2021 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 break, a terrific value or a unique opportunity. Unless otherwise stated, you should be able to book 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 9, 2021
Paris cheap in business class when it doesn't sizzle. An exclusive 15% discount for members on a Sardinia adventure. A weak year-opening promotion from Hyatt. Up to 90,000-mile bonus for a Hawaiian Airlines card. And more.

NOVEMBER 25, 2021
Black Friday travel deals? Not as many good ones as you'd think. Here are the best airline and hotel offers.

NOVEMBER 17, 2021
La Compagnie, best-known for France runs, now flies nonstop to Tel Aviv: Roundtrip in business class is below $2,000. Aer Lingus knocks up to $300 off business class fares. An NH Hotels promo slashes 40% off room rates. Two more cards offering 100,000-point acquisition bonuses.

OCTOBER 28, 2021
Air France offers some intriguing business class deals to Paris, Marseille and Nice. Cathay Pacific offers premium economy bargains to Thailand. Oxford University revives summer learning/summer travel courses for 2022. Air Canada will give you 10,000 miles if you join the waitlist for its new credit card.

OCTOBER 14, 2021
This week: Finnair is reviving its annual business class sale for flights to Lapland over the holidays. InterContinental Hotels and Radisson Hotels are out with lucrative, one-off promotions. Would you pay $100 to tour an iconic hotel? And more.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
This week: Air Canada offers a status match to U.S. elite flyers with just one roundtrip. Singapore Airlines offers $2,200 roundtrip transatlantic business class. A 100,000-point offer for the extremely valuable Chase Sapphire Preferred card. A 125,00-point offer for an Amex Marriott Bonvoy card. And more.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
TAP Air Portugal puts 140 U.S.-Europe routes on sale for as low as $1,699 roundtrip. Radisson has an award "sale" that offers a free night award for every two award nights you claim. Neos, a new Italian carrier, offers $499 one-way "premium" class seats. And more.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
American Express offers bonuses to transfer points to most of its airline and hotel partners. Hawaiian Airlines posts a 70,000-mile bonus for its credit card. Marriott mounts a chintzy quarterly promotion. Omni Hotels offers AAA discounts of as much as 25%. And more.

AUGUST 26, 2021
Airlines are (very quietly) offering many low fares on business class flights to Europe. Avis is offering free days after two rentals. Hilton offers triple points on stays paid for with an Amex Hilton card. The Citi Premier card offers a gigantic acquisition bonus--and those points can temporarily be transferred to American AAdvantage. And more.

MAY 6, 2021
Business class to Europe for spring under $1,000. Business class for fall and winter below $2,000. Plus 100,000-mile credit card acquisition bonuses and a members-only discount on villa and home rentals in Tuscany. And more.