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Through Sunday July 5: Frontier is offering 21% off Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $42 one way, but this is an even better deal for expensive roundtrips!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET (July 5) for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays and Wednesday between August 25 and December 16. Blackout dates are November 24, 25, and December 1. That means you can fly a lot of dates around Thanksgiving.

 

Here is the sale page and restrictions. You can combine the 21% off with cheap fares like this list of $49 fares. If you do that, you’ll pay $42 one way because you only get 21% off the base fare, and taxes make up a significant portion of cheap flights.

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A better bet is to book a more expensive roundtrip, so 21% off is more dollars saved. This trip to Austin is almost $50 off, and you can surely find bigger savings.

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Today only: Frontier is offering a fare sale for Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $21 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays between August 22 and December 16. Blackout dates are November 19 to December 1.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $21 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Cleveland
  • Atlanta and Cincinnati
  • Atlanta and Washington-Dulles
  • Chicago and Philadelphia
  • Chicago and Raleigh
  • Cincinnati and Washington-Dulles
  • Cleveland and Raleigh
  • Denver and Austin
  • Denver and Bozeman
  • Denver and Las Vegas
  • Denver and Kansas City
  • Denver and Phoenix
  • Denver and Salt Lake City
  • Philadelphia and Charlotte
  • Trenton and Charlotte
  • Trenton and Detroit

There are also many $29, $39, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Trenton to Charlotte for $21 in September.

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $21 fare would be 1,680 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Update 6/30 at 1 PM ET: Stack this sale with the promo code 24OFF.

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It offers $12 off per one way and $24 of per roundtrip. But on the $23/$34 fares, it only offers 1 cent off.Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.54.11 PM On the $58 fares, it offers the full $12 off. The cut off point is somewhere in between.Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.57.03 PM

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Through today June 30, Spirit is selling tickets for July and August starting at $23.10 one way for members of its “$9 Fare Club” and $34.10 one way for non-members. (More info on the $9 Fare Club below.)

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) for travel on different dates specified by each sale route.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $23/$34 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Orlando
  • Atlanta and Tampa
  • Atlantic City, NJ to Boston
  • Charleston, WV and Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Chicago and Latrobe, PA
  • Chicago and Minneapolis
  • Cleveland and Boston
  • Cleveland and Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City, MO
  • Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans
  • Denver and Phoenix
  • Denver and Las Vegas
  • Fort Lauderdale and Tampa
  • Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
  • Houston and Kansas City, MO
  • Houston and New Orleans
  • Las Vegas and Los Angeles

There are also many $38, $43, $48, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Cleveland to Boston on July 28 for $23/$34.

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$9 Fare Club

The $9 Fare Club offers $9 discounts on checked bags and carry ons, and during sales, discounts on airfare. During this sale, the discount on airfare is $5-$15 per one way, depending on the route.

Here is the FAQ of the $9 Fare Club.

Membership costs $60 for the first year and $70 per year thereafter.

If you fly Spirit four or more roundtrips per year, and you always carry at least one paid bag, you should definitely join the club. Otherwise probably not.

Fees

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

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 $32 and carry ons cost $35, so I would think of these fares as costing $32 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.

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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From December 3, 2015, Norwegian is launching service from New York, Baltimore, and Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique. Introductory fares start at $178 roundtrip.

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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 is launching Caribbean service to two 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

$178 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 $79 southbound fares on at least one day of the week and $99 northbound fares on at least one day of the week. For example between New York and Guadeloupe, Monday outbounds and Friday returns are the cheap dates.

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For Boston to Guadeloupe, Sunday outbounds and Thursday returns are cheapest.

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Currently travel is bookable on Norwegian through late March 2016.

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 $17 each way. Seat selection is $17 each way. If you want both, you can get a LowFare+ fare for $24 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 $178 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, but these base fares to the Caribbean are actually cheaper in dollars on the US-facing site.

However, 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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The same fare above that cost $226 costs 1,736 NOK or $222.31.

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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Today only (June 24): Frontier is offering a fare sale for Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $29 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 24) for domestic, nonstop travel between August 22 and October 20, exclusing Friday and Sunday flights.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $29 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Cincinnati
  • Atlanta and Indianapolis
  • Charlotte and Philadelphia
  • Cincinnati and Atlanta
  • Cincinnati and Washington-Dulles

There are also many $39, $49, and higher fares, sorted by city, across much of the Frontier route map.

