2019 Archive
Travel Bargains
I have written about travel bargains for as long as I've written about business travel, which dates back to (yikes!) 1983. Nobody pays their way onto these pages. I post deals solely for the benefit of members based on my perception of what is a great price, a terrific value or a unique opportunity. Unless otherwise stated, you should be able to book these deals online, at any travel agency or directly from the travel supplier. And please do not suspend your inbred skepticism. Don’t blame me if these deals are sold out when you try to book at these prices, but do let me know if you think that we're being scammed. It's important to expose the fakers and phonies.

DECEMBER 12, 2019
JoeSentMe members save 15 percent on Sicily tours. Coach prices to China plummet. Finnair cuts business class fares for winter trips to Nordic destinations. Hyatt offers 3,000 bonus points for some stays.

DECEMBER 5, 2019
The airlines have posted their Easter/Passover and summer business class sale fares to Europe. Prices start just below $2,000 roundtrip. Best Western will give you as much as $60 to a future stay. Air New Zealand slashes premium economy fares on its LAX-London flight.

NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Brussels Airlines offers a five-day free stopover in Belgium. There are still available courses at next summer's hard-to-book Oxford Experience. Hawaiian Airlines and Bank of Hawaii revive 60,000- and 70,000-point acquisition bonuses.

NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Finnair slashes some business class fares below $2,000 roundtrip with advance purchase. David Rowell offers two great trips in 2020. Promotions from Red Roof and InterContinental Hotels. And more.

NOVEMBER 7, 2019
KLM quietly offers end-of-year holiday sales in business class with fares below $2,100 roundtrip. La Compagnie is flying to Paris and Nice for as little as $1,600 roundtrip in business. Hertz has Florida "drive-in" rates as low as $15 a day. Air New Zealand revives its cheap fares to the South Pacific. And more.

OCTOBER 24, 2019
Aer Lingus offers members $500 off business class flights to Ireland--or $300 off to Britain and Europe. The Omni on Mount Washington offers a BOGO for the fall and winter. A 60,000-point bonus for a hotel credit card. A revised "fixed price" business class offer from Qatar Airways.

OCTOBER 10, 2019
An Air France premium economy sale shows the weirdness of airline pricing. Hainan cuts the price of coach travel to China below $400 roundtrip. Amex has a 100,000-point acquisition bonus for bigger spenders. And more.

OCTOBER 3, 2019
One-way drive-in rates to Florida start at $15/day. Air Canada features free hotel nights during Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver stopovers. Fifty bucks back for booking Hyatt. Double points from Discovery loyalty. Deep discounts and free breakfast from Accor Hotels. Air New Zealand revives South Pacific deals. And more.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
Hainan continues to offer insanely low coach and business class fares to China. Another Marriott credit card offers a 100,000-point acquisition bonus. La Compagnie offers $1,400 business class roundtrips to Paris. Hyatt and Best Western offer fall promotions. And more.

Enterprise revives its $10/day weekend rental deal--but now it's $13 a day. A pair of 100,000-point credit card acquisition offers for big spenders. Hilton's traditional double points promotion gets a credit card twist. And more.

AUGUST 29, 2019
The ever-popular Oxford Experience of summer courses at the legendary British institution is out with its list of 2020 offerings. Act now for best choice. Chase's 100,000-point bonus for a BA credit card now comes with statement credits to offset high award co-pays. A New York hotel offers a package with midnight check-in and 3pm checkout.

AUGUST 22, 2019
National Car Rental revives One Two Free, the best rental promotion of all time. La Compagnie is five years old and its business class fares to Paris are lower now than at its birth. InterContinental unleashes one of those mass-customized offers. Avis and Budget offer up to 5,000 AAdvantage miles for a three-day rental.

AUGUST 15, 2019
Finnair offers five-day free stayovers in Helsinki. Singapore Airlines slashed premium fares for U.S.-Asia travel. Chase offers big incentives to take the InterContinental card while Amex offers more points to take a Hilton card. Radisson offers 25 percent off two-night stays.

AUGUST 1, 2019
Tickets for the Tokyo Olympics are "sold out," but packages are available. Air New Zealand revives its sale prices to Rarotonga. How to use your credit card for hotel discounts. Amex offers a 40 percent transfer bonus to Avios.

JULY 18, 2019
Aer Lingus launches a 2-for-1 summer business class offer. Destination Hotels offers up to 35 percent off ski and sun resorts. Finnair slashes business class fares to Russia. A 13-day introduction to Vietnam for about $100 a day.

JULY 11, 2019
Cathay Pacific offers select premium economy deals. KLM posts an under-the-radar business class sale to Europe, India and Africa. NH Hotels touts 30 percent off rates in Europe and Latin America. Hyatt offers bonuses to stay at new hotels. And much more.

JUNE 27, 2019
Air Italy extends its 2-for-1 business class deals to Italy all summer. Earn lots of Marriott Bonvoy points for renting from Hertz. Air Canada offers double and triple miles. Hainan Airlines fares to China are insanely low in business class.

