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Update 8/20/15: Delta now advertises this fare sale and says the deals must be booked by tomorrow August 21, 2015.

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This page also lists some of the fare sale city pairs, though definitely not all.

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Yesterday, Delta started selling awards to Europe for 21,000 miles each way in economy and 43,500 miles each way in Business Class. These are huge discounts off the “normal” price of 30,000 miles each way in economy and 62,500 miles each way in Business Class. (Though “normal” is tough to say since Delta deleted its award charts.)

At the time, the awards were only open to Delta elites and credit card holders. Now these discounted awards are bookable by everyone.

I did a lot of searching this morning, and I think I’ve sussed out the rules for these discounted awards to Europe.

  • Who can book the awards?
  • Where can you book from?
  • Where can you book to?
  • Which partners can be booked at discounted rates?
  • What dates are discounted?

Now Open to Everyone

Yesterday Delta said that elites and credit card holders were getting a one day pre-sale. That pre-sale has ended, and everyone can access the discounted awards in this post without even signing in to delta.com.

Discounted Region

The only discounted awards I see are to Europe. It would be nice if other regions were included in this deal! Let’s see if Delta adds other regions.

Discounted Routes & Partners

Yesterday, screen shots of discounted partner awards (flying KLM and Virgin Atlantic) surfaced. I cannot recreate those today. In fact, I found no discounted partner awards in my many searches. Please leave a comment if you can find a discounted partner award today. Until we find a discounted partner route today, it looks like the sale is for Delta-operated flights only.

Not all Delta flights/routes can be booked for the discounted prices. I’ll give a lot of examples of discounted routes in this post, but let me first give some routes on which I found no discounts:

  • New York to Madrid
  • Atlanta to Madrid
  • New York to Rome
  • New York to Nice, France
  • New York to Barcelona
  • Los Angeles to London

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The warm-weather lover in me notes that, other than Los Angeles to London, those destinations are in Southern Europe, which would be the most pleasant place to visit during this Fall and Winter sale.

If the route you want to fly isn’t mentioned in the excluded or included section, a search will quickly reveal if it has discounted award space.

Let us know the excluded/included routes you find in the comments.

Discounted Dates

Across all the routes I searched, the discounted awards all fall between October 20, 2015 and February 29, 2016.

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Let me know if you see discounted awards outside those dates in the comments.

Discounted Prices

If you fly all Delta flights during the discounted dates on included routes, you can get the following award prices:

  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 21,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 43,500 SkyMiles each way in Business Class
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 24,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 50,000 SkyMiles each way in Business Class

I am not 100% sure that the break down is by time zone, but all the examples I found fit that pattern. If you find a discount that doesn’t fit that pattern, leave it in the comments, and maybe we can improve our understanding of the pricing.

Other Notes On Pricing

These awards are available one way. Roundtrip awards cost double. Mixing a discounted award with a partner award leads to the price you would expect. For instance, here is New York to Paris roundtrip in Business Class. One way is at the discounted price on Delta flights (43.5k) and the other is on a partner (62.5k). The total price is the sum: 106k.

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Delta awards originating in Europe, whether one way or roundtrip, include fuel surcharges. Here is Paris to New York for 43,500 SkyMiles + $335 in Business Class.

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Examples

Here are the screenshots from which I drew the above conclusions.

Atlanta to Amsterdam for 21k/43.5k

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Los Angeles to London for 30k/62.5k

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Update 8/11/15: The deal is now open to everyone. I have uncovered many of its secret rules.

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Delta Points got the following statement:

“There is a transatlantic fare sale going with a one day presale for Medallion/cobrand. It will be open to all as of tomorrow.”

So credit card holders and elites could book August 10, and everyone can book August 11. I’ll update when I can book the awards. I’d love more details on what the restrictions on the cheaper awards are.

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Delta Points reports seeing Delta awards from the United States to Europe for 21,000 SkyMiles one way. The normal minimum price is 30,000 miles each way.

He also reports Business Class awards on Delta, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic for 53,000 SkyMiles one way. The normal minimum price is 62,500 miles one way.

Then FlyerTalker “steveholt” found 87,000 mile roundtrips from New York-JFK to London in Business Class for the week of Thanksgiving. Delta Points found Newark to Amsterdam for the same price.

