Bestfares.com Travel deals for the Jim Bohannon Show on April 4, 2014. These deals, as discussed on The Jimbo Show were current as of today. Prices and availability are subject to change.
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Get The Bestfares For Last Minute Travel And Summer Sun & Fun Destinations!
Planning a trip on the cheap is very simple. Keep your travel destination wide open. If you are thinking California, don’t lock yourself into just one city. Also, especially this summer, be super flexible.
We are forecasting a big super sale sometime during the first or second week of June for travel around August 25, 2014 thru December 18, 2014. We expect to see almost 100 US cities to go on sale. So if you are planning a late summer or fall trip we suggest you wait.
This spring and especially this summer you are going to need to be flexible on many routes. The cheapest airfares might only be found if you travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Flying into smaller airports is also going to be an ugly airfare versus a major city with low fare competition.
For example, when we looked at San Francisco to San Antonio, TX in peak July, for Tuesday or Wednesday travel, we were finding fares around $409 roundtrip. However, if you travel on a Sunday during July, you are looking at paying $499 roundtrip.
But, we have may have a way to lower your cost. The airfare from San Francisco to Austin, Texas on a Tuesday or Wednesday in peak July is selling for $265 roundtrip, and most other days, except Sundays, were around $300. The drive time between Austin and San Antonio is about 1 hour 15 minutes, but you would save between $140 to $200 per person in airfare cost.
Even short haul flights can be a bargain. Next weekend you can fly between Dallas and Austin for only $104 roundtrip. Or you could choose to spend four hours in a car driving each way. I think a 40 minute flight will work just great for me! I would rather deal with TSA and the airport rather than dealing with Texas traffic any day!
By looking at nearby airports you could really save some big bucks. For example, if you wanted to leave the New York City area this weekend to somewhere in the Caribbean, you could pay $621 RT to Aruba, $639 RT to Grand Cayman, or $761 roundtrip to Antigua.
However, if you want the Bestfares to a great Caribbean island, you could leave this Saturday and come back on Tuesday, departing from Newark to St. Maarten for only $300. Yes, we know it's not Aruba, Grand Cayman, or Antigua, but for less than half the price you've got a great Caribbean island destination that you can travel to this weekend, and save some major bucks by doing so.
Also, if you go to St. Maarten, I recommend trying the local guavaberry cocktail milkshake at Orient Bay. Just remember, as you face the beach, and if you walk to the right you just may end up in a nudist beach colony on the French side of the island. So if that’s not your cup of tea, head left and stay on the Dutch side of the island.
If you live in Chicago, be careful on the days you depart. If you left this Friday to Montreal or Toronto for three nights, you could pay over $1,400 roundtrip. However, if you were to go this Saturday and come back on Monday or Tuesday, you could pay as little as $299 roundtrip for your choice of either Toronto or Montreal. Come on, how many of you were thinking Montreal or Toronto, but for only $299, you may think harder about a quick trip north of the border!
We have lots of last minute destinations to take advantage of this weekend or next weekend. To get more details, please click here or the link below.
However, if you can't travel this weekend, or next and are looking for a great spring or summer cheap snooze you lose airfare that won't break the bank, please click here.
Discounted First Class Airfares For Peak Summer Travel!
Finding the Bestfares for peak summer travel will be a tough ticket. Airfares will be higher compared to last summer. If you're seeking the best airfares, then you need to be flexible. No matter how we slice it, the two cheapest days of the week to travel are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
For example, if you were to fly nonstop from Dallas to New York City's LaGuardia on either a Tuesday or Wednesday in peak July, you are facing a $319 roundtrip airfare. If you were to fly on a Saturday or Sunday for a one-week getaway, you would pay on average $449 roundtrip, per person. That's a $130 hit per person, or for a family of four, you are shelling out an extra $520 to travel on the weekend; and this in not even including what you will pay to check your bags.
Now here is the good news, if you are traveling as a family, or need to check several bags, our discounted first class airfares have dropped for peak summer. Our travel period has been extended throughout the summer through September 23, 2014.
If you are traveling with older children that can sit by themselves in the back of the plane; you may want to consider buying two first class tickets, and have the children fly in coach. You are all on the same plane, but you can reap the hidden benefits of flying first class.
The first perk would be getting to check three bags per person free when flying in first class. Let us show you how much of a benefit free checked bags can be. For example, if you are taking a one week trip between Chicago and New York City; the cheapest nonstop roundtrip airfares is $289, that is if you travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you are thinking about weekend travel the airfare jumps to $389 roundtrip, per person for Saturday and Sunday travel. Now, if you check one bag each, that's another $50 roundtrip per person. If each person checks two bags that comes out to be an additional $120 roundtrip per person.
