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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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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.
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February 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Qantas Airways is having a flash sale that takes 40% off economy seats on flights from Los Angeles to Australia , the airline says. The online sale lasts until Monday for travel Down Under in fall or spring. The deal: Escape to Australia sale prices from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane start at $1,298 for economy airfare on selected dates. (Airfares start at $1,498 per person from Dallas/Fort Worth and New York.) The sale also offers a premium economy round-trip fare of $2,414 from L.A. to Australia.
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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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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
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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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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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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)
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.
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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.
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