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* If you're thinking of heading to Killington, Vt., to ski, take a look at the resort's Web site first. The Killington Deal Grabber offers lift tickets for $50 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday (Feb. 16) for travel the week of Feb . 21-27. Walk-up rates start at $77 for...

By Carol Sottili | February 16, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Act Fast: Southwest Sale to Seattle

Southwest Airlines is offering half-price fares to Seattle for travel Feb. 3-May 31. But act fast: Deadline to buy is 11:59pm PST on Thurs., Jan. 22 (2:59 a.m. EST on Fri., Jan. 23). Discounted fare from BWI Marshall or Washington Dulles for connecting flights is $157 plus $54 taxes ($211)...

By Carol Sottili | January 20, 2009; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Travel Deals: French Riviera, N.Y.C. and More

If you're looking for cheap digs in Cannes on the French Riviera, set your alarm for 6 a.m. Friday. Hotel Martinez will begin taking reservations then for its 80th anniversary deal. It will offer 80 rooms for stays Feb. 1-28 at 80 euros a night double (about $109), including breakfast;...

By Carol Sottili | January 6, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Act Now: Last-Minute Deals

If you're flexible (and lucky), you may still be able to nab a sale fare on promos being offered by Air Jamaica and Icelandair. Icelandair is offering a round-trip fare of $399 (plus taxes) from New York to Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Reykjavik. Taxes vary by city, but round-trip fare...

By Carol Sottili | November 24, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Act Now: New Airfare Deals

Two airlines today announced three-day sales that will end Thurs., Nov. 13. Southwest has launched a system-wide Web-only sale for travel Dec. 2-Feb. 11. For example, fly round trip from BWI to Salt Lake City for $239, including taxes. A 21-day advance purchase is required, and the lowest fares apply...

By Carol Sottili | November 11, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration 2009 Planning

If you live in the DC area, you may already be planning to host friends and family who're planning to come to town for Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20. While we can't help you tell your brother that your apartment's too small to accommodate him and his wife, kids...

By Christina Talcott | November 6, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (7)

One-Day Airfare Sale to Europe

Today (Wed., Oct. 22) only, Lufthansa is offering rock-bottom fares from Washington Dulles to several cities in Europe. Fare is $568 round trip, including all taxes and surcharges, to Frankfurt and Munich. Slightly higher sale fares are available on flights to Athens, Budapest, London, Paris, Warsaw and Zurich. You must...

By Carol Sottili | October 22, 2008; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Savings for Students

College students seem to develop a knack for the cheap and the free, but if you or yours hasn't yet discovered STA Travel and Student Universe, go there before booking that trip home for the holidays. Both companies have been around for a while, starting out as bricks-and-mortar travel agencies,...

By Christina Talcott | October 16, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

'World's Largest Cruise Night' Sale Packs Savings

If you're contemplating booking a cruise, mark Oct. 16 on your calendar. It's the World's Largest Cruise Night, a sales event sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association. (It goes on for 24 hours, but it's called cruise night because lots of agencies hold special evening events.) Last year, about 4,000...

By Carol Sottili | October 10, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel Deals and News

A few travel deals to check out: 1) The Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association is holding an auction on travel lodging, meals, tours, etc. Bidding ends on Friday, Sept. 26 at noon. Current bids are low. As always, before bidding, make sure you're getting a real deal by checking the...

By Carol Sottili | September 24, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Act Now: Short-lived Airfare Deals

Virgin America has a decent sale between Washington Dulles and Los Angeles or San Francisco. Round-trip fare is $271 including taxes. Travel must be completed by Oct. 29. Deadline to buy is today (Thurs., Sept. 11). Also, OpenSkies, a premium discount airline that was recently purchased by British Airways, is...

By Carol Sottili | September 11, 2008; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real Deals on Rental Cars

While searching for a rental car for an upcoming trip to New England, I was disappointed to see daily rates of more than $40 for every car rental agency at the Manchester, NH, airport. I realize some towns are just more expensive car rental-wise, and renting at the airport is...

By Christina Talcott | August 13, 2008; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (12)

What's the Deal? Look to Unfamiliar Airlines for Deals

Don't forget smaller foreign carriers when searching for deals to Europe. Not all offer service out of Washington, but even those that fly out of other hubs often offer codeshare agreements. And some sales are so good that it may be worth it to fly out of New York or...

By Carol Sottili | June 20, 2008; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (6)

What's the Deal?: Putting Spirit's $19 Fares to the Test

Spirit Airlines is an upstart discount carrier that often offers crazy fares. "Can you believe it?" says its current fare sale. "Spirit has (fares) from only $19 each way." So can we believe it? Is it possible to get a $19 fare? And where do these fares get you? From...

By Carol Sottili | May 9, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (11)

What's the Deal: The Luck of the Irish

Aren't we glad that Aer Lingus came back to town? The airline bailed out of BWI, ending its nonstop flights to Shannon, Ireland, several years ago, but then restarted nonstop service from Washington Dulles to Dublin last year. And now it's one of the few offering decent sale fares for...

