Category Archive for 'Airfare Deals'

Delta Aftermath Part 2: Where Are You Going?

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Did you get in on the Delta fun this past Thursday and get confirmed tickets?

I thought it might be fun for people to share what their loot was:
-Where are you flying to and from?
-Are you flying coach or business/first class?
-How many people are traveling?
-What did you pay?
-When are you going?
You can even include where you plan on staying or ask for suggestions on where to stay.  When there was free airfare to the Bahamas with free hotel accommodation there were even minyanim that were organized there :D

Post a comment and let’s hear about your plans!

I’d love to read trip reports from folks after their trips as well.  If you would like to share your experience post it in this DDF thread when you get back!
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El Al: Fly Nonstop Round-Trip From NYC To Tel Aviv For $771.72 Plus 50 Points

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Update: 12/29: The price appears to have gone back up to $860.72 plus 50 points.

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El Al: Fly Nonstop From NYC To Tel Aviv In February For $771 Plus 50 Points

You can transfer 3,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (earned on cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card) into 60 El Al Matmid points.

-Promotion is for a “W” Economy Class Round trip ticket from New York on select EL AL flights and is subject to availability.
-Book by 12/31/13 Israel time.
-Outbound flights valid 02/01-02/27
-Return flights valid 02/06-03/28.

-Minimum stay: Sunday at destination
-Maximum stay: 30 days.

This fare will earn 11,355 miles when credited to your American mileage account!

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HT: mod, via DDF

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Rules Of The Deal

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Reposing this article that I wrote a month ago after the United glitch. Since then it seems that even the Wall Street Journal has started monitoring my Twitter feed (1:00-1:05 in the video) :

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Price mistakes happen a few times a year. Some of my favorites that I’ve blogged about besides for yesterday’s Detla bonanza:
-Last month there were $127 tickets to Milan and $287 tickets to Israel on United.
-My first time in Hawaii was with airfare and hotel for $87 with tax.
-I and thousands of others scored Airfare and 5 star accommodations at hotels like the Bellagio with Cirque tickets in Las Vegas all for free thanks to Expedia.
-Tons of people were able to get free airfare and hotels in the Bahamas.
-My whole family has lifetime free stays in suites at Fairmont hotels.
-There have been $250 tickets to anywhere in Europe.
-$336 El Al tickets to Israel for Pesach
-Dirt cheap tickets to anywhere when booked via LAN.
-$460 USAirways tickets to Israel from NYC.
-$347 USAirways tickets to Israel from other US cities.
-$550 nonstop Delta tickets from JFK to Israel along with $372 Delta tickets from Los Angeles to Israel and $498 Delta tickets from Newark to Israel.
-$376 Alitalia tickets to Israel.
-Lucky people had their WalMart price mistake orders honored
-HP even gave out $200 coupons to people who got in a price mistake…perhaps they didn’t realize the coupon was able to be used multiple times though.

Of course the fine line between price mistake and deal is often blurred.
In the past I stocked up on dozens of cases of free diapers and wipes thanks to Amazon. My wife and I have stayed at the Encore and Wynn just for having an American Express Platinum card. We flew to Aruba and Boston last year for free thanks to Jetblue’s voucher generosity in May as well as in September again. I racked up countless free Hyatt nights and hundreds of thousands of United miles with promotions like this one.
Years of churning dollar coins minted me hundreds of thousands of miles as well. Even some simple soda cups earned me tens of thousands of dollars of free United flight vouchers.
None of those were mistakes, it’s not always easy to tell what’s a mistake and what’s just an incredible deal.

Rules Of The Deal:

1. Don’t call.
Don’t talk to the airline or companies offering a deal while the deal is live. You can always ask questions once the deal is gone.

2. Don’t hesitate.
These deals never last long, you’ve got to act fast.
Most online booking agencies have generous cancellation policies, so book first and then decide later.

With some really crazy deals like 4 mile island some DDFers flew in first class around the world for just 4 miles because they booked to travel immediately.

3. Don’t forget your infant!
A common theme that I’ve seen with price mistakes is that people forget their infant children. You need to pay 10% of the normal fare for the privilege of holding your child on international tickets. Wouldn’t you be better off spending the few extra dollars for them to have their own seat?

4. Follow @DansDeals on Twitter.
I’ve gotten tons of complains from my email subscribers about missing the deal.  Unfortunately the emails just go out once a day.  If you want real time alerts you’ll want to follow @DansDeals on twitter and have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.  Once you’re signed up you never have to go onto Twitter again if you don’t want to.

5. Join DDF
The United deal last month was posted by Drago on the DansDeals Forums wayyy before it was posted on the main DansDeals site as I was offline for shabbos while Israel based DDF members got a big jump start.

6. Create your own free trip!
Don’t want to wait around for the next great deal to arrive?  The credit card companies are happy to fly you for free anywhere in the world, even in business or first class.  I’ve flown around the world countless times in private first class suites with miles earned from opening credit cards.  You can read some of those trip reports here.  I’ve banked 8 figures of miles and points by doing this stuff over the years and that means I don’t have to worry about being under pressure to book during a quick glitch, I travel free on my own terms.  And I still have a top-notch 800+ FICO score.

This page includes links for tons of great credit cards that will have you flying for free in no time!

There’s more information about applying for cards in this DDF FAQ page also with many credit card deals and links to dozens of others useful threads in this DDF credit card starting point thread.

You can also learn more about my favorite hobby by clicking on the credit card posts tab and the mileage posts tab.

Posts like this one on opening and closing cards and this one on getting business cards to improve your credit score are helpful as well.

Once you have the miles you can read about Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints and Getting To Israel Using Miles. It can be done starting at just 20K round-trip!

And now Chase offers free primary car rental insurance, even in Israel!

Or stay tuned for a DansDeals Seminar near you where I teach the tricks of the trade in person and answer any questions you might have. I’ve done 6 of them so far and they’re a blast!

