These deals, as discussed on WFAA Channel 8 Midday on March 3, 2015; were current as of that time. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
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What City In Florida Will Your Family Explore This Spring Or Summer. Our Florida Fly Drive Is Back!
Wow. oh wow our Dinah Shore special fly drive is back! Our Florida special is back for spring and early summer travel. This is a great deal for a family of four heading to Florida when school lets out in June. How this offer works is that you pick up a car in Florida, but you must return it outside of the state of Florida.
The daily car rental rate for a full size car can be as little as $10 a day plus taxes. Keep in mind some car rental taxes and fees are highway robbery. Some of the major car rental companies will even let you drive your car all the way to the West Coast. That's why we call this our Dinah Shore special from her 1952 commercial song "See the USA in your Chevrolet!
Let me give you an idea of how frugal of a getaway this deal can be this spring or early summer for a family of four. During April and May on select dates Southwest Airlines is selling airfares with all taxes flying nonstop from Dallas to Ft. Lauderdale for only $49 one-way. Airfare for a family of four comes to a total of $196. We have several car rental companies that allow you to take advantage of this offer. We priced a full size car being picked up on April 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, and returning it one week later, on April 21 in Dallas. The total for the seven day car rental was $139. So now the total cost of four one-way airfares, and a one week car rental comes to $335.
We priced a seven day car rental both picking up and dropping off in Ft. Lauderdale the same week from the same company. Avis wants $491 with all taxes included for the exact same full size car rental. What is amazing is with our deal you get your airplane tickets and car rental for $156 less than the car rental alone.
This is one great way to see a little bit of America this year, and even better news; you're not putting all that mileage on your own car! Some of the rental car companies are allowing you to keep the car for up to 21 days for the same low daily rate.
One-way airfares from Dallas (DFW / Love Field)
● $49 Ft. Lauderdale (Southwest)
● $109 Miami, West Palm Beach
● $135 Tampa
● $139 Orlando
● $155 Ft. Myers
● $199 Key West
|Cheapest one-way airfare||Total for a family of four||Fly drive full size car rental||Total cost family of four|
|Dallas to Ft. Lauderdale||$49||$196||$139||$335|
|Wash DC to Tampa||$79||$356||$122||$478|
|New York City to Orlando||$99||$396||$122||$518|
|St. Louis to Miami||$139||$556||$144||$700|
|Detroit to Tampa||$99||$396||$147||$543|
|Chicago to Miami||$95||$380||$146||$526|
|New Orleans to W. Palm Beach||$95||$380||$115||$495|
|Baltimore to Ft. Myers||$95||$380||$113||$493|
To see how you and your family can see Florida and many other US destinations this spring and summer on a cheap buck, and for the full details, please click on the link below.
First Class Airfares . Upgrade Your Spring Getaway For Less!
We have dozens of US cities and many destinations in which you can fly in first class at major price reductions. Some of you who are trying to book preferred seats to get more leg room, or want to check two or three bags for a fee, may find that flying in first class is cheaper than flying coach.
When you fly first class, you receive many perks. Some of the perks that you will receive will be that you are first on and first off the airplane, two by two seating with no middle seat, up to six inches more of leg room, wider seats, and on some flights depending on distance a free meal or snack, and on some carrier's premium entertainment. You also get up to three checked bags included. And we are saving the best for last; why not start the party off right with free adult beverages. Oh yeah baby, this deal is looking good!
When we priced Dallas to New York City departing May 6, and returning May 13 on American Airlines the coach airfare is a bargain at $235 roundtrip. However, if you want more leg room Main Cabin Extra would cost you another $120 roundtrip. Now your total ticket has jumped up to $355 roundtrip. If you also want to check two bags that's another $120; your ticket price is now $475 total.
However, on Bestfares.com for the exact same dates we have seven different nonstop flights to New York City's LaGuardia for only $427 roundtrip for confirmed first class. Not only do you fly for $50 cheaper; you also get all of the other perks of first class including free checked bags, two by two seating, free adult beverages and more!
There are so many US destinations you can fly in first class for less. Out of Dallas we have over 30 US cities to the East or West Coast for under $499 roundtrip.
We have done several charts with sample first class airfares from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington DC. We have dozens of departure cities on sale, not just the 16 cities we listed, with many starting as low as $236 roundtrip.
To see how you can fly in the premium seats on your next flight for less; click here for booking instructions and sample airfares.
