See a deal you love? Take Clark's advice: Buy the offer immediately and then figure out why you want to go there!
Major airlines accept reservations 341 days in advance, or through June 18, 2017.
How do you find these great airfare deals? First stop: Google.com/flights.
1. Choose one-way*, round-trip or multi-city (in/out of different airports)
*A good option if your destination is served by multiple carriers offering one-way rates.
2. Enter your city pairs. Option: Include nearby airports: LGA, EWR, SWF.
3. Mouse click inside the departure date window (don't fill in specific dates).
4. Two monthly calendars automatically display with the lowest available fare shown for each date.
5. Jump forward a month or back using the left and right arrows beside the calendar.
6. Click on your desired date(s) to reveal the participating carrier.
7. Filters are available to choose specific carriers (Southwest fares not included in search results), nonstop routes, price, etc.
Tickets cannot be purchased at Google Flights, but options are offered to complete a purchase with the airline or other travel websites.
Visit the Travel Booking & Planning Guide for other airfare search options.
HOT DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL DEALS
These HOT deals have no ticket-by date and could vanish at any time. Act fast on a purchase!
These one-way deals are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday travel through November 16:
A 21-day advance purchase required. Not offered October 16. Valid on American, nonstop.
One-way trips to Miami are $48 on nonstop American flights through November 16. Start travel on or after August 16. Valid on available daily flights. Not offered October 16.
RARE! Southwest Airlines is offering $49-$59 one-way rates to New Orleans starting August 2 through December 15. Most days of the week available. This is an unadvertised sale, so use the Flexible dates option on the Home page to find this great offer. Remember, Southwest lets you check two bags free!
These great one-way deals to Montana are valid on travel through January 3:
Start travel on or after August 16. Rates are valid westbound Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday east. Service to/from MSO offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Service to/from BZN offered Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. Valid on Frontier via Denver. No blackout dates!
Learn more about Frontier's optional THE WORKS which offers the "extras" for more than 60% off the price of purchasing these options individually. The bundle must be booked at the time of initial ticket purchase.
Travel nonstop to Denver on United at one-way rates of $94 starting on or after August 23 and through November 16 (not valid October 16). Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
Delta offers a $122 one-way deal to Oakland on travel through December 14. A 21-day advance purchase required. Valid on available daily flights via Salt Lake City. Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 18-29.
Travel through June 18, 2017 to these Canadian destinations:
$133 Quebec City
$135 Calgary, Alberta
$143 Vancouver, BC
$149 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Travel is permitted on any available day of the week -- and no blackout dates! No advance purchase required to Nova Scotia -- go as soon as this weekend. A 14-day advance required to Calgary, Vancouver. Valid on available daily flights on United via Newark to Halifax; Denver to Calgary.
Travel nonstop to Denver on United at rates of $182 round-trip through November 16. Start travel on or after August 23. Valid Tuesday-Thursday each way. Stay at least one Saturday night. Blackout dates: July 31; August 7, 14.
Travel on nonstop Delta flights to Denver for $188 round-trip from August 23-December 15. Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday only. Stay at least one Saturday night. Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 18-29.
Uncover more travel deals from around the country at Clark's National Travel Deals page.
BOOK AHEAD DOMESTIC DEALS
EXTENDED! Southwest Airlines offers new one-way discounts on tickets purchased by July 28:
$69 Houston-Hobby, Richmond
$79 Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, W. Palm Beach
$87 Washington DC-Dulles or Reagan
$94 Ft. Myers, Kansas City
$95 St. Louis
$100 New Orleans
$103 San Antonio
$149 Las Vegas
$157 San Diego
Valid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday travel from August 23-December 20. Travel to/from Florida and Vegas permitted only on Tuesday or Wednesday. Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28. Additional nonstop routes on sale at Southwest. NOTE: Southwest Airlines has extended the bookable flight calendar from January 5 through March 8, 2017.
