Sample fares, in addition to the transcontinental ones mentioned above, include those for 30 European nations from New York City, Boston or Washington DC for spring departures from only $399 round-trip, or summer fares (June 1 through August 31) for just $50 more. From Chicago, Miami or Los Angeles, the spring fares start at $499, the summer ones from only $549. These represent savings of about 50% to 60% off normal prices for the appropriate time of the year, they say.
Finally, the same site offers sale tickets to Hawaii for travel through May 19, 2002; Mexico through May 19, 2002; and Asia. There are even some fares, good for travel through March 30, 2002, to Central and South America.
Samples roundtrip airfares: Dallas to Costa Rica $290
Chicago to Rio $398
NYC, DC or Detroit to Rio $51
LA, San Diego, Atlanta or NYC to Belize $380
Dallas to Belize $325
Seattle, LA or San Francisco to Costa Rica $355
Where to stay once you are at your destination? Bestfares recommends the Hotel Reservations Network, which has its own Web site promising up to 70% off regular hotel rates in major cities around the world. You can book online at www.hoteldiscounts.com.
Again, for low-priced airfares, check out www.bestfares.com.