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NYC To Toronto For $74.33 One-Way; Toronto To NYC For $123.07 One-Way

Friday, December 27th, 2013

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

-Valid from LGA on Air Canada and WestJet
-Valid from JFK on Air Canada
-Valid from EWR on United

-Valid for travel between 01/07-05/21.

HT: eis517 and TFD.

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Remember that you can always use British Airways Avios on this route to fly on American from LGA or JFK. A flight from Chicago or NYC to Toronto is 4,500 Avios plus $2.50, the flight from Toronto to Chicago or NYC would run 4,500 Avios plus $52.
Or you can fly in business class for 9,000 Avios each way and you would get 3 free checked bags.
You can earn Avios with the BA credit card.

Find all nonstop flights Avios from NYC in this post.

You can also transfer points into Avios.
-20K Starpoints turns into 25K Avios that you can earn on a card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.
-Membership Rewards transfer equally into Avios though they often run promotions like the one running through 12/31 to get a 20% bonus for transfers into Avios, those points can be earned from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Cardor the The Platinum Card® from American Express
-Chase Ultimate Rewards points also transfer equally into Avios and can be earned from consumer cards like Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom and business cards like Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Cash.

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Alitalia: JFK To Tel Aviv From $696.71 Round-Trip

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Step 1: Signup for the Alitalia newsletter to instantly get a 10% off coupon for flights originating in Boston, JFK, or Miami.

Step 2: Search for a flight to travel between 01/09/14 and 03/27/14.

Step 3: After selecting the flights enter and apply your E-Coupon number to get the 10% off (If you copy/paste be sure there no extra spaces at the beginning or end)

Flights connect via Rome and/or Milan.

Sample dates for JFK-TLV for $696.71 after voucher is applied:
-01/14-01/21
-01/28-02/05
-02/25-03/04
-03/11-03/19

HT: jmansour, via TFD

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HURRY! CRAZY DELTA PRICE MISTAKES!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Update: This deal is now dead but tickets that were successfully booked will be honored!  Here is the statement from Delta:

“For a portion of the morning today, some prices on delta.com and other booking channels were incorrectly displayed, resulting in lower than usual fares for customers. The situation has been resolved and the correct prices are being displayed. Delta will honor any fares purchased at the incorrect price.”

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-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Update: These mistake fares are valid in first class as well, just switch from economy to first when you search!

There are tons of mistake fares for all domestic flights, for example:
-JFK to Los Angeles for a sample date of 01/19-01/26 is $42.11 round-trip with tax!
-JFK to Honolulu for a sample date of 01/19-01/26 is $85 round-trip with tax!
-Cleveland to Los Angeles for a sample date of 01/26-02/02 is $52 round-trip with tax!
-Cleveland to Honolulu for a sample date of 01/27-02/03 is $78 round-trip with tax!
-Los Angeles to Honolulu for a sample date of 01/14-01/21 is $60 round-trip with tax!

HT: Leon F. and Proisrael, via DDF
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Rent A Private Jet From Philadelphia To Toronto Tonight For $536

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

JetSuite offers last-minute deals to rent out a private jet on the cheap.

For example among other deals, you can rent a jet and fly 6 people (plus an infant) one-way from Philadelphia to Toronto tonight for $536 with tax.  The $536 price is the same no matter if you fly solo or with 6 people.

You would have to leave between 7:30-8:15pm.

With 6 people that’s $89 per person to fly on a private jet. WiFi and refreshments and free.

The reason it’s so cheap is that they need to ferry the planes anyway for customers paying the big bucks so they offer deals that change daily based on where they need to ferry the planes.

They’ve run a simalar deal from NYC to Cleveland a few times and I know some guys who chartered it, stayed in the Sheraton hotel at the Cleveland airport for 4,000 Starpoints, and flew back to LGA the next morning for 4,500 BA Avios.

HT: Chaikel, via DDF

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Amazon Local: $5 To Save Up To 25% On Virgin America; Flights To/From The West Coast From $168 And Up

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Amazon Local: $5 To Save Up To 25% On Virgin America

You can buy a Virgin America discount code on Amazon Local for $5.  If you don’t use the code you will automatically get your $5 refunded in January.

-There is a limited supply of vouchers for sale.
-Book travel by 01/15
-Fly between 01/08-03/06
-Voucher is valid for 15% off base fare of travel booked for flights on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
Voucher is also valid for 25% off base fare of travel booked for flights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday
-All eligible flights must be booked a minimum of 21 days in advance
-Voucher valid for newly booked, non-refundable, round-trip travel in the main cabin on Virgin America within the U.S.
-Voucher not valid for travel on the following dates: 1/17/14, 1/20/14, 2/14/14, and 2/17/14
-Limit 2 vouchers per purchaser, 1 additional voucher may be sent as a gift
-Limit 1 voucher per booking
-Voucher only valid for itineraries booked for up to 2 travelers

Sample discounted round-trip airfares with tax:
-Chicago to Los Angeles on 01/21-01/28: $168.80
-Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles on 01/28-02/04: $200.32
-Boston to Los Angeles on 01/21-01/28: $207.80
-Dallas to Los Angeles or San Francisco on 01/21-01/28: $213.80
-Boston to San Francisco on 01/21-01/28: $213.80
-Chicago to San Francisco on 01/28-02/04: $218.32
-Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco on 01/28-02/04: $222.80
-Washington DC to Los Angeles on 01/21-01/28: $224.30
-JFK or Newark to Los Angeles or San Francisco on 01/21-01/28: $243.80
-Philadelphia to Los Angeles on 01/21-01/28: $258.80
-Washington DC to San Francisco on 01/21-01/28: $273.80

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Sample fares from various cities. Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz

You can always use 4,500 BA Avios from NYC to fly to Washington/DCA or 7,500 to get to Chicago to pick up a cheap flight.  Just look for Delta flights which stop in JFK on the return.

