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JetBlue AirplaneEditor’s Note: Since we made this post, the deal has sold out on JetBlue’s site.

You can book a flight for only $9 today — and you don’t have to sell your soul to some fare club overloaded with annual fees and red tape. But there is one catch.

These dirt-cheap flights won’t last. JetBlue is offering $9 flights between Boston and Newark in celebration of its new nonstop service connecting the cities, which starts May 4. But travelers have until just 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time today to get their hands on these incredibly cut-rate fares.

There’s some more fine print of which fliers should take note. Travel is only valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 4 through June 15. These fares are likely to go fast, so book as soon as possible for best availability.

Find more discounted flights in our Airfare Deals.

– written by Caroline Costello

pragueEvery Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: Lufthansa just announced this timely spring Europe fare sale, which features warm-weather flights to dozens of destinations on the Continent. Depart from one of 15 U.S. gateways and fly to a wide selection of European cities, including popular spots like Athens, London, Paris, Venice, Milan, Prague, Amsterdam, Rome and more. Fares start at $242 each way plus taxes and fees, which generally amount to about $200 roundtrip.

If you’re planning on flying to Europe within the next few months, don’t wait. Fares across the pond will rise significantly as the weather gets warmer. Expect roundtrip flights for travel to Europe in late June, July to top $1,000 — making this Lufthansa spring deal, which covers travel in April, May and early June, a particularly enticing offer.

The Catch: These low fares apply for weekday travel only. A $50 weekend surcharge applies each way for flights departing on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, a Saturday-night stay is required, so keep this in mind when putting together your itinerary.

The Competition: Air France is running a similar spring Europe sale, with fares starting at $277 each way plus taxes and fees.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

– written by Caroline Costello

london Every Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: British Airways rarely runs airfare sales — in fact, the airline slashes prices on economy-class flights only a few times per year. But luckily for travelers heading to England’s capital city, British Airways recently published a spate of cut-rate spring fares to London, including roundtrip flights for as little as $380 plus taxes and fees. Expect taxes to amount to roughly $200 roundtrip. The cheapest total price we found with this sale was $570.97 roundtrip including taxes and fees for a midweek nonstop flight from New York to London in March — an economical price for a trip across the pond.

It’s not difficult to unearth the cheapest possible flight for your London vacation. British Airways’ convenient rate calendar allows travelers to clearly see on which days the least expensive fares are available.


The Catch:
Travel dates are limited, as the absolute lowest fares are only offered on a few select dates. Plus, the British Airways sale page states that “Prices and availability are updated every 24 hours,” which means that your window of opportunity to book these low fares could be rather limited.

The Competition: Lufthansa is currently offering reduced fares to Europe, which include flights to London for as little as $209 each way plus taxes and fees for travel this spring.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

–written by Caroline Costello

cancun mexico Every Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: The clock is ticking! This JetBlue spring fare sale includes dirt-cheap tickets to destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico, but seats must be booked by 5 p.m. E.T. today. Flights to popular places like Las Vegas, New York, Nassau, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Montego Bay, Cancun and Washington D.C. start at $29 each way plus taxes and fees.

This sale features a wide spring travel window: fly from March through May. And don’t forget that each JetBlue passenger may check up to one bag for free.

The Catch: This sale’s limited run is its most glaring restriction. If you don’t have any travel planned for the next few months, booking a ticket on a whim today can be a bit of a Hail Mary pass. JetBlue’s deal includes some deliciously low-priced spring flights. But prices aren’t so low that you should snap up tickets before you’ve thought your travel plans through carefully. Put down the paper bag — you’ve still got a few hours left to sort things out (as of this posting).

There’s a second catch, unfortunately. Travel is only valid, at these prices, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fares for travel on other days of the week won’t be as economical.

The Competition: AirTrain Airways, which scored top travel deal last week, has just announced a systemwide fare sale with tickets starting at $49 each way. Prices don’t beat JetBlue’s cut-rate fares, but AirTran offers a wider range of spring travel dates (fliers aren’t restricted to Tuesdays and Wednesdays), plus a larger selection of destination and departure cities.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

–Written by Caroline Costello

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The Deal: AirTran has just rolled out an excellent three-day sale, offering low fares across its network of U.S. and Caribbean destinations. You’ll pay as little as $49 each way plus tax to fly to places like Boston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Aruba and Bermuda. Travel is valid through May 24.

