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(EXPIRED) $600 RT to Australia from San Jose, CA

Over the past day, I’ve seen economy class airfare sales popping up to Australia from a number of US cities — Boston, Charlotte, Atlanta, and more. Today, a new deal came out from San Jose, CA to Melbourne, Australia from just $599 round trip. This one depends on where you book — the cheapest prices are available via SkyScanner, or you could book through major OTAs for $683 RT. This price is widely available from August to November, which includes the Australian…

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Google Flights improvement: filter by overhead bin access

A reader on Twitter has alerted us that Google Flights has added an awesome new filtering capability that is going to make shopping for flights much less painful for those irritated by basic economy and low-cost-carriers that display prices that don’t include a carry-on bag: a flighter to show flights that include overhead bin access. It looks like it works really well — even knowing to include the carry-on fee for Spirit so that you can compare…

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$1000 worth of airfare? Sure. $50K spend? Maybe not.

Yesterday we reported that the Merrill+ Visa Signature Card 50K offer had resurfaced.  I don’t know how long it will be available, but my guess is not very long at all.  Should you hurry and sign up? Signup for the signup bonus alone?  Sure. The card offers 50,000 points after $3K spend.  That signup bonus can be used to get $500 in statement credits or up to two $500 flights.  Either way it’s a good…

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9 awesome credit card perks you might not know about

Credit card perks

Many credit cards have terrific perks that make them worth keeping despite their annual fees.  A couple of examples that come to mind are the IHG card’s annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property worldwide; and the Citi Prestige’s $250 airfare credit and 4th Night Free hotel benefits.  But, those are examples of headline perks – the perks that are widely advertised and well known.  Today we’ll look at some…

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Buying flights: Extreme Stacking savings and rewards

Airfare Extreme Stacking

When you decide to pay for a fight rather than redeeming miles, it’s possible to increase rewards by stacking deals: Discount gift cards (sometimes) Credit card category bonus Credit card airline fee rebates Companion tickets Portal rewards Online Travel Agency (OTA) rewards Earn airline miles Airline promos Airline partnerships There are two distinct approaches to flight purchase stacking: buy from an Online Travel Agency or buy direct from an airline.  The above stacking opportunities apply…

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The multi-city cheaper flight trick still works (Update: Maybe Not).

cheaper flight

UPDATE 9/22/15 11:42 am: While I’ve successfully booked these multi-city discounted fares in the past, it no longer seems to be possible to book them.  For example, the discounted fares show up on, but when you click through to book, the system generates an error. In April, I published “Cheaper flights through multi-city search.”  In that post I showed how changing a flight search from a simple one-way or round-trip search to a multi-city…

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The best ways to pay for flights

best ways to pay for flights

This post aims to answer: When regular airline mile awards aren’t available or do not provide the best value, what is the best way to pay for your flights? Deciding how to pay Suppose you found a flight that you want to pay for rather than booking as an award flight (see: When is an award flight a good deal?).  What is your best option?  I’ve listed below a number of options that you might…

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