2024 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.

MAY 19, 2024
Fly-drive packages to Ireland for as little as $599. Marriott revives 50,000-point bonus for home rentals. Best Western is offering 10,000-point bonuses around the globe. InterContinental offers triple United points for IHG hotel stays. And more.

MAY 12, 2024
A Europe-wide fare war knocks business class seats as low as $1,730 roundtrip. There's actually a business class sale on flights to Africa and prices now start as low as $2,600 roundtrip. Premium Economy rates to Asia fall as low as $1,199 roundtrip, including on the longest flights in the world. Interesting hybrid acquisition credit card bonus from Citi and American Airlines. And more.

MAY 5, 2024
Norse selling premium class fares to Europe as low as $337 one-way through the fall. Marriott offers elite guests 50,000 bonus points for home rentals. Oxford offers week-long summer sessions and accommodations at historic Brasenose College. Hilton's borderline insulting second-quarter promo. And more.

APRIL 21, 2024
American Express will give you 175,000 points for a Platinum Card...if you can find it. Costco offers 10% discounts on Southwest flights again. Turner Classic Movies turns 30 and sponsors cruises and studio tours. You've got another chance to ride the 20th Century Limited in the 21st century. And more.

APRIL 7, 2024
How to get 15% off on a new ITA route between Chicago and Rome. Lots of golf swag from Omni golf resorts, the official lodging chain of the PGA. British Airways revives its AARP business class discount. Sweet perks when you rent a suite at Loews Hotels. Singapore Airlines offers big bargains on its long-haul premium economy cabin. Wells Fargo offers 60,000 points to take its strong new travel card. And more.

APRIL 7, 2024
How to get 15% off on a new ITA route between Chicago and Rome. Lots of golf swag from Omni golf resorts, the official lodging chain of the PGA. British Airways revives its AARP business class discount. Sweet perks when you rent a suite at Loews Hotels. Singapore Airlines offers big bargains on its long-haul premium economy cabin. Wells Fargo offers 60,000 points to take its strong new travel card. And more.

MARCH 24, 2024
ZipAir cuts prices on its stripped-down business class to Tokyo below $1,500RT from Hawaii and $2,000RT from the mainland. Targeted new hotel points promotions from Hyatt and InterContinental. Marriott offer 2,500 points if you link your account to Uber. And more.

MARCH 17, 2024
Air Tahiti Nui will give you four free nights in Tahiti en route to New Zealand. La Compagnie will fly you to the French Riviera for $2,400RT in business class. Bank of America ups the acquisition bonus for a Flying Blue card to 70,000 points. And more.

MARCH 10, 2024
How to ride the 20th Century Limited in the 21st Century. Italy for $1,000 roundtrip in premium class. Singapore cuts premium economy fares to Asia as low as $1,199 roundtrip. Etihad offers free two-day hotel stay in Abu Dhabi. And more.

MARCH 3, 2024
Huge bonuses for stays at a new Honolulu hotel. Finnair's business class sale has a specific application. Vancouver is dangling $250 gift cards for late-winter stays. How to save 10% on Southwest airfares. A yawner of a Hyatt points promotion. A big bonus to take an Amtrak credit card. And more.

FEBRUARY 18, 2024
T-Mobile's Magenta "Status" promises a raft of travel deals. Let's see what happens. InterContinental offers huge bonuses for stays at beachfront resorts. Amex dangles five free Marriott nights to take a Bonvoy Business Card. Emirates has packaged all sorts of discounts for short stays in Dubai. And more.

FEBRUARY 11, 2024
This week: Turkish Airlines offers two-night stays in Istanbul with business class tickets. How to save on a riverside Beatlesfest 60 years after their first appearance on Ed Sullivan. Chase and United offer a 100,000-mile acquisition bonus for a credit card. A lame Hilton Honors points promotion.

FEBRUARY 4, 2024
This week: La Compagnie selling a pair of business class roundtrips to Europe for $3,800. Best Western awarding a free night after just two stays. Marriott offers bonus elite-night Bonvoy credits. Hainan cuts coach prices to China. And more.

JANUARY 28, 2024
Singapore Airlines discounts heavily in premium economy on its longest hauls. Qatar Airways offers big bargains on hotels and attractions for a Doha stayover. TAP Air Portugal offers big business class deals from Boston and Chicago. La Compagnie is discounting on flights to Paris and Milan. And more.

JANUARY 21, 2024
Zipair, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, is offering lie-flat beds across the Pacific for less than $3,000 roundtrip. Africa flights are on sale--in coach. British Airways extends its AARP business class discount. Cambridge University opens its summer learning courses for reservations. Emirates is throwing in freebies with a Dubai stopover. And more.

JANUARY 7, 2024
TAP Air Portugal offers business class fares to Europe for as little as $1,700 roundtrip. Amtrak revives its 12Free winter promotion for Northeast Corridor travel. Icelandair's stay-on-the-way program allows a 7-day free stay in Iceland. Marriott and Uber offer bonus Bonvoy points. And more.