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NEW! Travel to/from Ft. Myers, Florida with Southwest Airlines at these one-way rates:
Start travel on or after August 22. Finish trips on or before December 14. Fly south Monday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Friday north. Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 21, 22, 25-27. Purchase by July 27.
Check the Special Offers section at Air Canada for sale rates to destinations across Canada from 45 U.S. cities – and to its European and Asian destinations. Search low rates to Toronto at Toronto Escapes.
WOW! Super cheap flights from East Coast cities to either French Caribbean islands are offered on Norwegian Air from $49 one-way! Depart from Baltimore, Boston or New York and travel to Fort-de-France, Martinique or Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
BWI – Guadeloupe: Tuesdays, Saturdays
BWI – Martinique: Mondays, Fridays
Boston – Guadeloupe: Thursdays, Sundays
Boston – Martinique: Wednesdays, Sundays
JFK – Guadeloupe: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
JFK – Martinique: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
SAVE! Take advantage of one-way rates as low as $48 to Miami and then purchase separate one-way deals (valid daily and no blackout dates!) from Miami to the Caribbean. Travel at the following rates through May 2018:
$58 Miami to Turks & Caicos: A 21-day advance purchase required.
$84 Miami to San Juan: A 14-day advance purchase required.
$93 Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica: Valid daily.
$100 Miami to Barbados: A 14-day advance required.
All valid on American, nonstop. Due to taxes and fees, rates are slightly higher on northbound flights.
Heading to Cuba? To learn more about how U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba, visit Cuba Travel Services, an authorized company (by U.S. Treasury Department) offering full-service travel arrangements. This Q&A has info on visas, credit cards, hotels and how not to run afoul of U.S. law.
NEWS! Denmark-based Primera Air will begin service from Boston and Newark to London-Stansted, Birmingham, and Paris in April. Flights will operate daily from Newark; four times a week from Boston. Rates start from $99 one-way, excluding extra fees for seat selection ($45+); a meal ($40-$70 really?) and $45 to check a bag. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi onboard, but no in-flight entertainment.
NEWS! Norwegian Airline just announced it will begin nonstop flight service from Denver to Paris on April 9, 2018. Service will be offered twice-weekly, year round (Mondays and Fridays). Launch fares in Economy to Paris from Denver start as low as $229 one-way.
Earlier this year, Norwegian announced service between Denver and London, which begins September 16 with twice-weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the summer season.
Use Norwegian’s low fare calendar to view the lowest available fares to all of Norwegian’s destinations. View the list of all new Norwegian U.S. to Europe routes.
NEWS! Norwegian Air will begin serving London Gatwick from Austin and Chicago next spring. The carrier will offer four flights a week from Chicago (starting March 25) and three a week from Austin (starting March 27) with service on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. One-way rates start from $174 from Chicago and $249 from Austin.
Norwegian Air will also launch new service to Rome from three U.S. cities. Service from Newark will launch November 9; November 11 from Los Angeles and from Oakland in February 2018. Introductory rates are now on sale to Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport starting from $189 one way, taxes included.
Norwegian Air is now servicing Ireland with nonstop flights from two east coast airports:
Providence, Rhode Island to Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon
Newburgh/Stewart, New York to Belfast, Dublin and Shannon
One-way rates are as low as $179 to Ireland with higher return fares.
Tips for Norwegian Air deals: This page at Norwegian Air highlights the best deals for travel through May 2018. Find your departure city in the drop-down menu at the top to reveal to where the best bargains are offered. 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.
And don’t forget the optional charges should you want to check bags, reserve a seat, or have an in-flight meal.
Icelandair serves Boston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and DC with airfares inclusive of taxes, fees, gate-to-gate WiFi access, and personal in-flight entertainment.
Destinations include Amsterdam, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, London, Munich, Oslo, Paris and Zurich. The Big Bonus: Add a stopover in lceland to flights between North America and Europe at no additional airfare. Here are a couple of sample deals:
$439 Boston to London + Iceland
$512 DC-Dulles to London + Iceland
Start trips on or after October 21. Valid daily. Finish trips on or before December 13. Stopover in Reykjavík in either direction for up to a week. Purchase by July 30.
Level, a new low-cost airline now offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles and Oakland to Barcelona. One-way rates start from $199 at FlyLevel.
WOW Air now serves Cork, Ireland four days a week from Newark, Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Double up on your vacation and include a stopover in Iceland. Spend as many days as you like on the carrier’s stopover program. One-way rates start from $190 on travel through late September (return one-way rates often higher). WOW rates are exclusive of fees for carry-on bags and seat reservations. Purchase those extras in advance or face higher costs at airport check-in. Is continental Europe your final destination? Consider a stopover in Iceland – it’s easy to book.
