Get 'Em While They're Hot
Two airfare sales with short shelf lives: Airtran's systemwide sale ends tomorrow; it features $39 one-way fares to Boston and Rochester and $89 fares to Grand Bahama Island (taxes extra). Jetblue's fare sale ends Friday; I just got an email from someone over at Travelzoo.com (a good site to locate travel deals) alerting me to the Jetblue $69 fare to Las Vegas - that's $158 round trip with taxes - it does not get any better than that!
Also, want to share a few tips and lessons learned during my trip last week to London:
*If you can swing it, pay for premium economy seats (British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer these out of Dulles to London Heathrow). Yes, they're more comfortable than the back-of-the-bus seats, but that's not the selling point. You get a dedicated check-in line at Dulles and Heathrow. The lines for economy check-in at Heathrow were a couple of hours long - I had four people in front of me on the premium economy line. If you fly economy, leave PLENTY of time at Heathrow.
*Price out transportation before you get there. My daughter and I took the Heathrow Express to Paddington, the tube to Elephant & Castle and then a bus to her dorm. It would have been cheaper to take a cab, and a lot less exhausting, especially with luggage.
*The Premier Travel Inn www.premiertravelinn.com is an excellent "budget" hotel. I stayed in the Tower Bridge location, and it was clean, convenient and above average. Budget in London, by the way, translates to about $190 a night. Expect to pay double for everything there that you buy here. Cup of coffee that's $2 here is 2 GBP, the equivalent of about $4.
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