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Travel from San Francisco, San Jose, and New York City to  Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo for $399 in Air China economy. The travel availability for these deals is between October 2016 and March 2017. The fare sale only lasts today through July 24.

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  1. When are the cheap fares and how do I find them?
  2. Why Seoul, Hong Kong, or Tokyo?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$399 Roundtrip from the US to Seoul/Hong Kong/Tokyo

The $399 roundtrips are from San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), and New York City (JFK) to Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo for travel October 16, 2016 through March 31, 2017. This sale price only lasts through the weekend.

The blackout dates are as follows:

  • Departure: December 10th – 24th and February 1st, 2017 – February 11th, 2017
  • Return: January 1st, 2017 – January 13th and January 20th, 2017 – January 29th, 2017

You can find these incredibly cheap fares right on airchina.com— that link will take you to the sale page, where you can search from. Bubble in “Flexible travel days” to search with a 7×7 day calendar and see more availability at once:

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San Francisco to Tokyo for $399 Roundtrip

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This itinerary doesn’t have one, but a lot of itineraries do have long layovers in Beijing (one of Air China’s Hubs). American passport holders can transit without a visa in Beijing for up to 72 hours, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect. I’d schedule myself a long layover on purpose and EAT.

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Dumpling soup in Beijing, Photo by whatleydude

Why Seoul?

Seoul is a thriving metropolis surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers. You can enjoy the culture of the city and also go skiing and hiking all in the same trip. Plus you can go to one of those weird cat cafes people are always talking about.

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Cat Cafe Rules by Selmer van Alten

Why Hong Kong?

I’ve yet to spend any time there myself, but I’ve flown through before. From a bird’s eye view I could tell it was a destination I had to return to. It’s a massive city set amongst mountainous subtropical islands.

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Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong, Photo by See-ming Lee

Why Tokyo?

Catch the end of the Cherry Blossom explosion and head there right when the sale fares start (mid October). And sushi…duh.

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Photo by Yoshikazu TAKADA

Check out How to Book a RTW Trip in 2016 Using These Underpriced Awards to see how to hop around Asia with miles while you’re there.

Mileage Earning

Air China is a member of Star Alliance, so you’d normally be able to credit the miles to any program also a part of Star Alliance (like United). But the fare (N) is so discounted, it won’t earn mileage with anyone. I used wheretocredit.com and all results came up as 0%:

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Baggage Allowance

You can carry on 11 pounds of luggage and check two bags up to 50 pounds each.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover a large portion of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $149 roundtrip to Seoul, Hong Kong, or Tokyo!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases. Don’t have a Prestige? Use an American Express Gold card or the Citi ThankYou Premier if you have one of those. They also earn 3x on airfare. Or if you have Arrival miles, you could purchase the airfare with your Barclaycard Arrival Plus and redeem them retroactively on the charge to make it completely free! The sign-up bonus is worth over $450 towards airfare.

While I can not directly link to the current offer for the Arrival Plus, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

Whatever card you use, pick one without foreign transaction fees (all of those mentioned above do not charge them), as the purchase will be from Air China which is a foreign airline.

Been thinking about a trip to Asia? Then check out the cheap fares to Seoul, Tokyo, and Hong Kong now as prices this sale ends on July 24!

Hat tip The Flight Deal

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Travel from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and Houston to Manila or Cebu in the Philippines for $469 in EVA Air economy. Most of the availability for this deal is for travel between September 2016 and November 2016. This is not a mistake fare, it is actually advertised on evaair.com, and only lasts through TOMORROW, July 6, 2016:

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Contents:

  1. When are the cheap fares and how do I find them?
  2. Why the Philippines?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$469 Roundtrip from Many US Cities to the Philippines

The $469 roundtrips are between Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Houston to Manila or Cebu, for travel September 1 through November 30, 2016. The $469 roundtrip between Chicago and Manila or Cebu is for travel November 3 through November 20, 2016.

You can find these incredibly cheap fares right on evaair.com. Bubble in “My dates are flexible” to search with 7×7 day calendar and see more availability at once:

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Why the Philippines?

It’s cheap, beautiful, has pristine beaches, and a ton of fresh seafood. The people are known for being extremely friendly as well. Out of the travel dates available, It’s most likely you’ll have the best weather in November.

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Photo by Paramita, taken from Flickr Creative Commons

Doesn’t this picture say it all?