JUNE 20, 2019
A new Southwest card from Chase will get you 80,000 of the 110,000 Rapid Rewards points you need for a Companion Pass. Singapore Airlines offers big discounts on business class flights to Vietnam. Air Italy promotes 2-for-1 fares on its Toronto-Milan run. Marriott Bonvoy's piddling summer promotion.

JUNE 13, 2019
EVA Air slashes business travel fares to Asia. Swiss offers the rarest of the rare: a sale on first class flights. Three more huge acquisition bonuses for credit cards. Best Western is back with a $20 rebate promotion.

JUNE 6, 2019
American Express adds a food-and-beverage benefit to the revamped Gold card. La Compagnie gets new planes and sells business class for as low as $1,000 roundtrip. Cathay Pacific slashes business class prices from its West Coast gateways. More big credit card acquisition deals and up to 25 percent off hotel rates for AAA members.

MAY 30, 2019
Aer Lingus knocks $400 off business class fares to Dublin in August, but only for JoeSentMe members. Premium class travel to Australia or New Zealand falls as low as $2,000 roundtrip. How to get a free night at a Park Hyatt hotel (kinda, sorta, if they feel like it). Choice Hotels offers $50 gift cards after two stays. A $5 discount for Five Guys from airport-delivery app. And more.

MAY 16, 2019
A spate of discounts from smaller hotel chains. Etihad offers two free nights in Abu Dhabi on connecting flights. Hyatt offers double points at MGM Hotels in Las Vegas. Hawaiian has 50,000-70,000 bonuses to take its credit cards. Singapore Airlines slashes coach and business class fares to Asia.

MAY 9, 2019
KLM mounts a global business class sale with some excellent bargains. It looks like Qatar Airways has made its "prix-fixe" business class sale pricing a permanent feature. NH Hotels knocks as much as 30 percent off summer room rates. And more.

MAY 2, 2019
Qatar Airways says it's offering a fixed-price sale on business class travel to Africa and Asia. Should you believe them? Cathay Pacific offers a modest business class sale to selected destinations. Hilton Honors rolls out another double-points promotion. Hertz and United renew a huge points offer for short rentals. Why you might not want the 120,000-mile bonus for a Radisson credit card. Chase bumps up the bonus on Sapphire Preferred cards.

APRIL 25, 2019
LAN offers a rare (if small) business class sale to South America. Member exclusive: Ten percent off a pair of Elifant Tours of Italy. Member exclusive: $100 off a pair of David Rowell-hosted tours of Scotland and France's Loire Valley.

APRIL 18, 2019
Last call for two big Marriott credit card acquisition bonuses. Double transcon miles from Alaska Air through the end of the year. India fares after Jet Airways folds. Finnair's Russia summer business class sale. And more.

APRIL 4, 2019
Hainan Airlines has cut nonstop prices to China below $400 roundtrip in coach and to $2,300 in business class. Alaska Airlines cuts transcon prices in coach. Chase offers a big acquisition bonus to take a United card. And more.

MARCH 21, 2019
Qatar Airways has "prix fixe" business class prices for global travel. Accor knocks up to 40 percent off room rates. Air Italy cuts coach fares to Milan below $400 roundtrip. And more.

MARCH 7, 2019
Qatar Airways discounts its high-quality business class--but you'll have to fly through Doha. American Express, Chase and Barclays all up the ante on credit card acquisition bonuses. Alaska Airlines wants coast-to-coast flyers to get status. And more.

FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Hainan slashes its business class fares to China. Business class flights to the South of France for $1,300 roundtrip from La Compagnie. Cambridge studies for your summer holidays are available. And more.

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
This week: Swiss discounts first class flights to Europe and Tel Aviv. Amex offers 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a no-fee credit card. Delta launches a premium economy sale to Asia. Hyatt offers bonus points for stays through May. Choice Hotels offers a free night after two stays.

FEBRUARY 7, 2019
TAP Air Portugal is knocking half off every seat every class every flight everywhere every day in February. Two stays earn a free night at Best Western. A big acquisition bonus for a Hawaiian Airlines credit card. Amtrak discounts winter weekends to Montreal. And more.

JANUARY 31, 2019
Qatar Airways cuts business class fares to India. Qantas discounts its premium economy cabin. Marriott knocks 30 percent off weekend rates in Europe. Air Italy and Alitalia go to war on Milan flights. Omni Hotels doubles up on AAA discounts. And more.

JANUARY 24, 2019
Airlines turn to premium economy bargains as business class fills up. Amtrak offers a BOGO in the Northeast Corridor. How to get a convoluted United MileagePlus bonus. And more.

JANUARY 17, 2019
The United Chase card offers 75,000 bonus miles. Singapore Airlines discounts in premium economy and business class. Radisson's 120,000-point winter promotion. British Airways re-ups its AARP discount. Cheap business class to China and the South of France. And more.