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
02/10-02/19: $674.72 on Delta.
03/03-03/19: $674.72 on Delta.(Purim)

Cleveland-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/09: $854.62 on Delta.
01/26-02/12: $854.62 on Delta.
02/23-03/03: $854.62 on Delta.
03/04-03/19: $854.62 on Delta (Purim)

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/10: $835.01 on United/Swiss
03/05-03/18: $804.91 on KLM/Air France (Purim)

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/14-01/22: $874.22 on Iberia
01/26-02/10: $879.72 on Delta
02/09-02/17: $878.92 on Iberia
03/09-03/17: $874.22 on Iberia (Purim)

NYC-Tel Aviv:
Turkish connecting flights from $785 and nonstop Delta, El Al, and United flights from $1,000.

Washington DC-Tel Aviv
02/09-02/20: $669.32 on Air Canada
02/10-02/18: $689.22 on Delta
03/02-03/13: $674.72 on Delta (Purim)
03/02-03/17: $689.22 on Delta (Purim)

Tel Aviv-NYC
01/26-02/06: $818.92 on Iberia
02/16-03/02: $818.92 on Iberia

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Wideroe Strikes Again: Cheap Tickets To Israel Are Back!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Update, Dead for now: “For the moment booking between these destinations is not available due to technical updates.”

I will tweet if this comes back. Be sure to follow @DansDeals
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Related (READ THIS FIRST!) : Rules of the deal!

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Bookable on the Wideroe home page, just switch the language to English and the currency to USD in the top-right. 

Book with a card like Sapphire Preferred that has no foreign transaction/exchange fees!

Using a sample date of 02/02-02/11:

-Chicago-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $462.72.

-Washington DC (WAS)-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $479.72.

-Boston-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $535.72.

-Miami-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $582.09.

-Pittsburgh-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $648.22.

-Houston-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $676.72.

-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $689.72.

-NYC-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $703.72.  From NYC you can also use 4,500 BA Avios flight to Washington DC or 7.500 BA Avios for a flight to Chicago.  You can then get off in Philadelphia or book the return with Avios as well.

More sample dates and cities to come!

HT: whywhy, via DDF

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10-20% Off Virgin America Flights

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

10-20% Off Virgin America Flights

Use code: GAMEPLANE

-Book today by 11:59 p.m. PST.
-Take 10% off when you fly Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,
-Take 20% off Tuesday and Wednesday flights.
-Travel must occur between December 18, 2013 and March 6, 2014.
-Promo code is valid for non-refundable Main Cabin tickets only.
-Blackout dates are Dec 20 – Dec 25, Dec 27 – Dec 31, 2013, Jan 2 – Jan 6, Jan 17, Jan 20, Feb 14, and Feb 17, 2014.

HT: Planet, via DDF

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More Info On Recent Price Mistakes

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Related post: Rules Of The Deal
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1. People have already starting flying on the $100-$400 United glitch tickets booked via Widerøe last week.
In fact there is a DDF’er en-route now on United 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv on a $300 ticket. Poor sap next to him paid $1,400.
So yes, these are being honored.

2. It’s actually hard to call it a glitch.
Widerøe, a Norwegian airline, has admitted that their own website CEO leaked the info online and intended for people to book the deal on their site so that they would make commissions on the sales.

3. Plenty of reports of people successfully crediting the miles for their USAirways glitch Israel flights to Aegean and United as I suggested they should. There were the $300-$500 tickets to Israel that I posted about in late August from NYC and from other cities.

4. Several people were able to have USAirways drop off the NYC-PHL leg of their flights and just drive to Philadelphia to pickup their flights due to bad weather in the forecast which may have caused them to miss their connection in Philadelphia.. The trick is to keep calling until you get a nice rep if the flight isn’t delayed yet but the weather forecast look poor.

5. Some people have reported being hassled by USAirways agents after clearing customs to check their bags to Toronto. Simple solution: Tear off the bag tag when you take your bag off the carousel before clearing customs and save yourself from being hassled.
You’re under no obligation to continue onto Toronto or to recheck your bags.

6. If I get 1 more email from someone telling me that they called USAirways and that their bags will go directly to Toronto without stopping in Philadelphia I may scream. I’ve literally gotten dozens of these.
Nothing more than misinformation from uneducated agents or simply scare tactics.  Even though your bag is tagged for Toronto you need to claim it in Philadelphia and walk it past customs.

7. Over the past 16 months we’ve seen glitches for Israel from every airline that flies between the US and Israel: Delta, El Al, United, and USAirways.
Perhaps if they would stop playing games with scammy fuel surcharges this wouldn’t happen as often…or perhaps it’s all for the best.

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Rent A Private Jet From NYC To Cleveland For $536

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

JetSuite offers last-minute deals to rent out a private jet on the cheap.

For example among other deals, you can rent a jet and fly 6 people (plus an infant) one-way from NYC/Teterboro tomorrow to Cleveland for $536 with tax.  The $536 price is the same no matter if you fly solo or with 6 people.

With 6 people that’s $89 per person to fly on a private jet.

The reason it’s so cheap is that they need to ferry the planes anyway for customers paying the big bucks so they offer deals that change daily based on where they need to ferry the planes.

They had this same deal a few weeks ago and some DDF guys booked it, had dinner in Cleveland, stayed in the Sheraton hotel at the Cleveland airport for 4,000 Starpoints, and flew back to LGA the next morning for 4,500 BA Avios.

WiFi and refreshments and free.

So, who’s in :D

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Airtran: Fly Nonstop Between Las Vegas And Baltimore From $39.90 Each Way!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred
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-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

Las Vegas-Baltimore dates:
12/04: $39.90
12/05: $39.90
12/06: $39.90
12/10: $39.90
12/11: $39.90
12/12: $39.90

View the complete list of valid dates after the jump…
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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $685.92 Round-Trip

Alitalia: Tel Aviv To NYC For $704.62 Round-Trip

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Related:
-Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United
-United nonstop to Tel Aviv from NYC for $838.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz. If you don’t want Turkish flights included in an ITA search you can use advanced routing code: ~TK+

-Turkish flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK and stopping in Istanbul for an hour or 2 are $685.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours with a 1 or 2 hour stopover.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that at the gate on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

Valid outbound JFK-TLV dates:
All dates between 01/25-03/10.

