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June 26, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, best time to lock in your ticket is about seven weeks out. Here are some other suggestions, courtesy of , 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.
September 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Small-ship line  Paul Gauguin Cruises has cut sale prices by  $750 on selected seven-night cruises to Tahiti. Prices start at $3,647 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles, but that rate will likely sell out quickly.  The deal: The cruise line operates Paul Gauguin, a ship named for the French artist who famously captured scenes of Tahiti on canvas. The vessel accommodates 332 guests and 217 staff members. Stops on the Tahitii & Society Islands trip include Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I came, I clicked, I conquered. That's pretty much how I found these cheap airfares at Southwest and Spirit airlines that were actually less than the advertised sale fares. Book soon if you're interested because seats usually go quickly and the offers expire soon. Southwest Airlines: A 3 Days of Deals Web-only sale on many destinations ends at 11:59 p.m. PST Thursday. One of the best fares: $29 one way, plus tax, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas . I went online and found an even lower fare, $19 each way, for a trip leaving Feb. 15 and returning Feb. 17. Total round-trip cost with tax and fees: $63.10.
July 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I love introductory airfares that airlines offer when they start new service because they nearly always involve crazy low prices. Case in point: $149 each way from San Diego to Honolulu this winter after Alaska Airlines starts daily nonstop service in November. Need I say more? The deal : Alaska Airlines' Introducing San Diego to Honolulu fares start at $149 each way plus tax and fees. Yes, this airfare is super-low but my research shows that this price isn't available on all dates.
February 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here’s a sweet Hawaii bargain for spring that combines a five-night stay with round-trip airfare. The deal: I found this offer while trawling through the "Hot Deals" section of the Funjet Vacations website. (You can find the entire list by going to the Hot Deals Web page and entering "Los Angeles" as the departure city.) The deal, which starts at $775 plus tax per person, based on double occupancy, includes five nights at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island and round-trip airfare from Los Angeles . When: Flights for this deal leave Wednesdays and Thursdays only, on selected dates March 2 through May 26. Tested: I went to the Funjet Vacations website and found availability for the five-night deal leaving March 3 or April 27. Total cost per person with tax: $937.
October 12, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Got time for a quick getaway to Hawaii at the end of November? Pleasant Holidays has a three-night stay plus airfare from Los Angeles to Honolulu starting at $299 per person. The deal: The window period for this deal is short, but it’s a good value if you can make the dates work. The cost is based on double occupancy and includes three nights at the Castle Ocean Resort Hotel near Waikiki plus airfare from Los Angeles. (The package holds if you are flying from San Francisco.
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