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Holiday Travel!

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Sierra Mike, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    For those of us who live in the contiguous 48, one of my favorite US airlines, Northwest, is offering some rather tremendous deals, from 20%-50% discount. These are coach tickets, but for those of you who are WorldPerks members, you can use miles for upgrades to biz/first class, which I always recommend you do if your trip is over 4 hours. Northwest generally has the lowest first/biz rates in the industry, now that National Airlines has gone down...along with all my miles, damn it.

    Dates of travel:

    20% "Super-Peak" Fares:
    December 20, 22, 26-29, January 4-5

    40% Peak Fares
    December 18, 19, 23, 24, 30, 31, January 2, 3

    50% Off-Peak Fares:
    December 25, January 1, and January 6

    Tickets must be purchased by 26 December, and 7 days in advance.

    SM
     
  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    And European Business Class Travel...

    Usually when I go to Europe, I fly only the finest: Swiss Airlines, but for the cheapest biz class fares I've ever seen, here are these:

    NINE AIRLINES OFFER SHOCKINGLY LOW BUSINESS CLASS FARES TO EUROPE
    > Special fares valid for HOLIDAY TRAVEL -- and BEYOND
    > > Low-cost option for UPGRADE to FIRST CLASS sleeper seat
    > > > With partner airlines (code-share), even more options available

    Delta, Continental, and BMI have openly announced a special Business Class fare sale for travel during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. At the same time, Air France, Alitalia, American, Northwest, United, and US Airways have quietly matched the fares, in an effort to avoid publicity that is sure to anger their business-travel customers who are otherwise paying full-fare.

    > > > Available for holiday travel -- AND BEYOND

    The fare-validity periods vary between airlines, but most are centered around the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays (see below).

    > If youre looking for sub-$2,000 fares for travel beyond January, make sure to stay tuned -- youre going to be pleasantly surprised!

    > > > UPGRADE to FIRST CLASS!

    US Airways' special fares happen to be UPGRADEABLE to First Class -- with frequent flyer miles! And the miles can be acquired easily and quickly for only $650, using the method outlined in January 2002s FIRST CLASS FLYER (also at Mr. Upgrades Newsroom http://www.firstclassflyer.com/news...category#EUROPE) -- resulting in a $9,972 First Class sleeper seat to Europe -- for under $2,000!! Youll see Halley's Comet again before another opportunity like this comes along.


    > > > SAMPLE ROUND-TRIP FARES (tax not included) < < <

    -- Newark-London / Continental Airlines / $1,200 (reg. $7,624)
    -- Chicago-Paris / American Airlines / $1,500 (reg. $6,852)
    -- Atlanta-Rome / Delta Air Lines / $1,200 (reg. $6,776)
    -- Philadelphia-Frankfurt / US Airways / $1,200 (reg. $5,813)
    -- Los Angeles-London / United Airlines / $1,800 (reg. $7,134)
    -- Boston-London / Virgin Atlantic / $1,200 (reg. $5,928)
    -- Washington, DC-Manchester / BMI / $1,500 (reg. $7,320)


    > > > PARTNER AIRLINES (CODE-SHARE) EXTEND THE OFFERS REACH TO AN ADDITIONAL TWO AIRLINES
    Continentals fares are valid on partner Virgin Atlantic-operated flights that are marked with Continentals CO code. At the same time, Northwest Airlines fares are valid for travel on partner KLM.

    Links to Deltas offer:
    -- http://www.delta.com/travel/sp_offe...01002/index.jsp
    -- http://www.delta.com/travel/sp_offe...01802/index.jsp

    Link to Continentals offer:
    -- http://www.continental.com/specials/offers/bfeurope.asp


    PARTICIPATING AIRLINES FARE-VALIDITY PERIODS
    (at time of print may vary between city-pairs)

    > AIR FRANCE <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 AND Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 AND Dec. 25-Jan 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14/30 days
    Ticketing deadline: Nov. 29
    Fare basis code: ZIPSL1/ZIPSL3

    > ALITALIA <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 AND Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 AND Dec. 25-Jan 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14/30 days
    Fare basis code: ZRHOLUS/ZRHOLUS2

    > AMERICAN AIRLINES <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 AND Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 AND Dec. 25-Jan 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14 days
    Fare basis code: IRHOLN

    > BMI <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 AND Dec. 14-Jan 8, 2003
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 AND Jan 10, 2003
    Advance purchase required: varies
    Ticketing deadline: Dec. 23
    Fare basis code: several different

    > CONTINENTAL AIRLINES <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 OR Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 OR Dec. 25-Jan. 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14 days
    Available with code-share partners: Virgin Atlantic
    Fare basis code: ZHOLNRE

    > DELTA AIRLINES <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 OR Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 OR Dec. 25-Jan. 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14/30 days
    Ticketing deadline: Nov. 29
    Fare basis code: IRHOLSL/IRHOLSL2

    > NORTHWEST AIRLINES <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5
    Advance purchase required: 14 days
    Ticketing deadline: Nov. 29
    Available with code-share partners: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
    Fare basis code: ZHOLNR1

    > UNITED <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 OR Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 OR Dec. 25-Jan. 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14 days
    Fare basis code: DRHOLSL

    > US AIRWAYS <
    Outbound travel: Nov. 23-29 OR Dec. 14-31
    Return travel: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 OR Dec. 25-Jan. 8, 2003
    Advance purchase required: 14 days
    Fare basis code: CRS112E
     
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Great stuff, man, thank you for the information. :)
     
  4. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    No prob. I come across stuff like this all the time.

    SM
     

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