Valid return TLV-JFK dates:
All dates between 01/25-03/31.

-Delta currently has nonstop flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK from $911.

-Alitalia currently has flights originating TLV-JFK-TLV via Rome or Milan for $704.
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NYC-Milan With 2 Stops For $257 Round-Trip With Tax

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Update: You can now book from the Wideroe home page and switch the language to English and the currency to USD in the top-right.  From there you can search for NYC to MIL and find valid dates into May.
For example 05/07-05/14, 05/11-05/18, or 05/14-05/21 are just $258.29
The home page link above in USD and the link below in NOK can give very different fares, so be sure to check both.
Also be sure to try searching from LGA, JFK, and NYC separately as the fares can also be very different.

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Wideroe still has cheap tickets bookable to Milan

Not nearly as awesome as yesterday’s $100 nonstop fares from Newark to Milan. But for those who sloozed yesterday you can go from LaGuardia to Milan with 2 stops for about $250.  The flights are on Air Canada and Lufthansa.

The total journey will take at least 14 hours depending on the day with a couple hours layover in either Toronto or Montreal and Frankfurt or Munich.

Just search departing from LGA going to MIL.  MIL is the code for either Milan Linate (LIN) or Milan Malpensa (MXP).

Milan is home to a highly acclaimed Park Hyatt hotel that you can book for 22,000 Hyatt or Chase points.  Or take a quick flight or train to Venice, Florance, Rome, etc.

To figure out the price in dollars just divide by 6.07.
-Use a card without foreign transaction fees to save the 3% fee.
-It can take 12 hours for these tickets to confirm.
-The US country code is +1

24 Hour Flight Cancellation policy.

Sample dates from LGA to MIL:
01/13-01/20: 1,581 NOK ($260 USD)
01/20-01/27: 1,581 NOK ($260 USD)
01/26-02/02: 1,566 NOK ($257 USD)
01/28-02/25: 1,571 NOK ($258 USD)
02/02-02/09: 1,566 NOK ($257 USD)
02/09-02/16: 1,566 NOK ($257 USD)
02/17-02/24: 1,581 NOK ($260 USD)
02/23-03/02: 1,568 NOK ($257 USD)
03/04-03/11: 1,578 NOK ($259 USD)
03/11-03/18: 1,581 NOK ($260 USD)
03/18-03/25: 1,578 NOK ($259 USD)

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DIRT CHEAP UNITED FARES!

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Update: Tickets are being charged and confirmed!

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United tickets are ridiculously cheap via this link though prices are in NOK. DEAD!

To figure out the price in dollars just divide by 6.06.  So Newark-Paris is 2,745NOK or about $452.
-Use a card without foreign transaction fees to save the 3% fee.
-It takes between 3-12 hours for these tickets to confirm but people have been getting confirmations so don’t call United as it will get confirmed by itself.
-Don’t make nonrefundable hotel reservations yet as we don’t know for sure if these will be honored!
-The US country code is +1

-All United fares are refundable for 24 hours from time of booking.

-Sample round-trip fares with tax:
Newark-Milan, 01/19-01/27: 772 NOK ($127 USD)
Washington DC-Mumbai, 01/21-02/12: 1,434 NOK ($236 USD)
Los Angeles-Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/05: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Chicago-Tel Aviv, 01/26-02/04: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Washington DC-Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/05: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Houston-Tel Aviv, 01/26-02/02: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Cleveland-Tel Aviv, 02/02-02/09: 1,993 NOK ($328 USD)
Miami-Tel Aviv, 01/20-02/02: 2,139 NOK ($352 USD)
Newark-Zurich, 01/20-01/30: 2,195 NOK ($362 USD)
Newark-Tel Aviv, 01/20-01/30: 2,388 NOK ($393 USD)
Tel Aviv-Newark, 01/21-01/28: 2,418 NOK ($398 USD)
Newark-London, 01/27-02/03: 2,522 NOK ($416 USD)
Newark-Amsterdam, 02/02-02/12: 2,522 NOK ($416 USD)
Newark-Paris, 01/26-02/02: 2,745 NOK ($452 USD)
Newark-Johannesburg, 01/26-02/02: 2,972 NOK ($490 USD)
Los Angeles-Sydney, 02/02-02/11: 4,383 NOK ($723 USD)
Pesach: Newark-Tel Aviv, 04/07-04/24: 4,179 NOK ($689 USD)

HT: Drago, via DDF
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20% Off Virgin America Flights

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Virgin America Sale Linky

-Take 20% off flights between the east coast or midwest and Los Angeles or S. Francisco.
-Book by today, 11/22
-Fly December 7, 2013, through February 12, 2014.
-Use promo code: 20FOR20

Sample deals (date checked: 01/21-01/28):
-Chicago to Los Angeles: $178.60
-Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles: $228.20
-Washington DC to Los Angeles: $237.80
-JFK or Newark to Los Angeles or S. Francisco: $258.60.
-Boston to Los Angeles: $274.60.
-Philadelphia to Los Angeles: $274.60.

HT: Planet, via DDF

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USAirways: Philadelphia To Dallas For $87.80 Round-Trip!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Valid in either direction for flights in January and February.
This will earn about 2,606 miles in USAirways’s own mileage program or in partner programs like United or Aegean.  I’d value that amount of redeemable United miles (not counting elite status qualifying miles) at about $42, making the cost of this flight more like $45 round-trip.

Sample valid dates PHL-DFW-PHL:
01/08-01/14
01/22-01/26
02/02-02/06
02/10-02/13
02/19-02/25

Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

HT: jj1000, via DDF

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20% Off JetBlue Flights

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Bookable only on jetblue.com/promo

-Use code: COLDTURKEY
-Bookable today only, 11/18 by 11:59pm PST.
-Travel 12/03-12/18 or 01/07-02/12
-Not valid for Friday or Sunday flights.
-Not valid on previous bookings

Sample deals:
-JFK-Los Angeles, 01/14-01/21 for $258.59
-JFK-West Palm Beach, 01/15-01/22 for $178.60
-JFK-Fort Lauderdale, 01/15-01/22 for $202.61

HT: 972sg212, via DDF

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Airtran: Baltimore To Las Vegas Nonstop For $39.90 Each Way

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

Valid Batimore-Las Vegas dates
11/17 Sold out!
11/18
11/19
11/20 Sold out!
12/09 Sold out!

