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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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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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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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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 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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 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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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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, 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 29,100 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 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 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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The cheapest Los Angeles to Stockholm flights are 1,815 and 1,705 NOK each way. That’s $394 roundtrip.Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 10.04.09 AM

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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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 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

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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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 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland and $149 fares to three other European cities. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston (and soon San Francisco and Los Angeles) to Reykjavik with connections to Europe. These are the discounted ones:

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The best way to buy these fares, which are as low as $248 roundtrip, is with Arrival miles. You can redeem Arrival miles toward any flight on any airline including WOW Air. A $248 roundtrip to Iceland costs 24,800 Arrival miles and no cash out of your pocket.

The Fares

Iceland: $248 Roundtrip

The $99 outbounds are on Monday, but you can have a Friday outbound for only $30 more.

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Paris: $328 Roundtrip

The cheapest Paris outbounds are on Sunday.

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London: $314 Roundtrip

The cheapest outbounds are Mondays.

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Flights to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Dublin are just a few dollars more.

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 United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs). From the United States to the rest of Europe, you’ll pay $48 each way.

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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.

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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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 to Bogota, Colombia roundtrip for $303+ on American Airlines and United Airlines from:

  • New York
  • Dallas
  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Washington DC
  • Phoenix
  • Charlotte
  • Philadelphia

The fares are mostly available in January and February

Contents:

  1. When are the $303 fares?
  2. Why Bogota?
  3. Other Colombia Options
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$303 Roundtrip from USA to Colombia

These fares are mostly on American Airlines flights from United hubs or United flights from American Airlines hubs. Search on your favorite online travel agency with flexible dates to find them. I’ll list some here.

New York: $338 Roundtrip

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Dallas: $328 Roundtrip

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Why Bogota?

I’ve spent a little over four weeks there in the last year. Other than the weather, which is generally brisk, cloudy, and rainy, I love the city.

Hike Monserrate, hit the Gold Museum, go to the restaurant/nightclub Andres Carne de Res (all ages), and eat at El Corral and Sipote plus more sophisticated places. If you like nightlife, stay in Zona Rosa (AKA Zona T) or Rosales.

Most importantly, on any Sunday or holiday, rent a bike and participate in the original ciclovia, which has spawned worldwide imitations. You can bike on 121 km of roads closed to cards. I took the opportunity to roll through the South of the city which would otherwise be far too dangerous to visit alone.

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Other Colombia Options

Here are other places I like or want to go in Colombia:

  • Medellin
  • Cali
  • Parque Tayrona
  • El Camino a La Ciudad Perdida
  • Cocora Valley
  • Cartagena

All of these can be reached with Avios on LAN Colombia from Bogota or on low cost carriers. This fare is a gateway to all of Colombia.

Mileage Earning

On American Airlines flights, you’ll earn one American Airlines mile per mile flown, which are worth about 1.8 cents each to me. Starting in the second half of 2016, American Airlines will copy United’s revenue-based program for earning award miles from flights.

For the United flights, you’ll earn 5 United miles per dollar of the base fare, very few miles in this case, or more if you have status.

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 completely free ticket!

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.

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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Make the purchase with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, and you can redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge. A $303 flight would be 30,300 Arrival miles, and you’d earn airline miles for flying, since the airline would see your ticket as a cash flight.

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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got 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.

Travel from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, or Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for $436+ roundtrip on Copa Airlines from March to June 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $436 fares?
  2. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. Copa Baggage Policy

$436 Roundtrip from Tampa to Rio de Janeiro

Sample Dates: March 24 – April 3, 2016 on Copa

You can search these fares on the ITA Matrix for a month at a time for trip lengths of your choosing. Your results calendar will look like this.

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Your results will display a monthlong calendar.

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Head to copaair.com and recreate the search. You can bring up the same fares that you found on ITA Matrix.

Fort Lauderdale and Washington to Rio de Janeiro for $484+

For only about $50 more, you can fly roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale or Washington-Dulles to Rio de Janeiro next Spring.

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Panama Canal Layover

On some Copa itineraries, you may be able to build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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On ITA Matrix or copaair.com, just select a longer layover in one direction like the bottom one here which has a long afternoon layover in Panama.

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Mileage Earning

These are L class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa L fares.

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  • You’d earn 4,455 United miles on the Fort Lauderdale to Rio roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 4,601 United miles on the Tampa to Rio roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 5,345 United miles on the Washington to Rio roundtrip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. 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: about a $186 roundtrip to Brazil!

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.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. The card comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days and 2x miles on all purchases.

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Arrival miles can be used for free flights on any airline. The number of miles you need is based on the ticket price. You would need 43,600 Arrival miles for a free $436 flight.

Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland and $149 fares to eight other European cities. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston (and soon San Francisco and Los Angeles) to Reykjavik with connections to Europe. These are the discounted ones:

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The Fares

These $99 and $149 fares are only available eastbound and mostly available on undesirable days of the week.

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The cheapest return from Paris to Baltimore is $176, meaning $325 roundtrips.

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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 United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs). From the United States to the rest of Europe, you’ll pay $48 each way.

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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.

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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.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Frontier is offering $15 one way fares on routes like San Francisco to Las Vegas and Indianapolis to Orlando.

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The sale is valid for bookings made by tomorrow December 1 for domestic, nonstop travel with no blackout dates. However the sales page has different restrictions on certain sale fares.

To get the best deals, you have to be a Discount Den member, which Frontier charges $50 to join. Here’s my analysis of whether you should join the Frontier Discount Den. The best deal for non-members are $19 fares.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $19, $29, and $39 fares between dozens of cities. Here are some of the deals departing Detroit.

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I had no trouble pricing out Denver to Las Vegas for $15/$19.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll 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. Checked bags cost $25+ and carry ons cost $30+ (and $5 more over the holidays), so I would think of these fares as costing $25-$30 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

Even water costs money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card 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, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

 

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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