EXTENDED! Purchase these one-way rates from American Airlines by July 28:
$75 Scranton, Newburgh NY or NYC-LaGuardia
$92 Providence, RI
$136 Ontario or Orange County CA
$156 Palm Springs CA
$165 San Diego
$171 San Jose CA or Rochester NY
Not valid Friday or Sunday. Depart August 23 and complete travel on or before December 20 or depart January 5 and finish trips on or before February 15. Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28. Routing is via Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix.
EXTENDED! Grab round-trip rates of $149 to New Haven CT or $233 to Portland ME through July 28. Depart August 23 and complete travel on or before December 20 or depart January 5 and finish trips on or before February 15. Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28. Valid on American via Philadelphia.
The best deals sell out fast! Don't miss out.
One-way rates to Ottawa, Ontario of $140 require a 21-day advance purchase notice. Valid on available daily United flights through September 30. Routing is via Chicago. Purchase by August 4.
SAVE! Take advantage of one-way rates as low as $48 to Miami and then purchase separate one-way deals (valid daily and no blackout dates!) from Miami to the Caribbean:
$79 Miami to Turks & Caicos: A 21-day advance purchase required. Finish travel on or before June 18, 2017.
$87 Miami to San Juan: No advance purchase required. Valid through August 22.
$93 Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica: Effective daily from August 5-December 10.
$117 Miami to St. Thomas USVI: A 7-day advance required. Final travel October 5.
All valid on American: Nonstop ATL-Miami and Miami to the islands! Purchase by July 28.
SUMMER IN SCANDINAVIA! Travel at these round-trip rates August 4-December 10:
$820 Stockholm, Copenhagen
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns. Stay one weekend or up to six months. Valid on United/Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Newark or Washington DC. Purchase by July 26.
BIZ CLASS OFFERS! Enjoy special savings on Delta One airfares to Europe. The new Delta One premium experience offers complimentary Delta Sky Club access, menu selections, flat-bed seats with direct aisle access and more luxurious amenities.
Sample round-trip rates from Atlanta:
$3,869 Rome or Milan
Depart December 15-January 31. A Saturday night stay required; one month max. Passengers must travel in groups of two or more. Purchase by July 25 at Delta.
Watch this space...
Travel to Chengdu, China through June 18 at round-trip rates of $654 on United Airlines. Depart August 21-December 9. Add $25 per direction for Friday, Saturday departures and/or Friday-Sunday returns. Stay at least any three nights or up to three months. Purchase by July 31. Routing is via San Francisco. Add $100 per optional stopover.
LOWER! Round-trip rates of $595 to Dubai, UAE and $772 to Nairobi, Kenya are offered on any available day of the week when departing on or after August 7 through March 28, 2017. Stay one weekend or up to a year. No blackout dates. Valid on Air Canada via Toronto to Dubai; United/Lufthansa via Frankfurt to Nairobi. Stopovers not permitted. Purchase by August 2.
Travel to Mumbai-Bombay, India at round-trip rates of $795 on departures through July 31 or August 26-December 10. Travel is permitted daily. Stay one weekend or up to a year. Valid on Virgin Atlantic via London. Two free stopovers permitted! Purchase by July 29.
London stopover option! Travel with British Airways to Nairobi, Kenya at rates of $830 round-trip. Two free London stopovers permitted. Depart daily from August 11-October 25. Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year. Purchase by August 2.
London stopover option! Travel with British Airways to Mumbai-Bombay, India at rates of $842 round-trip. Two free London stopovers permitted either to and/or from Mumbai. A 7-day advance purchase required. Depart by July 31 or August 26-October 31. Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year. Purchase by July 29.
Board the bus. Ride the rails. Find the best routes and fares for trips across the U.S. and Canada at Wanderu. It's all there - inter-city buses and trains between any two points. Purchase tickets for the Acela Express, BoltBus, Greyhound, Megabus, Red Coach, and dozens more.
