Delta Will Open New Lounge at ABIA Next Year

Austin Bergstrom International Airport logo
ABIA Logo

Delta Airlines has announced that it will open a new Sky Club lounge at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in 2019.

According to the announcement from Delta: This 9,000 sq. ft. circular Delta Sky Club, conveniently located near the Delta gates, will feature:

  • Local brews and bites, inspired by Austin’s foodie scene
  • A full-service, complimentary bar that features seasonal cocktails and wine selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, stored in a 170-bottle custom glass tower
  • Artwork throughout the Club from up-and-coming regional artists
  • Unique design that reflects Austin’s flair, with warm walnut finishes and rich fabrics
  • Covered Sky Deck, an outdoor patio perfect for a cocktail and socializing, equipped with large fans so it can be enjoyed year-round
  • High-speed Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and power outlets at nearly every seat

Deets here and here.

Austin Bergstrom already has American Airlines and United Airlines lounges.

 

Austin to Hawaii on Delta for $395 / $465 Round-Trip

Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawai’i

EscapeATX.com has posted about a good airfare from Austin to Hawaii on Delta. The round-trip airfare in Basic Economy is $395, in Regular Economy about $465. The available destinations are Honolulu and Maui.

Routing includes a change of planes at LAX.

The fares are available for travel in April, May, September and October.

See the deets on EscapeATX here.

It will be interesting to see what happens to airfares to Hawai’i when Southwest Airlines begins their long-awaited service this year or next.

Austin to Germany/Switzerland for Just $514 to $615 Round-Trip

Delta/KLM/Air France are offering flights from Austin to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for as little as $514 round-trip. You can travel with these low, low fares from Austin in March, April, and August to December.

Momondo lists the same flights as low as $488.

You may find these flights listed on the Air France website, which may be codeshared with Delta.

Details are at https://escapeatx.com/cheap-flight-austin-san-antonio-germany-switzerland-belgium/

 

USA to Beijing in Premium Economy for $647+ Round-Trip

Delta Airlines LogoDelta is offering some low fares to China for February and March travel. These depart from various US cities, and are in Premium Economy. For such a long flight, the extra legroom of Premium Economy is a lifesaver.

You can find the deets at https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/us-china-delta-premium-economy-597/ and http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2018/01/31/delta-premium-economy-beijing-647-round-trip/

WSJ: Yes, You Can Visit Cuba On Your Own

The Jan. 13, 2018, issue of the  Wall Street Journal has an article describing a recent visit to Cuba by two friends. They went on their own, not as part of a group tour. A sidebar to the article tells how anyone can do the same.

According to the sidebar, the rules still permit Americans to visit Cuba in “support of the Cuban people” without special authorization. Just go online to purchase an airline ticket from American, jetBlue, Southwest or Delta, and select that reason when the website prompts you. A visa will be needed, and you can purchase that for $50 at the airport ticket counter.

When you arrive in Cuba, you must not patronize any business related to the Cuban military. The list of businesses (some hotels, etc.), tourist agencies, marinas, stores and products (including Carney and Varadero rums) to avoid can be found on the State Department’s website.

According to the sidebar in the Wall St. Journal article, you must keep evidence of your interactions with Cubans for five years. Such interactions should be meaningful, which may spur Cuba toward democratic government. Such evidence can be receipts and selfies with locals. Staying in private residences (casas particulares), eating in private restaurants (paradares), and visiting galleries and community projects are recommended.

The United States has an embassy in Havana, although with reduced staff due to mysterious illnesses among staff (perhaps due to some sort of sonic activity). Airbnb continues to operate in Cuba, as do US airlines.

If self-directed travel doesn’t sound appealing, you can do as many Americans have by taking a cruise that stops in several Cuban port cities.

A Plethora of Cheap Trans-Atlantic Airfares

The travel blogs are noting lots of very inexpensive airfares from the United States to various European cities.

Austin to London Great Circle Map
Austin to London Great Circle Map, 4915 miles

Scott’s Cheap Flights has an email out this afternoon with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca, Santa Cruz Palma, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife and Valencia) in the $400s round-trip. The airlines with these low fares include American and United, and probably Delta. Austin is not among the listed departure cities, but Atlanta is and you can take Southwest non-stop from Austin to Atlanta (2 daily flights each way). Secret Flying notes that you can fly out of Houston on American.

Icelandair flies from DFW to Iceland and then on to various continental European cities for $300+ r/t (but remember all the fees for “extras”). Million Mile Secrets has a good write-up on this deal. One Mile at a Time notes that Icelandair will even begin flying to Kansas City starting in May! When researching a flight from JFK to LHR recently, I noticed that trip-cancellation insurance added only 2% to the ticket price on Icelandair…that seems like a pretty good deal.

When it comes to inexpensive flying to Europe, these are truly “the good old days.”

USA to Beijing Just $380+ Round-Trip on Delta

Delta Airlines Logo
Delta Airlines Logo

Delta Airlines is offering some dramatically low airfares from several U.S. cities to Beijing, China…just $380+ r/t. Depart from LAX, SFO, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Seattle…all cities that can be reached by a positioning flight on Southwest Airlines from Austin.

See this God Save The Points blog post for the deets.

Fly January to April, 2018. Pay a couple hundred dollars more for Premium Economy, which features more legroom.

Low Airfares from Houston to Europe on Delta

Scotts Cheap Flights LogoScotts Cheap Flights has found some round-trip airfares from Houston to Europe in the $400 range. Travel up through May 2018, with some also in August 2018. Mostly Delta, some Air France and Air Canada.

European destinations from Houston include Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva and Munich. Of course, you can take a European UCC (Ultra low-cost carrier, like Ryanair or Easy Jet) from any of those cities to wherever you want to go in Europe.Delta Airlines Logo

Other departure cities are also available, including Chicago (take Southwest or American non-stop from Austin to Chicago), Denver, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

Austin to Toronto $235-$258 Round-Trip on Air Canada / American / Delta

Canadian FlagIf Austin’s winter weather is a bit too warm for you, you may want to jump on this deal. These low fares are available for certain dates in January and February.

Flights out of Austin have one stop; some flights out of San Antonio are non-stop to Toronto.

More information is at EscapeATX.com

Especially for the Delta flight, you might want to use the airport toilet right before boarding.