Above: AirAsia's route map out of KUL
How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?
It'll soon be possible, so hopefully your answer was positive. You see, the AP reports that Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia is getting ready to release an unlimited flying pass to 10 Southeast Asia destinations for only $148 (excluding airport taxes). The airline, whose slogan is "now everyone can fly," will allow travelers to use the passdubbed the "AirAsia ASEAN Pass"for one month of flights at some point in early 2015.
This comes just as ASEAN countries are making strides to "liberate the airways" in 2015, which we reported from the annual ASEAN conference earlier this year.
For travelers who've never flown AirAsia and may be skeptical: yes, this pass is suspiciously cheap, as are AirAsia's regular flight prices, but it is a reputable airline and we have flown with them several times. Who would doubt an airline that serves in-flight bubble tea and offers 19 different buy-onboard meals?
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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 Business Class (reclining, not lie-flat), 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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We hope you are sitting down, because the long-awaited budget flights between the US and Iceland are finally happening and already on sale.
Icelandic low-cost airline WOW Air has been serving up spicy low fares from their home at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Europe since 2011. This morning they announced their next destinations: Boston from March 2015 and Washington DC from June 2015, with flights from $125 each way.
Deep breaths. Notoriously expensive Iceland is indeed about to become a much more affordable hotspot for 2015 travel, but the deals don't stop there. WOW Air is also offering specials from their new US destinations to continue on to Europe and the UK, including £99 each way on over to London or Copenhagen.
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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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One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.
We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":
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This may sound weird, but our New Years resolution for 2014 was to fly WOW Air, a low-cost airline based in Iceland. Its awesome name aside, WOW intrigued us for its fleet of pink A320s, humor on Twitter, and promise of cheap flights to the notoriously expensive Reykjavik.
To complete that resolution, we booked Flight WW 201, departing Reykjavik-Keflavik at 6.45am and arriving London-Gatwick at 10.50am. That early flight and mid-morning arrival into Gatwick was ideal to then catch the train into town in time for lunch with a friend, followed by an afternoon napthe best way to ease back into London.
So here’s how it went...
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Have you always wanted to live in Rio? What if you could live there rent free?
The Discovery Hostel in Rio de Janeiro is now giving travelers the chance to live for free in exchange for working the front desk. This is a common practice at hostels around the world, but Rio presents the unique opportunity of getting in and becoming familiar with the vibrant city ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
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It seems like quite some time since all those cheap bus routes hit the scene, but operators like Megabus are still pretty darn busy going from there to there. Thing must be going well, as it looks like they’re adding some new options down in the Sunshine State.
Just last week Megabus started up some new routes in and out of Fort Lauderdale. There are now options to head out to both Tampa and Orlando. For those looking to take advantage of things you’ll need to make your way over to Sheridan Street Station, 2900 Sheridan Street—that’s in Hollywood.
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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.
The budget carrier of Air Canada—known as Air Canada Rouge—seems to already be rethinking their original plan, as now there are rumors that they won’t just be sending planes and people outside of the country.
Money wise the carrier seems to be doing well, as Air Canada just recently announced some of their biggest quarterly numbers ever. Apparently Air Canada Rouge is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to strong earnings.
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You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.
Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.