Unfortunately I can’t pull up any of these deals. Searching the same routes and dates brings up only 30,000 and 62,500 mile awards for me.

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My Atlanta to Amsterdam Search Results

The working theory is that the discounted awards are only available to Delta elites who sign into their accounts before searching. I do not have Delta elite status. If you have Delta elite status, post your search results in the comments that are cheaper than Delta’s former award chart.

For now this sale is unconfirmed by Delta, so it is a possible glitch. I don’t think it is a glitch though. I think it is a step toward revenue-based pricing of awards. Many of the cheap awards found are at particularly cheap times to travel–for instance those 87,000 mile awards are in Business Class over Thanksgiving, which is a famously cheap cash ticket.

We will see if Delta gives us more details about which routes and dates are available for discounts or whether Delta says nothing. The latter is a strong possibility because one effect of not having an award chart is that you don’t need to explain price increases or sales. There are neither since there is no award chart as a basis for comparison.

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Updated July 4, 2015 because this deal is still alive, and I love reading the full Economist print edition online each week for free.

Updated August 14, 2014 because my miles were credited to my account several weeks ago, and I just got my free magazine and newspaper subscriptions today! The updates will appear throughout this post.

Complain about any airline in less than 140 characters to earn 8,000 Spirit miles, which are enough for several magazines or three free flights for some people.

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This is a three-step process that takes just a few minutes. I have gone through the process and now have free subscriptions to The Economist, Entrepreneur, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • What are the three steps?
  • What are the possible ways to redeem 8,000 Spirit miles?

1. Sign up for a Free Spirit account.

It takes a few minutes to sign up for Spirit’s loyalty program.

2. Leave a 140 character complaint.

I left a complaint about a Spirit flight from several years ago. Here’s the complaint site.

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The site says you’ll get the miles within 10 days. I got mine 11 days after my complaint.

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The Terms & Coniditions say that the promotion say that the promotion “will end” on July 31, 2014 unless extended by Spirit. Since the site is still up, I assume the promotion has been extended. You may not get your miles, but in that case you’ve only lost a few seconds.

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3. Redeem the Miles.

Magazines

I recommend redeeming your 8,000 miles for magazines. Here is the magazine redemption page.

I redeemed for:

  • The Economist: 51* issues for 2,600 miles
  • Entrepreneur: 12 issues for 900 miles
  • The Wall Street Journal: 228 issues for 4,100 Miles

I had a few hiccups.

First, I kept getting an error message in my Firefox browser after making my selections and typing in my address that I had to go back and make new selections. I switched to Safari, and the order went through.

Second, The Economist was listed at two prices for 51 issue subscriptions, so I chose the cheaper one.

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My confirmation screen said that I had just redeemed for digital access only.

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My confirmation email confirms the 51 issues. We’ll see what I end up getting, but I’m OK with just digital access.

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Flights

You can also redeem the miles for flights, but the Spirit program is terrible if you don’t have the Spirit Airlines World MasterCard.

Spirit miles expire after 90 days if you don’t have and use the Spirit credit card every month. Awards start at 2,500 miles one way for Spirit credit card holders or 10,000 miles one way for non cardholders. Here is the chart and legend:

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The Spirit card might be worth getting if it weren’t so terrible on its own:

  • 15,000 bonus miles after you make a purchase within 90 days of account opening with the World MasterCard® credit card – enough for up to 3 roundtrip off-peak tickets with taxes and fees from $5.00 per award
  • Earn 2 miles for every dollar you spend on purchases with the World MasterCard credit card
  • Earn 5,000 anniversary bonus FREE SPIRIT™ miles when you spend at least $10,000 in purchases annually and pay your annual fee
  • Enjoy Free FREE SPIRIT™ miles that don’t expire for active members (active members must use their Spirit Airlines MasterCard® credit card each month)
  • Start redeeming round-trip reward tickets at just 5,000 FREE SPIRIT™ miles with taxes and fees from $5.00 per award (redemptions levels start at 20,000 FREE SPIRIT™ miles for noncardholders)
  • Enjoy an Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year; a $59 fee will apply to World MasterCard® accounts thereafter

Bottom Line

Spending a few minutes to open a Spirit account and complain about any airline can get you several free magazine subscriptions or a few flights if you have a Spirit Airlines World MasterCard.

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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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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.

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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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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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