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THE BIG BARGAIN FOR JUNE 2 TO JUNE 14, 2012
Europe: A New Old Summer Business-Class Sale
The original summer business-class sale to Europe ended on May 31 and it only took seconds for several carriers to repost a new promotion. The good news: The travel dates (mostly July and August) remain the same, the advance-purchase rule has been knocked down to 28 days and you now have until Thursday, June 7, to purchase seats. And, amazingly enough, fares are roughly the same--in fact, a few dollars cheaper in many cases--than the original sales first mounted back in March. Here's what we've seen on tap now. And a reminder: Since Lufthansa and SAS have mounted sales, assume Star Alliance partner United Airlines is also offering the same fares. Ditto for Delta Air Lines since its SkyTeam partners Air France and Alitalia have offered new summer sales.

AER LINGUS
Travel Period: July 1 to August 22 with blackout dates
Minimum stay: Saturday night
Book by: June 7 with 28-day advance purchase restriction
Sample roundtrip fares: $2,631 from New York/JFK to Dublin; $2,271 from Boston to Shannon
Link: The Business Class Sale page

AIR FRANCE
Travel Period: June 29 to September 3 for departures with a last return date of September 6
Minimum stay: 3 days
Book by: June 7 with 28-day advance purchase restriction
Sample roundtrip fares to Paris/CDG: $2,535 from New York/JFK; $2,805 from Pittsburgh; $3,061 from Miami or Orlando; $3,461 from Detroit, San Francisco, or Los Angeles
Other roundtrip fares: $2,863 from New York to Rome; $3,675 from Atlanta to Madrid
Link: The Summer Business Class page

ALITALIA
Travel Period: June 29 to September 3
Minimum stay: 3 days
Book by: June 7 with 28-day advance purchase restriction
Sample roundtrip fares to Rome: $3,114 from New York/JFK; $3,854 from Miami; $4,294 from Los Angeles
Link: The Cheap Flights page

LUFTHANSA
Travel Period: June 29 to September 1 for departures; returns must be completed by September 6
Minimum stay: Saturday night
Book by: June 28 with 28-day advance purchase restriction
Sample roundtrip fares to Frankfurt: $2,517 from New York/JFK; $2,737 from Chicago
Other roundtrip fares: $2,309 from New York to Copenhagen; $3,006 from Detroit to Munich
Link: The Top Offers page.

SAS SCANDINAVIAN
Travel Period: June 1 to September 3
Minimum stay: Saturday night
Book by: None listed, but fare class is ZUSSUMB
Sample roundtrip fares: Newark to Copenhagen for $2,249; Washington/Dulles to Oslo for $2,419; Chicago to Helsinki for $2,419
Note: SAS is also selling seats in its Economy Extra premium economy class for a set price of $1,619 roundtrip between three U.S. cities (Newark, Washington and Chicago) and four Nordic destinations (Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki). Restrictions are the same as the business-class sale.
Link: The Summer Sale page

SWISS INTERNATIONAL
Travel Period: June 29 to September 1
Minimum stay: Saturday night
Book by: June 28 with 28-day advance purchase restriction
Sample roundtrip fares to Zurich: $2,460 from New York/JFK; $2,900 from Miami; $2,680 from Boston; $3,340 from San Francisco
Other roundtrip fares: $4,255 from Los Angeles to Athens; $2,929 from Chicago to Geneva
Link: The Special Offers page

VIRGIN ATLANTIC
Travel Period: June 29 to September 3 with blackout dates
Minimum stay: Saturday night
Book by: June 7
Sample roundtrip fares to London: $2,624 from New York/JFK or Newark; $2,800 from Chicago; and $3,346 from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fares may be higher on weekends.
Link: The Upper Class page

THIS WEEK'S OTHER NOTABLE TRAVEL BARGAIN
US Airways: Double Dividend Miles When You Buy Miles in June
This has really become a US Airways thing: Give you a 100 percent bonus when you buy miles during a specified period. This time, it's during June. You can purchase as many as 50,000 miles and receive a bonus of 50,000 miles for a total price of $1,750 and a fee of about $130. While that isn't quite as cheap as in some past promotions, you're still buying miles for less than 2 cents each. And 100,000 miles translates into low-season business class seats to Europe or South America. So if you have plans for an off-season trip--I never recommend buying miles just for the sake of inflating a balance--you might want to jump on this version of the sale. Information: the US Airways Buy Miles page.

AIRLINE BARGAINS THAT MERIT YOUR ATTENTION
Malaysia Airlines: LAX to Tokyo, Cheap Up Front, If You Can Wait
The Japanese market is rebounding after last year's devastating earthquake, but you can still find bargains up front. Submitted for your approval: Malaysia Airlines' $4,609 all-in roundtrip price in business class from Los Angeles to Narita Airport in Tokyo. But the fare won't be valid for travel until August 1, although the window stays open until November 30. Still, waiting a while is worth it: The late summer and fall price is almost $2,500 less than Malaysia is currently charging on the route. Another nice perk: There's no minimum stay required. Information: The Deals of the Day page.

