Steals & Deals for 2018
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEALS
I've written about travel bargains as long as I've written about business travel, which dates back to (yikes!) 1983. Nobody pays their way onto these pages. I post deals solely for the benefit of members based on my perception of what is a great price, a terrific value or a unique opportunity. Unless otherwise stated, you should be able to book these deals online, at any travel agency or directly from the listed travel supplier. And please do not suspend your inbred skepticism. Donít blame me if these deals are sold out when you try to book at these prices, but do let me know if you think that we're being scammed. It's important to expose the fakers and phonies. -- Joe Brancatelli


JUNE 14, 2018
Larger-than-usual credit card acquisition bonuses from United (Chase) and American (Citi). Air Canada offers a global premium economy fare sale. Air New Zealand revives a fare promo to the South Pacific with huge coach, premium economy and business class discounts. Avis and Budget offer bonus American AAdvantage points.

JUNE 7, 2018
Singapore Airlines is reviving the world's longest nonstop between Newark and Singapore and offers a fabulous deal on premium economy fares. Some long-overdue summer business class sale fares are posted by Alitalia, KLM and Lufthansa. And more.

MAY 31, 2018
Business class bargains on select (and odd) routes to Europe and Asia. A small hotel chain makes it easy to understand its bundles. Best Western kicks back $20 on a stay. Big bonuses and rate reductions at the remade Radisson. And many more.

MAY 10, 2018
Just two weeks left to score up to $300 off summer travel to Europe on Aer Lingus. Radisson makes you jump through hoops for a $25 gift card. Hyatt knocks 20 percent off rates in Atlanta and Miami. Chase's new Marriott card offers a 100,000-point acquisition bonus. Earn 1,000 Starwood points for a three-day Hertz rental. And more.

APRIL 26, 2018
Bummed by hotel frequency devaluations? Well, there are other chains out there and they are discounting for summer travel. A Death Valley/Star Wars hotel package. Hilton offers double points for summer bookings. Hainan Airlines drops coach prices to China below $500 roundtrip. Lufthansa keeps dealing on premium economy. And more.

APRIL 19, 2018
Save up to $300 roundtrip on business travel airfares to Europe this summer. Save 20 percent on Hawaiian coffee, candies, cookies and more. Take a unique trip to several former Soviet Republics--and get me (literally) as a bonus. A special perk when you rent a Thai villa. All four deals are available only to JoeSentMe members.

APRIL 12, 2018
Cathay Pacific's summer business class sale has brilliant prices from Chicago. KLM's summer business class sale has wondrous fares from the West Coast. NH Hotels knocks 30 percent off room rates in Europe and South America. Chase plugs a new InterContinental credit card with a big acquisition bonus. And more.

APRIL 5, 2018
Hainan Airlines cuts coach fares to China below $500 roundtrip. Marriott and Starwood move in lockstep on their next quarterly promotion. Looking for cheap business class to Europe this summer? Finnair promotes Russia and Finland with rock-bottom prices. Lufthansa puts premium economy on sale. Avis/Budget and American have a mileage promotion. And more.

MARCH 29, 2018
Alaska Airlines revives the $99 transcon flight. Hainan Airlines offers eye-popping business class fares to "secondary" China cities and great rates to Beijing and Shanghai, too. Norwegian sells sub-$700 premium cabin fares to Europe from three cities. And more.

MARCH 22, 2018
OpenSkies offers its last premium economy seats to Paris for under $900 roundtrip. Free hotel night promotions from Accor and Choice. Lufthansa cuts the price of premium economy to Europe again. Singapore Airlines slices business class fares on its nonstop U.S. flights to Asia and Europe. And more.

MARCH 8, 2018
La Compagnie is back to $1,400 roundtrip in business to Paris--but now to Orly instead. Hainan slashes the price of business class travel to China to as little as $2,000 roundtrip. Amex offers 70,000 bonus miles--and MQMs, too--for its Delta card. Fairmont slashes early spring room rates. One last chance for a Southern Italy trip with a JoeSentMe discount.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
KLM slashes coach fares to Africa. Hyatt offers 500-1,000 bonus points per night until mid-May. Premium economy to Europe dips below $1,400 roundtrip. Carlson knocks 30 percent off room rates at hundreds of hotels worldwide. Best Western offers a small cash incentive. Amtrak offers cheap weekend trains to Montreal.

FEBRUARY 8, 2018
India from $635 roundtrip in coach and $2,785 in business class. Alaska Airlines slashes prices of transcon flights. Free stopovers on new flights to Milan. A free night after two stays at Wyndham. Big business class discounts on business class to Asia. Huge Rapid Rewards bonuses for National Car rentals.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018
This week: Paris in business class for $1,600 roundtrip (or maybe $1,800). China in business class for $3,400 roundtrip. Free spa treatments for Delta super-elites. Hyatt Visa brings home the bacon (and other groceries) and a 10 percent rebate. Marriott offers 75,000-point acquisition bonus. BA beats on the AARP discount again. And many more.

JANUARY 18, 2018
Meridiana discounts its new U.S.-Milan nonstops. Accor's global sale. Silvercar knocks 40 percent off weekly rentals with a special code. British Airways cuts its AARP discount--again. And more.

JANUARY 4, 2018
Amtrak revives its winter promotion in the Northeast Corridor. Emirates slashes business class fares to India and other destinations. A New York all-suites chain reduces rates for stays in January and February. And more.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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