You can always use a low cost carrier like Cebu Pacific Air to hop around Asia and see other places while you’re there.

Mileage Earning

EVA Air is a member of Star Alliance, so theoretically you could credit these miles to United MileagePlus or any other Star Alliance member. Unfortunately since it’s an extremely discounted fare class, “V”, it’s not eligible for earning on the three Star Alliance partners I checked: United, Singapore, nor Air Canada.

For the sake of expediency (this sale ends TOMORROW!) I didn’t look up any others, but you can check yourself if crediting to a different Star Alliance member or partner would accrue you anything. Just search “the partner you’re interested + earn miles flying partners”.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on (cannot exceed 15 lbs or the following dimensions: 9x14x22) and two free checked bag up to 50 pounds included in the ticket price. The sum of the three dimensions of each piece of checked luggage may not exceed 62 in.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover a large portion of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $219 roundtrip to the Philippines!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Bottom Line

If you’re interested, check out the cheap fares to Manila and Cebu now, as this sale will only last through tomorrow, July 6!

Hat tip The Flight Deal

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We have seen a ton of cheap fares to Europe lately, like the $414 roundtrips to Zurich and Frankfurt at the beginning of the month. Now Star Alliance airlines are also running fantastic sales on roundtrip flights to Europe to keep up with the fare war. You can find fares as low as $425 roundtrip right now between many American cities and Europe.

How to Find the Fares

Use ITA Matrix or Google Flights to do a broad search over this fall and winter– both have calendars functions that will show you the price of a roundtrip depending on the span of your trip. Google flights has a more user friendly interface but you can get a lot more specific with ITA Matrix searches.

There are lots of city pairs with availability between the months of September and December (and a some with dates in early 2017) from the United States to Europe in economy for under $500 roundtrip.

Examples

Atlanta to Istanbul flying Air Canada- $425
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San Francisco to Istanbul flying United – $425

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Mileage Earning

If you’re flying United, check out my post about where to credit butt in seat miles. And no matter what airline you end up flying, just remember that you can enter your frequent flyer number with any partner instead. All of these cheap fares to Europe are classified in a discounted economy fare bucket so do a little research about which airline is most advantageous to credit miles to considering the fare class.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover a large portion of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $175 roundtrip to Istanbul or a $216 roundtrip to Amsterdam!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many components like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Bottom Line

If you’re interested in a trip to Europe, check out these fares now as they won’t last! You can fly roundtrip to Europe from the United States for as little as $425, which in most cases is a better deal than using your miles or points.

Hat tip Secret Flying

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Travel from San Francisco, Washington DC, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, and New York to Zurich, Switzerland; or Frankfurt, Germany for $414+ in American Airlines economy. Most of the availability for these deals is between September 2016 and April 2017. These are the best deals Secret Flying found:

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Contents:

  1. When are the cheap fares and how do I find them?
  2. Why Zurich or Frankfurt?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$414 Roundtrip from San Francisco to Zurich

I saw tons of cheap roundtrip flights at the $414 price between San Francisco and Zurich traveling September through early December, and January through early February. The Flight Deal reported similar patterns for all the rest of the routes originating in the American cities I listed above (all priced between $414 and $470), to Zurich and Frankfurt (with the exception of the Washington D.C. and Denver to Zurich routes, that have cheap fares starting in November as opposed to September).

How to Search

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths in September through April. Also make sure to click “Advanced routing codes”…
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…which will give you two more fields, one under each Departing from and Destination field. Fill in the following codes:

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  • Outbound routing code = aa+ /f bc=O
  • Inbound routing code = aa+ /f bc=O
    • that is a letter O at the end of both codes, not a zero

This method of searching should turn up results with the cheap fare.

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Hover over a date with $415 roundtrips (they’re actually for $414.06, but ITA Matrix rounds up).

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And select the number of nights you’d like the trip to be. You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on aa.com.

Why Zurich?

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest city, set amongst the backdrop of a lake, river, and the towering Alps. A pictures says a thousand words.

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Why Frankfurt?

Oktoberfest starts September 17th in Munich, which is just a short, cheap train ride away.

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You can always use low cost carriers like Ryanair or British Airways Avios to hop around Europe and see other places.

