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April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600,  www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
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TRAVEL
December 23, 2012 | By Tom Parsons
After fuel prices sent airfares skyrocketing last summer, you may have sworn off travel to Europe. We can't predict whether summer 2013 fares will shoot up; looking at a sample now tells us they're not cheap - at least, not in comparison with winter fares. The rule of thumb holds true: If you want to stuff a few extra dollars in your stocking, go in the off-season. Because the weather isn't optimal and there are few school holidays, winter is typically the cheapest time to head to Europe, excluding the holidays.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Here's a chance to visit one of the world's most biodiverse countries if you can navigate the blackout dates: Copa Airlines is offering a round-trip fare for $473, which includes all taxes and fees, from LAX to Panama City. The fare is subject to availability and must be purchased 14 days in advance. You must stay at least three nights but may not stay more than 30. You may travel any day of the week between Feb. 1 and April 15. These blackout dates apply: Flying from the U.S. to Panama: March 4-9 and April 19-23.
NEWS
October 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hong Kong and Shanghai share the billing on this Go-Today trip that features three nights in each city for a nice low price. The package allows participants to sightsee on their own -- whether it's the historic Nan Lian Garden and Symphony of Lights nightly laser show in Hong Kong or the views from the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai -- or spend a little more to add-on garden and city tours. Dates: Lowest prices available on selected dates, including departures from L.A. on Nov. 28 and 29. Price: Starting at $1,349 per person, based on double occupancy.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
One of the best times to see London is when winter is waning. The crowds are smaller, the weather is generally mild and the prices are better. Those better prices include a $798 round-trip airfare from LAX to London's Heathrow, including all taxes and fees, on Air Zealand. The big caveat: You will need to buy your ticket by Wednesday, Jan 22. It is, of course, subject to availability; it must be purchased 14 days in advance, which isn't much of an issue considering how quickly you need to buy; and it is for travel between Feb. 9 and March 29. The minimum stay for this airfare is seven days and the maximum is 12 months.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Here's a good fare from LAX to Providence, R.I., which can also be an alternate airport for Boston, about 60 miles northeast: $256 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on United. Providence, Rhode Island's capital, was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, who named it for “God's merciful providence.” To get this fare to Providence, you must purchase your ticket at least 14 days in advance; there is no minimum stay, and you may travel any day of the week through April 30. Availability may be limited.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Given all the indoor things you can do in New York in chilly weather (theater, museums, shopping), cold may not be a deterrent to this $258 round-trip fare (including all taxes and fees) from Burbank to New York's JFK on United. You must buy your ticket to New York at least seven days in advance. There is no minimum stay, and it is for travel any day of the week through Feb. 28 (although holiday blackouts apply). After that date, it is for travel Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 20. Info: United , (800)
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Gregory Karp
CHICAGO - Fliers today can find it difficult to keep their options open while trying to get good seats and locking in a good price, especially with airfares changing often and planes more crowded. Nobody wants to buy a $600 nonrefundable ticket, have their plans fall through and not be able to use it - or be forced to pay exorbitant fees to change flights. That's precisely the problem several companies aim to fix. Perhaps it's fitting that Chicago - home of the world's largest exchange for financial options, the Chicago Board Options Exchange - also is home to companies that are selling, or plan to sell, options on airline tickets.
TRAVEL
July 7, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, the best time to lock in your ticket is about seven weeks out. Here are some other suggestions, courtesy of CheapAir.com, which mines its database for trends and pivot points in prices and availability: 1. Check fares early and often The average fare difference between the best day to buy your airline ticket and the worst is $236, the travel site says. Airlines change fares constantly, often many times a week. CheapAir recommends you start checking fares as soon as you know you'll be flying.
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