When searching for fares, keep in mind which days of the week you’re likely to find the lowest prices. If you’re flying within the U.S., you’ll save by traveling Monday through Thursday. But if you’re headed to the Caribbean, Bermuda or Mexico, off-peak fares are available Sunday through Wednesday. The travel days with the lowest prices are noted on the AirTran site.

The Catch: Be sure to check the blackout dates — they vary by itinerary and in some cases are extensive. (Restricted dates for Florida flights, for example, include March 10 – April 4, April 21 – 25 and April 30 – May 1, 2011.)

The Competition: JetBlue is currently offering flights to a number of U.S. and Caribbean destinations, including New York, Florida, California and the Dominican Republic, starting at a comparable $52 each way.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

– written by Sarah Schlichter

couple hammock beach romance vacation travelSo it’s Valentine’s Day. Did you get the Hallmark card yet? The roses? The conversation hearts? The free booze on Southwest Airlines?

Yes, according to a Tweet from the airline, Southwest is giving away free “adult drinks” on all flights. Ostensibly, it’s meant to promote the airline’s tweaks to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program, but it’s timed nicely to coincide with all the lonely hearts flitting around the country today. If you miss it, not to worry: The airline is repeating the promotion on St. Patrick’s Day (hmmm …).

If you’d rather save some money than suck down a gratis gin and tonic at 30,000 feet, Spirit Airlines is offering $50 off round-trip flights with a special holiday deal. But move fast: You have to book by 11:59 p.m. ET today and fly from February 17 through March 4. Isn’t it romantic?

If you prefer the sea to the air, several cruise lines are offering special enticements for those who book over the next few days. In a sale starting today, for instance, Azamara Club Cruises is offering a bonanza of extras (a $500 onboard credit, Champagne, strawberries) for passengers booking an outside or higher-category cabin on select European itineraries. Check out the details on this and several other promotions at our sister site, Cruise Critic.

If you’re as sick of this cold winter as the rest of us, Mexico may be beckoning. Book today and you can get 50 percent off rooms at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort or the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. You have to reserve by 11:59 tonight and use the promo code L9Z. Rates start at just $100 a night for travel through December 12, 2011.

Don’t leave home without our Seven Secrets for a More Romantic Trip.

– written by John Deiner

Ljubljana, Slovenia Every Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: Lufthansa just rolled out this winter and spring Europe fare sale, which trumps the competition in terms of sheer variety of departure and destination cities. If you live in the continental U.S., there’s probably a gateway near you that’s included in this sale (fly from one of 16 U.S. departure cities). This sale offers discounted fares to popular gateways like London, Rome, Athens and Barcelona. But also included are some interesting Eastern European and Middle Eastern destinations like Tirana, Sarajevo, Tallinn, Tehran and Minsk. If you’ve been to London eight times and are seeking cheap fares to a less-traveled European spot, pay attention.

Ticket prices start at $198 each way plus taxes and fees, which amount to roughly $200 roundtrip. Travel is valid for departures through April 4 and return flights through April 30; that’s late enough in the year for travelers to find pretty spring weather in much of Europe.

The Catch: Expect ticket prices to rise for departures on weekends, as these fares are based on mid-week travel.

The Competition: Icelandair and American Airlines are currently running similar Europe fare sales, with discounted tickets for travel through spring.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

–written by Caroline Costello

Bahamas ocean Every Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board is running its ever-popular free companion airfare offer, which expires in a mere week. Here’s how it works: Book a package of four nights or longer with a participating travel provider (Liberty Travel, American Express Vacations and Sandals are a few examples) and stay at a participating hotel, and you’ll receive a free companion flight to the Bahamas. Travel is valid through June 30.

The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board has fashioned an impressive list of participating properties. Your options include some of the most sought-after hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, including Atlantis, Paradise Island; the Reef Atlantis; and Paradise Island Harbour Resort. Choose from a total of 17 hotels and resorts.

The Catch: Your flights must depart from the continental U.S. In addition, only one free companion ticket may be booked per hotel room, which means families will have to pay for more than one room if they’re looking to save on multiple tickets.

