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JetBlue and American Airlines have round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to New York (JFK) for $128, NONSTOP. Flights October to December. Departures on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Extended weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible. No Christmas dates available.
A Carry-on bag and also a personal item is allowed for free on American. You can avoid paying for seat selection by accepting the randomly assigned seat at the gate.
Most airlines are matching the Southwest 50% off sale that we mentioned earlier today with their own discounted fares (no code required).
If you use the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® with AA flights, you get: a 25% inflight food and beverage discount, a $125 AA flight discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your card year, and your first checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines flights for you and up to four companions traveling on the same reservation.
JetBlue’s “Basic” fares only allow a small personal item (17 x 13 x 8 inches), like a Jansport SuperBreak backpack without a fee. A regular sized carry-on bag will incur a bag fee. To avoid bag fees, consider using a credit card with the “first free checked bag” perk.
If you have the JetBlue Plus Card, the first checked-bag for you and up to 3 of your companions is free, you get 10% of your points back as a bonus after you redeem and travel on a JetBlue-operated Award Flight, and a 50% discount on inflight food purchases on JetBlue-operated flights.
Here are some other offers that we think are worth mentioning. List updated 12/05/2023.
We now list coupon codes, discount codes, gift card discounts, and credit card offers that offer a better value than their historical averages.
- Ends 12/11/23 @ 9:00am EST: 75,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards bonus-offer with Southwest Rapid Rewards® Credit Cards after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This is an increase of +25,000 over the previous offer. This offer ends soon.
- New: United℠ Explorer Card: Sign-up bonus increased to 60,000 United MileagePlus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This is an increase of +10,000 over the previous offer.
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: +25% Point Transfer Bonus for JetBlue. JetBlue bonus ends at the end of January.
- Deal is back – Inc Business Cash® / Ink Business Unlimited®: 90,000 Ultimate Rewards sign-up bonus after you spend $6,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. $0 Annual fee. Was 75,000 ($750). Sign-up bonus is credited as Ultimate Rewards points. This is a great card for sole proprietors due to the $0 annual fee and larger sign-up bonus.
- Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card: Spending requirement for 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points reduced to $8,000 after 3-months of being approved. This change will make it more likely that new applicants will be able to hit the requirement for the large sign-up bonus available on this card and it is the best sign-up offer we’ve seen for this card so-far. Previous spending requirement was $15,000, much higher.
- Airfare/Hotel coupons on Hopper: (updated daily-ish) Hopper always has discount coupons on their main page. Noteworthy discounts: $50 off Play Airlines, $150 off Saudi Arabia Hotels, $75 off flights to Sata Azores, $150 off Marina Del Ray Hotels, $50 off Aer Lingus flights, $200 off Cayman Hotels, $200 off Bermuda hotels, $50 Fiji Airways. $50 off Hyatt Hotels. $60 off Abu Dhabi Hotels. $50 off Aruba Hotels, and more. The full list is on Hopper’s website. Keep in mind that Hopper is an OTA, so don’t expect them to honor the free 24-hour cancellation period, or to have the lowest base fare price. Hopper will try to up-sell you on a lot of extras like “cancel for any reason” policies, if you decide to use Hopper we advise that you decline all of those extras.
- It is common to find Southwest and Alaska Airlines gift-cards for sale at a discount of about -$50 to -$20 off the redeemable value at Costco and Sam’s Club. Before you finalize your booking on either of these airlines, you should check to see if you can save more money by using a gift card.
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- Austin to New York - Example Dates: (Expedia / Travelocity) Oct 28 - Oct 30 / Oct 28 - Oct 31 / Other dates: There may be more dates available than the ones we list here, use the "flexible date" button on Expedia to find similar fares.
- Austin to New York - Extended Weekend Dates: (Expedia / Travelocity) Oct 28 - Oct 30 / Oct 28 - Oct 31 / Other dates: There may be more dates available than the ones we list here, use the "flexible date" button on Expedia to find similar fares.
- Vacation rentals in New York under $200 a night: (Vrbo) Oct 28 - Oct 30 / Oct 28 - Oct 31 / Note: There are more properties available outside of the $200 price filter. To see those, remove the filter on the VRBO search page.
- Hotels in New York under $200 a night: (Hotels.com) Oct 28 - Oct 30 / Oct 28 - Oct 31 / Note: There are more hotels available outside of the $200 price filter. To see those, remove the filter on the hotels.com search page.
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- Tips: Use Tripadvisor to create a Hotel “short list”. First, plug in your dates and destination. Then select “Sort by Traveler Ranked”. Finally, select the “Traveler Ranking” filter to show “only 4* and up”. Use this resulting “short list” of hotels to find the cheapest one with a high ranking.
- Tips: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card allows for 1-to-1 point transfers to several airline loyalty programs. Booking with points is a good alternative to paying with cash when the price of airfare is high. Here is the current list of Chase Sapphire transfer partners: United, Southwest, jetBlue, British Airways, Iberia, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus, and Air Canada.
- Tips: Vacation rentals on Vrbo are usually cheaper per night for longer stays than shorter stays. This is due to three main factors; The first is that most properties have a cleaning fee that is a fixed rate, the second is that many hosts provide discounts for stays longer than 6-days, the third is that the Vrbo service fee percentage is higher on short stays.
- Tips: You can (and should) sort the Vrbo vacation rental search results by “Total” price. Doing so exposes properties with high fees. For example, a $140 per-night property with $100 fees will rank as being more expensive than a $150 per-night property with $30 fees, when sorted. Sorting by “most reviews” is also a good option, as this will show you the most popular properties.
- Tips: Rent a car for cheaper by using Priceline’s “Express Deals”. The rental car company will be hidden until after you purchase, but this allows those companies to undercut the published rate indirectly. You can remove low quality companies from those hidden results. The trick is to use the quality filter on their website to remove any rental car company with a review rating under 7.0 and then pick the deals that survive the filter.
- Tips: Hotel rates for Weekend dates are usually higher than the rates for Sunday through Thursday. Tripadvisor has a color-coded date calendar, red when the average hotel price for that day is more expensive, green for less expensive. You can use this to get an overview of what dates in the month are at a discount.
- Tips: Different booking websites will often have differing routes, prices, and availability. Before you finalize your purchase, do a quick check on BookingBuddy, Skyscanner, and Kayak to see if any other site or airline is offering a better deal.
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