Here’s a tiny hack that might help you get a better seat on your return trip when flying Southwest Airlinesroundtrip in a single day.
Southwest Airlines does not assign seats, and follows an open seating model.
Customers board in order of the group (A, B, or C) and number (one to sixty) on their boarding pass. The earlier you check in, up to 24 hours prior to your flight, the earlier your assigned spot in line.
Group A boarding passes put you at the front of the line, increasing the likelihood that you can sit with your travel companions, and giving you the best chance for a window or aisle seat.
Cool Tools has a neat trick to up your chances of getting Group A boarding passes for both legs of your trip when flying out and back on the same day.
As Cool Tools notes,
If you book a one-day round trip on Southwest, you won’t be allowed to check in for the return flight until after you complete the first flight.
However, if you book two one-way trips instead of a round trip, you can check in for both flights exactly 24 hours before the scheduled departure.
Two one-way tickets are priced identically to a round-trip ticket, so there is no extra cost to pursuing this strategy.
I took the bait! Yesterday I saw a flash sale advertised on Dan’s Deals for a $1167 round trip flight from Newark (EWR) to Paris Orly (ORY) in lie-flat seats.
I booked the deal on Open Skies — a “luxury, boutique” offshoot of British Air.
$1167 is the price of a discounted economy fare ticket to Europe during high season!
Having missed the previous day’s hot deal of just $981 RT, I knew I had to act quickly to get in on possibly the second best bargain of the summer.
If this deal interests you jump on it quickly!
How to Hack Your Way to Paris in Lie Flat Seats for $1167 Roundtrip
Open Skies is running a promotion on their nonstop flights to Paris from New York’s JFK or Newark airports. They are advertising a sale price of $1698 round trip for business class, which they call Biz Bed service.
Japan is a nation of islands with great geographic diversity — from the snow capped peaks of Hokkaido to the tropical beaches of Okinawa.
While much of the country is connected via high speed rail, if you are short on time or want to visit more far-flung regions, you may be interested in one of the many discount airfares available to foreign visitors.
Increased competition by discount airlines in Japan have led to an array of discount offers on domestic routes:
The most flexible of these is the Experience Japan Fare. You can purchase tickets while in Japan allowing for more spontaneity, and there are no blackout dates.
The major downsides of the Experience Japan Fare are that tickets must be purchased 3 days in advance and are non-changeable and nonrefundable.
The Experience Japan Fare: Up to 75% off Domestic Airfares
All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offers the Experience Japan Fareto international visitors to Japan. You can fly anywhere in Japan for 10,800 Japanese Yen, including taxes and fees. At today’s exchange rate (June 24, 2014) that’s $106 US dollars.
This is a gigantic bargain! For instance, the regular one-way fare between Tokyo and Okinawa is 46,000 Yen. The Experience Japan Fare at 10,800 Yen is more than 75 percent off!
Eligibility for the Experience Japan Fare
The Experience Japan Fare is meant for visitors to the country. There are three conditions to be eligible for the fare: You must:
reside outside of Japan;
hold a passport issued by a country other than Japan; and
have an international ticket from any airline to and from Japan.
How to Fly Anywhere Within Japan for $100
The Experience Japan Fare of 10,800 JPY per flight (this includes the 800 JPY tax) is good for tickets issued from April 1, 2014 until October 25, 2014.
There are some rules to keep in mind:
Reservations must be made at least 3 days prior to the departure date.
Tickets can be purchased up to 14 days before departure.
There is no limit on the number of segments you may fly.
Seats are limited and may not be available on all days or on all flights.
You will accrual frequent flyer miles.
One checked bag is included in the fare.
No changes and no refunds allowed.
Please note this important caution:There may be instances where it may cost less to include all Japan domestic flights within your international flight discount fare if you are connecting to/from an ANA international flight.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Iceland and $2,274 in cash for personal expenses. The trip must be taken between October 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015, but cannot be taken over Christmas, New Years or public holidays in the U.S. or Iceland. The official rules are here.
As a Reston, Virginia local, I was pretty psyched about the news this week that Frontier Airlines will be flying a regular schedule of flights to 14 popular destinations out of Dulles International Airport (IAD) near Washington, DC.
Grab Introductory Fares on Frontier Airlines Now!
Frontier is a low-cost airline and they capped their announcement with a 12 hour sale with fares as low as $15 one way! I didn’t get in on the sale — I heard the website was pretty overwhelmed — but there is still a chance for introductory fares as low as $39 if you buy your tickets by May 17, 2014.
Beginning August 19, 2014, Frontier will offer nonstop service to:
Beginning September 8, 2014, Frontier will begin nonstop service to:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Myers, FL
St. Augustine/Jacksonville, FL
Frontier’s service from Washington-Dulles will operate on 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Cranky Flyer has a great analysis today about the tortured history of low cost airlines at Dulles Airport and it’s not a pretty story. Hopefully, Frontier’s entry into this market will create some price competition.
Frontier Credit Card Sign Up Good for Two Free Round Trips
Frontier Airlines has a pretty generous standard award chart, with 20,000 miles required for a roundtrip for travel within the U.S., including Alaska. The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® offers a sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days.
So the current credit card offer is good for two round trips, and then some. That’s because you can travel with a companion for just 15,000 per round trip.
That’s a pretty generous bonus for a very low spend requirement!
There is a $69 annual fee which is not waived in the first year. Note that Barclay’s advertises this offer as a 50,000 mile bonus, but that includes the balance transfer provision, which is never a good deal because of the fees charged.
What’s more, look at all the cute animals that you can get on your credit card!