The Competition: Through Sunday, February 6, CheapCaribbean.com is offering up to $300 off select air-inclusive packages to the Bahamas. Prices are competitive, with per-person rates starting at $279 for four-night packages with roundtrip airfare.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Vacation Package Deals.

– written by Caroline Costello

Every Tuesday, we’ll feature the best travel bargain we’ve seen all week right here, on our blog. Be the first to find out which deals make the cut by subscribing to our blog (top right) or signing up for our weekly deals newsletter.

The Deal: JetBlue has slashed prices on select flights by as much as 40 percent. This extremely limited-time sale, which is only available through Thursday, offers competitive fares to destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Prices are especially low for flights to and from New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

The Catch: This sale works best for fliers with flexible calendars, as travel dates are quite limited. You may fly through April, but various destination-specific day-of-week restrictions apply for select city pairs. For example, travel from Washington D.C. to Cancun is only valid on Saturdays.

The Competition: Southwest Airlines just announced a domestic systemwide fare sale, which includes thousands of reduced routes to cities across the U.S. Although most of JetBlue’s prices beat Southwest on matching routes, the latter airline’s sale offers a wider range of travel dates, plus more U.S. departure and destination cities (however, Southwest’s current sale does not include any international destinations).

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Discount Air Deals.

– written by Caroline Costello

prague winter This week just might be the best time to book your 2011 winter flight to Europe.

A cluster of airlines have rolled out some pretty impressive competing Europe fare sales; we’ve listed a selection of the best offers below. Most of these low-season deals cover travel through the end of March, so you’ll have to pack a coat. Some boots or gloves wouldn’t hurt either, depending on how far north you’re heading. But don’t overthink the bitter temperatures. Europe is a fantastic destination throughout the year, and winter’s chill does little to diminish the appeal of shimmering Venetian canals, just-baked Parisian baguettes or the soaring spires of ancient castles in Prague.

Before you book, a word of advice: We recommend searching for flights on multiple sites before purchasing anything. An advertised low fare may look like your best bet upon first glance, but day-of-week travel restrictions or extra fees could be lurking behind that shiny ticket price.

American Airlines Europe Fares from $265 OW

Travel from select U.S. gateways to cities like Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Brussels for as little as $265 each way plus taxes and fees. Departures are valid through the end of March.

What’s the Catch? This deal has some pretty significant day-of-week travel restrictions. You may only fly from Sunday through Thursday for most destinations, with the exception of travel to the U.K., which must take place from Monday through Wednesday.

Aer Lingus Europe Fares from $169 OW

These are some of the lowest prices we’ve seen for travel to Europe this season. Flights start at $169 each way plus taxes and fees for travel through the end of March. In addition, these fares don’t require a roundtrip purchase, which makes this offer ideal for travelers planning multi-city trips to Europe.

What’s the Catch? Direct flights are few and far between. For flights from the U.S. to most cities in Europe, you’ll have to stop over in Dublin.

Lufthansa Europe Fares from $198 OW

Depart from 16 U.S. gateways and travel to a variety of popular European destinations starting at $198 each way plus taxes and fees. Travel is valid through the end of March.

What’s the Catch? We’ve seen a few fares from other airlines that beat some of Lufthansa’s prices. For example, Aer Lingus is offering $199 one-way flights from New York to Amsterdam, while Lufthansa charges $284 each way for the same route on similar travel dates.

Air France Europe Fares from $202 OW

This sale includes a wide range of travel dates (fly through March 31), plus a pretty good number of destination and departure cities — and with fares starting at $202 each way plus taxes, prices are competitive. Plus, you can add a free Paris stopover to any Air France flight.

What’s the Catch? Weekend surcharges of $20 to $30 apply. And you’ve got to hurry if you want to snag these fares, as this sale ends December 16.

Alitalia Europe Fares from $590 RT, Including Taxes and Fees

Alitalia’s Europe fares start at $590 roundtrip … and taxes are included. Enough said. The price listed on the airline Web site is the final amount you’ll pay for these tickets, which cover travel to cities like Milan, Venice and Rome through the end of March.

What’s the Catch? These cheap fares will only get you to Italy; other European countries aren’t covered in this sale.

To find more air bargains, visit our Discount Airfare Deals.

– written by Caroline Costello