Valid Las Vegas-Batimore dates
11/19
11/20
11/21
11/22
11/25
11/28
12/03
12/04
12/05
12/13

Find other cheap travel dates from $49 each way: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.
To find nonstop Airtran flights use advanced routing code: FL

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $685.92 Round-Trip

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Related:
-Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United
-United nonstop to Tel Aviv from NYC for $838.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz. If you don’t want Turkish flights included in an ITA search you can use advanced routing code: ~TK+

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Flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK are about $685.

Flights originating TLV-JFK-TLV are about $850.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that at the gate on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

Valid outbound JFK-TLV dates:
All dates between 01/11-03/10.

Valid return TLV-JFK dates:
All dates between 01/14-03/31.
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United: Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Washington DC For $838.72

Monday, November 11th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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On Orbitz select multi-city and search for a flight going from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC:

This is an example of what you’ll want to search for:
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That will give you flights with 3 legs.  Leg 1 is nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv. Leg 2 is nonstop from Tel Aviv to Newark. Leg 3 on another plane after clearing customs is from Newark to Washington DC:

 

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You can click flight details to see flights that stop in Newark on the return.

Federal law requires that everyone pick up their luggage in the US city that they land in (in this case Newark) regardless of the final destination at which point nobody is going to force you to take the final flight.  Passengers that want to continue onward have to claim their luggage and recheck it in Newark.

You can always use Avios or pther miles for a return flight to NYC if you want.  DCA-JFK is 4.5K Avios and Chicago-NYC is 7.5K.

Sample trips with valid dates:
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Washington DC: 01/20-01/30: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Los Angeles: 01/20-01/27: $841.22
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Chicago: 01/26-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Los Angeles: 01/27-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Houston: 02/02-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Chicago: 02/04-02/17: $838.72

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Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United

Monday, November 11th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Sample airfare deals (There are lots of other dates in January and February as well as some deals in November and December at slightly higher prices).

On Orbitz you can search for flexible +/-3 dates and you can limit the search to your preferred airline or airlines.
You can choose to search only Air Canada, Delta, And United and thereby avoid getting Turkish airlines fares which typically aren’t actually bookable. Just choose “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines.”

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
01/09-01/20: $674.72 on United
01/16-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada
01/20-02/03: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/06: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $674.72 on United
02/06-02/17: $689.12 on Delta

Cleveland-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/06: $850.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $850.72 on United

Houston-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/03: $747.72 on United
01/26-02/10: $747.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $747.72 on United

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/04: $748.72 on United
01/20-02/06: $748.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $809.91 on United

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/21-02/03: $853.72 on United

Washington DC-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/21-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/22-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on United
01/20-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/21-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/22-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/03: $674.72 on Delta and United
01/28-02/10: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on Delta and United
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Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.
To find Air Canada flights use advanced routing code: AC+
To find Delta flights use advanced routing code: DL+
To find United flights use advanced routing code: UA+

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Virgin America: Buy One Ticket To/From Newark And Get One Free!

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Virgin America Offer Linky

-Bookable today only (11/03)
-Use promo code: VXFOR2
-Travel 11/06-11/26.
-Not valid for travel on Sunday or on 11/11, 11/22, 11/23.
Valid for flights between Newark and Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, CA, Portland, OR, S. Diego, S. Francisco, S. Jose, CA, and Seattle.
-Limit of 1 free ticket per reservation.

Sample round-trip fares for 2 passengers:
-Newark-Seattle 11/18-11/21: $375.20 ($187.60 per passenger)
-Newark-Los Angeles 11/18-11/21: $399.60 ($199.80 per passenger)
-Newark-S. Francisco 11/18-11/21: $501.60 ($250.80 per passenger)
-Newark-Palm Springs, CA 11/21-11/25: $609.20 ($304.60 per passenger)

HT: lfas25, via DDF

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20% Off Virgin America Flights

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Virgin America Sale Linky

-Take 10% off Monday, Thursday, and Friday travel, and 20% off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday travel.
-Use promo code: GETDOWN
-Bookable today only.
-See link above for valid travel dates which vary by route.
-Nonstop flights only.

Sample deals:
A flight from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles to LAX from 11/13-11/19 is $207.40 instead of $253.80.
A flight from Chicago to Los Angeles to LAX from 11/12-11/19 is $226.80 instead of $277.80.
A flight from JFK to Los Angeles from 11/12-11/19 is $274.60 instead of $337.80.

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $684.77 Round-Trip

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Related:
-View other airfare deals to Israel in this post from $666.
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United nonstop to Tel Aviv for $835.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz.

Flights from JFK-TLV-JFK are $684.

Flights from TLV-JFK-TLV are $724.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Valid JFK-TLV dates:
01/16, 01/17, 01/20, 01/21, 01/22, 01/23, 01/27, 01/28, 01/29, 01/30, 02/01, 02/02, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/08, 02/09, 02/10, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/15, 02/16, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/20, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24, 02/25, 02/26, 02/27, 03/01, 03/02, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/08, 03/09, 03/10.

Valid TLV-JFK dates:
02/02, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/07, 02/08, 02/09, 02/10, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/14, 02/15, 02/16, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/20, 02/21, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24, 0/25, 02/26, 02/27, 02/28, 03/01, 03/02, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/07, 03/08, 03/09, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/14, 03/15, 03/16, 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/21, 03/22, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31.

HT: SearchGuy via DDF
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USAirways: Philadelphia To Dallas For $87.80 Round-Trip!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Valid in either direction for flights in November.
This will earn about 2,606 miles in USAirways’s own mileage program or in partner programs like United or Aegean.  I’d value that amount of redeemable United miles (not counting elite status qualifying miles) at about $47, making the cost of this flight more like $40 round-trip.

