San Francisco to Beijing Just $492 Round-Trip on United

This summer, fall and winter you can fly from SFO to PEK on United Airlines for just $492 round-trip.

Baggage fee may increase the price. Book on United’s website.

Change / Cancellation Fees for Airline Award Ticket Bookings

This is an excellent summary of airline charges for changes and cancellations of award tickets.

Change And Cancellation Fees For Airline Award Tickets

The policies of twelve airlines are examined. The best, with no charge for changes / cancellations, are Korean Air and Southwest.

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List of Airline Fees and Policies for Last-Minute Award Bookings

MileValue has compiled a helpful chart of the (often substantial) fees that airlines charge for last-minute bookings using frequent flyer miles and points.

Some airlines, like Air Canada, Alaska Air, British Air and KLM, do not charge a fee.

Others, like American and United, charge $75. Still others, like Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, charge a hidden fee.

The blog post links to a method of avoiding the $75 fee on United.

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NYC to Sweden $293 r/t Next Month on United

United Airlines is having a sale for flights from NYC (Newark) and Chicago to Gothenburg, Sweden, with fares for late August as low as $293 round-trip.

Won’t Last! $293 to $467 Round-Trip to Sweden From Chicago & Newark

This kind of deep discounted fare won’t last, perhaps unless competing airlines decide to match.

Fare War: California, NYC to Sweden in Early August

Delta and United Airlines are skirmishing over fares from several California airports to Stockholm, Sweden, for August departures. A fare war including American Airlines is continuing for flights from New York to Scandinavia. Iberia Airlines is in the fight also.

Fare War DL/UA $641-$699 LAX/SFO/SJC/SNA to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo early August fares

Check the airline websites, Google Flights and/or your favorite online travel agency (Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, etc.) to see what is available. Look for round-trip fares in the $300s from the East Coast and the $600s from the West Coast.

Status Match to Delta

Early July is the best time to do a status match to Delta airlines. If you have status on some other airline, you can get status on Delta just by applying.

If you want to Status Match / Challenge Delta – TODAY is the day to do it!

For example, if you are Platinum of American Airlines you can become Gold on Delta. Or, if you are Premier Gold on United you can become Gold on Delta. According to the official rules a status match is a one-time thing and is good for 90 days, or all the way to January 31, 2018, if you meet the associated flight requirements.


Dallas, Austin, San Antonio to Europe $453+ r/t Deal Returns

Back in May United and Delta began offering low fares to Europe from American Airlines’ major hub, Dallas-Ft. Worth. Those fares disappeared, but now they have re-appeared. Austin and San Antonio are included. Many cities in Europe are available.

Flights: Dallas / Austin / San Antonio to Europe $529-$707 r/t – AA / DL + Partners

Flights: Austin / San Antonio to Europe $529-$723 r/t – AA / DL + Partners

Departures from late August through the Fall and Winter to February 2017.

Some example round-trip fares from DFW: Barcelona $453, London $558, Paris $624, Casablanca (Morocco, Africa) $622. Austin and San Antonio are generally a little higher.

Expect other airlines to match these fares.

Continuing Fare War to Europe

The air fare war for flights from the United States to Europe continues, with some routes on some dates still available. Low fares are available from several U.S. cities to several European cities on American, Delta and United Airlines.

Sunday low fares round up USA to Europe CLT, DFW, MSP, NYC, ORD, PHL, WAS

In general, you can fly American Airlines from United hubs (e.g., Houston and San Francisco) at a deep discount, United from American hubs (e.g., Dallas and Miami) at a deep discount, etc.

Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.
Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.