If the sudden appearance of decorative gourds on your neighbor's porch hasn't tipped you off, let us remind you that fall is nearly upon us. Yep, and before you know it, Halloween will roll around and you'll be passing out junior-sized candy bars to junior-sized Vampires. Well don't be tied down by your neighborhood candy-tossing obligations this year. With the change in foliage, and both temperatures and fares on the decline, October is an ideal time to travel. So go ahead, pack your bags, set up the self-service candy dish on the porch (and c'mon, no raisins please), and get out there.
Been a while since you dropped in on your long lost cousins in Mississippi? Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) is having a nice little unadvertised sale to Meridian, in Lauderdale County, which also encompasses tiny Whynot, Mississippi. And if that's not a name that inspires you to travel, well, we give up. Some sample fares include:
- Baltimore to Meridian $209
- Las Vegas to Meridian $249
- Los Angeles to Meridian $249
- Tampa to Meridian $178
- Philadelphia to Meridian $209
- Phoenix to Meridian $249
- Portland OR to Meridian $249
- San Diego to Meridian $239
- San Jose to Meridian $249
- Seattle to Meridian $249
The Grass is Always Greener
How many times have you found yourself noshing on corn beef and cabbage at Epcot's Irish Pavilion, wishing you could've skipped the Disney middleman and just gone straight to Dublin? No? Never? There's no such thing as the Irish Pavilion? Oh. Well, there goes our segue into the new Aer Lingus (tel. 800/474-7424; www.aerlingus.com) flight from Orlando to Dublin, which begins October 27. Winter schedule runs through March 3, 2008, and includes three weekly Dublin-bound flights (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays), which operate on the same weekly schedule for return flights.
And all you folks in the Bay Area, look for Aer Lingus service from SFO on October 28, departing four days a week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday).
In addition, Aer Lingus is also having a little sale from other U.S. cities, such as:
American Airlines' Tokyo Fares
If fares to Japan struck you as being a bit on the pricey side this summer, then this sale to Tokyo may be of interest. American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) has some excellent fares available for fall departures, some of which are listed below, before taxes (factor in $100 approximately):
- Boston to Tokyo $890
- Charlotte to Tokyo$890
- Chicago to Tokyo $850
- Denver to Tokyo $880
- Las Vegas to Tokyo $760
- Los Angeles to Tokyo $760
- Miami to Tokyo $910
- New York to Tokyo $920
- Philadelphia to Tokyo $940
- Washington DC to Tokyo $940
Stansted: London's Backdoor Guests Pay Less
On October 28, American Airlines will become the first major airline to offer daily non-stop service to London Stansted (www.stanstedairport.com), one of Europe's leading discount-airline hub.
The single-terminal layout of London's third major international airport makes it a much more convenient transfer point than either Gatwick or, especially, Heathrow; and with the most competitive routes and lowest fares by far to practically anywhere on the continent, Stansted makes for a great gateway to Europe.
Fares from New York JFK currently start at a decent but hardly great $528 round-trip with taxes, about the average going rate to London, but this could change as the launch date approaches.
As we've mentioned previously, Air Canada can get you there for about $75 less -- but obviously not non-stop -- and flying Zoom can save you $30. Also, if you're in the market for a fall Euro-getaway, there are cheaper cities than London that you could fly into this fall. Check here to see what's available today from your city page. And, if you're stringing together a series of one-ways for your jaunt around Europe, flylc.com (www.flylc.com) is an excellent resource when trying to sort out, say, who can fly you from Stansted to Baku, and for cheap.
Aloha Labor Day Sale
Okay, so it looks like you won't be making it to Hawaii for Labor Day this year. Again. But, hey, don't looks so glum chum. You can still take advantage of the Aloha Airlines (tel. 800/367-5250; www.alohaairlines.com) Labor Day Sale, good for travel between October 10 and December 13, on Mondays through Thursdays. Just book your trip by September 4.
- Oakland to Honolulu $258
- Oakland to Maui $338
- Santa Ana to Honolulu $478
- Santa Ana to Maui $518
- Santa Ana to Kona $518
- San Diego to Honolulu $458
- San Diego to Maui $358
- Sacramento to Maui $478
Fare Finding 101
September is also back-to-school, and what better time to take a little refresher course on fare hunting? Review our Top Ten Tips to Snag Low Airfares.
Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart and Grace Park
George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.
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