Austin / San Antonio to Hawaii Just $542 Round-Trip on Delta & United

Delta and United are offering fares as low as $542 for round-trip travel from Austin or San Antonio to Honolulu or Maui, Hawaii. American Airlines is not matching at this time, but may begin.

Flights: Austin / San Antonio to/from Honolulu or Maui $531-$577 r/t – United / Delta

See the blog post for full details and how to book.

 

Airports With Free City Tours During Long Layovers

It’s not a lot of fun to be stuck in an airport during a multi-hour layover. Some major airports have a surprising alternative: A free city tour.

Long Layover? Take a Free City Tour at One of These Airports

If you find yourself at any of these airports with hours to kill, taking one of these tours is like a quick and easy vacation. Just be sure to leave enough time to return through security and passport control.

 

Crazy Low $143 r/t to Belgrade, $227 r/t to Sophia, Bulgaria

You may not have flown on Air Serbia, but it is a legitimate airline with landing privileges in the United States. They are offering a crazy-low $227.06 round-trip fare from New York JFK to Sophia, Bulgaria this Fall and Winter.

UPDATE: Now $143 to Belgrade, as per http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2016/08/14/unbelievable-airfare-visit-eastern-europe-143-roundtrip-new-york-jfk-belgrade/

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/error-fare-new-york-to-sofia-bulgaria-for-a-crazy-cheap-227-roundtrip/

Bulgaria is an Eastern European nation with a long history and many things to see and do. The nation is friendly to the United States and considered safe to visit.

The FAA monitors airlines that fly within and to the United States, and will not permit those that do not meet minimal safety standards.

New Uses for Your Old Smartphone

The August 11, 2016 issue of the Wall St. Journal had a great article by Geoffrey A. Fowler about how to use your old iPhone and Android mobile phone. You may have a newer model, but the old one in the drawer still has a lot of useful capabilities.

Just update the operating system, plug it in so it’s continuously charging, and install one or more new apps.

Among the suggested uses:

  • Security Camera — The Manythings app lets your iPhone function as a smart security camera, notifying you by email if there is movement in its camera’s field of view.
  • International Travel Phone — Unlock your phone, then buy a local SIM card when you are traveling internationally.
  • Smart Alarm Clock — There are many apps to choose from.
  • TV Remote — For Android phones equipped with an IR port, you can get apps that let you control your TV / cable box / DVD player.
  • Digital Picture Frame — Use your old iPad or Android tablet to display photographs, either singly or as a slide show.
  • Second Monitor for Computer — Duet is a $20 app for Apple that lets your old device serve as a second monitor for your computer.
  • Car TV — Let kids in the back seat watch videos on your old iPad or iPhone.
  • Kitchen Helper — Get recipe app(s) for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

This was a very useful newspaper article.

British Airways Avios Points Explained

This blog post tells everything you want to know about British Air Avios points.

Get A 50% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios

The first portion of the post is concerned with the current 50% bonus promotion, then the remainder of the post tells how to use Avios to best advantage for travel on OneWorld airlines. It is very comprehensive.

 

Handy Chart Shows Miles Needed from New York to Anywhere

Back in April Dan’s Deals posted a chart showing the number of frequent-flyer miles needed from travel from New York City to almost everywhere. Six airlines are included in the chart, as well as Coach and Business classes.

A Comparison Of How Many Miles Are Needed For Award Flights On 116 OneWorld Direct Routes From NYC

If you have frequent flyer miles, you should refer to this chart when planning a trip. If you have frequent flyer miles from several airlines, you really should refer to this chart.

American Airlines Frequent Flyer Card
American Airlines Frequent Flyer Card

Big Saving on United Airlines Domestic Award Travel

United Airlines is having an un-advertised sale on award travel in the United States (note that Alaska and Hawaii are included). Fly for fewer frequent-flyer miles than usual.

Save 20% On United Saver Awards Within The US48, Alaska, And Hawaii!

Valid most dates August through December, must purchase 14+ days before travel.

This is a great way to see the Fall foliage in New England, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the giant sequoia trees in California, the beaches in Hawai’i, the northern lights in Alaska…

Reasons to Use Lyft & Uber When Traveling Overseas

It’s relatively easy to go a long distance by air, but often not so easy to travel the short distance from the airport to your hotel. This blog post gives good reasons why you should default to Lyft or Uber when arriving at an airport in an unfamiliar city.

6 Benefits of Using Ride Share Apps When Traveling Abroad

Local taxi drivers are not always honest, but the major ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber virtually guarantee that you will be treated fairly and honestly.

Paris, France is a popular destination. Take Lyft or Uber when you arrive.
Paris, France is a popular destination. Take Lyft or Uber when you arrive.