● $339 Atlanta, New Orleans
● $399 Denver, Washington D.C.
● $409 Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach
● $419 Los Angeles, Phoenix
● $429 Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City
● $449 Detroit, Philadelphia, Las Vegas
● $459 San Francisco, San Diego
● $469 Orlando
● $499 Tampa
Get All Of The Amenities For Less With Repositioning Cruises
If you want to take an all-inclusive vacation at a budget price, a repositioning cruise could be the ticket.
Cruise lines move their ships when they change itineraries due to seasonal demand and repositioning cruises are an affordable way to enjoy all of the amenities of a cruise, with the tradeoff of having fewer stops and more days at sea. Many of these cruises are available for travel in March, April and May departing for Europe and departing from the West Coast. We also see these cruises returning from Europe and Canada in the fall.
We found a 14-night transatlantic cruise departing on May 4 on Royal Caribbean from Tampa to Harwick, England, which is not far from London. Prices start at $486, or $32 per night, for an inside cabin, but for a 14-night cruise, you may want to consider a balcony cabin, which starts at $1199, or $86 per night. This cruise stops in Norfolk, VA, Cork, Ireland, Cherbourg, France and Brugge, Belgium, before arriving in Harwick. You do have a lot of days at sea, which can be great for a bridge or Texas Hold ‘Em tournament.
Norwegian has an 11-night cruise from Miami to Barcelona starting at $399, or $36 per night, departing April 19. The cruise stops in Funchal, Portugal. Balcony cabins start at $569, $52 per night, and suites start at $679, $62 per night, so you may want to spend a little more and get a view.
Royal Caribbean has a 15-night cruise from Boston to Copenhagen departing April 24, with prices starting at $524, or $35 per night. This cruise offers a number of stops in Europe, including Cork, Ireland, Portland, U.K., La Havre and Cherbourg, France, Brugge, Belgium and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Princess has a 17-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, with interesting stops. The cruise departs on March 21 and stops in Funchal, Portugal, Barcelona, Spain, Civitavecchia, Italy, near Rome, and Naples, Italy. The cruise arrives in Venice at 1 p.m. and passengers can stay overnight at port, so it’s like having a free night stay in Venice. You can stay more nights in Venice and/or take the train to other Italian towns. Prices start at $999, or $59 per night, for an inside cabin, and $1,399, or $82 per night, for a balcony cabin.
If you want to cruise from Houston, there are some transatlantic cruise options available. The shortest we found was a 16-night cruise on the Norwegian Jade, which is departing from Houston on April 16 to Barcelona, with stops in Miami, St. Thomas and Funchal, Portugal. Prices start at $759, or $47 per night, for an inside cabin. Balcony cabins start at $1,209, $76 per night, and suites start at $1589, $99 per night.
We also see repositioning cruises that go from California up to Vancouver in the spring and then again in the reverse direction in the fall. You can find three- to seven-night departures, so these can be a great option for those wanting a shorter trip. You can cruise up the coast, spend a couple of nights in Vancouver and fly home.
Right now the prices for West Coast cruises look pretty good, but if you wait to purchase they may go up. Last year the prices available for sale in winter for travel in spring on the West Coast were dirt cheap too, however as we got closer to the sailing dates some cruise rates jumped 50 to 100%. I would suggest you act now if you want to buy one of these cruises, so that great price doesn’t sail away. Also, late summer and fall rates are usually higher for West Coast cruises when compared to spring prices. If you do book a cruise, I strongly suggest you buy your airfare early because many of the cheapest fares to and from the West Coast and Vancouver require a 21-day advance purchase.
Since most of these cruises depart out of San Diego or Los Angeles, you should be able to find a cheap one-way fare for around $99-$119 from Dallas. Flying home from Vancouver will be more expensive and at press time, a late May or early June one-way flight from Vancouver to Dallas was approximately $200 U.S. One-way flights from Europe can be in the $600-800 range, so Canada is much more affordable.
You can also leave from Seattle, and at press time, one-way fares were as low as $161 from Seattle to Dallas for the same time period, but we have seen lower fares on this route. You can take an Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle, with one-way fares starting at $31, or the Greyhound bus, with one-way fares starting at $19. Some of you may want to drive Vancouver to Seattle, but the car rental rates can be very expensive.
