Steals & Deals by Joe Brancatelli for 2013
MAY 9, 2013
Airlines offer up some tepid summer business-class fares to London. OpenSkies discounts its business-class flights to Paris for summer. Marriott's "unexpected" bonus promotion looks a lot like the old MegaBonus promotion with a new name. And more.
MAY 2, 2013
Cathay Pacific is offering deep discounts on business-class flights to Hong Kong this summer. Air France finally posts its summer sale and there are bargains on both business-class and premium economy seats. Best Western will give you $50 for three stays in about 30 days. American Airlines and rental car firms offer big mileage bonuses. US Airways is selling miles again and maybe you can profit by the promotion.
APRIL 25, 2013
Like its parent Lufthansa, Swiss International is now offering discounted first- and business-class flights for summer travel to Europe. Hertz and Delta renew a familiar deal for big SkyMiles bonuses on rentals. Holiday Inn Resorts wants to give you $100 back this spring, but you'll have to jump through hoops to get it.
APRIL 18, 2013
Aer Lingus posts a Europe-wide summer sale with the best prices so far. Accor hotels knock up to 50 percent off nightly rates worldwide in a supposedly "private" sale. Starwood Preferred Guest will give you bonus Starpoints for booking via its phone app.
APRIL 11, 2013
Air France offers the rarest of the rare: a fare sale to Africa destinations. How to fly business class for less to South Italy this summer. Malaysia Airlines offers business-class seats to Tokyo for pennies from LAX. And more.
APRIL 4, 2013
American Airlines rolls out a summer business-class fare sale to Europe. Cathay Pacific offers attractive premium-economy fares to Hong Kong. Aer Lingus is selling cheap business-class upgrades to Shannon. Sheraton dangles 1,000 points for stays on its Club Level.
MARCH 28, 2013
Alitalia has posted its summer business-class sale and, unfortunately, it's less than magnifico. Qatar Airways slashes business-class fares on flights from Washington to Asia. Hertz has a low price on small cars for weekend airport rentals. Hilton HHonors wants you to earn bonus devalued points.
MARCH 21, 2013
United's summer business-class sale as a hollow echo of Continental's once-great deals. Lufthansa surprises with a summer sale to Europe in first class. Amtrak offers double points on rail trips until May 18. US Airways offers big bonuses for flights on its East Coast Air Shuttle.
MARCH 14, 2013
American Airlines selectively cuts the cost of first- and business-class flights to China. If you got ten grand, you can have two nights in a suite in Charlotte--and the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, too. Citi offers a 50,000-mile bonus on its best AAdvantage credit card. Thrifty offers a gigantic bonus in MileagePlus for car rentals.
MARCH 7, 2013
Major car rental companies are offering attractive one-rate rates if you drive their vehicles out of Florida and Arizona this spring. British Airways celebrates the arrival of the Airbus A380 in Los Angeles with a sale on the LAX-London route. A bad business-class sale from Lufthansa nevertheless offers up one stunning price. Chase and Marriott offer 50,000 bonus points to take a credit card.
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Renting a car long ago stopped being a good source of airline miles. But American AAdvantage and Delta SkyMiles have deals that seriously up the ante again. JetBlue flies into Charleston with great sale fares--if you can handle the restrictions. Choice Rewards is offering a free night (sorta) after two stays.
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
LAN has emerged as our one reliable source for business-class bargains to Latin America. The problem: You have to hunt and peck for their deals, which aren't consistent or even logical. Meanwhile, Alitalia will pay you for your E-mail address.
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Without much fanfare, the big airlines are offering deeply discounted business-class seats to Europe for the Easter and Passover holidays. Prices start at around $2,700 roundtrip from New York and $3,000 from the West Coast. Hyatt offers bonus points (and a bonus for using a Chase Hyatt Visa) for late winter/early spring stays. Cathay Pacific offers bargain fares on premium economy seats to India.
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Air New Zealand cuts business-class fares to London for the summer. American Airlines posts a first-class sale on flights to Asia. Lufthansa offers last-minute booking on business-class Europe flights for Easter. Four Points by Sheraton offers 30 percent off room rates for AAA members.
JANUARY 31, 2013
SAS is first in with a summer sale on business-class travel to Europe. Prices are up sharply from last year in New York, but surprisingly gentle from SAS' new West Coast gateway. Amtrak offers a free ride on Acela this summer after three winter trips. Best Western offers a free night after three separate stays. And the best hotel in Hong Kong offers a second night free in its breathtakingly lovely (and breathtakingly expensive) suites.
JANUARY 24, 2013
Malaysia Airlines offers up a startling low price on business-class to Tokyo. American Airlines offers a business-class sale from Miami to Latin America. Lufthansa mounts an Easter sale for business-class travel to Europe. And more.
JANUARY 17, 2013
LAN slashes the price of business-class travel on some Latin American routes. EVA offers nice bargains on premium-economy flights to Asia. British Airways has revived its two-free-room-nights promotion with winter ticket purchases. And many more.
JANUARY 10, 2013
If it's a new year, it's time for major hotel families to roll out first-quarter promotions. Here's what's on tap from Starwood, Hilton, Marriott and Choice. Meanwhile, Air France offers big winter and spring savings on its Premium Economy class to Paris and beyond. Radisson Blu offers a year-long weekend sale on its UK and Irish hotels.
JANUARY 3, 2013
OpenSkies cuts the price of Paris travel to just $1,200 roundtrip in its near-business class. Cathay Pacific's new Premium Economy cabin is selling for just $2,000 roundtrip on the New York-Hong Kong run. Carlson offers triple points on hotel stays in the first quarter. Amtrak offers you a free roundtrip after you buy two trips in the Northeast Corridor.
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