#Valentino: How not to travel on the government dime...and other government dimes news.
Wanna Give Away? If you’re A-List or A-List Preferred with Southwest Airlines and had a flight scheduled Aug 11-15 you may be owed thousands of frequent flyer points thanks to a computer glitch.
Full Frontal Upgrade: Bob Guccione Jr. is ditching the sheets to hit the streets with the launch of Wonderlust, an e-news travel site. The former Spin founder - and scion of Penthouse - seeks to disrupt travel journalism with real storytelling that doesn’t shy away from humor - like these real quotes from Prince Philip.
Ballin’ On A Budget: Think you need to step up your side hustle to afford to travel? Think again. Huffpost has your tips to travel while broke or on a budget. Another way to travel cheap? Follow The RoundTrip (here, here, and here).
Senior Ditch Day: Reminder if you’re 62 or older, you have one week to get your lifetime pass to all US National Parks and Monuments for just $10. Rates increase to $80 on Aug 28. Visit a National Park or Monument in person this week, or sign up online (extra $10 processing fee).
Girls Night Travel: Are you one of the 400k+ women around the globe in the Facebook mega community #GirlsLOVETravel? If so, the best travel friend you never knew might be your next vacay host. GLT has joined forces with JoinOvernight - a home sharing platform - just for GLT members.
IN OTHER NEWS....
Terrorism And Travel: With recent spikes of terrorism throughout Europe, is it safe to travel? Yes, says the CEO if the World Travel and Tourism Council. Experts and UN statistics still suggest Europe is a safe destination for your holiday vacay. The threat of terrorism is very real and travelers should always remain alert and cautious; however, “chances of tourists falling victim to disease, catastrophic weather or natural disasters, or violent crime is very rare while traveling about the continent.”
Don't Ring The Alarm: The Black Plague may be making a resurgence, but SELF Magazine is here to calm our fears.
DEALS OF THE WEEK
Disclaimer: Fares as advertised are available as of publishing. Sale fares could expire at any time.
La Dolce Vita: AWESOME sale to Milan, Italy on a 5* airline following last week's Athens deal! Emirates is flying two of you at a companion fare for $799 total RT from New York (EWR) to Milan, Italy! Flights available through May 2018. Fares also on sale for single travelers starting at $449 RT, or for companion fare in business class at $4999 (for two, RT). Details and book direct on Emirates site. Book by Aug 24 (midnight ET).
Prefer to Rome? Norwegian Airlines has $280 RT flights from New York to Rome -- but note that Norwegian is a low-cost carrier so food, seats, and luggage will cost extra.
HOT HOT HOT! Yesterday’s open jaw flight deal is still live when flying to Bangkok, Thailand, and home from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jump on this amazing deal ASAP - not sure how long it will last. Departure cities available include New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., travel Sept - March (excluding Christmas)
The Hills Are Alive! Play Maria Von Trapp and book this deal to Salzburg, Austria immediately! From Mozart’s hometown to Sound of Music to Steigl Brewery to day trips to Hallstatt, Salzburg is one of our favorite cities in the world.
Details: Availability from September - October 2017 on Austrian Airlines.
Fares/Cities (prices roundtrip): Chicago: $396, Los Angeles: $407, New York: $423, San Francisco: $425, Boston: $440
*TravelZoo Weekly Top 20 is now live.
*Southwest Airlines weekly nationwide & international sale has fares starting at $49 one way. Book by tomorrow, 8/24 for travel 8/29/2017 – 2/14/2018 (domestic) or 9/5/2017 – 3/1/2018 (holiday black out dates apply).
*Norwegian Cruises - AMAZING deal on cruises including FREE OPEN BAR: 4-day Bahamas cruise from Miami for $279 per person (based on double occupancy) or $649 ocean view stateroom to Alaska from Seattle (Sept 3-10)
*WOW! These fares are insane! $99 one way (or $250 RT) to Europe, including $300 RT from East and West Coasts U.S. to Paris on WOW Airlines. Note -- this is a budget airline. You will pay more for seat selection, baggage, and meals, but still a fantastic price point.
SO WHAT DID I MISS...?
Deals posted on Facebook and our website this week...
