Cheapest Airline Flights? Buy the Hotel Package!

I do a lot of air travel, so I really try to use the my knowledge of the travel industry (and the various online tools that have grown around it) to get the cheapest airline flights.

While there is no single source for the cheapest airline flights because a lot of factors affect the price, there are some time-tested strategies that can push you closer to a fair ticket price. Ticket pricing depends on your departure/destination airport, choice of airline, time of travel, current events, etc., and there is no single tool that will show you the complete picture.

I will suggest, as you look at travel websites, that you consider buying a package. Buying a hotel room with your air ticket can often save you a lot of money.

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Vayama Offers End of Year Gift to Customers that Purchase International Airfare

Vayama Offers End of Year Gift to Customers that Purchase International Airfare

Customers who Book International Airfare between December 27th and January 2nd will Receive a $50 Vayama Travel Gift Coupon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 27, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ –, the online travel agency that specializes in international travel, announces today that it is giving a year end $50 travel coupon to everyone who books an international flight between December 27, 2011 and January 2, 2012 and signs up for its deals newsletter. The $50 travel voucher can be used on future international airfare purchases on any time from January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012. (more…)

Holiday Airfare Sale, Updates on United 787s, and Expiring Offers

There are a few quick updates I want to make sure you are aware of before things close up for the weekend.  Okay, blogs don’t close-up for the weekend, but I know that most “normal people” don’t spend their weekends on the internet!  ;)

Southwest and AirTran have some holiday sales going on right now.  The sale is valid for travel November 16-20, November 22-23, November 27-28, December 13-20, and December 23-January 2, 2013.  You never know with airfare, but this may be the last chance to snag some tickets around the holidays at somewhat of a discount.  If you already have tickets booked with Southwest or AirTran for those dates, then check to make sure that the price hasn’t dropped, and if it has then you can ask for a credit to use on a future flight for the difference.  Head to Deals We Like for the details.
Along those lines, If you don’t yet have a Southwest Rapid Rewards account you can get up to 750 points just for signing up.  Make sure to do this for your kids before they start flying on paid tickets!

The rumors that the early scheduled flights of the new United 787s may be in jeopardy appear to now be coming to fruition.  Word on the internet is that the one-time flights from Houston to Cleveland and Houston to Dulles in November are scrapped.  Also due to a delay in getting the second 787 from Boeing, the 11/4 inaugural flights from Houston to Newark and San Francisco are also scrapped.  In theory that leaves the 11/4 inaugurals to Chicago and LA intact. Not only are the initial flights on 11/4 for some of those routes impacted, but other early flights in November are also reportedly now suspect.  Changes are expected via a schedule update as early as tonight.  Head to The Wandering Aramean and follow @airlineroute on Twitter for details.
The limited time offer on the The Business Platinum Card Amex that comes with 25,000 American Express Membership Reward points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months is set to expire on 10/29 (Monday).  This card comes with a hefty $450 annual fee, but that is dramatically offset (especially in the first year) by getting a $200 airline fee allowance each calendar year (i.e., before and after 1/1/13 for a total of $400 in the first 12 months), and airline lounge access on American, Delta, and US Airways.  A better play may be to get the limited time sign-up for the The Business Gold Rewards Amex for 50,000 MR points after spending $5,000 in three months with no annual fee for the first year, and then see if you get an offer to upgrade to the Business Platinum card.  I have been getting those for a while with my Business Gold Rewards Amex, and the upgrade also comes with 25,000 points.  Just a thought…

As long as we are talking about deadlines, the deadline to share miles for a 100% bonus on US Airways expires on 10/31.  I just took advantage of the deal yesterday and can tell you that the points post instantly.

Enjoy the weekend, and those in the path of Hurricane Sandy, be careful!