Sample valid dates PHL-DFW-PHL:
11/05-11/12
11/06-11/13
11/12-11/19
11/14-11/19

Or in case you want to go on a mileage run you can fly from Philly to Dallas and return the same day on dates like 11/12, 11/13, and 11/19.

Sample valid dates DFW-PHL-DFW:
11/01-11/05
11/07-11/12
11/13-11/19
11/14-11/19

Or in case you want to go on a mileage run you can fly from Dallas to Philly and return the same day on dates like 11/05, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, and 11/19.

Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

HT: flyfreq1t, via FT

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14% Off Frontier Airlines

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Frontier Airlines Linky

Use promo code: BROOMSTICK
-Book by 10/31
-Fly from 10/31-11/21.

Sample fares:
Trenton, NJ-Chicago 11/13-11/20: $121.66
Trenton, NJ-Fort Lauderdale 11/11-11/13: $138.86
LaGuardia-Denver 11/13-11/20: $173.27

Find other great deals? Post a comment!

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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United: Newark To Tel Aviv To Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC (Via Newark) For $835.97

Monday, October 21st, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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On Orbitz select multi-city and search for a flight going from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC:

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You can click flight details to see flights that stop in Newark on the return.

Federal law requires that everyone pick up their luggage in Newark regardless of the final destination at which point nobody is going to force you to take the final flight.

You can always use Avios or United miles for a return flight to NYC if you want.

Here are some valid dates for the outbound flight from Newark to Tel Aviv:
12/01
12/02
01/20
01/22
02/02
02/04
02/05
02/09

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Chicago via Newark:
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Houston via Newark:
12/10
12/11
12/17
12/18
12/19
12/22
12/24
01/30
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Los Angeles via Newark:
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Washington DC via Newark:
01/22
01/30
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

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35% Off JetBlue Flights On 10/31

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Update: DEAD!

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jetblue.com/promo

Use code: 844969B574
-Bookable today only.
-Valid for flights on 10/31 only.
-Valid one-way or round-trip but only flights on 10/31 will be discounted.

HT: Shmais

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Monday, October 21st, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Sample airfare deals:

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
01/16-01/29: $671.97 on Delta.
01/23-02/05: $671.97 on Delta.
01/26-02/03: $666.77 on Air Canada, $686.47 on Delta.
02/02-02/12: $671.97 on United

Houston-Tel Aviv:
12/01-12/12: $748.86 on Air Canada and United
12/04-12/12: $739.27 on Air Canada
01/26-02/03: $739.27 on Air Canada

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv:
01/21-01/30: $750.36 on Air Canada and United
01/21-02/04: $745.97 on United
01/22-02/04: $745.97 on United
02/02-02/17: $740.77 on Air Canada

Miami-Tel Aviv:
12/11-12/23: $845.77 on Air Canada
01/26-02/10: $845.77 on Air Canada
02/02-02/10: $850.97 on Delta or United
03/10-03/18: $850.97 on Delta

NYC-Tel Aviv:
$999 nonstop on Delta, El Al, or United for most winter travel.
$784 for travel on Turkish via Istanbul

Washington DC-Tel Aviv:
11/17-11/25: $666.77 on Air Canada
11/24-12/12: $666.77 on Air Canada
01/19-01/27: $666.77 on Air Canada
01/20-01/30: $671.97 on United
01/26-02/04: $671.97 on Delta
02/02-02/10: $666.77 on Air Canada, $671.97 on Delta and United
02/09-02/17: $666.77 on Air Canada
03/02-03/10: $671.97 on Delta
03/10-03/20: $671.97 on Delta

Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

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Reader Question Of The Day, 10/17/13: Booking A Flight

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I spend hours every day browsing the DansDeals Forums and the DansDeals Facebook group (which seems to have become an unorganized forum for people too lazy to sign up for the actual forums) looking for tips and trying to help people out.

I run across lots of questions so I figure I may as well feature them on occasion. Here’s one for today.

Eliezer F. posted on the DD Facebook group looking for a one-way ticket from NYC to Pittsburgh on 10/21, 10/22, or 10/23.  Some people suggested a bus.  Here at DansDeals we don’t do buses.  At least I haven’t stepped on a long-distance one since graduating high school.

I went away to high school in Pittsburgh as a 13 year old in 1998 and remember the NYC guys having to take long Greyhound rides as USAirways monopolized the market and tickets were a fortune. Then Airtran came along and tickets dropped to as little as $19 each way. Unfortunately USAirways flooded the market with capacity and matched their fares so people naturally booked the more convenient USAir flights.
Airtran cut the route and moved their valuable LGA slots over to Akron, OH where there were no NYC flights except from Cleveland some 50 minutes away. Those flights still continue today.

JetBlue then saw an opportunity a few years later once USAirways had dismantled their Pittsburgh operations which left most of the airport a ghost town. Their flights to JFK though never caught on as they thought they would and the route was cancelled earlier this year. Which of course sent airfares skyrocketing yet again.

At any rate, back to the question at hand. The first order of business is to check the paid fares.  With ITA software this is very easy. (Note that ITA Software does not actually sell tickets.  When you find something that looks good just plugin your dates into a site like Orbitz).

Choose one-way, search from NYC-PIT, search exact dates (though their calendar is awesome if you are more flexible), type in 10/22, and add plus/minus 1 day so that 10/21 and 10/23 are searched as well:

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The results page isn’t pretty.  Nonstop from Newark on United from $383. Nonstop from LGA on Delta and USAirways from $461, nonstop from JFK on AA from $624.  Or fly on Airtran via Atlanta for $186:

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Next let’s take a look at some hidden cities.  Booking a hidden-city ticket isn’t something the airlines love and you shouldn’t make a habit of it… book at your own risk.  It’s usually a good idea to credit the miles to a partner airline.

Here’s how I search for a hidden city with ITA software.  Click on advanced routing codes.  Enter the correct origin airport. Enter the airport code where you actually want to end up in between the origin and destination field.  For the destination field I copy/paste the entire list of the top 100 US airport codes that I compiled and posted in the Wiki on the ITA routing codes thread on DDF.