However, our first class airfares between Chicago and New York City start as low as $449 roundtrip. Each person flying in first class can check up to three bags each at no extra charge. The smart thing to do is check all the bags for the entire family under the first class passenger. By doing so, you bypass the additional fees you would have to pay in coach to check the bags. If the two adults flew in first class that would give you six free bags, and four free roller carry-on bags.
For only a few dollars more than coach we think upgrading your summer trip, could save you some green in the long run in baggage fees. Plus, the adults get to partake in free adult beverages in first class, along with several other perks like priority boarding, more leg room, free food, and more!
While many airlines are offering upgraded coach seats with more leg room, these are the only seats on the plane that are you wider seats so there is more room for your butt. With all these free perks, I can now justify with a good conscience, why I should fly upfront this summer!
Below are a few examples of some of our first class airfares for summer travel. Remember, the cheapest days to travel will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
|Dallas to Miami $486 RT||San Francisco to Austin $509 RT|
|Dallas to Las Vegas $519 RT||San Francisco to Los Angeles $299 RT|
|New York City to Chicago $429 RT||Los Angeles to Denver $489 RT|
|New York City to Detroit $415 RT||Los Angeles to Las Vegas $219 RT|
|New York City to New Orleans $489 RT||Chicago to Washington DC $484 RT|
|Boston to Washington DC $339 RT||Atlanta to Tampa $339 RT|
|Boston to Orlando $399 RT||St. Louis to New York City $409 RT|
|Washington DC to Ft. Lauderdale $445 RT||Philadelphia to West Palm Beach $489 RT|
To check out our sample first class airfares, to get additional information on all the perks, and how to book online, please click on the link below.
Save An Additional 14% Off Frontier Airlines. Ends Tonight!
Snooze You Lose Airfares For Spring And Summer Travel!
Now for all of you that can't get out of town for this weekend, we’ve got you covered thru at least June 8, 2014. On many routes if you fly after June 8, 2014, you will still find great airfares; that is if you folks travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Today, we have over 300 snooze you lose airfares across America, many below the actual price it cost the airlines. Now that's the ticket!
To see our snooze you lose airfares, please click on the link below.
Cruise To Europe Cheaper Than You Can Fly. Plus Great West Coast Cruises!
'Tis the season to think about repositioning cruises. What in the world does that mean? Well, two times a year the cruise lines move their ships from the USA to Europe for their peak summer season. The cruises depart from the USA during April and May and start as low as $299 for an 11-night cruise from Miami to Barcelona.
The only problem I can see is you need at least two or three weeks off to take advantage of these European repositioning cruises, but the price is right. You can actually cruise to Europe cheaper than you can fly.
One of the cheapest cruises going to Europe is the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas departing out of Miami on April 29, this is a 14-day cruise. You also get several destination stops along the way including the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten in the Caribbean. After cruising you arrive in London a great city loaded with great pubs, history, castles, and nightlife.
Oh did we not tell you the price? It's great for an inside cabin you pay only $399. Although, the inside staterooms don't have a window, you are only paying $29 a day, which includes all your meals, and all the entertainment you can handle.
Plus, on the newer ships, if you have an inside cabin, your room overlooks the interior atrium of the ship. Oceanview staterooms start at $549, and the balcony cabin starts at $749 or $54 per night. Balcony rooms are great because you have the option to sit on your own private balcony overlooking the deep blue sea.
This same ship departs London and cruisers the Mediterranean for 15 nights on May 8. However, that same balcony cabin you bought departing out of Miami sells for $2,506, and the suite sells for $3,704. The suite on the repositioning cruise works out to $54 per night, yet on Mediterranean cruise it comes to $247 per night. As you can see these repositioning cruises are hard to beat when it comes to value.
*Please note, these rates can change in a New York Minute. This past Tuesday the cruise from New Orleans to Barcelona was selling for as little as $299 or $19 a day. Prices were valid as of 4 pm March 20, 2014; and are subject to change without notice.
We also have great repositioning cruises departing from the West Coast. We have ships departing out of San Diego and Los Angeles heading to Vancouver during March, April, and May.
Furthermore, during the summer months, we also have cruises sailing to Alaska from the West Coast. You may need up to seven days or more to take advantage of this offer. We have 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7-day cruises. Inside cabins start as low as $149 per person. To get more details on these cruises, please click here.