By Carol Sottili | May 2, 2008; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Airfare Sale Within a Sale

Airtran's systemwide sale for travel through Nov. 12 is offering some decent fares. Good, right? But now the airline has announced a two-day Extra Savings sale that is far more restrictive, but offers incredibly cheap fares. The deal applies only to nonstop flights. From Washington Reagan, pre-tax fares are $49...

By Carol Sottili | April 25, 2008; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Deal: Good News . . . and Bad

First the good news. Virgin America has launched a fare sale from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Fare on the nonstop flights is $119 each way: round-trip fare with taxes is about $273. While we've seen cheaper, the flights are nonstop, planes are new and each seat...

By Carol Sottili | April 22, 2008; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: Stretch Your Legs and Save $$$

Tired of sitting in the small seats? If you're willing to pay up to have a little room, but you're not willing to pay a fortune, take a look at Virgin Atlantic's sale on premium economy seats. I flew this class of service on Virgin several times last year, and...

By Carol Sottili | April 4, 2008; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Deal: Will Open Skies Mean Lower Fares?

If you've been putting off buying that ticket for spring travel to London in the hopes there will be a sale, get out your credit card. It's time to buy. Virgin Atlantic, United, US Airways, British Airways and others are all offering fares of about $600 or less, including taxes,...

By Carol Sottili | March 28, 2008; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal?: What You Need to Know About Summer Airfares

Farecast, a Web site that analyzes airfare trends and offers predictions and pricing, has issued its summer forecast, concluding (no surprise here) that summer fares to Europe are 10 percent higher this year. But the analysis also concludes that there are ways around paying sky-high fares, as long as you're...

By Carol Sottili | March 21, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel Tech: Airfare Searches for the Truly Frugal

If you're the type of traveler who needs to unturn every stone in search of the absolutely lowest airfare before you'll buy, take a look at Priceline's new product, called Inside Track. It's the latest player to offer sophisticated airfare analysis for consumers. Other sites, including Kayak, Farecast and FareCompare,...

By Carol Sottili | March 18, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal? Special Edition

AirTran and Virgin America are offering quick sales that will end today. Here are the details: *Airtran is offering a systemwide sale. From BWI, fares range from $49 to $144 each way plus taxes. From Dulles, fares are $74-$144 each way plus taxes. And from DCA, $79 to $144 each...

By Carol Sottili | March 14, 2008; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: First Summer Airfare Sale to London

British Airways is the first carrier to break the ice on summer airfare sales across the pond. The sale fare is still not cheap -- $959 round trip (including taxes) to London Heathrow from Dulles or BWI -- but it's one of the first fares we've seen for under $1,000...

By Carol Sottili | March 11, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: Sales to Europe Are Popping Up

It's been slim pickings for sale fares to Europe. We told you about some business-class sales last week, but this week, we have even better news. Iberia has launched a sale from Washington Dulles to destinations across Europe. And United and Virgin Atlantic are offering sale fares to London. The...

By Carol Sottili | March 7, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (9)

What's the Deal: DC to NYC . . . for a Buck?

DC to New York for $1? Believe it. Well, sort of. BoltBus, the newest player in the DC-to-NY cheapo bus biz, debuts March 27 with one-way fares starting at $1 (plus a 50-cent booking fee). The Greyhound spinoff promises free WiFi and power outlets, plus leather seats on "select" coaches....

By K.C. Summers | March 6, 2008; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's the Deal: Europe This Summer? It Can Be Done

If you've spent the past months scouring Web sites in an attempt to find an airfare of under $1,000 round trip to Europe this summer, you most likely haven't booked yet. There have been a couple of short-lived sales, but none that have had broad appeal. Blame jet fuel, Europeans...

By Carol Sottili | February 29, 2008; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

What's the Deal: Get Away From the Ice!

If you've put off planning that spring vacation, here are a couple of deals that could give you ideas. * Virgin America is offering a "Why Leap When You Can Fly" sale. Price is $238 round trip plus about $21 taxes for nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to either Los...

By Carol Sottili | February 22, 2008; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal?: New Air Service, New Bargains

We don't know how long these fares will last, but AirTran has announced new nonstop service from BWI to Los Angeles, Seattle and Dallas beginning May 6, and, as of last night, was offering cheap introductory fares. To Los Angeles, fare started at $219 round trip, including taxes (United, the...

By Carol Sottili | February 15, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's the Deal: An Airfare Crystal Ball?

Farecast has been on the leading edge of geeky, yet incredibly useful, analysis of airfares for a few years. But up until yesterday morning, the site's claim to fame -- predicting whether a specific airfare would go up, down or stay the same -- was restricted to certain domestic cities...

By Carol Sottili | February 8, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's the Deal?: Bargains to Grab Now

It's February. Time to plan your garden and your vacations. You're on your own finding seed catalogues, but I can help with some travel deals. Here are a couple that are worth a look: Cathay Pacific is again selling its All Asia Pass for travel in 2008, which can save...

By Carol Sottili | January 31, 2008; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Valentine's Splurge

Hotels all over the country have been pitching special deals for Valentine's Day. But really, how far are you going to go for a Hallmark holiday? Still, given these gloomy winter days, your romantic impulse might need a jolt. Here's some ideas not far from home: * If you have...

By Cindy Loose | January 16, 2008; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel Deals Requiring Fast Action

Several airlines are offering short-lived sales to Europe. Here are your choices: * United and Lufthansa (codeshare partners) have a sale to cities throughout Europe; last day to buy is tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 20). Fares are not dirt cheap from Washington (for example, it'll cost about $709 round trip to...

By Carol Sottili | September 19, 2007; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Short-Lived Airline Deals

Airlines are more often than not offering sales with very short shelf lives. It's not uncommon for a sale to last for only a couple of days. Here are a few that will expire before the Travel section goes to press on Sunday. *Aer Lingus has a September sale on...

By Carol Sottili | July 10, 2007; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Next Stop: Fargo?

In case you missed it, AAA announced earlier this week where you should go for vacation this summer if you want to save some money. But first, here's where you shouldn't go. According to an Associated Press story, "a family of two adults and two children could expect to pay...

By John Deiner | June 1, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Summer Sale: Fly to London

A rare summer sale to London has been announced, but act fast: Tickets must be purchased by midnight EDT on Thursday. British Airways is offering round-trip fares of $780, including taxes, from Washington Dulles or BWI to London Heathrow (fares on other airlines have decreased since the BA sale was...

By Carol Sottili | April 24, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Cheap Can Flying Get?

It's often occurred to me that it's cheaper to fly now than it was 30 years ago. I remember paying $99 each way on People Express to fly from LA to NY in the late 1970s, about the same price you'll get with a good sale today. My mother swears...

By Carol Sottili | April 11, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deals That Require Action

Short-lived deals are gaining popularity with airlines. Guess it's a good way to fill seats without commiting to long-term sale fares. They're often advertised only through the airline Web sites, or via e-mail to those who sign up for notifications. This week, discount airlines are pounding each other in the...

By Carol Sottili | March 22, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Discounted Hotels in the Sun

With snow blowin' around along the East Coast and temperatures in the subfreezing ranges, a getaway to somewhere warm is in order. Scouring the hotels in warm destinations, we have come across some good deals, including one place offering rooms at 50 percent off in Miami. * If you book...

By Gary Lee | March 8, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Private Tour Guides: Worth It?

Most times I like poking around cities on my own. But sometimes a great tour guide offers glimpes of a place that I would have a tough time discovering on my own. Not long ago, I found myself in need of a guide who could take visiting friends around Washington....

By Gary Lee | March 5, 2007; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (19)

Ooh La La

Air France is launching new daytime flights from JFK to Paris beginning May 1, and is offering a very good sale fare on those flights. The daily nonstop leaves New York at 7:50 a.m. (gets into Paris at 9 p.m.), so you'll either have to get up at 0-dark-30 to...

By Carol Sottili | March 1, 2007; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wednesday Deals: Part II

Hot off the presses: British Airways just announced a three-day sale. Fly from Washington Dulles or Baltimore for $298 plus $158 taxes. That's a grand total of $456. You have to fly Feb. 28-March 25 on Monday-Wednesday to get the cheapest fares, and you have to stay over a Saturday...

By Carol Sottili | February 21, 2007; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wednesday Deals!

We have a few quick deals this week. Airtran is offering a two-day sale that expires tomorrow. Fares start at $39 each way plus taxes from BWI to Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Dayton, Ohio; and Rochester, N.Y. Rules include 10-day advance purchase and travel by May 23 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or...

By Carol Sottili | February 21, 2007; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Short-Lived Airfare Deals

Here are two deals that expire before we can get them into the paper: * JetBlue has a coast-to-coast sale: $99 each way (about $219 round trip with taxes) from Washington Dulles to three cities in California: San Diego, Oakland and Long Beach. But you have to buy no later...

By Carol Sottili | February 7, 2007; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deals to Go

Deals with short shelf lives include: * Cheapcaribbean.com has a deal on a five-night all-inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic. Price starts at $577 per person double including airfare from Washington for travel April 10-Dec. 22. But you have to book it by Feb. 7. Deal includes travel insurance. Priced...

By Carol Sottili | February 1, 2007; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spirit Air Strikes Again

Spirit Airlines announced its third new destination from Fort Lauderdale in the last week -- San Jose, Costa Rica (Haiti and St. Maarten earlier this week). It's offering 8-cent fares each way on certain dates, but they sell out within a few hours. Plus fares out are good April...

By Carol Sottili | January 24, 2007; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (7)

Now You See Them....

Two 48-hour airline sales to take a look at. Airtran's systemwide sale ended Jan. 18, but it's back for an encore. You have until midnight tomorrow to book the sale; fares start at $39 each way (plus taxes) from Baltimore to Boston or Rochester. You have to travel by March...

By Carol Sottili | January 24, 2007; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Haitian Vacation?

Spirit Air announced Thursday that it's going to start flying to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from Fort Lauderdale starting March 22. And to sweeten the pot, it's offering 5-cent fares. It's a bit of a tease, because only a few dates are available at those rates. And when you add the taxes,...

By Carol Sottili | January 19, 2007; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

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...

By Carol Sottili | January 17, 2007; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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