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Trust the fun new social media stuff to be released during the SXSW Interactive Festival these last few days. The one we're most immediately excited for can actually benefit people outside Austin, but ya gotta be an American Express card holder and a Twitter user.
Got an AMEX in your wallet and a Twitter handle? Okay, great. Read on:
Register your AMEX with the short online form here, get a confirmation email (see sample image below), then go about tweeting specific hashtags to score automatic AMEX statement credits based on your purchases at participating vendors...like Virgin America, the first travel brand to experiment with this technology.
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There’s already a few rental car deals kicking around the Sunshine State—we’re still waiting to hear from Hertz—but it looks like it’s also the season to depart Arizona as well. The rental car companies are slowly but surely releasing deals here and there. So if you’ve always wanted to go on a road trip across the Southwest now is the time to do it. There’s probably a one-way rental car deal to meet you budget and needs, and this is especially true if you’re able to swing $5 per day.
Hertz is leading the pack when it comes to these rental car drive out deals. The rental car company is offering rental cars for as low as $5 per day as long as you’re willing to pick up your car in Arizona and then return it somewhere else. There’s unlimited mileage, no drop off fees, and plenty of places to pick up and return your car. Return options include states like California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas. The deals are available now thanks to rate code DRV5—for economy and compact cars—but you have to travel between April 4 and June 30. The deal is good for like 14 days, so just make sure your road trip doesn’t take too long.
Here at Jaunted we’re used to hearing about special deals to mark special occasions. And, let’s be honest, they’re normally pretty rubbish. So we’re massively intrigued about a new hidden offer that British Airways has come up with.
For some reason (maybe a BA person can explain), BA is classifying its four-hour Heathrow-Moscow flight as long-haul, and adding in planes that carry First Class and World Traveller Plus as well as economy and business. The route upgrade begins March 25, but for some bizarre-but-welcome reason, they’re offering a sneak preview of the new route on two specific flights next month.
Fly out on BA0872 on 4 March (8.40am start) and back on BA0873 on 6 March (at 6pm) and you’ll pay just £99 each way in economy, and £149 each way in business. Including taxes.
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Airlines understand that once that cabin door closes, the revenue for unsold seats is lost forever. Some carriers even like to oversell the cabin, which is what causes passengers to be bumped. Even the mere thought of getting bumped from a flight enrages us, so that's all we need to mention about the matter. Regardless, airlines sometimes get creative with promotions to fill those seats.
Enter Virgin Australia, who've introduced Mystery Breaks. Basically, passengers purchase a seat on a plane without knowing the arrival airport. For the spontaneous traveler, it's a godsend. If you are more of a pedantic traveler, your palms may already be sweaty.
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Hey, who wants to fly to Frankfurt onboard an Airbus A380? Trick question! Who doesn't?
If you followed along with our incredible journey on none other than the Singapore Airlines A380 recently, then we've got super awesome news: the mega flight deal from New York-JFK to Frankfurt has returned, for a 15-day sale.
As the weather in Europe warms, prices will go up. Book this now or forever hold your peace. Here's the deal: roundtrip in economy between JFK and FRA on the Singapore A380 for $774, all taxes and fees included. Search Singaporeair.com to find the low fares, which are good for travel between February 15 and May 31, 2012; just be sure to book the tickets by February 29.
This is perfect for east coasters who want the opportunity to fly on an A380, but with the best service for the lowest price. Plus Lufthansa has removed their A380s from JFK for the winter, so if you've got to head to Frankfurt anyway...
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Each and every year the rental car companies call upon intrepid road trippers to help them out, as they have just too many darn cars hanging out in the Sunshine State. Start planning where to go and when to travel, as one-way rental cars heading out of Florida can be had for a steal.
Hertz is leading the rental car convoy this year, and they’re doing it with the $5 per day deal. There’s really no catch, as all you have to do is promise to rent a car in Florida and return it to another state. Book now and do your thing on the open road between April 24 and June 12, and you should be all set. The code you need to use is "DRV5,” but if you click right here you should land right at the booking page.
In super boring but totally relevant news, today is the day that airlines must advertise their airfares inclusive of taxes and fees. While this means no more "$9" sales from Spirit and truly cheap "Cheeps" on JetBlue, it does usher in an era of not having to click all the way through several screens to find out the real price of a flight. Also, you probably won't be as quickly excited as before.
The official rules behind the move are here, and Virgin America has even gone so far as posting this notice on their site, just in case prospective passengers see the new, full-fare pricing and think "whoa, what the heck?"
So really this is just a note to keep this in mind next time an airline runs a fare sale and the prices display a little higher than we're all used to seeing. In the end, you're not paying more; you're just seeing the total earlier on in the booking process.
Greyhound used to do their thing without too much fuss or competition, but once new options like BoltBus and MegaBus arrived on the scene things certainly started to change. About a year ago the old standby introduced their “Greyhound Express” service, and things must have gone pretty well—they’re now expanding things into the Sunshine State.
Utilizing their hub in Atlanta, the $1 fares and free on board WiFi is heading down to Florida. Cities like Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale will all be getting the Greyhound Express treatment, plus there’s even a new option heading to and from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The power outlets and extra legroom start rolling as early as this week, and the tickets are already available for purchase. Sure it’s not as quick as flying, but it’s certainly less of a hassle and the savings might just boost your Spring Break budget.
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It's baaaack! In November, when holiday flight bookings were the name of the game, Singapore Airlines was beginning to drum up excitement for its upcoming Airbus A380 route out of New York-JFK. They started with a killer deal (which we know tons of you snagged): $599 all-in for economy between New York and Frankfurt, or $888 to go all the way to Singapore on the superjumbo.
If you were freaking out over buying holiday gifts and your travel plans then but you've got a clear mind and fresh outlook for 2012 now, then you'll be happy to hear that the deal returns, though it's gone up a few dollars.
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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
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2011 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2012, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2011 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
With no JetBlue AYCJ Pass this year, the "sweetest travel deal" category was blown wide open. Many excellent offers intrigued in 2011, but there was one that repeatedly popped up and instantly inspired long-distance travel. That is ridiculously cheap airfare to Tokyo, Japan.
The thing is, Tokyo shouldn't have been so cheap in 2011! If it weren't for the Tohoku Earthquake and resulting tsunami early in the year (our 2011 Travel Villain of the Year), these deals would never have happened. The country was (and still is) seriously hurting for tourism. So let's take a look at some of the actual low prices...
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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.