Mileage Earning

These deals are for travel starting in September, after the revenue-based award earning structure changes for AAdvantage in August. So if you choose to credit the miles for the $414.06 American Airlines flight between San Francisco and Zurich to AAdvantage, you won’t get 13,000 miles for the distance flown (routing is San Francisco to Zurich roundtrip with connections in New York City in both directions– you can check flight distance with Great Circle Mapper). You’ll get 1,500 miles instead, assuming you don’t have status. How did I figure that?

As of August 1, American Airlines will award miles for revenue tickets based on the ticket price less any government imposed taxes or fees. You can see the breakdown of the ticket cost on ITA Matrix, by just clicking on one of the flight results. Below is the breakdown of the roundtrip ticket between San Francisco and Zurich. The dollar amounts outlined in the red rectangle are the government-imposed taxes and fees.

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The sum of that box is $114.06.

$414.06 – $114.06 = $300

Depending on what status you have, multiply 300 by 5 (for AAdvantage member), 7 (for Gold), 8 (for Platinum), or 11 (for Executive Platinum) to see how many award miles you’ll earn.

But you don’t have to credit the miles to American Airlines, you can easily credit them to any partner–here’s how it works. I would seriously consider crediting the miles to a program that doesn’t use a revenue-based award earning structure like Alaska Airlines for this cheap fare (you would earn 13,000 Alaska miles for the San Francisco to Zurich roundtrip, since Alaska will credit you 100% of the distance flown in fare class O on American Airlines flights).

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover a large portion of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $164 roundtrip to Zurich or a $207 roundtrip to Frankfurt!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

If you’re interested, check out the cheap fares to Zurich and Frankfurt now, as these prices won’t last!

Hat tip The Flight Deal and Secret Flying

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Chicago, Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, and Los Angeles roundtrip to Panama City; Lima, Peru; or Cuzco, Peru for $313+ roundtrip in Avianca Business Class. Most of the deals are valid for next month: June 2016. These are the best deals Secret Flying found:

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There is some chance Avianca will try to cancel these ticket, so even though travel starts in just a few weeks I would hold off on booking hotels or tour bookings until Avianca reacts (or doesn’t react for a few days/weeks.)

Contents:

  1. When are the cheap fares?
  2. Why Peru?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$422 Roundtrip from Chicago to Cuzco

I could not find these fares on ITA Matrix, but I did find them on Expedia.

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Head to Expedia and search your dates and city pair. All the dates I saw were for travel in June, so you have between a few days and a few weeks to pack.

Why Peru?

It is one of my five favorite countries in the world: Machu Picchu and the Inca Ruins, the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, a mega-city (Lima), and even the beach are the highlights. See my Peru Top Ten.

If you choose Peru, I’d recommend flying roundtrip to Cuzco if you only have five days or less or flying open jaw into Cuzco and out of Lima if you have more time. (Then fly around the country on Avios awards or low-cost carrier flights.)

Mileage Earning

I don’t see fare class. Once you have the ticket and see the fare class, you can select which program to credit the miles to–consider LifeMiles, United, and Singapore at least–and input your account number for that airline. Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 pounds each included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $63 roundtrip to Panama or $170 roundtrip to Peru!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Go to the deal to buy now; these prices will last only a few minutes or hours at most!

Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

In December 2015, Norwegian launched service from New York, Baltimore, and Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique. Right now you can book the flights for $148 roundtrip for next Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

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Norwegian is the low cost carrier that I’ve featured a few times recently for roundtrips to Stockholm, Oslo, and Madrid in the $250-$400 range.

Now under the Open Skies agreement between the United States and Europe, Norwegian flies to two Caribbean islands that are French overseas territories.

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Contents of this post:

  1. Cheap Fares
  2. Optional Extra Fees
  3. Some Fares Cheaper in Dollars, Some in Norwegian Krone
  4. Why Martinique and Guadeloupe
  5. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

$148 Roundtrip to Guadaloupe or Martinique

Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Search Low Fare Calendar” on the search screen.

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All the routes are seasonal and can be booked from November 2016 to January 2017 at the moment.

Most of the six routes–Boston, New York, and Baltimore to Guadaloupe and Martinique–have $49 southbound fares and $99 northbound fares. For example between Boston and Guadeloupe, Wednesdays are the cheap dates in both directions.

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The calendars show the all in price, so you really can book a $148 roundtrip.

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Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one free carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is $18 each way. Seat selection is $18 each way. If you want both, you can get a LowFare+ fare for $25 extra each way that includes one free checked bag and seat selection.

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The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, packing snacks, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $148 roundtrip to the Caribbean.

