The calendar can work in your favor this week when it comes to buying travel deals. When others are tapped out financially after Christmas, if you have the resources and can be flexible, then you can get a great deal right now!
Winter airfare sales announced
Get ready to pack your carry-on bag! There's a new airfare sale from JetBlue with one-way (OW) fares starting at $34.But act fast...you have to book by midnight this Wednesday, Jan. 13!
There are also fares for $49, $59 and $69 OW available if you're willing to be flexible with your travel dates. That is the real key to finding a deal during this sale. Here are some of the other specifics you should know about this sale:
- Monday through Thursday and Saturday travel between January 20, 2016 – February 11, 2016.
- Tuesday & Wednesday travel between February 16, 2016 – April 13, 2016.
- Blackout dates: 2/12 – 2/15/16 (all cities) plus 2/4 – 2/9/16 (SFO, SJC, OAK).
- No travel on Fridays or Sundays.
Fronter Air fares
Frontier Air also has a fare sale that you should know about. They have fares starting at $24 OW (plus extra fees for everything else under the sun!). Purchase by midnight January 12, and then fly from January 16 through February 9. Seats are limited, so be flexible with your dates! Restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for complete details here.
Don't forget about cruise deals too!
Another area of transportation with great last-minute deals is the cruise industry. There is a general softness in the field except around Presidents Day weekend.
The number one rule right now about cruising is be flexible with your schedule. The week you go will control how much of your wallet you leave behind on the ship. The same exact cabin could cost you as little as a third one week what it might cost you the very next week.
When you're looking to buy a deal, what you should do is pull up the ship you want to go on and look at the cost week by week. Look for any dramatic movements up and down in price. In the past, the rates were like a wave; now they're like a yoyo. You want to pounce on those low-cost weeks if your schedule allows.
In the past, I've told you about CruiseCritic.com (for user reviews) and CruiseCompete.com as ways to get the inside scoop and deals on cruising. Now I want introduce you to a website called VacationsToGo.com.
On VacationsToGo.com, they're listing amazingly low-priced cruises for ship after ship, date after date. You'll even find deals that are extraordinarily cheap through June. For example, I saw one cruise to Alaska in June that was being offered for 80% off.
One final caveat, though: If you're buying your very first cruise, don't buy online.
I only recommend that experienced cruisers buy online. If that's not you, buy from a real live cruise specialist at a travel agency and rely on their expertise. A good agent will ask about your interests, hobbies and what you like to do in your spare time.
Much like people, cruise ships have a definite personality and a cruise agent can help you to find the right fit for yours.
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