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Through October 11: 40% Off Southwest Flights With Promo Code; Others Are Matching

Southwest is offering 40% off their flights November 28th – December 12th & January 7th – February 14th when you use Southwest promo code BIGDEAL40 on their website through October 11th. Roundtrip is required. Flights to Chicago (brrrrr….) from LaGuardia are only $46 each way, for example.

Majors appear to be matching in some markets and not requiring a code or roundtrip in many cases. Worth a look during that slow period.


15% Off All Delta/SkyTeam Flights

A bunch of other blogs are writing this, but I wanted to pass along anyway because it’s a great deal a lot of people can use:

You can save 15% on any Delta or SkyTeam partner flight when you book before noon on September 24th on Alitalia‘s website and enter promo code WEEK15US after you select your flights.

That’s pretty much it – save 15% through end of schedule on all Delta flights. Nice.

(Thanks, Point me to the Plane)


Get $50 Coupon Code for One Way Flight on JetBlue (Yes, That’s $100 off all JetBlue Flights through November 7)

Want to get $50 off your next JetBlue one-way flight? Sure you do! Here’s how.

1) Go to
2) Search for 1-way flights
3) Enter one of these promo codes (they’re reusable) 8W2DQ3S4, 8MB93DZE, 8W2DQ3S4 ,8XW36N2K
4) Enjoy your $7 flight from New York to Burlington (or whatever)
5) Good for flights through November 7th

Some highlights include $26 flights from New York to Chicago; $7 flights from JFK to Boston; and $46 flights from JFK to Ft Lauderdale.

You’ll have to book each person separately because the code is good for $50 off a one-way, but it’s reusable.

Safe travels.

(Thx Flyertalk and Slickdeals)


Southwest and Airtran Launch Double Points Promo for All Travel

Southwest and Airtran will give double Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards credits for all travel between September 13th and November 15th. For Southwest, you must register here. For AirTran, you must register here.

Let the matching begin…(actually, I don’t think anyone will go near this. But we’ll find out soon enough.) It’s been a while since we’ve seen a broad everyone-gets-double-miles promo in quite some time (I can’t even remember when…probably since the crazy double elite miles virus that spread a couple of years ago).


NOW DEAD: An Icelandair/Alaska FAQ…And How to Bring The Price Down Below $300 Via Miles Sharing…and 10 Day Wait Period Lifted


OTR reader Steve has passed along what should be an improvement to the Icelandair/Alaska deal:

Through September 28th, Icelandair is giving a 20% bonus when you transfer miles to someone else. Incredibly, they only charge 3,000 ISK ($25) to transfer miles to someone.

So, if you buy 50,000 miles it will cost you $525. If you then go and transfer those miles to someone, they will have 60,000 miles (because of the 20% bonus). Those 60,000 miles, then, will cost you a total of $550. That means you are either getting 2 first class flights on Alaska for $275 each roundtrip, or 3 coach flights for $183 each roundtrip. Just a thought.

An FAQ on the whole Icelandair/Alaska thing:

Q: Is it 20,000/30,000 (coach/first class) one-way or round trip?
A: Round trip. I promise. Round trip. They only allow roundtrip redemptions on their own flights, they are not going to allow one-ways on partner flights.

Q: This sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
A: Perhaps. But the main reason this works is because the devaluation of the Icelandic Krona has cut the value of their currency relative to the dollar in half. And it’s not THAT crazy — Avios only charges 25,000 points for a coach roundtrip from the West Coast to Hawaii.

Q: What’s up with the 10 day waiting period people are mentioning?
A: I don’t know. Some people who have called have been told they need to wait 10 days before booking because they are a new account holder. That sounds like nonsense, and because I’m guessing they have 2 people working in their call center, calling them back likely won’t help.

The fine team at Icelandair has now waived the 10 day waiting period to help everyone out.

A piece of advice I’ve never shared here (but now that I think of it, I should have) is to sign up for all of the frequent flyer programs out there. They’re free. Just get yourself a number. I have FF accounts with all sorts of random airlines precisely for this reason – who knows why you might need it down the road? It’s free, and my kids get a kick out of the mail some of these airlines send (Kingfisher luggage tags)?

Q: Why can’t I find availability?
A: Availability is pretty good to Hawaii from San Jose and Portland, especially. Check on Alaska Airlines’ website before calling (and waiting on hold with) Icelandair. When I called yesterday it appeared that availability matched what was available on Alaska Airlines’ site, but others are hearing differently. I fear you may be traveling down a rabbit hole if you ask Icelandair to search for availability. UPDATE: Fares book into W class for coach and A class for First. Expertflyer has a free 5-day trial that can help you with this.