Want to see more repositioning cruise options, check out these below. There are over 40 transatlantic cruises to choose from departing from the USA to Europe. Most of these cruises depart the USA between April and May.
|Cruise||Inside stateroom||Oceanview stateroom||Balcony stateroom||Details|
Miami to Barcelona
April 27- 11 nights
$27 per night
$44 per night
|Up to $300 in onboard credit, adult beverage discounts, speciality dining discounts|
Miami to London
Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
April 20 -14 nights
$29 per night
$39 per night
$54 per night
|Free speciality dining, free onboard credit|
New Orleans to Barcelona
Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
April 26- 15 nights
$30 per night
$36 per night
$71 per night
|Free onboard credit, free specialty dining, senior discounts|
Ft. Lauderdale to London
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas
May 4- 13 nights
$35 per night
$42 per night
$58 per night
|Free cover charge, free onboard credit, free speciality dining for two|
To see more details about these cruises and to book online, please click on the link below.
Florida 4-Star Vacations Including Airfare!
Since the week before Thanksgiving most of America has been hit with unbelievably cold weather, as well as ice, snow, etc. However, there has been one area within country which had, and continues to have remarkable weather, this area is the great state of Florida.
Each day you wait to find a "warm up my bone's getaway" is also another day where airplane seats are sold to Florida, and before you know it the airfares will be sky high; and the hotel prices will climb due to all the advance bookings for spring break travel.
You don't have to be a Bestfares Member to get these super cheap vacation packages.
Sample rates are based upon a three-night stay departing May 10 - 13, 2014.
The hotels listed below are all 4-star luxury hotels or higher
To book your cheap discount airfares, flight and vacation package to Florida online, please click here.
|Tampa||West Palm Beach|
|4- Star hotel or higher|
|Departure City||Crowne Plaza Downtown||The Westin Fort-Lauderdale||
Marriott Singer Island
To book your cheap discount airfares, flight and vacation package to Florida online, please click here.
Hot Travel Deal: Sunny 88 Degree San Juan, Puerto Rico From $199 RT!
Are you trying to find a cheap Caribbean destination for less than $500 to $800 roundtrip, and coming up short? Well we have the solution on how to get you there cheap.....
We think we got the answer how to get you to this great Caribbean destination without having to refinance your home.
How about checking out 88 degree San Juan, Puerto Rico.The land of mojito's, great beaches, and 3, 4, and 5-star beach resorts that are loaded with casinos, golf, day-spas, and other wild & crazy relaxing entertainment options.
Did you know that Puerto Rico is not a small Caribbean destination? The population is over 3.5 million people. Puerto Rico also has a fantastic rainforest that is worth checking out for a day. The Bacardi Rum factory tour is also another great day trip.
Another plus with Puerto Rico and it's a big one: NO PASSPORT IS REQUIRED to enter into this sunny Caribbean party island.
Be sure to check out our hotel vacation packages too. By combining airfare and hotel, we have got you covered with double discounts.
Listed below are sample airfares based on a seven night stay departing mid-week during late April, or May. Weekend travel will be much higher. We do recommend that you use our flexible dates travel calendar in order to locate the cheapest and Bestfares out there.
To book your discount travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico please, click here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Orlando OR Miami||$239|
|New York City, Chicago, Austin||$299|
|Boston, Washington-D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans||$339|
|Houston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee||$399|
|Dallas, St. Louis||$409|
From most USA cities, you must pay a $516 premium fuel surcharge on flights to Milan, plus an additional $105 in landing fees and government taxes. In other words, your fuel surcharge and taxes add up to be $621 before you have even purchased your airline ticket.
Our nonstop roundtrip airfare from New York City to Milan for spring travel is only $24 more than the mandatory taxes and fees! You will find this super cheap flight available for departures between now and May 15, 2014. *Fares may not be available everyday of the week and may be limited due to availability. We suggest you use our flexible date's calendar in order to track down the cheapest days to travel.
We do believe this is a mistake airfare, as it looks like the airline failed to add in the fuel surcharges to their ticket price. This airfare can only be found on Emirates; which has received many awards worldwide for being the best airline in the skies!
If you don't live in the New York City region, but still want to fly to Italy cheap this spring we have a solution. We suggest that you buy one roundtrip ticket from your hometown to New York City, and then by another roundtrip ticket from JFK to Milan.
On the Europe leg of your journey, the airline allows you to check one bag for free. To keep costs down on the domestic leg you may want to consider flying JetBlue from the West Coast as they also offer one free checked bag. This free checked bag could save you an additional $50 roundtrip.
Also, use our flexible date's calendar for your JFK to Milan portion of your trip. There are many options and departure dates available that will get you to Europe dirt cheap, you just have to be flexible!
Milan is a great city to fly into as an alternative airport versus paying an arm and a leg to get to some other popular European destinations this spring. Milan is close to Zurich, Germany, Venice, Rome, Florence, and you can get to any one of these destinations quickly by train, and for far less than what you would have paid to fly their directly from your hometown.
