Cheap Flights! US and International Routes Starting at Just $39

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JetBlue and Southwest are offering very good sales right now!

You can fly to lots of destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico starting at just $39 one-way in coach.  I found flights from New York to Washington, DC, for $52 one-way in coach on April 11, 2017.

Southwest JetBlue Fare Sale

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How to Book It

Link:   JetBlue Fare Sale (2 Days Only!)

Link:   Southwest Fare Sale 

JetBlue and Southwest announced new fare sales today!  And prices are as low as $39 to some destinations.

1.   JetBlue Fare Sale

The JetBlue sale is on today and tomorrow only!  So you’ll have to book soon if you want the best deals.  Here are the details:

  • You must book by March 22, 2017 (the earlier of 11:59 pm Eastern Time or local time)
  • Your travel must be between April 4, 2017,and June 14, 2017
  • Blackout dates are from April 8, 2017, to April 23, 2017, and May 20, 2017, to May 31, 2017

Some routes might have different or additional day of week restrictions and blackout dates.  You’ll have to click on the fare you want to see the full restrictions.

Remember, the cost of a JetBlue award flight is tied to the price of the ticket.  So when there’s a fare sale, you’ll pay fewer points!  And JetBlue points are usually worth ~1.4 cents each (though you’ll have to pay taxes & fees for an award flight).

2.   Southwest Fare Sale

Southwest’s fare sale ends on April 6, 2017.  But the best fares go quickly, so you’ll want to book as soon as possible!  Here are the details:

  • You must purchase your travel at least 21 days in advance
  • Continental US travel is valid from April 11, 2017, to June 14, 2017, and August 22, 2017, to November 11, 2017
  • Travel dates may vary for cities outside the contiguous US
  • Domestic and San Juan, Puerto Rico travel is blacked out from May 25, May 26, May 29, September 1, and September 4, 2017.
  • Domestic travel is valid only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays

There are additional restrictions, so take a look at the Terms & Conditions.  And make sure to read this post on 8 important things about flying Southwest.  And 5 tips on how to tell a Southwest sale is worthwhile!

And like JetBlue, the number of Southwest points you pay is tied to the price of the ticket.  So when Southwest has a sale, you’ll pay fewer points for an award seat!  You can usually get a value of ~1.25 to ~1.43 cents per Southwest point.

Note:   If you’ve already booked a Southwest flight, but see a lower price with this sale, you can cancel your booking for free and re-book with this sale price!

JetBlue Tips

Folks with the JetBlue Plus Card from Barclaycard or JetBlue Business Card from Barclaycard get a free first checked bag for the cardholder and up to 3 companions on the same reservation when you use your card to pay for your ticket.

Keep in mind you have 24 hours to cancel a reservation if the flight is at least 7 days away.  So, you can take advantage of these extremely cheap fares and finalize plans later.

Southwest Tips

In addition to the savings, there are lots of other benefits to flying Southwest including:

  • Cancel Without Penalty – You can always book now and cancel later.  On award flights the points and taxes will be refunded.  And if you book a paid flight, as long as you cancel within 10 minutes before your flight, you’ll get a credit towards another Southwest flight (good for 1 year)
  • Change Without Fees – If your plans change, you can make adjustments to your flight for free.  However, if your new flight costs more, you’ll have to pay the difference.
  • 2 Checked Bags for Free – Every passenger gets 2 free checked bags.  This saves you ~$25 per bag.
  • Bring Someone Along for the Ride for Free – With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member flies with you for free for up to 2 years!  This is an amazing deal and it’s the reason why Emily and I fly Southwest almost exclusively on domestic flights.  You can earn the Companion Pass in 8 easy steps!

Hotel Information

If you book a sale flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending.

To find hotels that can be booked with points, I use Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.  

Note:  If you prefer to book paid stays, check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals.  But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized!).

Airbnb is another terrific way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.  Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price, and how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.

Use a Credit Card That Earns Bonus Miles & Points

These cards earn bonus miles or points for paid airfare:

Card NameWhat It Earns
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points on airfare purchased directly from airlines when you choose this as your 3X category (otherwise earn 2X points)

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for airfare purchased directly from airlines

- $100 Airline fee credit. Up to $100 a year for incidental fees with your selected airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on airfare purchased directly from airlines when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Earn 5X American Express Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel

- $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at 1 airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including airfare

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card - Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- $250 statement credit for airfare & baggage fees each calendar year

- Here's my review of the card
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare each year

- Here's my review of the card
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card- Earn 3X ThankYou points for travel, including airfare

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with an airline credit card for specific perks!

And if you book a hotel, don’t forget to use one of these cards:

Card NameWhat It Earns
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on hotel rooms purchased directly from hotels when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including hotels

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card - Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- Extend your trip with a complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice

- Here's my review of the card
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare & hotels each year

- Here's my review of the card
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card- Earn 3X ThankYou points for travel, including hotels

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with a hotel credit card for specific perks!

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