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The Era of the $9 Airfare Sale is OVER

January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: Spirit]

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Greyhound Express Celebrates Its Birthday by Heading Down to Florida

January 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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The Mega Flight Deal Returns: New York to Frankfurt on Singapore Airlines' A380

January 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Six Airfare Sales That Started Today

January 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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The Sweetest Travel Deal of 2011 Is...

December 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 them—The 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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'From JFK, on the Beach the Same Day': Hawaiian Airlines to Fly Direct from NYC to Hawaii

November 16, 2011 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

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 for—believe it or not—autumn 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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Mega Flight Deal: $599 Total to Europe on a Singapore Airlines A380

Where: Singapore
November 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM | by | Comment (1)


Singapore Airlines' A380

If you haven't yet taken out your credit card to book one of the $450 or under cheapie Europe flights that've been floating around the past few days, we recommend saving up a teensy bit more to jet transatlantic in style—in an Airbus A380.

Singapore Airlines—the first airline to have the A380 and also arguably the most luxurious—is celebrating their first A380 flights from JFK by offering flights from New York-JFK to Frankfurt International on the superjumbos for $599 TOTAL. That means taxes and surcharges already included in that $599.

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Winter in the Northern Hemisphere Means Fun in the Sun, South of the Equator

October 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)


Quicksilver floating pontoon at Agincourt Reef

As the weather begins to turn a bit colder and a bit gloomier in the US, we're already seeking out a winter "light at the end of the tunnel." While doing some wanderlust brainstorming, along with a wide variety of flight searches, we recently came upon the option of escaping the blustery Northern Hemisphere for a little—or a lot—of sunny, summery Southern Hemisphere.

What screams Middle-of-January escape more than a diving trip to some of the most beautiful coral reefs on the planet? We knew that would get your attention. Celebrating its 30th anniversary as being named a World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef lies just off the coast of Northern Queensland in Australia. Don't worry, this is no where near the floods from last year and, we mean, it's more than 600 miles away.

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Leave Today! Business Class to Paris for Under $800 on OpenSkies

October 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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American Airlines' DealFinder 2.0 May Just Get You Two Tickets to Paradise

August 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking to spend less time searching and more time saving then you might want to check out American Airlines’ latest invention, as that’s what the airline is promising with the latest version of DealFinder.

After downloading the program to your computer—there’s no mobile version just yet—you can begin to look for your dream flight to your dream destination. Pick where you want to go and when, and DealFinder 2.0 promises to alert you when things become a little more affordable. Obviously this is only for American Airlines flights, so if Delta is offering killer deals to Japan, you might miss out.

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DFW Airport Now Offers Deals, Thanks to Foursquare and Your Smartphone

August 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already know that Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport isn’t a fan of paying taxes—well, kind of—and now they’re looking to offer even more savings to those looking to spend some coin in the terminals and concourses.

The airport is teaming up with Foursquare and Facebook Places—clearly they’re not playing favorites—to offer up all kinds of location-based deals and steals when you and your crew are killing time before your flight.

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Can You Survive 8 Hours on a Bus? How About If It's Only $1?

August 4, 2011 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sitting in one place for 8 hours, traveling from city to city—when you think of that, you're probably imagining a transcontinental flight, right? Well of course that can also be by train or bus, and increasingly it's the latter as MegaBus continues to go crazy in expanding its route network. The newest city to be tapped by the big blue bus is Omaha, Nebraska, an 8-hour and 40-minute journey from downtown Chicago, where Megabus' US operations regularly tie up rush-hour traffic.

As usual when Megabus announces new routes, they've put a whole slew of seats on sale for $1.00. Right now, that's 1,000 seats, and we double-checked some random August travel dates and the $1 fares are truly plentiful. Enter promo code OMA1K to knock the fares down to FREE. The only catch is that travel needs to happen before September 17, although Megabus' famous seats-for-$1 deal extends across all routes for the first few seats booked on each bus.

What we're trying to say is, that if you have to travel this new route (or any route) later this fall and still want the sweet $1 seat, you've got to get at it early, very early, as pricing goes up as the bus fills and as the departure date nears. Now the difficult decision: are you willing to endure a 9-hour bus trip if it costs less than even a Dunkin Donuts coffee?

[Photo: Jaunted]