Sample cruise rates start at $149 for a three-night cruise from San Diego to Vancouver departing on May 27 on Princess, $159 for a three-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver departing March 19 on Princess, $199 for a four-night cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, with a stop in Victoria, departing May 13 on Holland America and $309 for a five-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, with stops in Astoria, Oregon and Victoria, departing May 1 on Norwegian.
As you can see, inside cabins can be very cheap and you can upgrade to a balcony or suite at reasonable rates. The March 19 sailing from Los Angeles to Vancouver had balcony cabins starting at $229 and suites starting at $309. The balcony and suite cabins on these same cruise ships can sell for three to five times the money during the prime summer season on cruises to Alaska.
If you are considering a repositioning cruise, you should know that the majority of Transatlantic cruises are 14 days or longer. You’ll probably want to stay at your departure city for a day or two and you’ll want to stay at least a couple of days when you arrive in Europe. This means you will likely need a minimum of 18 days to take a transatlantic cruise, which can be great if you’ve got the time, but many of you may not have that much vacation time. A West Coast cruise can be done in a week, or less, including your cruise and staying a couple of days in California and a couple of days in Vancouver, so it can be a great option for those wanting a shorter time.
When you look for these repositioning cruises, under destinations you’ll want to check for “Transatlantic” for sailings from the U.S. to Europe and for “Pacific Coast”, “U.S. Pacific” or “West Coast” for the cruises from California to Vancouver. Also, don’t forget many roundtrip cruises that depart from the U.S. do not require a passport, but since you will be departing from the U.S. and landing in a foreign port, a passport will be required. The prices listed above were valid at press time, but are subject to change. Sample cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
To book your cruise with Bestfares, and to get up to 7% of our commission back to you as onboard credit, please call 1-800-318-1846 Monday thru Friday between 9:00 to 5:30 pm CST.
April 26 3-Nights Princess Cruises
Los Angeles and Vancouver
● Inside $129, Balcony $199
April 29 4-Nights Princess Cruises
Vancouver, Ketchikan, and Seattle
● Inside $319 Balcony $399
May 2 5-Nights Norwegian Cruise Line
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Victoria, and Vancouver
● Inside $299 Balcony $649
May 5 4-Nights Holland America
San Diego, Victoria, and Vancouver
● Inside $199 Balcony $299
May 14 2-Nights Princess Cruises
San Francisco and Vancouver
● Inside $219 Balcony $349
Cheap After Easter, April And May Travel Deals!
● $99 New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix
● $119 Ft. Lauderdale
● $125 Atlanta, Philadelphia, Las Vegas
● $169 Cincinnati, Detroit
● $189 New York City, Washington D.C., West Palm Beach, Miami, San Diego
● $219 Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
● $259 Orlando, Tampa
Spring Deals That Won't Break The Bank! Over 600 Snooze You Lose Airfares
One of our cheapest airfare deals this weekend is from San Francisco to Las Vegas for as little as $62 roundtrip. Not only is this a super great airfare, but we found this airfare not only in April and May, but also during September and October. Baby can't even buy a new pair of shoes for $62!
We picked out a few bargain airfares to tease you with, but you must see our whole list of over 600 snooze you lose airfares by clicking on the link below. If you see SWA, beside the airfare, this means that it is a cheap airfare we found on Southwest Airlines.
Please note, you may find cheapest airfares on Spirit and Frontier Airlines, but both of these airlines charge for carry-on luggage, and $1.99 for soda, and they are loaded with baggage and seat fees.
Check out some of the great deals we have to offer on Bestfares.com listed below.
|Philadelphia to Las Vegas $172 RT April Tues, Weds||New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale $138 RT SWA|
|San Francisco to Las Vegas $62 RT||Cleveland to Ft. Lauderdale $155 RT|
|Salt Lake City to Las Vegas $102 RT||Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale $72 RT|
|Dallas to Las Vegas $122 RT||Detroit to Ft. Lauderdale $162 RT|
|Long Beach to Las Vegas $107 RT||Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale $182 RT|
|Chicago to Las Vegas $160 RT SWA||New York City to Orlando $212 RT|
|Dallas to Ft. Lauderdale $98 SWA Tues||Minneapolis to Orlando $219 RT|
|Dallas to New Orleans $82 RT||Denver to Phoenix $89 RT|
|Washington DC to Orlando $172 RT||Dallas to Philadelphia $125 RT|
|Buffalo to Orlando $182 RT||Wash DC to Jacksonville $125 RT|
|Providence to Orlando $195 RT||Los Angeles to New Orleans $179 RT|
|Detroit to Orlando $199 RT||Wash DC to Tampa $159 RT Tues or Weds|
|Charlotte to Tampa $199 RT||Phoenix to Tampa $189 RT|
|Detroit to Tampa $199 RT||St. Louis to Tampa $195 RT|
|Boston to Puerto Vallarta $365 RT||New York City to Puerto Vallarta $365 RT|
|Wash DC to Puerto Vallarta $365 RT||Dallas to Tampa $169 RT|
This Week's Hot Travel Deals That You May Have Missed!
