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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.
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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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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.
NEWS
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.
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
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal Blogger
Tourism Malaysia and Singapore Airlines Vacations are teaming up to offer a $1,299 per person, five-night air-hotel package to Kuala Lumpur, with an optional extension. The deal: The Special Malaysia Package includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur; five nights at the luxury Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre ; daily breakfast; airport and hotel transfers; a half-day city tour with lunch; and a 10% food discount. The package starts at $1,299, plus some taxes and fees, and is based on double occupancy.
NEWS
December 1, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
All this holiday planning has me thinking about packages but not the kind that fit under the tree. For example, a winter-spring package to Tuscany, Italy , neatly wraps up airfare from Los Angeles , a six-night stay and a rental car into one great price starting at $1,039 per person. The deal: The "Tuscany in Spring" package requires four travelers, which could work for family members, two couples or four friends. The price includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Florence; six nights in a two-bedroom apartment at the Fattoria Degli Usignoli resort near Florence; and a mid-sized rental car waiting at the airport.
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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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