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Save a Lot on Some Airfares With Skyscanner

Some airfares price considerably lower in one currency than another, or to persons in one country against another.

Loyalty Lobby LogoFor example, this Loyalty Lobby blog post shows how a British Airways airfare from London to Budapest was priced 40% cheaper on a Chinese website than on the BA website. Same date, same time, same airplane, just 40% less.

Similarly, some airfares on Norwegian Airlines price out cheaper if you select Norwegian kroner instead of U.S. dollar.

Skyscanner is often a good place to go for such comparison shopping. You can enter whichever country, language and currency you want, then see what prices you get. Interestingly, it does not show prices to one of my bucket-list destinations, the Galapagos Islands.

And if you just want to fly but aren’t decided where, Skyscanner’s “Explore our Map” page will show you destinations all over the world and the airfare to get there from your home airport.

AARP? Yikes!

The AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons, or something like that) is a national organization for persons age 50 or over. You do not have to be retired to join, and you do not have to be age 50+…children can be members of AARP.

Here are two of the less-heralded benefits of membership:

  • Discount on trans-Atlantic flights on British Airways. You can save up to $200 per person on airfare. If your children or grandchildren will be accompanying you, sign them up as AARP members first.
  • Free admission to big-name movies

The free movies benefit is of more interest to me. For example, next week there will be a special showing of the movie Wonder Wheel in Austin, free to AARP members.

AARP membership is inexpensive, at $16 / year (even less your first year). Spouse/partner membership is free.

Fly AUStin to London Non-Stop for Just $595 Round-Trip on BA

You know those British Air 787 Dreamliners that fly non-stop from Austin to London Heathrow every day? The ones that cost a couple of grand in Coach? Well, they are getting a lot less expensive.

If you want to go in April or May of 2018, and can meet the 7-day minimum stay, this deal is for you!

You may be booked through the American Airlines or Finnair websites, but the actual aircraft is British Air.

Nonstop Flights: Austin to London $595 r/t – British Airways

Enjoy your visit, and say Hi to the Queen for us.

British Air Discounts for AARP Members

One unexpected benefit of AARP membership is a substantial discount on trans-Atlantic British Air flights. The discount ranges from $65 up to $400 per person. Best of all, anyone of any age can join AARP for just $16.

$400 AARP Discount On British Airways Business Class Tickets Extended

The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles
The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles

The discount applies not only to flights to London, but also to other trans-Atlantic flights as well.

British Airways Avios Points Explained

This blog post tells everything you want to know about British Air Avios points.

Get A 50% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios

The first portion of the post is concerned with the current 50% bonus promotion, then the remainder of the post tells how to use Avios to best advantage for travel on OneWorld airlines. It is very comprehensive.


Handy Chart Shows Miles Needed from New York to Anywhere

Back in April Dan’s Deals posted a chart showing the number of frequent-flyer miles needed from travel from New York City to almost everywhere. Six airlines are included in the chart, as well as Coach and Business classes.

A Comparison Of How Many Miles Are Needed For Award Flights On 116 OneWorld Direct Routes From NYC

If you have frequent flyer miles, you should refer to this chart when planning a trip. If you have frequent flyer miles from several airlines, you really should refer to this chart.

American Airlines Frequent Flyer Card
American Airlines Frequent Flyer Card

Change / Cancellation Fees for Airline Award Ticket Bookings

This is an excellent summary of airline charges for changes and cancellations of award tickets.

Change And Cancellation Fees For Airline Award Tickets

The policies of twelve airlines are examined. The best, with no charge for changes / cancellations, are Korean Air and Southwest.

AAdvantage Gold Card
AAdvantage Gold Card

Austin/San Antonio to Europe for $529 r/t on Delta & American

We see lots of deeply discounted airfares from major cities like New York and Los Angeles, but not so often from smaller places like Austin and San Antonio. Now Delta and American Airlines, and their partners, have addressed that with round-trip fares to Europe as low as $529.

Flights: Austin / San Antonio to Europe $529-$723 r/t – AA / DL + Partners

Destination cities include almost every major city in Europe! These low fares are available as soon as late August, continuing to winter.

For low low fares from other American cities to Europe, click here.

If you want to fly British Air, you may get a substantial discount if you are an AARP member. See this and this pages of this blog for details.

Fly American or Delta to Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / Flickr
Fly American or Delta to Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / Flickr

Chicago to London on AA/BA for $553 r/t

American Airlines and British Air are offering flights from Chicago ORD to London LHR for $553 round-trip, from September 2016 all the way to May 2017. Christmas and New Year’s are excluded from this low fare.

Low Fares to London
Low Fares to London

London is a fun city to visit, and from there you can take flights on ultra-low-cost carriers to other cities in Europe and Africa.


USA to Europe: Multiple Departure and Destination Cities, Multiple Airlines, <$600 r/t

Europe is on sale.

Round trip airfare from several US cities to several European cities, on several airlines, can be had for $500 to $600 round-trip.

Still Available! Under ~$600 Round-Trip to Europe From Multiple US Cities!

These low fares typically begin in September 2016 and continue into April 2017. Read the Million Mile Secrets blog post to see how best to find and book them.

Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.
Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.