Effectively I’m asking ITA to find me a flight to anywhere in the country as long as it stops in Pittsburgh:

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These results are more palatable.

ITA found a flight on USAirways from LGA to Raleigh/Durham that stops in Pittsburgh for $115.  Note that you’ll only be able to being carry-on luggage on a domestic hidden-city flight.  Not the end of the world-you can always send luggage via UPS ground for about the same price as checking a bag.

 

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Now that we know what a paid flight would cost it’s time to move onto miles.  Now I have no idea what kind of miles that Eliezer might have but we know the 4 carriers that fly from NYC to Pittsburgh.

-Delta has 10 flights a day from NYC to Pittsburgh but they don’t allow for one-way awards. Luckily their partner Air France Flying Blue does.
-USAirways has 7 flights a day from NYC to Pittsburgh but they don’t allow for one-way awards. Luckily their partner United does.
-United has 7 flights a day from Newark to Pittsburgh and allows one-way awards.
-American has 1 flight a day from JFK to Pittsburgh and allows one-way awards.  As there’s just 1 a day this can be a tough flight to find with miles.  Compare this with the 5 flights a day between NYC and nearby Cleveland where award availability is significantly better.

-You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways (currently 1,000:1,200 with the 20% promotion running until 12/31) and Flying Blue (even exchange) from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card.
-You can transfer Starwood Starpoints to American, British Airways, and Flying Blue at an even exchange or at a 20K:25K ratio from cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.
-You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways and United (even exchange) from cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Plus.

 

Plenty of availability on Delta when booked via Air France Flying Blue for 12.5K+$2.50:

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Also plenty of flights on United and USAirways.  Note that the United flights are 10K as short-hauls on United are 10K instead of 12.5K  The flights on partner USAirways are 12.5K.

United charges a $75 expedite/close-in fee for booking within 21 datys.  The fee is waived for certain elites and United Club cardholders (click on Club tab).  And it’s waived for everyone who attends a DansDeals seminar ;)

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American charges 12.5K for a MileSAAver award.  Of course British Airways can also book any nonstop MileSAAver that you find on AA’s site as well.   To find nonstops flights on the calendar just toggle the number of stops to nonstop only.  If there is no toggle then there are no nonstops.  In that case click through the see where the flights stop and you’ll know what to search for on British Airways as 2 separate flights (though their phone reps may be able to combine them onto 1 ticket to save you some tax, just be sure to get them to waive the phone fee.)

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American also has that $75 expedite fee, waived for elites:

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And of course the ideal option for this route, British Airways booking you on American for just 4,500 Avios plus $2.50.  Even better is that you’ll only pay $2.50 to cancel the ticket and redeposit the Avios if you cancel online before 24 hours of departure.  Compare that with the $200 change fees on regular tickets!

This is a $624 flights for 4,500 Avios (or less than 4K Membership Rewards/Starwood).  That’s a value of nearly 14 cents per Avios.  Or using the $461 figure for a flight from LGA it’s a value of over 10 cents per Avios.  Now multiply that by the 50K you can get for opening a credit card :)

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Sure I could’ve just started with the BA option, but what would be the fun in that :D

Plus the rest of the stuff can help when that 1 American flight a day doesn’t have award space, for example if Eliezer had to travel on 10/21.

The Chase British Airways card gives 50,000 Avios (good for more than 11 free short-haul flights which can go for over $400 each) for spending $2,000 plus 1.25 Avios per dollar spent. For a limited time the annual fee waived for the first year.

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United: Flights To Honolulu From $404 Round Trip

Monday, October 14th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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More info in this post on Delta’s cheap fares to Hawaii from Denver, Houston, Newark, and Washington DC.

As predicted earlier today, United has matched with cheap Hawaii fares from Delta’s hubs:

Minneapolis-Honolulu: $404.80
Salt Lake City-Honolulu: $407.80
Atlanta-Honolulu: $419.86
Detroit-Honolulu: $497.80

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Delta: Flights To Honolulu From $406 Round Trip

Monday, October 14th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Houston-Honolulu: $406.30
Denver-Honolulu: $407.80
Newark-Honolulu: $421.37
Washington DC-Honolulu: $498.80

Fares are valid on most flights from now through end of scheduling!
Sample valid dates for EWR-HNL:
-10/20-10/27
-11/10-11/17
-12/11-12/18
-01/19-01/26
-02/02-02-09
-03/10-03/17
-04/30-04/07
-05/20-05/27
-06/10-06/17
-07/22-07/29
-08/17-08/24

Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

I’ve been around the world and there’s truly no place like Hawaii.  I’ve been there 5 times (including a 4 week honeymoon on 4 islands) since the $87 mistake airfare+hotel deal back in 2006.  Of course if you go all the way there and just stay in the touristy city of Honolulu the whole time you may as well go to South Beach and save yourself the long flight.  While Oahu does have beautiful sights, it’s the neighbor islands that are each a true gem in their own unique way.
Besides for being stunningly beautiful, the little things are great as well. As a US state your money and cell phone work just like at home. Car rentals are easy and are the same as renting on the mainland. And all of the kosher food you buy at Costco, Walmart, and Whole Foods can be found in Hawaii as well. Sure prices are higher, but that’s the price of paradise.

I have a Hawaiian Airlines corporate account for DansDeals, and booking through the corporate portal entitles you to 2 free checked bags and free standby.  If you’re interested you can email me (dan at dansdeals.com) with your name, date of birth, and when you want to travel (you can check fares on Hawaiian.com).  There is a $5 per person booking fee for each inter-island flight.

I usually recommend spending 5-7 days on an island. Less than 4 on an island would be too short and if you have more than 8 days you should explore another island.

Want to tag on a flight to Hawaii for free with an international award ticket? American for example allows you to book a one-way flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Alaska, Hawaii, LA, Miami, etc. for the same 45,000 miles as just the Tel Aviv-JFK flight.  The travel date of the “trailing” flight can even be changed for free.  The reverse works as well.  Fly back from Hawaii to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Tel Aviv for just 45,000 miles.

