Bargain Flights from U.S. to Rome, Sardinia

GodSaveThePoints blog reports on some deals on travel from various U.S. cities to Rome and Sardinia. Prices as low as $324 round-trip on Air Italy, or about $100 more on Alitalia, American and Delta.God Save The Points Logo

This is for travel in August, September and October…many experienced travelers recommend against visiting Europe in August because that is when many or most Europeans take their vacations.

If you book on Alitalia I would recommend paying with a credit card, so you will have the purchase protection afforded by that means of payment.

Check your date pairs in Google Flights.

New Iberia Credit Card from Chase Looks Promising

Iberia is a Spanish airline that is a member of the oneworld alliance. That means that you can use Iberia frequent-flyer miles to fly on other oneworld airlines, which include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM (LAN), Malaysia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 and SriLankan Airlines.

Iberia calls their frequent flyer miles “avios”, and they can be interchanged with British Air avios. Sometimes, it takes fewer avios to fly on a partner airline than it would to use that airlines’ own frequent-flyer miles. So, avios can be very handy!

Now comes word that Chase has an Iberia credit card with a 50K/75K Avios signup bonus. See View from the Wing and Rapid Travel Chai for some details, or go straight to the Chase signup page.

Good news: This card evidently is not subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule!

Sub-$300 Round-Trip Flights to Hawaii Still Available

Hawaii Kohala Ditch Adventures
Hawaii Kohala Ditch Adventures

Aloha! There are still some great deals for flights to the different islands of Hawai’i. The Points Guy has a blog post about some $293 round-trip airfares from Albuquerque and Denver, both of which you can reach inexpensively on Southwest.

Airlines offering these fares include Alaska, American, Hawaiian and United. If you can wait a year, Southwest should be in the mix also.

Search Google Flights for your particular date pair(s) to see the low prices available now. Aloha.

Austin to Brussels or Zurich on Delta/KLM Just $595 Round-Trip

Delta Airlines LogoEscape ATX has the details on this deal, departing from Austin ABIA and landing in Brussels or Zurich (with a connection). Fares are available for some date pairs late October to January, and a 7-day minimum stay is required (so prevent most people traveling on business from taking advantage of the deal).

Delta and KLM are both members of the Sky Team alliance.

Find the details and how to book this fare on

DFW to Nairobi, Kenya for $610 Round-Trip

Scotts Cheap Flights LogoScott’s Cheap Flights has found another bargain, a very inexpensive airfare to Kenya. You can drive, Megabus or fly from Austin to Dallas, then fly Air Canada, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, United to Nairobi (via Europe).

Airfares are valid next month and May, then September through December.

Check Google Flights for the deets.

Fly New York (EWR) to Paris in BUSINESS for Just $1399


Eiffel Tower in Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / Flickr
Eiffel Tower in Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / FlickrFlickr

La Compagnie is a French airline that offers Business-Class only…no Economy. Beginning April 22 they will begin flying the Newark to Paris Orly route, and are offering a few seats (throughout the summer) for just $1399 round-trip.

Orly airport is smaller than Paris CDG, which makes it very attractive to many experienced travelers.

See the details in this The Points Guy post.

Vaudeville! Exhibit at UT’s Harry Ransom Center

Vaudeville PosterUntil July 15, 2018, you can visit the Vaudeville! exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC, corner of 21st & Guadalupe) on the UT campus. Parking is a problem, of course, so you will probably need to pay at one of the commercial parking garages. Admission to the HRC is free.

“For more than a century, vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment and one of the country’s largest cultural exports. Performances on the vaudeville stage included comic sketches, acrobatics, animal tricks, magic, blackface performance, celebrity appearances, early film, and more. Shows featuring immigrant acts, racial stereotypes, and frequent appeals to nationalism defined a complex and often problematic sense of American identity at the turn of the 19th century.

“The exhibition features the Ransom Center’s extensive holdings of Harry Houdini, Tony Pastor, and Florenz Ziegfeld, among others, to show the development of vaudeville’s highly organized form and its long-lasting impact on contemporary film, television, and comedy.”

You can watch a video here.

HRC hours are:
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday