It’s almost February and we still have no travel plans for 2016! *gasp* The year started pretty slow for us – we have a few ideas of where we want to go, but haven’t booked anything. This is a little bit shocking to our friends and family who keep asking where we’re off to this year. By this time last year we had already snatched a great deal to Rio. With gas prices continuing to plummet, I expected that there would be a lot of cheap flights, especially to Asia. So, this morning when I found out that American Airlines was having a great sale on flights from major cities in the US to Asia with flexible dates, I tried to jump on it. Continue reading
United is having a huge sale for flights going from most East coast cities to Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam. For about $600 including taxes and fees, you’ll get a round trip ticket to Asia, that’s a pretty unbeatable deal! The dates are mostly for late summer to early fall, which is when you’d want to be in Southeast Asia anyways – to skip out on the sweltering heat.
Ho Chi Minh is my hometown and I grew up there, so I always welcome an opportunity to go back. Plus the food is amazing, so that’s a bonus. When I saw these prices, I was very excited, so if you’re looking to visit Asia this fall, reserve your tickets now before they are all gone. Just a reminder – United does allow you to cancel within 24 hours without any penalties. When you put in the date of your flight, make sure you select the ‘flexible date’ option to give you a better chance of finding the cheaper tickets. Book your ticket and look forward to a steaming bowl of pho on the other side of the world.
Just saw another deal to Asia, this time going from Toronto to Singapore. This one won’t last long and availability is pretty limited. Some flights can be booked as American Airlines codeshares (meaning: you can earn full AA elite qualifying miles as long as you book them with AA flight numbers). These flights go from Toronto through ORD (Chicago) or JFK (New York). Then you transfer onto Cathay Pacific all the way to Singapore. If you’ve never flown on Cathay Pacific, you don’t know what you’re missing! Other airlines like United and Delta are also matching these reduced rates. These fare war are great for us travelers. Continue reading
Last night, while we were watching TV and decompressing after a very long week, Fausto casually mentioned to me that he reserved tickets to Vienna, Austria on Halloween weekend. And when I say weekend, I literally mean weekend. We are going on another mileage run (a short trip that helps you accumulate more miles in your airline program and achieve status).
I am relatively new to this whole weekend travel business. Before, when I think of traveling, I usually think of a trip that lasts for at least a week (anything shorter doesn’t seem to be worth the airline ticket). You need time to acclimate and familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, not to mention you need time to relax and really enjoy being away. This past year, due to work and personal obligations, we were very short on time. That’s when Fausto convinced me to take a weekend trip to Tokyo and Seoul on Thanksgiving weekend. Two cities, across the other side of the world in four days, sure why not. I find that it’s usually not too hard to convince me to go somewhere, especially some place I’ve never been.
If you are looking to go to Europe and/or Asia for cheap, check out Priceline right now. Due to a pricing mistake (yay us!), Priceline is showing fares from New York to Milan and Prague to Tokyo for $237. Or if you so incline, you can switch out Tokyo for Bangkok for $359. These are multi-city fares and were priced out today around 10:30 am and they still work. Multiple dates and cities are available, but you have to be persistent and flexible as you play around with the different combinations.