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I had no trouble pricing out Charlotte to Philadelphia for $27.50 in September. That’s quite a swipe at US Airways (American Airlines.)

 

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $29 fare would be 2,320 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Air Asia, a Southeast Asian low cost carrier, is having a fare sale starting at $4 one way. Air Asia and its affiliates serve 121 destinations in 22 countries.

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You must book by June 28 and fly between February 15 and August 31, 2016 (and yes, you can book August 2016 today.) The discounted routes are listed here and start at $3.

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Not all days next year are at the advertised price, but many are. Head to airasia.com and search.

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Make sure to select the local currency of the departure airport for the cheapest price. Then pay with a no foreign transaction fee credit card to get that currency converted to dollars at the interbank rate.

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I flew from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi in 2013 and really enjoyed both places.
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Fees

Air Asia and its affiliates are low cost carriers that charge for everything except a free carry on (7 kg) and a free personal item like a laptop bag. On this page, you can select your route to see the fees. Here are some of the fees from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi.

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Remember that a dollar equals 3.73 RM, so seat selection starts at under $2 and checked bags start at around $7.

Perhaps worst of all, Air Asia collects a booking fee for using a direct debit from your bank account and a higher one for using a credit card, charge card, or debit card. Note that you only need to pay a “processing fee,” not the “booking service fee” if you book online.

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After the fee, the cheapest price for Kuala Lumpur to Lankawi with no checked bags or seat selection is 18.02 MYR ($4.83).

Pay your Air Asia fares and fees with the Citi Prestige® Card. The card has no foreign transaction fee, and the first $250 in award taxes, fuel surcharges, airfare, or airline fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes.

Getting to SE Asia

Hop around Southeast Asia with these fares. Get there with American Airlines miles, flying Business or First Class. Here is a full article on why and how to fly Cathay Pacific to Southeast Asia.

Rainy Season

A lot of the sale dates are during the rainy season. I’ve been to Southeast Asia during the rainy season, and it isn’t so bad, but you should check out the rainy season for your destination and avoid it if practical.

Bottom Line

If you want to travel in Southeast Asia in 2016, book your intra-Asia flights now for under $5 from Air Asia.

Hat Tip Hannah S.

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Southwest is offering $49, $99, $129, and $149 one way fares if you book by tomorrow (June 4) and fly between August 25 and December 16. Fridays, Sundays, September 3-5, September 7, and November 20 – December 1, 2015 are blacked out.

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For other restrictions and all the city pairs, see the sale page. Here are the $49 fares from Baltimore:

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If you prefer to fly with another carrier, check to see if they are matching the sale. United is matching Southwest’s $99 fare from Houston to Tampa on some dates (though the Southwest fare comes with free checked bags, free changes, and free cancellations, and United charges for all of those things.)Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 7.13.14 PM

 

Southwest has a great calendar search feature, so it is easy to see which dates the fare is available. The $49 fare from Baltimore to Boston is available all the promised days on the sale page.

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The sale is also available with points. Most Southwest fares cost 70 points per dollar. The $49 fares are working out to 2,273 points + $5.60 one way.Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 7.37.13 PM

 

Fees

Southwest offers two free checked bags, free soft drinks, and free snacks onboard. There is no seat selection before the flight. At check in, you are assigned a number. You board based on that number and can pick any empty seat.

You can cancel a Southwest ticket and get a credit in the full amount of the original ticket that you can use for one year from the original booking date. You can change a Southwest ticket for no fee, just the fare difference. If you have a ticket booked on Southwest for this Fall and the price just dropped, rebook and pocket the price difference as a voucher.

If you have some dates you might want to travel this Fall, this is a great time to book speculatively with cash or points, but especially points. If you later need to cancel the award, you’ll get back all the points for free and the $5.60 in taxes as a voucher for a future flight.

 

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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $49 fare would be 4,920 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Today only: Frontier is offering a last-minute fare sale for June travel. Fares start at $19 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today only (June 2) for domestic, nonstop travel mostly on different dates specified by each sale route. Unlike previous sales, which were only available for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday travel, these deals are available all seven days of the week.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $19 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Cincinnati

I see $29 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Washington-Dulles
  • Atlanta and Indy
  • Atlanta and New Orleans
  • Atlanta and Orlando
  • Atlanta and Miami
  • Atlanta and Philly
  • Cleveland and Atlanta
  • Cleveland and Raleigh/Durham
  • Denver and Las Vegas
  • Denver and Phoenix
  • Philly and Charlotte
  • Phoenix and San Francisco

There are also many $39, $49, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Atlanta to Cincinnati for $19 next week.

