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These HOT deals have no ticket-by date and could vanish at any time. Act fast on a purchase! HOT deals can often be available just once a week or up to 3 times a week (mostly midweek). Also, deep discount rates are blacked out over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Keep this in mind when you see a range of permitted travel dates.
NEW! Fly Frontier nonstop to Miami at rates of $78-$98 round-trip, or $39-$49 each way. Valid south January 7-April 24; January 8-April 24 north.
Rates of $102 round-trip, or $51 each way to Philadelphia are offered on October 16-December 25 or January 3-April 24 northbound or southbound flights. American, nonstop.
NEW! Rates of $100 round-trip, or $50 each way to Miami are valid south January 8-April 24 and north January 10-April 10. American, nonstop. ADD-ON 2nd TICKET: Fly nonstop from Miami to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on American at rates of $196 round-trip, or $98 each way. Valid south January 9-February 23; January 11-February 25 north. That’s $296 round-trip from ATL to STX. Book now to warm up in winter!
Fly to Ft. Lauderdale, home of Spirit Airlines, at rates of $104 round-trip, or $52 each way. Valid most days from October 16-December 18 or January 2-March 6 south. Valid north October 16-December 24 or January 8-March 6. Nonstop.
Round-trip rates of $116 to Boston, or $58 each way are offered most days from November 1-December 19 or January 7-February 17. Valid south November 1-December 17 or January 7-February 24. JetBlue, nonstop. Similar rates on nonstop Delta service valid north November 1-December 25 or January 3-March 7. Valid south November 1-December 18; January 4-March 7.
Round-trip rates of $138 to Denver, or $69 each way are valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays westbound on October 30-November 14; November 28-December 12; January 15-February 12. Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays east October 30-November 14; November 27-December 12; January 9-February 12. Frontier, nonstop. Rates from $74-$79 valid other days through April 24.
Rates of $178 round-trip to NYC-LaGuardia, or $89 each way offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from January 8-February 27 north and south. Rates of $97 most surround dates through May 22. American; nonstop.
NEW! Fly nonstop on Delta to Denver at rates of $188 round-trip, or $94 each way. Valid west November 2-December 12 or January 7-March 25. Valid easst November 5-December 25; January 8-April 29.
NEW! Fly on select dates to Aspen, Colorado at a bargain rate of $260 round-trip. Depart January 3, 4, 11, 12, 26, 30; February 27 or March 6. Final returns March 12, 19, 26. American; one connection.
Fly nonstop on Delta to San Jose, Costa Rica at rates of $368 round-trip. Valid on October 17-December 7; January 22-May 22 departures. Final returns by June 12.
NEW! Head to Dublin, Ireland at rates of $473 round-trip. Depart November 22-December 10 or January 9-March 23. Final travel March 31. American; one connection.
NEW! Make it Madrid in 2019 with rates of $480 round-trip. Depart October 28-December 4 or January 15-May 5. Final travel May 14. Delta, nonstop.
NEW! Travel to the ancient island of Malta at rates of $509 round-trip with British Airways. Depart (1 x week) from January 9-February 27. Final returns March 12-26. Note: Change of airport required in London. AARP member? Save an additional $65 per ticket when booking direct at BA.com.
NEW! Fly nonstop to Paris (Sundays-Wednesdays) at rates of $520 round-trip on Delta. Depart November 18-December 5 or January 1-May 5. Final returns May 14.
NEW! Rates of $528-$542 round-trip to Nice, France are offered on November 19-December 10 or December 31-April 30 departures (Sundays-Wednesdays). Final returns May 7-15. Delta/Air France/KLM (SkyTeam); one connection.
NEW! Fly nonstop to Frankfurt, Germany on Lufthansa at rates of $580 round-trip. Depart November 20, 27, 28; December 4; January 9-30; February 6-27; March 5, 6, 12, 13. Final travel March 26-28. Discount seats offered 1-2 x per week.
NEW! Visit London at rates of $585-$610 round-trip on nonstop flights! Valid on Sunday-Wednesday departures and various return days of the week. Valid on Delta/Virgin departures from October 29-December 5 or January 1-May 27. Final returns June 4-13.
NEW! Purchase new one-way deals from Southwest Airlines by October 25:
$59 Greenville, Nashville
$69 Boston, Columbus
$79 Detroit, Raleigh
$89 Richmond, San Antonio, St. Louis, Washington DC-Dulles or Reagan
$91 Houston, Kansas City, W. Palm Beach
$96 Indianapolis, Jacksonville
$97 Ft. Myers, New York-LaGuardia
$99 Austin, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh
Note: This is not a systemwide sale. A 14-day advance purchase required. Valid for October 30-March 6 travel. Not valid Fridays, Sundays and these blackout dates: November 20, 21, 24-26; December 21-23, 26, 27, 29, 30; January 1, 2. Travel to Florida permitted Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida Tuesdays-Fridays.
