AA – $757 to $800: NYC (JFK) – HO CHI MINH CITY (SGN). R/T

$757 ticket from New York City to Ho Chi Minh City is the lowest fare for this route for a long time. The recent gas price drop probably plays a major role in international airfare super discount. Vietnamese New Year is on Feb 19, 2015 therefore I would try to find a date around those times to experience holiday in Vietnam. This is very similar to the $767 ticket from Houston to Ho Chi Minh City I posted yesterday.

Eva Airlines and China Airlines (Taiwanese airlines who will stop in Taipei) seem to offer very cheap tickets for this route too.

Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City

Sample Travel Date:

  • Jan 12th to Jan 21st
  • Routing:
    • New York City (JFK) – Tokyo (NRT) –  Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
    • Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)– Tokyo (NRT) – New York City (JFK)

jfk sgn 01-12 to 01-21

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from Jan 10th to Apr 15th which means you need to complete all of the flights by Apr 15th. Most available dates are in Jan, Feb and April
  • Flights departure on Monday through Thursday which means your departure flights and return flights need to start on a weekday

How to search for Availability and Book the tickets

Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:

  • Departing from: JFK
  • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: aa+
  • Destination: SGN
  • Return Advanced Routing Code: aa+
  • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
  • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
  • Length of Stay: put 1-8 or 8-15 days. You can put any numbers in there. 8-15 days mean you want the whole trip to last from 8 to 15 days

Book the tickets at OneTravel.com and use code “ny15”  for another $10 off

nyc-sgn ita

Fare Class:

  • Q and S Class and this flight allows two stop-overs in SFO/LAX/SAN/DFW/CHI/NYC/BOS  for $100 each.

Hotel:

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

catania italy

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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$500 roundtrip ticket from US to Asia

I came across this post from the Flight Deals and would like to share ASAP. This is a fare sale from many US cities: NYC, LA, Oakland, Seattle, Phoenix, Baltimore, Portland, Philadelphia, Boston and Fort Lauderdale to a few cities in Asia such as: Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore

If you want or can travel to Asia on Sep 25th or Sep 26th and come back on some certain days in Oct, Nov, and Dec, call yourself lucky.

Valid Travel Dates

  • Outbound: September 25th or 26th
  • Return: October 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st. November 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th. December 4th or 6th.

Tickets must be purchased by September 21st but no way it will last that long. Here is an example of a flight search from LAX to Manila from Sep 25 to Oct 9

You can book these flights at  Delta.com or AA.COM or United.com. Again some of the tickets are not available anymore so you need to be fast

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1,500 free AA miles + 1,500 free Delta + 500 Free United

What are some free and easy quick ways to earn Airline miles?

Fill out some information for a Sentry Insurance quote and you don’t have to purchase anything. It is limited only to a few states listed below. So you will be lucky to reside in one of those.

Earn 1,500* miles when you receive a no-obligation quote from Sentry Insurance on your auto or homeowners insurance.

Mileage offer is available to U.S. residents only residing in AZ*, CO, IL, IN, KS, MN, OH, TN and WI.

*500 miles in AZ & 1,000 miles in MN

To receive a quote call 1-800-373-6879 or visit www.sentry.com/americanairlines

You can earn a maximum of 3,000 AA miles per year from Sentry therefore I assume we can do this twice per year.

You can do the same for Delta Airline. I wonder if you can get the miles for both airlines.

Looking at United Airline, there is a free point opportunity as well:

  • join Mypoint for 500 free United miles (not limited to any state)

Reactivate expired AA miles

Before I started the mile and point games, I paid no attention whatsoever about mile redemption and expiration. I only knew about flying to accumulate miles. In fact, I had let a bunch of my AA miles expired and now I see how valuable miles are I want them all back.

There are two ways to reactivate your AA miles

1. The first method is to pay a fee to get the miles back

  • Contact AAdvantage Customer Service at 1-800-882-8880 (ask for “AAdvantage Account” at the Main Menu)
  • Miles that expired on or after December 31, 2002 are eligible for reactivation
  • This offer is available through December 31, 2012
  • Reactivate rates are as follows, plus 7.5% federal excise tax
    • $200 – to reactivate 1 – 50,000 expired miles
    • $400- to reactivate 50,001 – 75,000 expired miles
    • $600 – to reactivate more than 75,000 expired miles

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Save up to 25% when buy AA miles

Special Offer: Up to 25% Discount When You Buy Miles

Purchase the miles you may need to reach your flight award. Save 10% to 25% when you purchase between 5,000 and 40,000 miles beginning July 1, 2012, through August 31, 2012.

Here are the Links

5,000 would cost $132 and 40,000 miles (maximum) would cost $825. You literally buy miles at 2.64 cent/mile or 2 cent/mile.

It is a good offer if you want need to top up your account for an award or plan to buy a business class ticket. I think 2 cent/mile is a fair redemption rate for international AA tickets. I am not planning to take advantage of this offer but will apply for some AA credit cards instead.

Car Rental starts at $10 per day

One of my favorite websites to search for car rental is CarRentals.com. It not only compares prices between different companies but also shows prices from Expedia and Hotwire. CarRentals.com acts as a base for me to hunt a good car rental deal.

For me, the problem has always been big cities. It is very difficult to get a cheap car rental in NYC, DC, Chicago and other big cities. Some mega cities have a good public transit system however it takes a long time to get from point A to B. Renting a car becomes pretty essential for me this day.

In searching for a car rental deal in Chicago for Oct, I found

1. Save! $14.99 Weekend Special (work for neighborhood and airport location)

  • Economy/compact car: $14.99 per weekend day
  • Rent: Friday to Monday
  • Period: Aug 21, 2012 to Nov 15, 2012
  • Limit: no mileage limit
  • Airline mile earning: Yes

This code works so good that it costs me $50 for 2 day rental (with taxes) and saves $70 from CarRentals.com quote

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