$399 RT NYC to Milan on Emirates (when you book two people)
$161 RT Washington DC to Las Vegas (and vice versa) on American Airlines
$217 RT Washington DC to Los Angeles (and vice versa) on American Airlines
$380+ RT from multiple US/Canadian cities to 2 SE Asian cities
Check our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for short-lived fares like these throughout the week.
WHERE TO GO....
Nix(on) Those Calories: It’s the biggest thing to happen at the Watergate Hotel since Deep Throat, even Woodward and Bernstein haven’t broken the story yet. This Sunday, Aug 27, In Good Company Wellness and Recharj are hosting a yoga class on the rooftop of the Watergate in Washington, DCfollowed by bottomless brunch ($55). Additional classes held (sans brunch) tonight, Aug 23, or Aug 30th for only $35. Reservations required.
#Adulting: While other music festivals offer you mud, port-a-potties and standing room only, San Diego’s KAABOO is classing up the joint with flushable toilets, seating areas, and the chill SoCal vibe. Festival runs Sept 15th-17th at the San Diego Del Mar Fairgrounds and headlines Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Muse, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Get tickets before they sell out.
Viva! Starting Sept 28, new airline CalJet by Elite Airways is launching twice daily flights from Carlsbad, CA (North County, San Diego) to Las Vegasstarting at $69 one way (weekends will cost you more) offering an alternative to Lindbergh Field or John Wayne Airport.
This Is Halloween: Come October (ok...September...), do you have Disney’s Halloweentown on repeat? Then book your transport and pack your bags for St. Helens, Oregon - the OG Halloweentown - stat.
It’s A Small World After All: Speaking of Disney...the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs Aug 31-Nov 13 in Orlando, FL, so grab your Mickey ears and eat and drink your way around the world with food/drinks from 35 countries, concerts, bev and cheese seminars, chef appearances, and more.
Up In The Air: Watch too much UP and dying for a balloon ride through the sky? Make your plans now for Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiestawhich runs Oct 7-15 -- but careful not to get too “chile” up there. (After, make a week of it the New Mexico way and then let us know -- red or green).
Totality Missed It: Miss out on the eclipse event of the century (literally)? Don’t toss those sun spectacles just yet, another total eclipse will sweep across Texas, the Midwest and Northeastern U.S. on April 8, 2024. Or, catch it in South America in 2019.
BREAK IT DOWN...
What Happened This Week: Last Thursday evening in Barcelona, Spain, a van drove into a crowd of people on the busy tourist walkway of Las Ramblas killing 13 people and injuring more than 120 others. A few hours later, a second attack was executed in the nearby town of Cambrils, where five attackers drove into pedestrians on a popular promenade killing at least one and injuring several others. Authorities are linking these terrorist attacks to an ISIS cell in the country that has since been dismantled, but investigation is still underway on how the group planned the attacks. Eight members of the cell are dead, including those killed by police during the attacks, and the rest are in custody awaiting trial.
Then on Friday in Finland, a man attacked several women with a knife, killing two and injuring at least 8 others. This is Finland’s first terrorist attack. Authorities shot and injured the suspect and arrested 5 others in connection to the attack. Whether this event was related to the attacks in Spain is still under investigation.
So You’ve Had A Bad Day: Last week it was 10,000 gallons of poisonous alcohol, this week its drug turf wars. The State Department has updated a travel warning for U.S. citizens traveling to certain parts of Mexico, including Cancun and Los Cabos, due to heightened concerns of violence and homicides between criminal groups affecting innocent bystanders. Citizens are urged to avoid nonessential travel in key cities and states. Check the advisory before you go.
DREAM JOBS & CONTESTS!!!
Al-paca Your Bags: Design your own vacation in Peru with Greenblender’s customizable sweepstakes. Win a trip for 2 including $1,000 for accommodations of your choosing, $1,650 in airfare, and $500 in eBags travel gear.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Global Ambassador: We’ve got your next dream job interview alert. Grant’s Whisky will send three candidates for their Global Brand Ambassador job opening around the world as part of the interview process. Requirements: at least 25 years old, fluent in English, and eligible to work in specific list of countries. Hurry -- deadline to apply is August 30 at midnight (UK time)
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