American Airlines Opening New Routes to South America

American AirlinesWhile none of its new routes originate at Austin ABIA, American Airlines’ additions may still be interesting to Austin travelers. New South American destinations include Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Oaxaca (Mexico), Pereira (Colombia) and Georgetown (Guyana).

Unexpectedly, the frequency of flights by American Airlines to Caracas (Venezuela) is also increasing.

American Airlines has always had a strong position in Latin America, and these changes add to that. A possible tie-in to LATAM (formerly LAN) may be involved. Pizza In Motion and Wandering Aramean report and analyze the new routes.

See details here and here.

Austin to Bermuda Just $379 Round-Trip

American AirlinesBermuda is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles east of South Carolina. The national language is English.

Scott’s Cheap Flights has found Basic Economy fares on American Airlines / Delta of just $379 round-trip.

Bermuda has no rivers or natural lakes, so all water is harvested from rainfall. When you go, notice that every house and commercial building has a white roof that drains into a cistern…that is its only source of water!

Search for your vacation date pairs on Google Flights, and enjoy your visit!

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.

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.

Seating Options on American Airlines Flights

American Airlines
American Airlines

TravelCodex has published a thorough listing of the kinds of aircraft that American Airlines flies, and how much comfort (or discomfort) to expect in each.

The blog post is here.

If you fly American (as I often do), this listing will tell you what seat pitch (distance between rows) and seat width to expect in First, Business, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seats. It also includes information about IFE (in-flight entertainment) and power available at seats.

This is an excellent resource by Rohan Anand, well worth bookmarking.

San Antonio to Washington, D.C. Just $105+ on American Airlines

Thrifty Traveler LogoThrifty Traveler, then All the Flight Deals, noticed some very low airfares on American / Air Canada from San Antonio to Washington DC. San Antonio’s airport is on the north side of the city, which is located 80 miles south of Austin.

Various dates in February through June.

These airfares include free carry-on and advance seat assignment, not the unpleasant Basic Economy.

See the information here and here.

Dallas (DFW) to Iceland on American Airlines Just $388 Round-Trip

If you like the cool, rainy weather we’ve been having here in Austin, you will love Iceland. Of course, there is a lot more to that European nation than the weather…plenty of spectacular scenery, very friendly people who speak excellent English, and a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Water Storage Facility
Water Storage Facility
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)

AirFareSpot has found dates in late August and September when you can fly from DFW to KEF (Reykjavik, Iceland) for just $388.71 round-trip on American.

Geyser
Geyser

An excellent way to get from Austin to Dallas is with MegaBus. They have large, comfortable buses with 115-volt power and free wifi, and fares as low as $1.50 one-way.