Also I’m not hearing much success from the East Coast because availability is quite poor.

Q: Are stopovers permitted?
A: Yes they are. You’re allowed 1. That does not mean there will be availability, but you can stopover. A stopover is any connection longer than 4 hours. This is the reason you can’t book connections to Hawaii from the East Coast – you’ll end up with 4-hour+ connections in both directions.

Q: What is the change fee?
A: It’s 10,000 ISK or roughly $80

Q: Why are people being told that they need to book 2 separate awards when they have a connecting flight?
A: I’m not 100% sure. However, as this post from Million Mile Secrets notes American Airlines will make you book two separate awards for any flight that involves a connection longer than 4 hours. Given that most East Coast to Hawaii flights have 8 hour (or overnight) connections, I think that is what is causing this problem (inasmuch as having to pay $600 for a first class ticket to Hawaii constitutes a “problem”.)

A couple of other random points:

– Even after the 20 percent bonus goes away September 28 this is still a great way to get to Hawaii cheap in first class going forward.

– Obviously do not purchase points until you know that there is availability with Icelandair.

– The people I’ve spoken with in their call center were wonderful, but I’m guessing they’re not used to this kind of call volume (at least not since the $61 fare to Reykjavik from years back). Please be nice to them.

– Please post any success stories, though it sounds like we may not have any for a while because of this odd 10 day thing.

– This deal has brought lots of new people to Online Travel Review. Welcome! If you care: I’ve been writing this thing for almost 9 years. I don’t think business class is as great as most other bloggers seem to think it is (see here). I’m not a trip report guy, so if you’d like 32 photos of someone’s soda on their flight, you’ll have to visit elsewhere. I think it’s amazing that by opening a credit card you can go nearly anywhere in the world you want for free. That’s insanely awesome. I have a chart-making program that I like so I’ve created some charts I think are useful that you can find in the right hand column (ie, differences between Business Credit Cards; how to get to Hawaii using miles; a chart of how many miles it takes to go anywhere on all US airlines). And this little piece about flying with my then-3-year-olds is probably my favorite thing I’ve written here. Well, that one and this one about fathers.

In any case, welcome. Hope you stick around for a while. You can email me anytime at jared (at) Oh, and if you want any help figuring out the whole credit card thing, I’ve worked with lots of people who have used my free credit card planning service. It’s free, and we’ll get you enough miles for that trip you’ve dreamed about.

UPDATE: Someone who said they were from Icelandair (I have no reason not to believe them, especially since the IP address they posted from was in Iceland) posted this mini-FAQ in the comments of the main post. I thought I’d post here, but with the caveat that when I called them yesterday they had availability from Portland (PDX) to Honolulu.

Hello everyone,

Thank you for your interest in our Program but due to heavy load on our Call Center we just wanted to clear a few things:

1) Availability on Alaska Airlines is limited and seats for Hawaii for the coming months are not available is limited in our systems (agent checked just over a minute ago).

2) Availability is controlled only by Alaska Airlines and not by Icelandair.

3) Registration in the Saga Club is under Construction and can therefore take a longer time again also due to heavy load on our Call Center.

4) Miles expire in the end of the fourth year from they were earned.

We hope that answers some of your questions,

With best regards,

The Icelandair Saga Club


NOW DEAD: It’s Good from All Cities – Buy Icelandair Miles to Fly on Alaska Airlines to Hawaii in First Class for $328 Round Trip….Really


Icelandair is running a promotion through September 28th where you’ll earn a 20% bonus when you buy their Saga Club miles (you need to first create an account on their website to be able to get to this page)…

Why do I mention this seemingly useless piece of information? Because it’s not useless. Icelandair sells their miles quite cheap…How cheap?

You can buy 25,000 miles + a 5,000 mile bonus for 39,500 Icelandic Krona. I’ll save you the Googling and tell you that that is $328.

Why do you want 30,000 Saga Club miles? Because as you see here, it will only cost you 30,000 Saga Club miles to get yourself a FIRST CLASS roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines to all of their destinations in the US (Alaska and Hawaii included), Canada and Mexico to or from Seattle (see the full list here). Yes, I know it says “Continental U.S. and Canada” but I spoke with Icelandair and they said that the list of cities I linked to is actually the correct list of cities, and they include Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. Coach tickets are 20,000 miles roundtrip ($228). There is a fuel surcharge, but it’s generally $40 or so.