Air Tahiti Nui: Kids Fly Free. Adults Have to Pay.
When I was growing up in New York back in the day, a vacation was the 180-mile trip to Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. Or, if we were lucky, a quickie road trip to Washington. But that is clearly walking-five-miles-in-the-snow thinking thanks to the latest promotion from Air Tahiti Nui. It'll fly two kids free from Los Angeles to Tahiti when two adults travel with them. The price: as low as $1,631 roundtrip for each adult in the low season (May, November and early December). The promotion is valid for flights at a slightly higher price at other times. Information: the Tahiti Family Special page.

British Airways: Age (or at Least an AARP Card) Has Its Privileges
Discounts for AARP members are fairly standard in the travel industry--at least on the ground. But AARP has also swung a deal with British Airways. The discount isn't an opaque "percent off" or "special price" promotion. It's a simple dollars-off deal on any fare you can find. As an AARP member, you'll receive $400 roundtrip off any first or business-class ticket. World Traveler Plus flyers receive $150 off roundtrips to Britain or $200 off a connecting ticket beyond London. There's even a deal for coach flyers: $75 roundtrip to Britain and $100 on connecting flights to Europe or beyond. Discounts are valid for travel until March 31, 2013, if you book by October 31. Information: the Save page.

HOTEL FREQUENT-GUEST PROMOTIONS TO CONSIDER
Priority Club: 20,000 Bonus Points for Three Months of Stays
Priority Club Rewards, the frequency program that covers the InterContinental Family of hotels, is out with its summer promotion. It is offering 1,000 bonus points a night between June 1 and September 3. You can claim the bonus points at any of Priority Club's properties, including Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and the Candlewood and Staybridge Suites chains. Advance registration is required. Information: the Earn 1,000 Points Every Night page.

Choice Hotels: Two Late Spring and Early Summer Stays Earn a $50 Gift Card
Choice Hotels, that chaotic collection of lower-priced brands, is out with a late spring and early summer promotion: Every two stays earn enough Choice Privileges points for a $50 gift card. The promotional period runs until August 15 and is valid if you book at ChoiceHotels.com or via its 800-4CHOICE phone center. Among the cards you can claim are those from select gas stations and home-improvement chains, Macy's, Sears or a few dining chains. You must register in advance, of course, and you can do it here.

Starwood Preferred Guest: When 'Nice Choice' Becomes Crazy Convolution
Starwood Preferred Guest has a new promotion called Nice Choice. But there is a point where choice becomes convolution and Starwood probably has reached it here. First, you have to choose from three earnings periods--90-day chunks from May 1 to September 30. Then you have to choose from among four earnings styles: SPG points, free nights, merchandise credits or elite-status credits. Finally, you have to choose your benefit: everything from 500 points a night at Sheraton properties to free weekend nights. I wish I could help you figure out what to choose, but it really does matter when you're traveling this summer, whether you prefer point or free nights or if you need extra elite-status qualification. Besides, it all made my head hurt. There is a bit of good news: All Starwood properties are playing in this one. No matter what you're planning on doing, you must register by June 30. Oh, by the way, one more annoying thing: You can't even see your options until you enter your SPG membership number. Information: the Go Ahead, Be Choosy page.

Hyatt Gold Passport: Earn Up to 24,500 Airline Credits Instead of Points
Hyatt Gold Passport's summertime promotion suggests that you might want airline credits instead of Gold Passport points. If you do, then you can choose one of a baker's dozen of U.S. and international carriers on which to earn upwards of 24,500 miles, points or kilometers. Hyatt's general rules work like this: For the second and third stays between May 1 and August 31, you'll earn four times the standard amount of airline credits that Hyatt offers. On stays four through eleven, you'll earn five times the normal amount of airline credits. You can only choose one airline to earn with during the promotion. You must register your choice of carrier in advance and give your frequent flyer number at each check-in. Among the participating airlines are American, Delta, Southwest and United as well as British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa. More information and the registration process are at the Make Your Next Stay 5X More Rewarding page.

Marriott Rewards: Our Summer Promotion, Private and Otherwise
Marriott Rewards continues to play peek-a-boo with its rewards promotions. Its summer deal, prosaically named Summer Bonus, publicly offers a free night after every second stay between June 1 and August 31. But as anyone who plays the Marriott Rewards program knows, their metaphorical mileage is sure to differ. Marriott targets and tailors its promotions and you really don't know what you're being offered until you check your account page. Some travelers are offered better or worse free room offers, others are induced with points. The public offer will allow you to earn up to three free nights at Category 1-4 hotels during the promotional period. You must register by June 30 to play. The free nights are valid for a year after you earn them. Information: the Imagine More page.

Hyatt/Chase: Elite Status and a Free Hyatt Credit Card for a Year
The Hyatt Visa Card from Chase may not be the richest credit card on the market now, but it is a compelling acquisition: You receive two free nights after your first purchase, three points per dollar charged at Hyatt and instant Platinum Level status in the Gold Passport program. (Yeah, I know, platinum status in a gold program...) The Hyatt Card is also one of the first with the "smart chip" technology so popular overseas. It doesn't charge foreign exchange fees, either. All in all, a good deal. But it's even better now that Chase is giving you a $75 statement credit when you take the card and that effectively offsets the card's $75 annual fee in the first year. Information: the Two Award Nights page.