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $19 fare would be 1,520 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Frontier’s Summer sale ends today. Fares start at $29 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET on May 29 for domestic, nonstop travel mostly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between June 2 and August 12.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $29 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Cincinnati
  • Atlanta and Indianapolis
  • Cincinnati and Washington-Dulles

There are also many $39, $49, and higher fares, sorted by city.

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I had no trouble pricing out Atlanta to Indianapolis for $29 this summer.

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $29 fare would be 2,320 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Roomer is a new hotel booking site with a radically different concept. Roomer gave me $250 in credits to test out the site.

Over the weekend, I stayed in a hotel room I booked on Roomer, a new hotel booking site and app.

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Roomer claims it is a radically different way to book hotels, mainly marketing itself as a way to get steep discounts by purchasing the prepaid hotel bookings of other people who can no longer use them.

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Roomer entices people to sell their prepaid rooms with the offer of giving them money for a booking that would otherwise be unused and worthless.

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Roomer lets the seller set the price of the room, encouraging at least a 30% discount, and takes a fee from the seller of up to 15% of the selling price if the room is sold.

If you go down to the bottom of Roomer and select “Best Deals” and “Roomer’s Top 100,” you’ll see some of these offers.

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For instance when I clicked “Best Deals” last week, a suite at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas was available for one night for $137 per night instead of the list price of $972. Awesome…if you need to be in Vegas on July 16 for one night.Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 5.49.17 PM

The Hotel degli Orafi in Florence had a suite for $91 per night for three nights instead of $444 per night. Also great…if you needed a room in Florence for exactly three nights starting the day after I searched.

(The $91 didn’t include about $8 per night in taxes and fees, but even $99 per night is a great deal.)

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When I clicked “Top 100,” I was given the top 100 Roomer destinations. I investigated Washington and Philadelphia where I thought I might want a hotel room this week. Washington didn’t have any of those mega-discounted prices.
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So far everything was a bust for me, so I just did a regular search for my dates on the front page of Roomer. I wanted to stay in a hotel near downtown Fredericksburg, VA over the weekend, and one of the closest options that came up was the Quality Inn for $80 per night.

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There are a couple interesting things:

  1. Roomer’s site only mentions buying prepaid hotel reservations, but this is not someone else’s prepaid hotel reservation. This is just a booking of the hotel through an online travel agency just like if I booked on hotels.com or Expedia.
  2. Prices are listed for competing sites.

First I checked out the competing sites. Roomer claims to have a Best Price Guarantee, but my search showed it did not have the best price.

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The $80 room on Roomer was $78 from Quality Inn directly, and Roomer hadn’t included taxes and fees.
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…and $181 on Roomer’s site.

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Of course I booked it on Roomer’s site because I had the free credits. Oddly credits only covered $161 of the $181 price, so I put $20 on my Citi Premier to earn 3x on travel.

Booking

After booking the reservation, I got the wackiest email:

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Processing my booking? Transferring from the seller? Come on, Roomer. I know that you just booked the room on my behalf like any online travel agency.

In fact, contemporaneous with that email, I got another confirming my reservation.

When I checked into the hotel, the clerk said that he saw I had booked through Expedia, so that must be who handles Roomer’s non-person-to-person reservations.

Bottom Line

I see very limited use for Roomer.

There are not enough listings in the person-to-person market to make it worth your while to search for the heavily discounted hotels there. I mean how often really will you want to go to the exact city on the exact dates as someone who can’t use their prepaid reservation.

If the number of listings in the person-to-person marketplace dramatically increased, Roomer would be worth a look.

The vast majority of Roomer’s bookings will be normal hotel bookings through Expedia. You don’t get a better rate on Roomer from these bookings, and you may lose benefits by not booking directly with the hotel, so I see no reason to use this side of Roomer.

My question is: does Roomer really expect the person-to-person market to take off and be its big source of revenue or is that a marketing trick to get people to the site who will then buy regular hotel rooms, generating fat commissions for Roomer? (If you doubt that booking hotels earns fat commissions, consider that Kayak defaults to hotel searches, Rocketmiles can afford to give you thousands of airline miles out of its commission and still make money, and the hotels will give you free internet for avoiding booking on websites to whom they must pay a commission.)

