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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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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:
It’s time for the ho-ho-holiday season, and Gogo is ready to start beaming plenty of candy cane scented WiFi waves. Okay we might have made that part up, but they are looking forward to plenty of travelers logging on en route to Grandma’s for one more check of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Just as in years past they’re offering up some Holiday Bundles to help save you a few bucks while assisting with your need to stay connected. This season there are two from which to choose, as there’s one for just your mobile device and there’s one for your phone, laptop, and tablet together.
Hey, who wants to fly all the way to Asia from the US for under four digits? Trick question! The answer is: who doesn't?
If you've followed along with our incredible journey on none other than the Singapore Airlines A380, we've got super awesome news: the mega flight deals of Singapore Airlines have returned, with a definite focus on getting Americans to Asia during the summer season.
It may be hot, but just thinkyou'll be packing extra light with a heavier wallet. That's truly the best recipe for making a travel dream happen. May we recommend staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore and floating in their famous infinity edge rooftop pool all day and winning back that money in their Sands casino all night?
Right this very moment thousands of Americans are packing for a trip to Europe, while still thousands more click "book it" on ticket purchases for summer vacations across the Atlantic. You know what that means? Peak season!
If you're among those numbers and your flights bring you into London, Paris or Brussels, Rail Europe has a deal for you to save 20% on train tickets for the high-speed Eurostar. The sale, which lasts until June 25, focuses on Standard Premier seats starting from $168 per person.
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Earlier this year we saw the annual return of the one-way rental car deals out of places like Florida, but this year the deals weren’t as extreme as in years past. Thankfully the rental car companies must have come to their senses, as it looks like the deals have expanded and become an even better deal.
Up first is Avis, as they have too many cars down in Florida and need to move ‘em elsewhere. You’ll be paying $9.95 per day for subcompact through standard car options, and you have through June 30 to book things and to get moving.
Enter AWD # S705900 when you’re ready to confirm, and you should be all set. All the details including the pickup locations can be found right here, as well as the drop off locations which include spots like New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois and Colorado.
"Name Your Own Price." What a tempting offer, and it's one the Priceline travel booking website offers to anyone who's game. We're game. Name our own price for a hotel? Do it all the time. Name our own price for a rental car? Sure. But name our own price for a flight? Stressful!
So we tried it out.
Deciding to name your own price means you must be flexible in two very important areas: airline and flight times. Priceline will allow you to secure flights on exact dates, with exact airports of your choice, but you've got to let them take care of everything else if you're to get a sweet deal. Luckily for us, we weren't going to be picky on a last-minute itinerary for fun.
So here's what happened.
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We’ve seen all kinds of advertisements and stuff scrolled across our boarding passes—even a little Sudoku game now and then. Now there’s an airline upping the ante on the boarding pass offerings, as they’re handing out their own version of coupons, discounts, and other deals. Sure it’s a chance for them to sell a little bit of advertising and making a couple bucks, but maybe you’ll actually benefit.
It’s Korean Air that’s getting into the boarding pass coupon-clipping game, as they’re releasing something called “Excellent Boarding Pass.” Like we said a minute ago, it’s all about providing benefits and discounts to stuff like restaurants, movies, banks, and kind of anything else where you can save a few dollars.
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We know you've planned your itinerary for overindulgence this week, but there’s still time to tweak things a little bit in advance of the shopping bonanzas known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sure you can head out into the dark of the early morning hours in search of a discounted television, computer, or toaster, or you can just fire up the laptop, tablet, or phone and look for some travel deals. We’re not exactly sure who will be offering what—that’s the surprise of Black Friday—but here’s some hints.
· Cathay Pacific is doing something, but we’re not sure exactly what. They have a landing page set up and ready to go promising a “Black Friday Exclusive,” and requesting us to check back with them at midnight on November 23. A little research reveals that it may be a 15% off airfare deal. Expect the discount to apply for travel through February 2013, and it sounds like those booking tickets will even be entered into a special contest.
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Kickin' back in Club World between London and Tokyo
When Psy's music video "Gangnam Style" went viral at the end of the summer, our first thought was "oh man, this is going to be awesome for Seoul tourism." Seriously. We're geeks about this stuff, okay? Anyway, it's holding true as British Airways just announced a huge fare sale with the headline "Get to Gangnam in Style."
Brilliant, BA. Our cursor is already hovering over the "purchase" button. What's even better are those sale ticket prices for the 9.5-hour flights:
London-LHR to Seoul-ICN* on a Boeing 777:
In Economy (World Traveller): £377/$600 roundtrip (45% off)
In Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus): £577/$918 roundtrip (40% off)
In Business (Club World): £777/$1235 roundtrip (70% off)
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Last week—August 3 to be specific—Southwest Airlines held a flash sale only advertised within their Facebook page. To celebrate reaching three million Facebook fans, those fans could book for up to 50% off certain flights on certain dates in September, October, and November. Depending on when you booked and where you wanted to go, there were some decent deals, and even a transcontinental flight could be had for well under $200.
Unfortunately things didn’t go as smoothly as they thought, and there was a little bit of a snafu. Thankfully tickets are still to be honored and all the deals and discounts stand, but billing issues linger into this week. Some customers were double billed or more, and those paying with their debit cards might even have been hit with overdraft fees—yuck.