What's your best travel "deal" ever?

Dec 16th, 2008, 07:24 PM
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$99 each way SF to Brussels and back in late November 1984 on one of People's Express' inaugural runs to Europe. The 747(?) was so packed it had a hard time lifting off the runway at SFO; even the FAs were wide-eyed.

A friend and I took the train down to Paris for a week and had a great time shopping and dining and sightseeing and just being there.
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Dec 16th, 2008, 07:59 PM
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I think Betsy has me beat!

DH & I lived in Wash DC 1990s DH came home and said "Boss sending me to Luxemberg & London next week. Want to come?"
I got a $99.00 RT companion ticket on US Airways as a FF and we got some crazy rental car promotion with a brand new car for the total of $39.00 US for 12 days.
We stayed a Soffitel (sp) Hotels had suites & drove all over Germany, Luxemberg Brussels and paid an astonishing $50.0 to fly to London leaving the practically free rental car in Luxemborg.
Never got another offer like that one ..but boy do I have memories!!!!
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Dec 16th, 2008, 11:18 PM
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$580 to Hawaii from Colorado, including round trip airfare, ground transportation (guided tour) and eight nights lodging on two islands.

It was a long time ago, but that trip planted the seed and I've been traveling ever since.
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Dec 17th, 2008, 04:51 AM
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DRJ I remember that deal because I booked a flight to Cyprus. I think it was through expedia or another similar website. They sent an email saying that my ticket wasn't valid and for some crazy reason I just let it go, although in my haste to take advantage of the office I had booked horrible flights and would have only been in Cyprus for a total of 3 or 4 days.

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Dec 17th, 2008, 04:52 AM
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Sorry...I'm at the office and must be really excited because I got it confused with "offer"!
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Dec 18th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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$99 each way from San Francisco to London non-stop on British Air! This was when the war broke out in Iraq about five years ago. With taxes $276 each! A bargain!
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Dec 18th, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Got two roundtrip tickets for $99/each from Orlando to Albany, NY for a weekend in Vermont. Got bumped on the way back (voluntarily) and received two free roundtrip tickets which we later used to go from Orlando to Seattle. Got bumped (voluntarily) on that trip and got two more free tickets which we later used to go to Colorado. THREE trips for $99!
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Dec 18th, 2008, 12:04 PM
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Just this week, I re-checked airfare I already have booked on Southwest in March from IND-MCO ~ the prices are down so, I re-booked & received over $500 credit!

I continued looking around on SWA and found airfare from IND-Denver in June for $49 there Wed and $99 back on Sunday, so I booked a trip to CO with almost free airfare for four of us!

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Dec 18th, 2008, 01:14 PM
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Our best family deal was flying from Atlanta to Salt Lake, 4 pple for $110 p.p. We were "bumped" several times that year and the next and ended up with 16 flights for $440.
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Dec 18th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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Savannah, November 2008:

Hertz 2009 Mustang GT car with satellite radio and GPS for a week - $129.

I got down to the $129 (from $164) for a compact car with combined discounts from Hertz and AAA, which I thought was great in the first place, but then we got upgraded at the counter free of charge. It sometimes pays to joke with the people across the counter, I guess.
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Dec 19th, 2008, 09:21 PM
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2001 - Was able to take my kids to Hawaii on a deal of 6 days, rental car, hotel & airfare (LAX) for $500/person.
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Dec 20th, 2008, 01:43 PM
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At the risk of nasty comments, I will say that I rarely pay for travel.
Hotels usually comp my stay and I travel enough for business that I earn a bazillion miles a year on AA.
AND, up until recently, I had full employee benefits on AA (for the last 15 years).
I travel like a travel agent, taking advantage of industry deals.
BUT, I have never taken a vacation that lasts longer than 6 days and I typically have to work 'a little' while on vacation.
I find it a worthwhile trade off.
I typically fly first class and stay in 4 and 5 star hotels.
My last 5 day mini-vacation I talked them into including meals and parking (at a really great resort, no less!).
Don't hate.
I probably make much less than you because I am in the travel industry!
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Dec 20th, 2008, 01:45 PM
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Oh... and being a retired military family, we can also take advantage of all sorts of travel benefits.
Every trip is a great 'deal'!
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Dec 20th, 2008, 01:51 PM
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1) same as cmcfong - ~$120 for a huge corner room at the Waldorf Hilton in London, booked via Priceline. This was 3.5 years ago

2) op-up to Business class on Cathay Pacific, flying Hong Kong to LAX on my coach ticket

Current deal which I haven't cashed in yet:
FREE weekend day from Hertz. I tried a dummy booking, and I can rent a car for 1 day for $2.75. Yes, not a typo. It's FREE and you just pay the tax. One redemption per month from now thru March 2009.
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Dec 21st, 2008, 07:07 AM
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Best travel deal was in '96 when Southwest offered travel on 4th of July for $17.76 each way. The sale started at 5pm and I read it in the paper just minutes before. I called and sat on hold for about 10 minutes before an agent came on. I asked him to name off places we could fly from Kansas city (we didn't have internet then) and one of the places was San Francisco - we had never been there so we booked a flight out of KC first thing in the morning and leaving San Fran at 11:57pm.

It was a great trip! We rented a convertible, drove up the coast a bit, then back to the city for dinner. Watched the fireworks over the bay, headed back to the airport and were home less than 24 hours after we started!
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Dec 21st, 2008, 08:28 AM
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I bought a ticket with miles and then gave up my seat so I got another free ticket. On that flight I did the same. I flew 5 round trips courtesy of the first ticket.
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Feb 19th, 2009, 04:28 AM
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A few years ago, when Renaissance Cruise Line was still in business, they were offering a 9 night Mediterranean cruise with airfare from New York for $1199 a person for an inside cabin. This included two nights at a hotel in Athens at the beginning and two nights in Istanbul at the end. After we booked, they emailed us and offered us an upgrade if we were willing to change our dates.

We changed, no problem and got 11 nights, a balcony room, $100 each credit voucher on the ship and got upgraded to three nights at the Intercontinental Hotels in Athens and Istanbul. All for $1199 a person including airfare from New York to Athens.

If we had kept our original dates we would have been in Istanbul on the day of the big earthquake there, when people were evacuated from their hotels and sleeping on the grass. Whew!
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Feb 19th, 2009, 05:18 AM
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2 months after 9/11 we flew Syracuse NY to HNL for 299.99 RT per person on American Airlines. It was by far the most subdued flight I had ever taken.
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Feb 19th, 2009, 06:07 AM
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Hi Jones5, http://gmason.cruiseone.com/travel/c...oup_request.do is a great site to check out for adventure, romance and excursions from the ship to fabulous and memorable places. I guarantee that you will have not only the time of your life but also will bring back memories to last you forever.
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Feb 19th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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$199 R/T CLT to CDG. Back when they had great E-Savers, for 5 nights
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