Pay In Dollars or Krone

Flying Norwegian, fares between the United States and Europe price cheaper on the Norwegian-facing site in Norwegian Krone.

In the past, I’ve found that base fares to the Caribbean are actually cheaper in dollars on the US-facing site, but if you want the LowFare+ fare that includes a free checked bag and seat selection, those add ons are cheaper when purchasing in Norwegian krone. To do that, start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

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If you want to save a few bucks, price your award out in dollars and krone to see which is cheaper.

Why Guadeloupe and Martinique?

Let me outsource this to Norwegian, which made:

As French possessions, Americans can enter without a visa for tourism of under 90 days.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, especially if you buy in krone because it has no foreign transaction fees, so you will get the interbank rate on the conversion from Norwegian krone to dollars. The first $250 in flights and fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, you can get a free roundtrip with checked bag and seat selection.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

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WOW Air is again offering $99 airfare from Boston and Baltimore (misleadingly called Washington DC) to Iceland with $159 fares to much of continental Europe.

It often has $99 fares to Iceland and $159 fares to Europe. One thing that is special about this sale is that you can travel on prime Fall dates in the shoulder season, and not just in the dead of winter.

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to Reykjavik with connections to Europe.

The Fares

Iceland: $99 One Way

From Boston, the $99 fares begin in September and run through the fall.

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Continental Europe: $159 One Way

Similarly the $159 fares from Boston to London begin October, when it is not quite totally freezing there.

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Fees

Wow Air’s $99 fares, and all of its tickets, just include a seat and up to 5 kg (11 pounds) in one carry on. Additional weight in your carry on, checked bags, and even seat selection increase the price. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

From the east coast to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs).

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $38 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. That’s $137 total for a one way ticket to Iceland, and I am a big proponent of one bag travel, so this would be plenty of space and weight for a trip of up to a month.

Then I would fly a low cost carrier from Reykjavik to continental Europe.

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Low Cost Carrier Routes from Reykjavik

I would eventually fly home from continental Europe, either for 20,000 American Airlines miles on an off peak economy award, or in Business Class with United miles. This would mean seeing Iceland and another European country for probably about $300 plus 20,000 miles all in for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare (and the extras like seat selection and baggage fees) with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket one way ticket to Iceland, London, or several other cities.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Hat Tip @MilMileSecrets

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Until 11:59 PM ET today, Spirit is selling tickets at 99% off. Kind of.

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After taxes and fees, you pay a lot more than 1% of the ticket price, but the deals are still incredible like:

  • Atlanta to Lima, Peru: $165 roundtrip
  • Los Angeles to Lima, Peru: $166 roundtrip
  • Denver to Medellin, Colombia: $172 roundtrip
  • many, many more

The sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March 29 until May 10, 2016. Here is the sale page and restrictions. The main rules are that you need to buy today (March 16) and pick a fare that is at least $49 each way.

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The following routes are excluded:

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It looks like a long list but actually represents a tiny fraction of Spirit’s route network, which includes destinations in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

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Denver to Medellin is only $172 roundtrip and has better layovers.Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 4.36.55 PMThese are the only three searches I made. Nearly every route will show similarly unbelievable prices, so search away and share your best finds in the comments!

Fees

Spirit now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model. You can find all the fees for the route that interests you by performing an airfare search or going to the optional services page.

Seat selection costs $1-$50, and more if you want a Big Front Seat, which has the size and legroom of domestic First Class without any of the benefits you normally get for sitting in First Class. Spirit will assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. For non-members of the $9 Fare Club, checked bags cost $30 and carry ons cost $35, so I would think of these fares as costing $30 more each way and plan on checking a bag. $9 Fare Club members get a $9-$11 discount on bags.

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All food and drinks cost money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.

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Even checking in at the airport will cost you $2.

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While some people get frustrated by all these fees, I don’t mind them at all. Spirit is super upfront about all the fees, and they’re simple enough to account for or avoid. I buy into Spirit’s marketing that it is fairer to have people pay for their options and NOT pay for they don’t use than have everyone buy a bundled fare with options they might not want.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare (and the extras like seat selection and baggage fees) with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket to Peru, Colombia, or the destination of your choice!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Travel from Los Angeles to Quito, Ecuador roundtrip for $319 on AeroMexico. The fares are valid for April and May, 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $319 fares?
  2. Why Ecuador?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$319 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Quito

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths in April or May.

