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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.
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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
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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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.
TRAVEL
December 23, 2012 | By Tom Parsons
After fuel prices sent airfares skyrocketing last summer, you may have sworn off travel to Europe. We can't predict whether summer 2013 fares will shoot up; looking at a sample now tells us they're not cheap - at least, not in comparison with winter fares. The rule of thumb holds true: If you want to stuff a few extra dollars in your stocking, go in the off-season. Because the weather isn't optimal and there are few school holidays, winter is typically the cheapest time to head to Europe, excluding the holidays.
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 6, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
What if they gave a discounted airfare party and everybody came? That’s pretty much what’s been going on Wednesday as many carriers announced sales with just a few days in which to book. Check airline websites for their current specials and remember to read the fine print for minimum stays, days of the week to travel and blackout dates while planning your autumn or winter getaway. Here are some fares I liked. All of them are quoted excluding taxes and fees: Southwest Airlines [(800)
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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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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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