Today, we have a mis-matched bag of deals and travel steals!
Set Your Sights On Europe This Summer!
Oh yes folks, this is not a misprint! Actually, it's a sad story for USA residents who must pay as much as double or more to jet set to Europe during the peak June, July, and August travel period.
The good news is you have us to help you. We have an insider travel secret, and we think he major airlines are going to hate us for giving you the real skinny about airfares to Europe.
We have looked at three major airports in Canada, which are Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal; and that these airports offer nonstop and one-stop service to many European destinations. We have also added a smaller Canadian airport which is Windsor. This airport is about 12 miles from Detroit's airport. However, the airfare to Europe from Windsor can be up to 50% less than from Detroit for travel to the same destination. Folks that live in the Michigan area such as Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, or Northern Ohio, such as Toledo, will save super big bucks, by just driving a few miles further to Windsor.
Here is a good example, from Detroit to Rome departing July 15, and returning July 22 on Delta the roundtrip airfare is $2,0279. However, Windsor to Rome is $1,081. That's not quite a $1,000 in savings, but $998 is close enough! Doesn't that just tick you off? That folks outside of the USA that live in Canada, and Europe can fly to America for so much less than we can fly to their countries.
Oh by the way, Rome to Detroit on the same dates is $1,149 roundtrip. This story reminds me of when I used to do the Larry King Show, he would say, "He's back, he's back the man the airlines love to hate"; and now you know why!
Now airfares to Canada are not a cheap ticket. However, many of you will still save $500 to $1,000 per person by flying to Canada. For example, if you live in Buffalo, New York or close by you could drive to a cheap gateway like Toronto. In the Northeast, Burlington, Vermont is about 75 miles from Montreal, and if you live on the West Coast, you can look at fares out of Vancouver or Toronto.
From San Francisco to Vancouver departing July 15, and returning July 22, the airfare is as low as $362 roundtrip. The airfare from Vancouver to Paris is $846 roundtrip, flying nonstop on Air France. The nonstop roundtrip airfare on American Airlines from San Francisco to Paris on the same dates is $1,811. United has a nonstop airfare of $1,731, but either way you save at least $523 roundtrip. Plus, as an added bonus, you can break up your trip in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, which are all super great cities to spend a few days in, with no extra airfare cost.
Please note on Bestfares.com all airfares to Europe are priced in US Dollars. Check out some of the prices below for airfares to London departing from Canada.
Now go out and check your airfare from your hometown airport to Europe. If you are seeing skyway robbery airfares to Europe, consider flying to Canada first, then fly from Canada to Europe. By booking two roundtrip tickets versus one you could save several hundred dollars per person to Europe this summer!
To see dozens and dozens of airfares to Europe via Canada, and to book online, please click on the link below.
Los Cabos On Sale From $309 RT Dallas, Miami, Atlanta Thru Nov 2015
It looks like one the major legacy airlines is trying to beat up the new American and US Airways flight to Los Cabos, Mexico!
This is a wide open offer, not only does it cover winter travel, but also spring, summer, and fall. This airfare does vary by about $10 to $20 depending on the day of travel.
But, this is still a heck of a deal if you can depart from Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte, St. Louis, or Atlanta.
These are snooze super hot airfares. When we priced these airfares on American Airlines, departing May 11, and returning May 19, they were charging $569 roundtrip. But, our cheapest airfare on the same dates was coming in as cheap as $303 roundtrip. That's a savings of over $200 per person!
We are seeing some weeks wide open for cheap seats, others not as many. So we recommend that you use our flexible dates travel calendar to help you locate the cheapest departure and return dates. Travel is valid thru November 19, 2015.
- Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, St. Louis- $309-$349
To book your super cheap airfare to Los Cabos, please click here. While airfares are this cheap, why not do yourself a favor and book your hotel and airfare together, saving you even more.
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