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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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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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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.
TRAVEL
September 28, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you’re looking for a good deal that doesn’t scream “budget travel,” Virgin Vacations has a 4-Star London package this fall that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles and six nights in a top hotel starting around $1,132 per person. The deal : Airfare to London , plus six nights at the Thistle City Barbican Hotel with breakfast come with this package that varies according to your departure date. The deal is based on double occupancy and departs from many U.S. cities, with New York City being the cheapest.
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March 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This is the stuff spring breaks are made of: super-cheap air-hotel packages to Las Vegas. Yes, most Angelenos drive to Vegas, but with the high price of gas and the low cost of these packages, flying might be a no-brainer -- and a spring break windfall. JetBlue Airways : The airline extended its one-day Madness-in-March sale that started Tuesday until tonight (Wednesday). As I was checking out the sale fares, I stumbled upon an incredible discounted Las Vegas package: $110 per person based on double occupancy from April 8 to 10 that includes two nights at Circus Circus and round-trip airfare from Long Beach.
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January 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Singapore Airlines is offering round-trip winter airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo starting at $623. The cheap fare means seats are likely to go fast, so book quickly if you want this deal. The deal: The $623 round-trip special airfare includes taxes and fees  so there are no hidden extras. The fine print for this deal says the lowest rate applies to nonstop flights to and from Narita International Airport (NRT) Mondays through Thursdays (though I found the rate available on a Saturday; see below)
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March 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's an inexpensive travel package to Sydney, Australia , that coincides with the city's dazzling light festival. Travel from Los Angeles to Sydney in May or early June for $1,699 per person, which includes round-trip airfare and a week's lodgings. Time your trip to the Vivid Sydney fest and you'll see the city light up with patterns projected on buildings around the city. The deal. The Sydney on Sale package covers round-trip L.A.-Sydney airfare on Qantas Airways and seven nights at a Travelodge in the city.
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September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hawaiian Airlines and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to offer a package starting at $1,210 that covers round-trip airfare, a night's stay in Auckland and a seven-day car rental. The fare is good from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and other western U.S. cities, but only until the end of the month. The deal: All About Tours makes reservations for the package that includes: --Round-trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines to Auckland, with a stop in Honolulu; --One night with breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel Auckland HarbourCity ; --Seven days car rental with unlimited mileage.
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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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April 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas fans: If you're fed up with the high price of gas and want a super-cheap alternative to driving, here's a deal that saves time and money. Southwest Vacations is offering a three-night package that starts under $100 per person, including round-trip airfare and a hotel room. The deal: Southwest Vacations Everything Vegas! package from Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LAS) offers discounted room rates, based on double occupancy. The cheapest prices are for Monday and Tuesday departures.
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