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Frontier is having a one-day sale today with fares that start at $19 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET on April 7 for domestic, nonstop travel on certain dates until May 13. The exact dates on sale vary by city pair.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. Here are cities with at least one route on sale for $19 to $49 one way:

  • Atlanta
  • Philadelphia
  • Miami
  • Indianapolis
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Cincinnati
  • Austin
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • Seattle
  • Salt Lake City
  • Las Vegas
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Chicago O’Hare
  • Los Angeles
  • Santa Ana
  • Austin
  • Portland
  • New York LaGuardia
  • Tampa

For each city, certain discounted destinations and dates are listed. For instance, some of the Atlanta sale destinations look like this:

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I had no trouble pricing out Atlanta to New Orleans for $38 roundtrip, and interestingly far more dates were on sale for $19 one way than were listed on the sale page.

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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 if you don’t pay for a seat selection, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Members of the Frontier Discount Den get a $5 discount on baggage fees, so checked bags cost $15 and carry ons cost $25, so sign up for free here. Because of the fee on all baggage greater than the size of a personal item, I would think of these fares as costing $15 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

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Even with the bag fee, you can get a roundtrip with a checked bag for $68 all in.

Frontier even charges for water. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to pay cash for cheap, cash fares. You can redeem ThankYou Points at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $19 fare would be 1,520 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember
  • 3x and 2x category bonuses for travel, dining, and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first twelve months, $95 thereafter
  • Points also transfer to 11 airlines and one hotel if you prefer to use them as miles instead of fixed-value points

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Update 4/2/15: This ends tomorrow 4/3/15.

Until April 3, 2015, you can buy 56,000 or more Alaska Airlines miles for 2.11 cents each.

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The sale is structured as a bonus on the normal number of miles you’d receive. The bonus is tiered, so the biggest 40% bonus comes from purchasing 40,000 miles at the normal price of about 2.96 cents each after tax.

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To buy 56,000 miles (40,000 + 16,000 bonus) during this sale costs $1,182.50, which is 2.11 cents per mile.

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I don’t think Alaska miles are worth 2.11 cents each, but they are worth close to that, and if you have a specific redemption in mind, it isn’t hard to get more than 2.11 cents of value per mile.

  • What are the best redemptions for Alaska miles?
  • Does this miles purchase count as airfare or travel spending for category bonuses?
  • How many miles can you buy during the promotion?

Best Deals with Alaska Miles

Here are the Alaska partners on which you can redeem.

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The two redemptions I have been saving my Alaska miles for are Emirates First Class and Cathay Pacific First Class.

Other fantastic deals with Alaska miles:

  • Alaska charges the same off peak prices for American Airlines flights that American Airlines charges to Europe and South America. That means you can fly one way in American Airlines economy to Paris or to Buenos Aires for 20,000 miles one way.
  • From the United States to Fiji (stopover as long as you’d like) to Australia or New Zealand on Fiji Airways is 40,000 miles one way in economy and 55,000 in Business Class. More here.

Here are the basics for redemptions of Alaska miles.

Logistics

Remember that Alaska Airlines miles sales are handled through points.com, so they are not considered airfare or travel purchases for the purposes of earning a category bonus on your credit card. By contrast, Avianca miles are sold through lifemiles.com and do count as airfare/travel spending.

While you are limited to 56,000 Alaska miles per transaction, there is no limit on the number of transactions. You can buy unlimited quantities of Alaska miles through multiple transactions. Is that a good deal? Is even a single purchase a good deal? The answer is almost always the same on buy-miles promotions:

It is a bad deal to speculatively buy the miles without an immediate use. Not only are Alaska miles probably not worth 2.11 cents in the abstract, but miles can always be devalued before you use them. However, if you have an immediate use of Alaska miles where you get more than 2.11 cents of value–very achievable–this is a good deal.

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Update at 3:37 PM ET: Neither package has sold out.

Today is the seventh day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, two-night stays in fancy suites at the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas are deeply discounted.

Today’s deal is:

  • Two nights in a Piazza View Suite at the Venetian for $495, 50 available
  • Two nights in a Siena Suite at the Palazzo for $608, 42 available

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These are incredible suites at very nice on-Strip properties for about half their normal price for a Summer weekend.

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Siena Suite at Palazzo Living Room

The Siena Suite at the Palazzo is 1,280 square feet. The marketing material says: “A marble foyer, complete with a powder room for guests, flows into a sumptuous living room, where a comfortable couch, dining table and wet bar set an inviting backdrop for entertaining.”