Related DD Posts:
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)

-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
-Shaloha! (2011)
-Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
-View From The Room (2011)
-The Hawaiian Islands (2011)

Related DDF Destination Threads:
-Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Maui Master Thread

-Oahu Master Thread

HT: jmansour and TFD.

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3 Day Southwest And Airtran Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Update: This sale ends tonight!

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Originally posted on 10/08:

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred, or 2 points per dollar on the Chase Southwest Visa

If you have an Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Office Max or Staples.

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Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest/Airtran Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A round-trip short-haul flight can be had for just 4,560 points-a value of over 2 cents per point.  If you have an unlimited use companion pass thanks to opening 2 Southwest cards you would get a value of over 4 cents per point making a 50,000 point bonus worth over $2,000.

Through 10/31 the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature Card gives 50,000 bonus points for spending $2,000.  There are 2 consumer and 2 business versions of the card that each give 50,000 points. Those cards can be accessed at the bottom of the application link where it says “Additional Southwest Airlines Credit Cards.”  Read more in this post.

The network carriers are also matching these fares in case you care more about earning traditional airline miles than the free bags and cancellation policy
-For example a United flight from Cleveland to Kansas City has just dropped from $506 to $196 connecting or $218 nonstop. Southwest doesn’t fly nonstop on that route but United has matched with a great nonstop price.
-A United flight from LGA to Cleveland can be had for $98 round-trip (or $95 with the United.com discount code I posted last week.).

Fare rules:
-Book by 10/10.
-Travel between 12/04-12/18 or 01/07-02/12.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Valid on nonstops only
-Seats are limited.

-Flights 0-500 miles=$49 each way.
-Flights 501-1,000 miles=$99 each way.
-Flights 1,001-1,500 miles=$129 each way.
-Flights 1,501+ miles=$149 each way.

Sample deals:
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 12/04-12/11 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 01/14-01/21 for $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 01/14-01/21 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Chicago (MDW)-Cleveland 01/14-01/21 for for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Long Island (ISP)-Orlando 01/14-01/21 $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.

HT: Yosef, via DDF

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $683.37 Round-Trip

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Update, 10/09: Dead, Now $784.

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Related: View United deals to Israel in this post.

-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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Bookable on Priceline.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 14-15 hours.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Valid JFK-TLV dates:
01/21, 01/22, 01/23, 01/24, 01/26, 01/27, 01/28, 01/29, 01/30, 01/31, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/16, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/20, 02/21, 02/23, 02/24, 02/25, 02/26, 02/27, 02/28.

Valid TLV-JFK dates:
02/10, 02/25, 02/26, 03/04, 03/05.

HT: MendyP via DDF and AW
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Philadelphia To Beijing For $448 Round Trip With Tax, Philadelphia To Shanghai For $552

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Update: DEAD

-Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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-Bookable on Orbitz.

Travel from Philadelphia to Chicago on USAirways and then from Chicago to Beijing on American. If you want more miles you can also find flights with extra connections.

Orbitz allows cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book. Normally those cancellations are free but in this case the fare involves both USAirways and American and multiple airlines trigger a small service fee.  If you cancel online that fee won’t be waived but people have had success cancelling over the phone and getting the agent to refund the Orbitz service see as well.

Sample valid date: 02/17-02/24.

Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

You can also find tickets from Philadelphia to Shanghai for $552. Sample valid date: 03/03-03/10.

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF and Paul5795, via FT

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United Airlines Discount Code

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

www.united.com

Use offer code: ZNY9357515

This code seems to give a small discount for all United flights completed by 12/15/13.

For example:
-A flight from Newark to Tel Aviv from 12/04-12/11 is $1,011.97 instead of $1,047.97.
-A flight from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Chicago via Newark from 11/20-12/05 is $915.97 instead of $929.97.
-A flight from Chicago, Houston, or Washington DC to Tel Aviv from 11/20-12/05 is $791.97 instead of $811.97.
-A flight from Cleveland to Tel Aviv from 11/20-12/05 is $806.97 instead of $827.97.
-A flight from Miami to Tel Aviv from 11/20-12/05 is $808.97 instead of $830.97.
-A flight from Los Angeles or S. Francisco to Tel Aviv from 11/20-12/05 is $845.97 instead of $871.97.
-A flight from Newark to West Palm Beach from 11/10-11/13 is $187.09 instead of $195.80.
-A flight from LaGuardia to Chicago from 11/06-11/12 is $206.11 instead of $215.80.

HT: Chaim

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15%-20% Off Jetblue Flights

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

-Bookable on http://www.jetblue.com/promo
Use promo code: OCTOBER1

-20% off the base fare of a domestic roundtrip JetBlue flight or 15% off the base fare of an international roundtrip JetBlue flight.
-Book by October 1, 2013 (11:59 PM EST)
-Travel October 15 – November 20, 2013
-Not valid for Friday or Sunday flights. Roundtrip flights cannot have a Friday or Sunday departure or return
-Not valid on previous bookings

Sample round-trip fares with tax:
-JFK-West Palm Beach, FL: $170.60 (11/04-11/13)
-JFK-Chicago: $182.60 (10/16-10/22)
-Fort Lauderdale-S. Juan, PR: $194.61 (11/13-11/19)
-JFK-Fort Lauderdale: $194.61 (11/04-11/13)
-JFK-Los Angeles: $242.59 (11/05-11/12)
-JFK-S. Juan, PR: $256.40 (11/13-11/20)
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In other Jetblue news you can pickup a round-trip transcontinental flight from JFK next June in a lie-flat suite with closeable doors for $997 with tax. Are you going to try it out for that price?

Note that only rows 2 and 4 have the closeable doors that create your own private suite. They’re currently the same price as the lie-flat seats without the doors.

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Though if you really just want to fly in a suite, the Singapore A380 is definitely the better way to go.

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HT: yo, via DDF

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