JetBlue Hot Seats – Save 90%!

UPDATE 7/16 11:24 pm: Today was the first day of the deal we learned that departure from NYC must be on the 17th or 18th and return to NYC must be on the 21st or 22nd. This pattern of immediate departures is likely to continue the rest of the week, which makes it a bit more difficult to take advantage of for some but not impossible. Good luck and I hope you have days off from work!

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Look out, NYC. When the temperature hits 90 degrees, JetBlue is offering a limited amount of flights from JFK/LGA/EWR for 90% off!

Just visit their page for more details.

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HOW IT WORKS

Visit our site daily now through July 20, 2013 to check the temperature in New York’s Central Park courtesy of weather.com.

• Starting at 12PM if the temperature hits 90°+ degrees, we’ll unveil a very limited quantity of promo codes good for 90% off* the base fare of a roundtrip, nonstop JetBlue flight from New York’s JFK, LGA or EWR airports. New bookings only.

• Travel will be valid only on the departure and return dates specified for the particular promo code. Roundtrip purchase required. Must depart from/return to the same airport.

• Only a very limited amount of promo codes will be available, so grab ‘em while it’s hot! Once they’re gone, well, they’re gone, or until the next time it hits 90°F this week!

Obviously, the supply will be VERY limited at these prices, but it’s something to keep an eye out for.

And if you’ve been in NYC lately, you know it’ll be 90 degrees even before noon so get ready at 12:00 PM every day this week!

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Hat tip to NYCAviation.

Fare Alert: NYC-MSY $130-150 RT!

New Orleans is a blast! Enough said…

This fare was published earlier today, but I haven’t gotten a chance to write about it until now. Luckily, all the availability is still around!

Delta is having a fare sale for LGA-MSY for $130 RT.

United is having a fare sale for EWR-MSY for $150 RT.

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The fare is valid from July – October 31st.

Here are a few sample dates:

Click the picture to be taken to the Delta booking page via Hipmunk.com!

Click the picture to be taken to the Delta booking page via Hipmunk.com!

Click the picture to be taken to the United booking page via Hipmunk.com!

Click the picture to be taken to the United booking page via Hipmunk.com!

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Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 4 Announced!

Here are the deals for Daily Getaways 2013 Week 4!

As usual, paying with an American Express card will get you a 10% discount at checkout.

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Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 4

Personally, there is barely anything of interest to me in Week 4. Sadly, this seems to be the trend for this year’s Daily Getaways and me.

The only deal I like is the same deal I like from Week 3, the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) points. It’s a fairly decent price for IHG points if you’re looking to stay at some more expensive InterContinental hotels.

Side note, I find the “Get the Paula Deen Treatment at Harrah’s Tunica” deal to be quite horrible timing all things considered.

If you’re interested in ways to utilize the IHG Rewards Club points or the deals for this coming week, June 24-28, visit a previous post.

Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 3 Announced!

Daily Getaways 2013 Week 3 deals have been announced!

They’ve been posted on the Daily Getaways website.

Just about all of the deals are the same ones from 2012, with a couple of hotel deals that are new for 2013.

If you’re looking for some insight on the deals for Weeks 1 & 2, head over to this post that I wrote a few weeks ago.

Remember: Paying with an American Express card will get you an additional 10% off.

Daily Getaways 2013 - Week 3

Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 3

Deal To Watch Out For

The obvious choice here is the Friday June 28th deal for Intercontinental / Priority Club (IHG) Rewards Club points.

  • 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $100*
  • 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $167*
  • 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $325*
  • 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $630*

*By using an American Express card for that extra 10% discount, one point will cost you 0.56 – 0.6 cents. About half a penny per point.

These points can be used for any IHG hotel – Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental.

Whether or not this is a good deal is up to you. If you use the points towards an expensive property like the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, then it’s an unbelievable deal.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

50,000 points will get you a free night at an amazing resort in an exotic destination where paid nights usually go for upwards of $800.

Points Math

Scenario 1: Buy 100k points from Daily Getaways for $567. Redeem those 100k points for 2 nights at the IC Bora Bora.  You just paid $567 for 2 nights, which equals $283.50 per night.

Scenario 2: Pay the cash rate for 2 nights at the IC Bora Bora for about $800 per night + taxes. Go and search ihg.com to confirm it yourself!

I think I know which scenario I’d rather be in!

IHG Reward Nights

To get an idea of how the IHG Rewards program is built, check out the chart for free nights here.

There are 9 categories of hotels in the program with the highest requiring 50,000 points per reward night.

Always compare the amount of points you need to redeem for a reward night vs. how much the cash rate actually is. Sometimes, the math just won’t add up and you’re better off paying cash and earning points.

 

New York to London for 13K Miles & $98 in Coach

Update: This is ONLY available for booking until June 17th. Virgin Atlantic is running this as a promotion, something I didn’t realized at the time of the original post. So please, get your ducks in a row and take advantage of this great deal!

What’s the deal???

Angelina from Just Another Points Traveler has brought a real gem to light in her latest post.

With the help of Mile Collector, she detailed a great post about the cheapest way to get to Europe. So here it is:

You can fly one-way from either Newark (EWR) or New York (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 13,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles and $97.50!

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Newark-London: 13K Miles + $97.50

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New York-London: 13K Miles + $97.50

This deal is also scalable to Boston and Chicago, where it costs only an extra 1,000 miles:

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Boston – London: 14K Miles + $97.50

Chicago - London: 14K Miles + $97.50

Chicago – London: 14K Miles + $97.50

Is this a good deal?

Undoubtedly YES!

As she details in her post, the comparable awards are as follows:

  • United – 30,000 miles + $5
  • American – 30,000 miles + $2.50 (or 20,000 miles + $2.50 during off-peak times)
  • British Airways – 20,000 Avios + $253

Actually, the American Airlines off-peak award at 20K + $2.50 is a better award, in my opinion, but off-peak to Europe is only Oct 15 – May 15. 

New York - London: 20K AA Miles + $2.50

New York – London: 20K AA Miles + $2.50

However, for dates outside that range, 13k + $98 sounds like a great deal to me!

There seems to be a lot of availability, whether it be this summer or as far out as the schedule goes (May 2014).

Key Links & Things to Note

  • If you are not a Flying Club member, click here to register.
  • You can search award flights from the Virgin Atlantic home page.
  • Obviously, you must have a Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card (Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold/Plus) or an American Express  Membership Rewards earning card (Green, Gold, Platinum) to transfer miles to partner Virgin Atlantic.
  • The same award can work in reverse (London – NYC/BOS), but you incur a lot of surcharges when flying out of the UK.
London-New York: 13K Miles + about $281

London-New York: 13K Miles + about $281

  • To avoid the huge cash outlay, try flying out of another country. Take the Eurostar train to visit Paris or Amsterdam and then fly home from there. The taxes will drop to a very reasonable amount.

Wrap Up

Sure, it may not be the glamorous First Class trip for $500 that people are looking for. But considering how easy it is to earn Chase and Amex points, I’d say it’s a heck of a deal to a popular destination and a major European gateway.

Joann and I are busy right now trying to figure out a plan to redeem this award and also visit a few other cities while we’re there.

For our return, we’ll either use United or American miles for a one-way back to NYC. Stay tuned to see how that develops.

If you have any tips or suggestions about where to visit in under 10 days aside from London, please let us know in the comments!

Loving London Indeed!

Loving London Indeed!