United: – $681: Chicago (ORD) – Beijing (PEK). Round-Trip & Nonstop


Don’t have any plan for Thanksgiving why not visiting Beijing for a week or two with this crazy non-stop airfare deal on United.

Sample Travel Date:

  • Nov 27th – Dec 4th
  • Nov 27th – Dec 9th
  • Nov 27th – Dec 11th
  • Nov 20th – Dec 4th


Fare Availability:

  • Valid travel days: Thursday and Saturday
  • Availability: November and December


  • 13,120 United miles or 5.1 cent per mile
  • You can use 12,500 United miles for a one-way award ticket in the US/Canada

How to book:

Allegiant– $51: Austin – Orlando (SFB). One Way


Allegiant launches a new route from Austin to Orlando Stanford International Airport (SFB) from Feb 13th, 2015. SFB is a small airport in the north of Orlando and it is different from Orlando International Airport (MCO). SFB is close to Daytona Beach if you are interested in a beach destination. Flights are on Mondays and Fridays only. Tickets will start from $51 one-way. So Therefore you can fly for as cheap as $100 round-trip.

- Allegiant will give you $8 discount if you book with a Debit Card

- They charge $30 for carry-on bag and $40 for checked bag round-trip

Even with the bag fees, you are paying $131 for a normal $200 ticket on Southwest

Sample Travel Date:

  • Feb 23rd – Feb 27th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid travel days: Monday and Friday
  • Availability: Feb to May, 2015


  • Allegiant doesn’t offer any mileage earning and doesn’t have a frequent flyer program

How to book:

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Sample Travel Date:

  • Oct 16th – Oct 28th
  • The flight is marketed by Vietnam Airlines but operated by China Airlines. The layover time is minimal around 2 hours each way
  • Book at Onetravel.com
  • Use Promo Code: NY15 for another $15 off

SFO-HAN onetravel

Fare Availability:

  • Valid travel days: Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday
  • Availability: Oct 1st to Nov 18th

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: SFO
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ci+ (for China Airlines)
    • Destination: HAN
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: ci+
    • Use “Search Calendar for lowest fare” – Input 8-15 for trip length
    • ITA software is a fare searching tool and you can’t book tickets on the website


  • This is a very cheap ticket but it is a non-mileage earning one. If you fly whatever cheapest airline and don’t care about frequent miles, this is your deal

How to book:

  • Book at Onetravel.com
  • Use Promo Code: NY15 for another $15 off
  • Final price is $788.60

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Hot Airfare – $193: JFK – Catania, Italy. ROUNDTRIP, INCLUDING ALL TAXES (Expired)

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This is a fantastic fare between JFK and Italy. The date and availability are very limited. You will also have to change airport from Milan Linate (LIN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) on the way back to the US.  You can spend 10 hours in Milan exploring the city. Here is a discussion on how to get from Milan Linate (LIN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Oct 24th – Oct 31st

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Hanoi Food

Hanoians like to eat heavy breakfast. We eat Phở, Vietnamese sandwich, sticky rice and many other heavy dishes in the morning. Most people start the day early at 5 AM so expect to hear street noise near your hotel early in the morning. There are regular restaurants that serve all types of Vietnamese food however most local would go to street stands for cheap delicious treat.

Here are some of my suggestion for yummy food in Hanoi.

1. Bún Thang: is probably the most distinctive dish of Hanoi. It includes duck eggs, organic chicken, pork ribs, vermicelli, dried shrimp, onion, dried onion,  fish sauce, brown sugar and vinegar.

Address: 31 Phan Dinh Phung – A point on the map

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Free Hotels in Asia from Hotel Quickly

Hotel Quickly

Have you heard of Hotel Quickly?

- It is a last minute hotel app focusing on Asia markets. They are offering $31-$56 free hotel credits and their hotels are <$10 and sometimes even free. Read on for more detail. At the moment they have hotel deals in the following countries:

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Vietnam
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Philippines
  • Cambodia


How it works:

  • Hotels have unsold room everyday and they are willing to offer deep discount to fill them up.
  • Hotel Quickly partners with a few hotels in different cities to offer that special savings to you.
  • They have a new batch of hotels from 8 AM to 4 AM everyday.
  • You can book up to 5 days from any given day.


It is simple to get up to $56 credit for free.

Step 1: Sign up on your App store or through HotelQuickly
Step 2: Click “Credits” and Redeem:

  • Enter DVIET = $15 free (New customer only)
  • Then enter HQAWARDS = $5.
  • 7HEAVENHOTEL = $25 Credit (For Hong Kong hotels)
  • Then enter SNYBPB = for another $11 credit
  • SHOFF = $10 Credit (New customer only)
  • Then Enter SURVYAY = for additional 5% off.
  • Then enter USANDUS for another $26 Credit (only valid for USA Hotels. They don’t have any hotels in the US yet so it might be useful for future)

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