How to do score the lowest price on a rental car? Here are several tips and pointers on saving the max!
Search prices at gas filling stations in all 50 states and narrow down to the city or zip code at Fuel Price Finder, a free AAA source. Also, try out the Fuel Cost Calculator (enter start point/destination/vehicle make, year, model) to get the estimated fuel cost for your next road trip.
Can you get there by ferry? Direct Ferries gathers routes and rates from 25 international websites.
Europe bound? FlixBus offers daily intercity bus service to nearly 300 destinations in over 15 different European countries. With amenities such as free WiFi, plenty of legroom, up to 3 pieces of baggage and snacks and drinks onboard, it's a much cheaper and popular alternative to rail or air travel.
Busbud offers one-stop shopping to find, compare and book inter-city bus tickets between cities all over the world -- in the U.S., South American, Europe and beyond. Compare prices, bus schedules and pick up and drop off locations so that you can find the cheapest bus ticket for your trip.
GoEuro is a website and mobile app that helps you plan how to travel from the smallest villages and major cities across 11 Western European countries with just one click from a wide array of air, rail, and bus options. Type in your departure and destination points and the site simultaneously searches and compares all rail, bus, auto and flight offerings. The algorithm lets you sort the possible options by the cheapest, quickest, and "smartest" routes (convenience vs. expense).
Check out the many new routes announced from various U.S. gateway cities at Clark's National Travel Deals page.
Lower mileage redemption promotion! Delta SkyMiles members can now redeem as few as 5,000 points for one-way flights (taxes, fees additional) on Delta Air Lines for travel to select destinations within the contiguous 48 United States on travel from August 23-February 10. A 21-day advance purchase required. All route blackout dates (additional blackout dates apply in select markets): September 1-6; November 17-28 and December 15-January 3.
Redemptions must be made by September 30.
Note: Delta claims that this offer is valid on more than 13,000 routes, but expect award seat availability to be slim. This promotion can be a good deal considering most round-trip travel within the 48 states requires a minimum point redemption of 25,000 points. But most popular domestic routes from Atlanta are served by low-cost carriers such as Allegiant and Frontier -- with major airlines often matching. Before deciding to redeem points, keep in mind that Delta SkyMiles are worth about 1.3 to 1.8 cents apiece (varies by analyst) and best saved for long-haul and international travel.
MileValue.com suggests this: Run your own numbers by looking up the cash ticket price and dividing that number by the total number of miles you would use for the award. If you get an amount lower than .013, then book the trips as a cash ticket.
Earn Gift Cards on Stays
Stay through August 28 and earn a $50 Best Western gift card for every two separate stays. Rewards members save 10% when booking direct on BestWestern.com and earn 1,000 rewards points for stays completed during the promotion period. Best Western International operates about 2,200 hotels in North America.
Choice Privileges members can earn unlimited $50 gift cards (use at your favorite retailers) on two separate stays now through August 18. Choice brands include: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection.
If you're not already a loyalty member with these hotel brands, sign-up is free. Registration for both promotional offers is required.
ONGOING! British Airways offers special savings for AARP members on round-trip ticket purchases made at BritishAirways.com:
Save $65 in World Traveller Economy Class
Save $130 World Traveller Plus Premium Economy
Save $400 in Club World Business Class or First Class
Customer must be an AARP member or must travel with an AARP member to be eligible for this exclusive offer. The discount does not apply to open jaw journey (only round-trip with same origin and destination permitted). Not valid if booked through BA call center or with a travel agent or travel website. All discounted fares will be highlighted with a red 'Discount'.
This offer is valid on travel booked by October 31.
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* Disclaimer: We point you to the best deals, but we're not travel agents. Members of Team Clark, the Consumer Action Center, or the studios of WSB Radio cannot assist with booking airline tickets, other modes of travel - nor provide airline flight information. When you need assistance, please contact a professional travel agent or travel company.