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The Siena Suite at the Palazzo is going for over $1,270 after the resort fee for a weekend this June. The Daily Getaway price is $608, and the terms and conditions indicate that purchasers will not have to pay the resort fee. That’s a savings of $660+.

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The Piazza Suite at the Venetian goes for over $930 after resort fee for a weekend in June. Through Daily Getaways, you pay $495. That’s a savings of $435+.

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These two-night stays need to be redeemed by March 31, 2016, and there are a lot of blackout dates:

  • March 25, 26, 27, 2015
  • April 14, 15, 21, 2015
  • May 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 2015
  • June 19, 20, 2015
  • August 16, 17, 18, 2015
  • September 5, 18, 19, 28, 29, 2015
  • October 6, 7, 2015
  • November 2, 3, 4, 2015
  • December 30, 31, 2015
  • January 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 25, 26, 2016
  • February 15, 16, 29, 2016
  • March 1, 2, 18, 2016.

Purchase Link: Palazzo Suite for two nights for $608

Purchase Link: Venetian Suite for two nights for $495

My Plan

I’m sitting out this deal. I don’t have any firm plans to get to Las Vegas before March 2016, and I have free offers to stay at the Wynn and Cosmopolitan if I decide to go.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

This deal has been offered the last two years at approximately the same prices. I don’t remember whether they sold out quickly. I think they will this year. If you remember what happened in past years, please chime in.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy these suite packages? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Frontier’s spring sale ends today. Fares start at $29 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET on March 25 for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between April 14 and May 20.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. Here are the sale city pairs.

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I had no trouble pricing out Washington to Chicago for $29.

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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 $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 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 pay cash for cheap, cash fares. You can redeem ThankYou Points at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $29 fare would be 2,320 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember
  • 3x and 2x category bonuses for travel, dining, and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first twelve months, $95 thereafter
  • Points also transfer to 11 airlines and one hotel if you prefer to use them as miles instead of fixed-value points

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Update: Still alive on March 19 (sample dates February 3 – 10) for $257 in Norwegian Krone.

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

Contents:

  1. Pay In Krone (Hat Tip James W in the comments)
  2. Cheap Fares
  3. Optional Extra Fees
  4. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Pay In Krone

On Norwegian.com, select Denmark as your country. Either use Google Chrome to translate or just rely on your intuition about what everything means. The same flights that are $275 below cost only 2,156 NOK = $257.

I haven’t repriced all the flights below in krone. They are probably 5% or so cheaper.

$275 $257 Roundtrip from New York to Stockholm

Sample Dates: February 5 – February 10 on Norwegian

Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar. This one is in euros (which are worth $1.06 today.)

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Selecting one of the 120 euros outbounds and 139 euro returns, for a total of 259 euros = $275.

Other Cheap Dates

See part 1 about pricing in krone. I haven’t repriced all these, but they are probably 5-10% cheaper in NOK.

January 2016 has some roundtrips for 270.40 euros = $286.

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April 2015 (next month) has roundtrips for 360.1 euros = $382.

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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 $42 each way. Your second is $50. (Check the city pair chart and see that New York to Stockholm is zone F, then read the zone F direct flight checked baggage price off this chart.) Similarly a seat reservation is $42 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, eating before take off on the outbound, packing a lunch for the return, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $275 – $382 roundtrip to Sweden.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Norwegian ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. The two that I carry for that purpose are the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card and Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®.

You should also choose a card that either earns bonus points for airfare or one that allows you to redeem rewards to remove travel charges. Again, the ThankYou Premier and Arrival Plus are ideal.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card currently earns 2 ThankYou Points per dollar on airfare purchases. (Starting April 19, it will earn 3x per dollar on travel including gas.) The card comes with 50,000 total bonus points: 20,000 after spending $2,000 in the first three months, and 30,000 more after spending $3,000 in the first three months of the next year. I am working on my 30,000 bonus points right now.

The Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® offers 2x miles per dollar on all purchases and 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. After making a travel purchase–like airfare of course–with the Arrival Plus, you can redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge. You can remove the $275 roundtrip by redeeming 27,500 Arrival miles. Of course, all travel redemptions earn an immediate 10% rebate of the miles, so you’d only spend 24,750 Arrival miles net for a roundtrip to Europe.

Hat Tip Gary Leff and Secretly Flying

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