Prices below are based on mid-week travel, and staying for seven days, and six nights. You can choose to stay longer, or less amount of time and you still may be able to qualify for these super cheap airfares. Your price may vary based on travel dates, number of passengers, and seat availability. We recommend that you avoid Friday, Saturday, and Sunday travel in order to qualify for the cheapest airfares.
As you can see from this chart departing this spring, summer, or fall; Milan could be your ticket to savings to get to Europe for less! As you can see from the seasons listed below, Milan is the winner year round with decent prices. You will see similar prices to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Frankfurt during the same time frames.
April 13 - May 15
Prices based on May 7-14
May 16 - Aug 31
Prices based on July 9-16
Sept 1 - Dec 18
Prices based on Sept. 10-17
To book your dirt cheap airfare to Milan for spring travel, please click here.
Drive Out Of Florida Spring Special!
Rent A Full Size Car For Under $10 A Day, Plus Save Even More Green With Our Discount Coupons
Take the road less traveled, leave Florida for only $9.95 per day. Book a one-way out of Florida roundtrip on Bestfares.com and pay as little as $9.95 for a full-size car. You can keep the car up to 21 days, and can drop it off anywhere in the USA, including the West Coast.
If you have a large family you can upgrade to an SUV for $19.95 per day, or a mini-van for $24.95 per day.
Travel is valid between April 1 and May 31, 2014. One-way airfares to Florida are super-cheap; and just think about how much money you will save on baggage fees on your return trip home. You will be able to pack up the souvenirs, and deck chairs that you have acquired along the way and you don't have to pay to check them!
To book your drive out of Florida spring special online, please click here.
Bargain Fares To Europe For Spring, Summer, And Fall Travel
We have seen some major price drops to Europe for spring travel. These prices for spring are drastically lower than the peak summer season, where family travel is in high demand and ticket prices sky rocket.
Few places pack the punch of Europe. From its Northern Lights to its Southern shores, this country keeps on thrilling, surprising you with extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, people, and parties! But the good news is that whatever you decide to do, you’ll leave blown away by the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensations you’ll experience: there simply is no way to tour Europe and not be awestruck.
These new cheap airfares are valid to over 40 European cities from over 100 U.S. cities. The sample prices below are based on a 7 day, 6 night stay. You can stay up to 30 days, in some cases up to six months. The cheapest travel days to depart to Europe will be Sunday thru Thursdays, and returning Monday thru Thursday. England is the exception, with both the cheapest outbound and return travel days being Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
To book your cheap discount airfare or airline tickets to Europe, please click here.
News & Insider Travel Secrets!
Get Up To Date News And Travel Tips From Bestfares.com
We want our followers not only to be able to travel the world for less, but also be savvy educated travel consumers. We want you to know how to get bonus miles, free upgrades, airfare and hotel discounts, travel alerts and changes.
Below are some new stories and travel offers that we think you should read and take advantage of. To get the full details on each story, just click on the links below.
Consider all your travel costs before you book your next vacation-- While getting a good price on airfare is important, there are other travel costs to consider, like how much your hotel stay will cost, how much a car rental will be and how much you’ll pay for parking. More.
US Airways and TAM Airlines join oneworld alliance giving you more flight options- US Airways and TAM Airlines have joined 13 of the world's best airlines and their affiliates in the oneworld alliance. More.
Deal of the day: Atlanta or NYC to Copenhagen starting from $501 RT- You need to book now on our homepage, as this fare won't last long at this price; especially for summer travel. This is a snooze you lose alert, act now! More.
Four night, 4-star Caribbean vacations starting as low as $447 RT, including airfare- We recommend that you book during a sale period, this will ensure you save around $100-$200 per person on your airfare. More.
Become A Bestfares.com Exclusive Member Today!
Most of our offers are open to the general public and can be booked online. However, if you and your family travel overseas often or like to go on cruises our Membership could really benefit you.
From time to time we will negotiate offers with our hotel, car, and airline vendors for deals that are not open to the general public. This is where being a Member of Bestfares.com benefits you and allows you to save big bucks on travel.
We can offer Jim Bohannon listeners $20 off your annual membership. To take advantage of this special offer just type in the promotion code DISC20 when you sign up to become a Bestfares.com Exclusive Member by clicking on the link below.
Tom Parsons, CEO and founder of Bestfares.com, a discount travel website that tracks airfare changes and travel industry trends, is one of the most sought-after travel industry experts in the United States.
Parsons has been chasing down hidden travel bargains and bringing them to the traveling public for more than 32 years.
Parsons regularly appears on over 100 national and local radio stations and television networks each month, and is regularly quoted by countless newspapers and magazines.