Yes, you read that correctly: a roundtrip first class ticket to Hawaii will cost you $328.

You can purchase 100,000 miles per account per year.

Using those points on Icelandair isn’t bad either (chart here): JFK/WAS/MCO/MSP to Iceland is 50,000 points in coach ($541 to purchase those points), while a roundtrip ticket to most of Western Europe and Scandanavia is 60,000 points ($658). Not a crazy good deal, but if the seats are available during the summer season, that’s about half what you’d pay to actually buy a ticket.

But again – this would definitely be worth it for anyone in Seattle. Assuming seats are available, anywhere they fly from Seattle is just $328 for first class.

UPDATE 1: This may actually be good for anywhere Alaska flies (not just to/from Seattle). I have a call in to Icelandair. I’ll keep everyone posted.

UPDATE 2: I confirmed with Icelandair that you can fly anywhere for 20,000 miles in coach and 30,000 in first class ($228/$328 when you buy the miles). That’s a bargain.

UPDATE 3: Thought it would be helpful to link to my chart of which airlines fly from what cities to Hawaii.

UPDATE 4: The fine folks at Icelandair have contacted me with some additional information (they have been incredibly helpful) about airline tickets. They have lifted the 10 day restriction. Seriously, they’re good people, right? Also, for those of you with ExpertFlyer (or the like), their Alaska Airlines availability books into A for first class and W for economy. That should help you determine availability BEFORE you call them. They’re getting hammered with calls, so please be patient. I’ll add this to the FAQ.

UPDATE 5: Stopovers ARE permitted. Same rules as those found on Alaska Airlines. I’m also keeping a running FAQ here. In that post you’ll also see about how to get the price below $300.


Virgin America Coupon Code: 20% Off Fall Flights

Looking to save on your next Virgin America flight?

Get 20% off a Virgin America flight August 22nd through November 14th when you sign up to get a Virgin America coupon code here. You must book by August 15th, and the code can’t be used for travel August 31st or September 3rd. The code is good for you and a guest.


1,000 United Miles for Enrolling in Visa Offers

This will be just about the easiest 1,000 United MileagePlus miles you’ll earn for a while: Sign up to receive text messages from Visa Offers (via Thanks Again) and you’ll get 1,000 United miles credited to your account in about, oh, 8-12 weeks or so. Here’s how:

– Go to Thanks Again
– Register for a new account
– When done registering, log in to your account
– Go to the My Account section and click on “Click Here to Join Thanks Again Offers”
– You’ll see that it says you’ll get 1,000 miles for signing up for Visa Offers.

Yes, you’ll have to give your credit card (so they can track your spending) and your phone number (so they can receive texts). But you can opt out, apparently any time after signing up.

If you’re already a Thanks Again member (which I was, for who-can-possibly-remember-what-reason), you can only earn the miles if you originally came through that United link. Or, of course, you can create a new account with a different username (just saying…)

Yes, text offers can be annoying. If it’s not worth 1,000 miles to you, don’t enroll. But this was an easy 1,000 miles, and if it’s annoying I’ll unsubscribe.


(Thanks, Slickdeals)


Disney Visa Cardholders Can Get Early Access to Free Dining Plan with 7 Night Package

Beginning July 12th, Disney is offering free dining plans (on select dates) when you book a 7 day/6 night (non-discounted) package. This can save you up to $1,000 (seriously).

If you’re a Disney Visa cardholder, you can book these packages now before dates sell out.

Available Dates:

September 30, 2012 – October 4, 2012
October 19, 2012 – November 1, 2012
November 9, 2012 – November 15, 2012
November 23, 2012 – November 29, 2012
December 10, 2012 – December 13, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a Disney guy, but according to some Disney blogs out there, this is actually a good deal in most cases. However, because you can’t combine it with a discounted room, it’s worth pricing out, for example, a room with a AAA discount for 6 nights and paying for the dining plan. The dining plan deal is still often cheaper, but not always. Worth the extra 5 minutes of your time.


18% Off (Just About) All Frontier Airlines Flights — Expires Tonight

Frontier Airlines is offering 18% off all its domestic flights (except to/from Alaska) if you book by midnight tonight (July 5th) and enter Frontier Airlines promo code BIRTHDAY18 at checkout. Offer is good for travel July 24 – November 14.