NYC to Kuala Lumpur for $338 round trip with multiple travels dates available in January and February. Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur for $344 round trip with availability during the same time frame. I don’t know if this is a mistake fare or not so if you decide to book the flight, hold off on making any non-refundable hotel bookings until your flight is confirmed. Below is an example from a search from NYC using Google flights:
ANA is one of only nine 5 star airlines according to SKYTRAX so this would be a very comfortable flight during the Trans-Pacific portion of the itinerary.
We’ve seen some excellent deals for airfare over the last several days and it seems like the trend will continue.
Chicago to Miami for $49 Round Trip
This deal is available all the way through March on multiple carriers. American, United, and Frontier are all competing hard on this route so the consumers are the winners. I did a sample search on Google flights from December 4th-8th. Just keep in mind, these fares are basic economy. This means any bag you bring on the plane that does not fit under the seat in front of you will have to be paid for. You also will not be able to select your seats.
NYC to Singapore for $469 Round Trip
This flight departs from Newark on United and depending on your itinerary, you’ll have a layover in San Francisco, Los Angeles (LAX), or Tokyo. I conducted a search on Google flights from November 29th- December 11th.
Chicago to Shanghai $454 Round Trip
This deal is available through December on Hainan Airlines with a layover in Beijing. You can do a trial and error with multiple dates on Google Flights that should give you the $454 round trip fare.
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For those of you in Chicago who might be looking to escape winter, Spirit Airlines has round-trip flights for $173. Availability is from November through the end of March. Since it is Spirit airlines, make sure you know all their intricacies so you don’t get surprised with a random fee. My experience wasn’t a deal breaker and you can read about that and their rules right here. Just remember that if you’re going with family, you’re better off paying to check in a larger suitcase rather than paying for a carry-on bag. I conducted a Google search from December 4th-11th:
Round-trip from Chicago to Beijing for $489. Looks like this deal is available all the way through April and into May. If you do a quick Google Flight search, you’ll see the prices for departure and return in the calendar view. As an example, I looked up a departure and return from November 28th-December 7th:
This flight can also be booked using Chase Ultimate Rewards points. If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, it comes out to 32,537 points per person (1.5 points per cent). This is an amazing deal and a great way to maximize value of UR. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, this would come out to 39,120 points per person (1.2 points per cent). This is still a very good deal. Hainan Airlines flies this route using the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It’s a very comfortable flight even in economy.
The Blue Lagoon
WOW Airlines is currently offering round trip flights from Chicago to Reykjavik, Iceland for $199 round trip. A few days ago they had excellent deals from various U.S. cities to Iceland for under $275. This deal is the best I’ve ever seen from Chicago to Iceland. If you do a quick search on Google Flights, you will see multiple departure and arrival dates for October and November for $199. You can see an example below:
This deal probably won’t last long so if you’re interested in visiting Iceland and have some flexibility over the next month or two, this would be a great time to jump on this offer.
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WOW Airlines, a low cost carrier based in Iceland is offering some incredible deals to multiple cities in Europe with a layover in Reykjavik, Iceland. WOW Airlines also offers a free stop over in Iceland so if you had future plans on eventually visiting Iceland, this would be a perfect time to take advantage of that. WOW is not a full service airline so you will have to pay for everything from a carry-on bag to a beverage. They don’t charge for a personal item such as a book bag or a bag that fits under the seat. They do a charge an exorbitant $54.99 just to carry on a bag each way. Since their base fares are so low, you would still be a getting a great deal even with the added cost. If your goal is to fit a week’s worth of clothes into a back pack and get across the pond without forking over much cash, these deals are made just for that. Here are a few examples using a quick search from Google Flights:
Los Angeles to Paris for $240 RT
Boston to Paris for $219 RT
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to London (Gatwick) for $259 RT
Availability can be seen for flights between September and December and in some cases, well into January. Over the past week, WOW announced new service to St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit. Over the past year, it has expanded in the U.S. at a rapid pace while finding a niche in the low cost transatlantic market. Along with Norwegian, WOW has certainly made transatlantic flights affordable and forced full service carriers to lower their airfares to Europe.
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For anyone looking for a cheap flight to the West Coast, there are multiple carriers offering round trip tickets between $89 and $99 from Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles for many dates between September and December. This deal also works in reverse for those of you on the West Coast wanting to travel to Chicago. I have posted a few sample itineraries below. Even though the American Airlines fare is $10 more, it isn’t in the basic economy fare class so you would be allowed to bring a carry-on at no charge. American also flies the comfortable Boeing 787 Dreamliner on some of these routes.
Keep in mind, this flight is on United’s new basic economy class which means you would have to pay for any luggage that can’t fit under the seat. You can’t choose your seat during the booking process, and you won’t be able to use the mobile app to check-in. Booking this trip in standard economy would cost $80 more each way
This is the better overall value since you can take a carry-on and get access to overhead bins at no extra charge. You also get to choose your seat, use your mobile device to check-in, and earn elite qualifying miles.
If you are looking for a great deal to Asia, China Eastern has flights from New York City (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) to multiple cities for under $400. According to View from the Wing the list below includes most of the cities where you can travel to and from Chicago and New York City:
- Chiang Mai
- Hong Kong
- Cebu, Philippines
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Kuala Lumpur
- Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap
- Ho Chi Minh City
I put in a random date from NYC to New Delhi and the price showed $379 for a round trip flight with a layover in Shanghai, China.
It’s pretty rare to see flights to China and Southeast Asia for under $500 so if you were planning a trip to any of the cities above, here is a great opportunity to get that flight at a bargain price. China Eastern is part of the Sky Team alliance so if you have a Delta SkyMiles frequent flier account, you would be able to credit the miles to Delta.
If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Preferred, you can use those points to book this flight from the Chase portal. The redemption for the Chase Sapphire Reserve is coming out to a little more than 26k UR points for a round trip ticket. Personally I have never seen a redemption this low for a flight to Asia.
Anyone from Chicago interested in cheap tickets to the Los Angeles area, Frontier Airlines is currently offering round-trip airfare from Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $84. There are multiple dates for departure in September, October, and November. I did a quick flight search on Google and you can see the departure and return dates below.
Departure dates from ORD highlighted in green.
Return dates from LAX highlighted in green.
Please do keep in mind that Frontier follows the “ultra low cost” model where you will have to pay just to carry on a bag. If you have ever flown on Spirit, you know the drill. If the bag you bring fits under your seat, it’s free. I keep a separate bag for Frontier and Spirit airlines that fits enough clothes for 5 days but is small enough to fit under the seats. The exact type I have is below (Solo CLA9014 Pro Rolling Overnighter Case). There are many variations and brands which you can Google and they all have the same goal of helping you avoid paying the carry-on fee.
Anyone looking for a great deal to Paris (Charles De Gaulle), London (Stansted), or Birmingham, Scandinavian carrier Primera Airlines is launching non-stop service from Newark and Boston starting in April, 2018. The Denmark and Latvia based airline is launching introductory fares at $99 one way to Europe and booking is currently available at http://www.primeraair.com. I conducted a quick search and the cheapest return flights were priced at $195. If you can get a round trip for $294, that’s a really good price for a trip to Europe. Flights will depart four times a week from Newark and three time a week from Boston.