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Hover over a date with $319 roundtrips.

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Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.

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You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on aeromexico.com.

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Any flights you find on ITA Matrix should be able to recreate on aeromexico.com. Here is a sample itinerary from Saturday April 16 until Monday April 25 for $318.58 all in.

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Why Ecuador?

It has a number of tourist destinations including the Galapagos Islands (can be booked with Avios flying LAN from Quito.) It also uses the US dollar as its currency.

 

Mileage Earning

You’ll earn 0.5 Delta miles for every mile flown on these V class AeroMexico fares. That’s 3,497 Delta miles on the roundtrip if you input your Delta SkyMiles number when you ticket.

That’s better than earning 0.25 Flying Blue miles or 0 Korean miles on the fares. I don’t know anything about the AeroMexico program, so I didn’t check its earning.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 50 pounds each included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a ticket for $69 net to Ecuador!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Hat Tip Airfare Watchdog

 

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Travel from Los Angeles or Chicago to Tokyo, Japan for $435 roundtrip on major carriers from March through May 2016. Dozens of other cities have roundtrips in the $500s or $600s.

Contents:

  1. When are the $435 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Why Japan?
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$435 Roundtrips from Los Angeles and Chicago to Tokyo

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths. Use Tokyo code “TYO” to bring up Narita and Haneda airport results.

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You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on your favorite booking site.

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Mileage Earning

Delta has revenue-based earning of miles, so you’ll earn a measly 2,175 Delta miles for these roundtrips, more if you have status. These are V class fares. Look into crediting them to a partner to earn more miles.

Some of the fares are also sold by United, which also has a revenue-based program through which you would earn 2,175 miles.

Consider crediting to partners to get more miles.

Why Japan?

I was just there in December and was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. With the dollar at 114 yen, it was also surprisingly affordable. I spent no more money than I would in an American city. Train travel is rapid and frequent throughout the country. I’d like to go back in a warmer month and enjoy more of the natural beauty.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will offset part of the purchase of this ticket, leaving you only $185 out of pocket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like its annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, and access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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You could redeem 43,500 Arrival miles to get a free $435 ticket on any airline. You’d still earn Delta or United miles on the flights, and you’d even get 2,175 Arrival miles back upon redemption. More on redeeming Arrival miles.

Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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In December 2015, Norwegian launched service from New York, Baltimore, and Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique. Right now you can book the flights for $148 roundtrip for next Fall and Winter.

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Norwegian is the low cost carrier that I’ve featured a few times recently for roundtrips to Stockholm, Oslo, and Madrid in the $250-$400 range.

Now under the Open Skies agreement between the United States and Europe, Norwegian flies to two Caribbean islands that are French overseas territories.

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Contents of this post:

  1. Cheap Fares
  2. Optional Extra Fees
  3. Some Fares Cheaper in Dollars, Some in Norwegian Krone
  4. Why Martinique and Guadeloupe
  5. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

$148 Roundtrip to Guadaloupe or Martinique

Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Search Low Fare Calendar” on the search screen.

Each city pair has $49 southbound fares and $99 northbound fares. For example between New York and Guadeloupe, Monday outbounds and Wednesday returns are the cheap dates.

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Currently travel is bookable on Norwegian through late January 2016. There are $148 roundtrip sprinkled throughout this Winter/Spring and next Fall/Winter.

Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one free carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is $18 each way. Seat selection is $18 each way. If you want both, you can get a LowFare+ fare for $25 extra each way that includes one free checked bag and seat selection.

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The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, packing snacks, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $148 roundtrip to the Caribbean.

Pay In Dollars or Krone

Flying Norwegian, fares between the United States and Europe price cheaper on the Norwegian-facing site in Norwegian Krone.

In the past, I’ve found that base fares to the Caribbean are actually cheaper in dollars on the US-facing site, but if you want the LowFare+ fare that includes a free checked bag and seat selection, those add ons are cheaper when purchasing in Norwegian krone. To do that, start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

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If you want to save a few bucks, price your award out in dollars and krone to see which is cheaper.