La Compagnie, the all-business-class airline offer a Family Trip offer:
$1,300 round-trip Newark to Paris adults ($500 savings)
$1,000 round-trip children age 2-11 ($800 savings)
Book and travel by August 27. In-flight amenities include Samsung Galaxy tablets, Caudalie cosmetic kits and La Carte dining service.
SAS-Scandinavian offers deals to Scandinavia from Miami:
July / August / September / October / November / December / January / February:
Oslo: $726 / $726 / $726 / $696 / $696 / $696 / $696 / $726
Stockholm: $680 / $680 / $676 / $647 / $518 / $518 / $518 / $676
Copenhagen: $730 July-February
Other SAS gateway cities include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or DC. Use the Fare Finder Calendar and use the drop down menu to select your departure city.
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Travel with United from Los Angeles to Bangkok, Thailand at a round-trip rate of $615 on Monday-Thursday travel through January 1 or January 7-April 24. A 30-day advance purchase required. No minimum stay required; three months max. Add $100 per round-trip for Friday-Sunday travel. Purchase by August 11. Routing is via Tokyo. Stops permitted at $100 each. Note: Round-trip rates are $630 from Houston.
Travel from Newark to Nairobi, Kenya at round-trip rates of $892 on July 2-October 31; November 21-December 2; December 28-March 31 departures. Valid Sunday-Thursday outbound; Monday-Thursday returns. A 7-night minimum stay required; 6 months max. Valid on United/Lufthansa via Frankfurt. Add a stopover for an additional $100. Purchase by July 27.
NEW! Ten bucks doesn’t buy much these days, but it will buy travelers age 62+ a lifetime America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass. Due to Centennial Legislation (P.L. 114-289) passed by the U.S. Congress on December 16, 2016, the pass price of $10 will increase to $80 on August 28.
Through August 27, buy the $10 pass at a national park or other federal recreation areas that charge an entrance fee – or online (plus an online $10 processing fee).
U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass. Proof of age and residency is required.
The lifetime pass covers all National Park entrance fees for the pass holder – plus up to three adults in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. Children age 15 and under are always admitted free. Entry to most National Parks remains free – just 118 of 417 have an entrance fee.
Another option is a $20 annual Senior Pass that is valid for one year from the date of issue. Four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years can be traded in for a lifetime pass.
It’s rare when Walt Disney World theme park tickets are discounted. Take advantage of the savings with a 4-Park Magic Ticket for $79 per day, per adult ($316) and $74 for guests age 3-9 ($296). It’s the best way to experience Walt Disney World theme parks, with one admission to each of the 4 theme parks (Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Magic Kingdom) for 4 days.
Normally, a standard four-day ticket with admission to each Disney World park will set you back $350 per person (age 10+) per day.
Tickets expire 14 days after first use or by September 30, whichever comes first.
Purchase tickets by July 30.
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 December 31 to over 130 worldwide destinations.
New flight service may not be offered daily, and some service may be offered only seasonally.
Orange County – Albuquerque: August 18
Portland – Albuquerque: August 18
San Jose – Austin and Tucson: August 28
Portland – Detroit: August 30
San Francisco – Philadelphia: August 31
Los Angeles – Philadelphia: September 1
San Francisco – Nashville: September 5
San Francisco – Albuquerque and Kansas City: September 18
San Jose – Los Angeles: September 20
San Francisco – New Orleans: September 21
San Francisco – Indianapolis: September 26
San Francisco – Baltimore: October 16
San Francisco – Raleigh-Durham: October 19
Portland-New York JFK: November 6
San Francisco – Kona, Hawaii: December 14
Punta Gorda Florida – Flint: October 6
Punta Gorda – Milwaukee: October 13
Punta Gorda – Rochester NY: November 17
Punta Gorda – Newburgh NY: November 17
Punta Gorda – St. Cloud MN: November 15
Two dozen additional Allegiant routes announced.
Charlotte – Shreveport LA and Toledo: August 22
Boston – Pittsburgh: October 1
Boston – New Orleans: February 10-April 1 (2 x week)
El Al Israel Airlines:
Miami – Tel Aviv: November
NEW! 21 destinations just announced!
Tampa – Reykjavik, Iceland: September 7
Lufthansa: San Diego – Frankfurt: Summer 2018
Orlando – Paris: July 31
Ft. Lauderdale – Barcelona: August 22
Denver – London: September 16
Seattle – London: September 17
Providence – Guadeloupe: October 29
Providence – Martinique: October 30
Ft. Lauderdale – Martinique: October 30
Newark – Rome: November 9
Los Angeles – Rome: November 11
Oakland – Rome: February 6
Newark – Paris: February 28
Boston – Paris: March 2
Chicago – London: March 25
Austin – London: March 27
Denver – Paris: April 9
Oakland – Paris: April 10
Sacramento – Long Beach and Spokane: August 1
Newark – Buenos Aires, Argentina: October 28
Ft. Lauderdale – Barcelona: August 22
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