Celebrate in New Orleans
Royal Sonesta lights up NOLA for the holiday season with elaborate holiday decor and its famous glittering arcade of real Christmas trees. A roster of festive events for all ages that will kick off with its annual Lighting of the Balconies, the hotel’s signature holiday event. Families can partake in the Royal Sonesta Teddy Bear Tea events, visit the Magical Royal Kingdom, located inside the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and sing-alongs and story times with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and others. Special seasonal musical performances begin on December 3 and New Orleans-area elementary and high school choirs spread holiday cheer each weekday at noon.
The Papa Noel Holiday Package, includes a rate of $149 per night, Sunday through Thursday, and from $199 per night on Friday and Saturday. All Papa Noel guests receive the Sonesta Savings Pack, with more than $500 in discounts to New Orleans’ most popular attractions and museums.
Hit the Beach!
Hilton Hotels in the Tampa, Florida area are offering special per night rates from $117 for stays through December 31. Included in this offer, Hilton Guests enjoy complimentary drinks, appetizers, wine, and 10-20% off dining/drinks at a 15 popular restaurants, pubs and cafes in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Pete. Dozens of participating properties include Hilton, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn and Embassy Suites.
More $$ Changes at Theme Parks
For travelers who love visiting Central Florida theme parks, the cost of annual passes increased this week for the second time this year.
To add to the wallet pinch, Disney is also raising parking prices at all of its theme parks, with regular vehicles jumping from $22 to $25 and oversized vehicles jumping from $27 to $30.
icFlorida.com breaks down theme park tickets and annual passes in an easy-to-read format for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World Orlando, and LEGOLAND Florida.
Highlights include a first-of-its-kind pass for Universal that gets up to six months free on and annual pass, depending on what tier is chosen.
There are four tiers of annual passes at Sea World to choose from. Annual passholders can take advantage of is the newly reopened Annual Passholder lounge with ample seating, charging stations, and free soda.
And for Walt Disney World, compared to previous pricing, some tickets have decreased, increased or stayed the same, depending on the start date and length of the admission ticket. Also, guests can now access several new online planning tools including park offering overviews, travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists and customized suggestions based on personal preferences – helping to make more informed decisions on DisneyWorld.com.
When to Buy Airline Tickets
AAA has uncovered the secrets to getting the best deals for holiday travel. The national motor and travel club analyzed three years of booking data to determine how to get the best prices for Thanksgiving and Christmas flights.
For Thanksgiving, that means flying the Monday before the holiday, when prices are about $40 cheaper than for Tuesday or Wednesday that week.
If you don’t have to arrive early for Christmas, flying December 24 will save you 9% over December 22 or 23, the busiest and most expensive days to fly that week.
When it comes to saving money on flights when you purchase tickets also makes an impact.
AAA found that Christmas flights booked six months or more before the holiday cost, on average, an extra $98 per ticket.
So when should you buy? Now, at least for Christmas.
Travelers who book Christmas flights 61 to 90 days before the holiday save an average of $100 per ticket, meaning the window for a good deal is open until October 25.
The window for the best Thanksgiving deals, from July 25 to September 22, has closed, but that doesn’t mean you are out of luck.
AAA found that the cheapest average airfares were sold seven to 13 days before the holidays. That would be November 9-15 for Thanksgiving this year and December 12-18 for Christmas.
And according to Hopper, a mobile app that tells you when is the best time to buy), last year’s best deals on holiday flights occurred mid-October, and booking this week (week of October 14) can save you up to 25% off peak fares.
So, get going and book soon!
Visit the Special Deals page at Air Canada (until we dig up more deals!).
NEW! Fly with Delta to Canada through early March and buy tickets by October 23:
Ottawa: $240, or $107 north, $133 south
Valid north November 14-March 6 / Valid south November 13-December 18; January 8-March 6
Toronto: $248, or $110 north, $138 south
Valid north November 10-March 6 / Valid south November 13-December 19; January 5-March 6
Montreal: $253, or $110 north, $143 south
Valid north November 13-March 6 / Valid south November 13-December 19; January 8-March 6
Vancouver BC: $287, or $138 west, $149 east
Valid west November 28-December 13; January 9-February 13; March 5-19/ Valid east November 11-December 14; January 7-March 6
Quebec City: $304, or $138 north, $166 south / Valid north November 28-December 12; January 12-March 6 / Valid south November 14-December 17; January 8-March 6
Delta serves Montreal and Toronto with nonstop service from ATL; one connection elsewhere.
