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Emirates airline courts 'early birds' with limited-time discount

November 28, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Emirates airline has an early bird sale on flights from Los Angeles and other cities from Jan. 13 to May 9.
Emirates airline has an early bird sale on flights from Los Angeles and other… (Emirates )

Emirates has expanded service to a dozen cities this year and plans to add four more by year's end. The airline, which flies nonstop from L.A. and San Francisco to Dubai, is offering a discount on travel this winter and spring on long-haul routes to the Middle East and beyond. 

The deal: Early Bird bookings, as the sale is called, discounts round-trip airfares from Los Angeles starting at $1,436 to Dubai, $1,327 to the Indian subcontinent, $1,193 to Africa and $1,034 to the Middle East.

According to the fine print, the sale takes $75 off the lowest-priced airfare from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Dallas, and $150 off fares from Houston, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Though savings sound small, early booking may add up to much more (see below).

When: The offer is good until 11:59 p.m. Sunday Pacific time for travel between Jan. 13 and May 9.

Tested: I like that the window period for this deal goes well beyond winter. And I found real savings on airfare for the destinations I checked online. For example, seats are available for $1,436 round-trip from L.A. to Dubai on March 6 to 13. The same round-trip flights in December cost $2,536.

I found availability for round-trip fares from L.A. to Nairobi, Kenya, for $1,051 in mid-February, whereas  prices for December cost $1,885 to $2,746, depending on what days you fly. Not all savings are as profound, but it's worth checking out Emirates prices if you're planning a bucket-list trip this year with fixed dates.

Contact: Emirates or a travel agent.
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