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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.
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February 17, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Round-trip fares to Chicago from LAX drop to $218, including all taxes and fees, on American, United and Virgin America in this week's airfare deal, which is good through April 30. The fare is, as always, subject to availability for travel; the best availability is Mondays-Thursdays. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance. A minimum stay is not required. Info: American , (800) 433-7300; United , (800) 864-8331; Virgin America , (877) 359-8474. Source: Airfarewatchdog
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November 15, 2013
Here's a good round-trip fare from LAX to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Air China, but you'll have to act fast: The $825 fare must be purchased by Nov. 22. It is for travel between Feb. 10 and April 13 and is subject to availability. Info: Air China , (800) 882-8122 Source: Airfarewatchdog
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.
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March 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tokyo Express from Friendly Planet Travel is just that: a quick trip to the Japanese capital that hits the highlights in just seven days for the amazingly low price of $1,499 per person. The trip begins in Tokyo and includes one day of city touring to the Tokyo Tower, the Meiji Shrine, the East Garden of the Imperial Palace and then on to the Ginza, the popular market and shopping area. The rest of the time participants may kick around the city on their own or sign up for a guided walking tour around Tokyo neighborhoods ($80 per person)
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August 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Airfares to Europe remained high most of this summer, which is why I love the price of this Thanksgiving trip to Paris , but you must hurry. Go-Today.com offers round-trip airfare plus six nights at a hotel for $1,150 per person until Monday. One catch: No turkey comes with this deal. The deal: SmarterTravel.com tipped me to this Thanksgiving in Paris trip that's on sale for a limited time. The cheapest rate includes L.A.-Paris round-trip airfare and six nights at the budget Comfort Hotel Davout Nation (in the Comfort Inn chain at 110 Rue des Orteaux)
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December 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Starwood Hotels and Resorts begins the new year with a bang: Three-night stays in Hawaii with airfare for as little as $489 a person. Prices vary by island ( Oahu , Maui , Kauai and the Big Island ) and hotel (Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and more ), and you can add on extra days too. The deal: Travel-Ticker tipped me -- and everyone else who gets the company's e-mail alerts -- to this limited-time offer. With airfare, three nights on Oahu start at $519, Maui at $755, Kauai at $505 and the Big Island at $489; prices are per person and based on double occupancy.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Spending on business travel continued to grow in 2011 and the biggest chunk of that money went to airfare and lodging costs, according to a new study. But it seems that business travelers are spending a bit less on food. The average expense report filed by U.S. business travelers for airfare in 2011 was $418, up nearly 7% compared with the previous year, according to the study of expense reports analyzed byConcur Technologies Inc., the Redmond, Wash., company that provides travel expense software and online systems.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
If you're headed to Knoxville, perhaps best known as the location of the Tennessee Valley Authority, United has a round-trip from LAX for $283, including all taxes and fees. Knoxville, tucked between the Cumberland and Great Smoky mountains, became home to the TVA when it was established in 1933. The TVA website says the U.S. government-owned corporation "provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven Southeastern states. "  The airfare to Knoxville is subject to availability and must be purchased at least seven days in advance.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
It might be a bit brisk during the months of this round-trip airfare special from LAX  to Warsaw on Aeroflot, but the price will warm your heart: $733, which includes all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability, and you must stay a Saturday night for travel between Jan. 24 and April 12. Warsaw's motto - "It defies the storms" - refers to its tumultuous history (it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, mostly recently during World War II), rather than its weather.
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