Why Guadeloupe and Martinique

Let me outsource this to Norwegian, which made:

As French possessions, Americans can enter without a visa for tourism of under 90 days.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, especially if you buy in krone because it has no foreign transaction fees, so you will get the interbank rate on the conversion from Norwegian krone to dollars. The first $250 in flights and fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, you can get a free roundtrip with checked bag and seat selection.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

Hat Tip Airfare Watchdog

 

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Los Angeles nonstop to Stockholm one way is on sale for $48. It was $97 yesterday, and somehow the prie went down! Book now on Expedia, and you have 24 hours to cancel for free. Plan later.

Contents:

  1. Cheap Fares
  2. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

$48 One Way from Los Angeles to Stockholm

The deal is available six days in March.

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I brought the same price up on Expedia.
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Roundtrips are around $600 on Expedia, so you may want to book a one way award home with United or American Airlines miles.

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Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it has no foreign transaction fees. The first $250 in flights per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, your one way ticket from Los Angeles to Stockholm will be free.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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Travel from Washington or Baltimore to Lima, Peru for $291 roundtrip on Delta from February to December 2016, excluding the North American Summer.

Contents:

  1. When are the $291 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Why Peru?
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$291 Roundtrips from DC or Baltimore to Lima

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths. These fares are from BWI, DCA, and IAD. You can specify your favorite airport or WAS to bring up all three.

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There are $291 roundtrips available between February through November excluding the North American summer.

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One thing I noticed is that all $291 fares that I saw flew out of one DC area airport and into another. That could be mightily inconvenient, but I figured out a solution on delta.com.Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.07.27 PM

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On delta.com, I saw the $291 fares. But I also saw that itineraries that flew into and our of the same DC-area airport were only $295.50.

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Mileage Earning

Delta has revenue-based earning of miles, so you’ll earn a measly 1,450 Delta miles for these roundtrips, more if you have status. These are V class fares. Look into crediting them to a partner to earn more miles.

Why Peru?

Peru is one of my very favorite countries in the world. See my series of the Top Ten Things to Eat, Do, and See in Peru.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will offset part of the purchase of this ticket, leaving you only $41 out of pocket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like its annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 40,000 point sign up bonus, and access to Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

 

Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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Share your experience trying to search and book in the comments.

Los Angeles direct to Copenhagen, roundtrip on Norwegian, is on sale for $302. Los Angeles to Stockholm and Oslo are on sale for $348+.

Contents:

  1. Pay In Norwegian Krone
  2. Cheap Fares
  3. Optional Extra Fees
  4. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Pay In Krone

Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com because prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

$302 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Copenhagen & Other Deals

Sample Dates: March 5 – 23 on Norwegian for 2,697 NOK = $302

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Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Via Lavpriskalender” on the search screen of your Google-translated norwgian.no page.

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You’ll get a calendar like this for a month at a time.

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From Los Angeles to Copenhagen, the cheapest outbounds cost 1,365 NOK. The cheapest returns cost 1,332 NOK. These prices hold in the winter months and go up slightly as the weather gets warmer. Book the cheapest dates for a $302 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Copenhagen.

The cheapest Los Angeles to Oslo flights are 1,419 NOK and 1,691 NOK respectively. That works out to $348 roundtrip.

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Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is 250 NOK ($28) each way. Your second is 300 NOK ($34). Similarly a seat reservation is $28 each way.

The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, packing a meal to take on board, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $302 roundtrip to Copenhagen.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it has no foreign transaction fees, and you will be paying in krone. The first $250 in flights per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, your roundtrip ticket from Los Angeles to Copenhagen will cost $52 plus any optional fees.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

Hat Tip The Points Guy

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Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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Travel from Los Angeles to Lima, Peru for $289 roundtrip on Delta from January through May 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $289 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Why Peru?
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$289 Roundtrips from Los Angeles to Lima

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There are $289 roundtrips available between January and May.

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I couldn’t bring these up on delta.com, but I brought them up on Kayak, which then sent me to delta.com where they suddenly were bookable.

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Mileage Earning

Delta has revenue-based earning of miles, so you’ll earn a measly 1,450 Delta miles for these roundtrips, more if you have status. These are V class fares. Look into crediting them to a partner to earn more miles.

Why Peru?

Peru is one of my very favorite countries in the world. See my series of the Top Ten Things to Eat, Do, and See in Peru.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will offset part of the purchase of this ticket, leaving you only $39 out of pocket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like its annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, and access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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You could redeem 28,900 Arrival miles to get a free $289 ticket on any airline. You’d still earn Delta miles on the flights, and you’d even get 1,450 Arrival miles back upon redemption. More on redeeming Arrival miles.

Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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