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
It’s that time of year again when people are looking to do their mileage run to build up their status for the following year. We did this last year by flying to Japan and South Korea on the Thanksgiving weekend. When you are doing something like this, you want to look for long flights, preferably to Asia or Africa with low airfares. Basically getting the most miles for your money. Continue reading
It’s that time again when the summer is winding down and Broadway week is kicking off. For the first two weeks of September you can get 2-for-1 tickets to a lot of shows including Lion King, Mamma Mia, Chicago and many other new and old favorites. If you are around the city, it’s the perfect time to catch that show that you’ve been thinking of going to, but never had the chance. The show that I’ve been dying to see is Phantom of the Opera, a classic. If you are not from the city, Fall is also the perfect season to visit.
If you are going to Paris this summer, there might be a way for you to score a reasonably priced hotel room. I just read an article on CNN about a program called payez ce que vous voulez or pay what you will that’s being promoted at several hotels in Paris from July 21 to August 10. This is the first time I’ve heard of the notion of “honesty rates”. It’s a novel idea, letting the guests decide on the fair rate they would like pay for a night stay in the hotel. I know from past experience that hotels in Paris can be very expensive, so the opportunity to decide on what you want to pay in the peak summer season seems too good to be true. Continue reading