Steals & Deals for 2019
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


MAY 30, 2019
Aer Lingus knocks $400 off business class fares to Dublin in August, but only for JoeSentMe members. Premium class travel to Australia or New Zealand falls as low as $2,000 roundtrip. How to get a free night at a Park Hyatt hotel (kinda, sorta, if they feel like it). Choice Hotels offers $50 gift cards after two stays. A $5 discount for Five Guys from airport-delivery app. And more

MAY 16, 2019
A spate of discounts from smaller hotel chains. Etihad offers two free nights in Abu Dhabi on connecting flights. Hyatt offers double points at MGM Hotels in Las Vegas. Hawaiian has 50,000-70,000 bonuses to take its credit cards. Singapore Airlines slashes coach and business class fares to Asia.

MAY 9, 2019
KLM mounts a global business class sale with some excellent bargains. It looks like Qatar Airways has made its "prix-fixe" business class sale pricing a permanent feature. NH Hotels knocks as much as 30 percent off summer room rates. And more.

MAY 2, 2019
Qatar Airways says it's offering a fixed-price sale on business class travel to Africa and Asia. Should you believe them? Cathay Pacific offers a modest business class sale to selected destinations. Hilton Honors rolls out another double-points promotion. Hertz and United renew a huge points offer for short rentals. Why you might not want the 120,000-mile bonus for a Radisson credit card. Chase bumps up the bonus on Sapphire Preferred cards.

APRIL 25, 2019
LAN offers a rare (if small) business class sale to South America. Member exclusive: Ten percent off a pair of Elifant Tours of Italy. Member exclusive: $100 off a pair of David Rowell-hosted tours of Scotland and France's Loire Valley.

APRIL 18, 2019
Last call for two big Marriott credit card acquisition bonuses. Double transcon miles from Alaska Air through the end of the year. India fares after Jet Airways folds. Finnair's Russia summer business class sale. And more.

APRIL 4, 2019
Hainan Airlines has cut nonstop prices to China below $400 roundtrip in coach and to $2,300 in business class. Alaska Airlines cuts transcon prices in coach. Chase offers a big acquisition bonus to take a United card. And more.

MARCH 21, 2019
Qatar Airways has "prix fixe" business class prices for global travel. Accor knocks up to 40 percent off room rates. Air Italy cuts coach fares to Milan below $400 roundtrip. And more.

MARCH 7, 2019
Qatar Airways discounts its high-quality business class--but you'll have to fly through Doha. American Express, Chase and Barclays all up the ante on credit card acquisition bonuses. Alaska Airlines wants coast-to-coast flyers to get status. And more.

FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Hainan slashes its business class fares to China. Business class flights to the South of France for $1,300 roundtrip from La Compagnie. Cambridge studies for your summer holidays are available. And more.

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
This week: Swiss discounts first class flights to Europe and Tel Aviv. Amex offers 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a no-fee credit card. Delta launches a premium economy sale to Asia. Hyatt offers bonus points for stays through May. Choice Hotels offers a free night after two stays.

FEBRUARY 7, 2019
TAP Air Portugal is knocking half off every seat every class every flight everywhere every day in February. Two stays earn a free night at Best Western. A big acquisition bonus for a Hawaiian Airlines credit card. Amtrak discounts winter weekends to Montreal. And more.

JANUARY 31, 2019
Qatar Airways cuts business class fares to India. Qantas discounts its premium economy cabin. Marriott knocks 30 percent off weekend rates in Europe. Air Italy and Alitalia go to war on Milan flights. Omni Hotels doubles up on AAA discounts. And more.

JANUARY 24, 2019
Airlines turn to premium economy bargains as business class fills up. Amtrak offers a BOGO in the Northeast Corridor. How to get a convoluted United MileagePlus bonus. And more.

JANUARY 17, 2019
The United Chase card offers 75,000 bonus miles. Singapore Airlines discounts in premium economy and business class. Radisson's 120,000-point winter promotion. British Airways re-ups its AARP discount. Cheap business class to China and the South of France. And more.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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