Wyndham Rewards: Double Points and a Night at the Movies
Wyndham Rewards, the frequency program of Wyndham, Wingate, Baymont and a passel of economy brands, has a second-quarter promotion with a twist. Each stay will earn double points and two stays will also earn you a pair of movie tickets. The promotion is pointing you in the direction of the Avengers flick that opens next month, but the tickets are actually valid for any film showing in the participating theaters. The promotion period runs until July 8 and registration is required. Information: the Stay 2 Get 3 page.

Hilton HHonors: A Double-Points Promotion With Lots of Hotel Opt-Outs
Hilton HHonors has been devaluated so dramatically and so surreptitiously lately that I'm not sure any promotion has any real value. But if you still collect HHonors points, here's the second-quarter deal: double points or double miles if you're collecting airline miles on stays. The chain also continues to permit a massive amount of "opt-outs," which is jargon for hotels in the system that won't award double points or miles no matter what the chain is doing. The deal, which runs April 1 to June 30, has more than 325 opt-outs--at least 100 more than last year. Of course, registration in required.

THE BEST CURRENT HOTEL DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
Hyatt: A Free Night, Free Breakfast and Late Checkout All Year
About 100 Hyatt Hotels have very quietly launched a promotion called Free Time that includes a clutch of nice perks: a free third night after a two-night stay, free breakfast for two each day of your stay and a 2 p.m. checkout. Better yet, the deal is available through the end of the year at the participating U.S., Caribbean and Canadian hotels. (A slightly different offer is available to guests of the other participating Hyatt hotels.) Some other nice bits: You have until November 30 to book and the appropriate rate (coded FRTIME) does not require pre-payment. As far as I can tell, Free Time rates seem to be pricing out about $25 a night higher than the standard tariff at most Hyatt properties. So that means you're paying about $50 for the "free" night and "free" breakfasts. That's probably as close to "free" as you're actually going to get in today's lodging environment. Information: the Free Night Into Free Time page.

Hilton: Another Semi-Phony Summer-Sale Promotion
It's getting harder and harder to take anything the Hilton Family says seriously and that includes its so-called sales. The current one, dubbed Hilton HHonors Great Getaway Sale, promises discounts of as much as 40 percent for stays until late September when you book by July 23. That breaks down to 20 percent off in the Americas, 25 percent in Africa and parts of the Eastern Mediterranean, as much as 33 percent off in Asia and Australia and as much as 40 percent off in Europe. The problem? The prices don't actually seem much different than before the sale was announced last week. In some cases, the Getaway Sale price is not only higher than other currently available rates, but also higher than a price in effect last week. Still, peck around and you might find a deal if you are determined enough to stick with Hilton. Oh, one other caveat: The rates are prepaid and non-refundable. The only published blackout dates are for British properties around the periods of the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Information: the 40% Off page.

Hotels: Best Western and InterContinental Offer $50 Rebates
The Best Western and InterContinental chains are both out with $50 rebate offers, but the terms and conditions are radically different. At Best Western, you'll have to complete three separate stays before June 3. At InterContinental, you'll get your reward if you complete a two-night stay at a participating property by August 2. Best Western will deliver your rebate electronically. At IHG, however, you'll have to complete paperwork and do a mail-in to receive the MasterCard branded rebate card. Naturally, both chains require you to register in advance. Click here for details and terms of the Best Western offer. Click here for the InterContinental terms.

Chase: 60,000 Bonus Points When You Take a Priority Club Card
Chase is a travel affinity card powerhouse, issuing the credit cards for United, Southwest, Marriott, Hyatt, British Airways and several other firms. And it frequently pumps up interest in the cards with massive "acquisition bonuses" that make savvy travelers sit up and take notice. (Not to mention apply for the card.) Latest to get the big-bonus treatment: the Priority Club Rewards Select Visa. Chase is currently offering 60,000 points the first time you use the card. That's the equivalent of four free nights in some Holiday Inn and most Holiday Inn Express properties. The card itself also isn't bad on a continuing basis: no foreign-exchange fees; five points on charges at Priority Pass hotels; two points on gas, grocery and dining charges; gold priority status; a 10 percent rebate on points claimed; and no annual fee for the first year. Information: the Immerse yourself page.

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THE FINE PRINT Nobody pays their way onto this page. I post the deals solely for the benefit of members based on my perception of what is a great price or a terrific value. The prices do not include applicable taxes unless specifically stated. Assume there are weird restrictions and caveats I never thought to ask about. Unless otherwise stated, you should be able to book these deals at any travel agency or directly from the listed travel supplier. Never assume that these prices (or any price listed publicly) are the lowest that are available. You should always ask if thereís a cheaper price or better deal. Virtually everything is capacity controlled or subject to blackout days, based on availability and subject to abrupt change whenever they think they can squeeze us for a few extra bucks. 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

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