Watch this space…
Watch this space…
GOT MILES? Delta Air Lines is running a Sky Miles sale through October 24. Redeem 50,000-58,000 miles for round-trip travel between ATL to Dusseldorf, London or Madrid, plus taxes and fees. Valid on January 15-March 31 travel.
WOW Air offers new, nonstop flights from Orlando to Reykjavik, Iceland from December 18 through April 2019. One-way rates of $99 are valid on January and March flights. Connect in Reykjavik to other European cities including London, Dublin, Paris, Stockholm, and Berlin from $149 each way. Return flights are often higher. Plus, fares are for seat-only. All else is extra, including seat selection, carry-on and checked baggage, meals, water — you get it
WOW air adds a new route to India with one-way flights from the U.S. starting at $199. The New Delhi route launches December 5 (5 x week via Reykjavik, Iceland), but the $199 flights are currently only available from January 10-March 31. Travelers must purchase a round-trip ticket. Fly from these U.S. gateways: Boston, Newark, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles or St. Louis. Flights require a connection in Iceland.
The $199 rate includes a personal carry-on item (17”³ x 13”³ x 10”³ or less). Extra fees apply for additional carry-on and checked bags, seat reservations, and in-flight meals.
WOW Air, Iceland’s ultra-affordable transatlantic airline, serves Reykjavik, Iceland and dozens of cities across Europe from these North American gateway airports:
Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, NYC JFK and Newark, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco and Montreal and Toronto.
Shop for the best fares from any of these departure airports. Rates start from $149 each way. Travel to Europe requires one flight connection in each direction at the Keflavik airport near Reykjavik.
Ok, what’s the catch? There are quite a few…
First, a return flight from Europe will likely be higher. One carry-on bag is free if it fits under the seat in front of you. The price to use overhead bin space is $39.99 and up, each way
One checked bag starts at $59.99 each way
Advance seat assignment starts from $6.99 (factor $30 in seat costs for four segments)
Water purchased on board is $3.00
If you’re ready to go, book at WOW Air now!
Norwegian Air is now servicing Belfast, North Ireland with nonstop flights from two east coast airports: Providence, Rhode Island and Stewart, New York with one-way rates are as low as $99.
Tips for Norwegian Air deals: Visit this page at Norwegian Air for deals through March 2019. Find your departure city* in the drop-down menu at the top to reveal the bargains. Next, tweak the month of travel using the right arrow (beneath What’s your budget?). There are more price options to view if you’re willing to take a connecting flight with a layover. Choose “both direct and transit” from the second drop-down menu. Remember that return flights from Europe can be and are often priced higher.
Tip: You may find the best deal by booking two one-way tickets — one from the U.S. and the second through the European website for Norwegian. Visit Norwegian.com and then choose the country of departure.
*U.S. Gateways: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Providence, Newark, NYC-Stewart, Oakland and Seattle.
And don’t forget the optional charges should you want to check bags, reserve a seat, or have an in-flight meal.
Check round-trip rates on Qantas from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. Rates start at $1,457. The link will also display occasion sale rates from $899. Regularly published rates require a 120-day advance purchase and a 14-night minimum stay.
GOT MILES? Delta Air Lines is running a Sky Miles sale through October 24. Redeem 50,000 miles for round-trip travel between ATL to Shanghai, plus taxes and fees. Valid on October 25-November 30 travel.
Purchase these Singapore Air specials departing Houston (use the city drop-down menu to choose Houston or another U.S. gateway):
$725-$769 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Penang, Phuket, Bali, Cebu and more…
Valid on departures through December 31, 2018. No minimum stay required; one month max. Routing is via Singapore. Stopovers not permitted. Similar discounts available from other Singapore gateways: Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Use the drop-down menu to change departure airport.
NEW! Plan now! Take off for Tel Aviv, via Iceland, at one-way rates of $199 for travel in 2019!
Fly from these WOW U.S. gateways:
Boston: September, October
Detroit: September, October
Los Angeles: September
New York: September, October
San Francisco: September
Washington D.C.: September, October
Book online at WOW.
Check out the many new routes announced from various U.S. and North American gateways at Clark’s National Travel Deals page.
British Airways offers special savings for AARP members on round-trip ticket purchases made at BritishAirways.com:
Save $65 in World Traveller Economy Class
Save $130 World Traveller Plus Premium Economy
Save $400 in Club World Business Class or First Class
Customer must be an AARP member or must travel with an AARP member to be eligible for this exclusive offer. The discount does not apply to open jaw journey (only round-trip with same origin and destination permitted). Not valid if booked through BA call center or with a travel agent or travel website. All discounted fares will be highlighted with a red ‘Discount’. This offer is valid for bookings made by January 31, 2019, to over 130 worldwide destinations.
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