Now Boarding: Thursday Hat deals

I’m starting a regular calendar now (New Year’s resolution): Thursdays will be full of great travel deals around the world! After scouring the Internet, I’ll report the ones I think are most worthy for time-and-money-budgeted travelers (to destinations I find worthwhile – I won’t send you to some skeevy cheesy hotel or at least I will try not to).

Virgin America: 14-day advance purchase through March 10 allows for some crazy low fares. $44 one-way SF to Las Vegas! $104 one-way Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to Los Angeles! $84 one-way Seattle to San Diego! From March 10-June 20, the flights increase a whole $10. Virgin has been reported (by fellow travelers) to be one of the coolest airlines around, with personal TVs with on-demand movies, Wifi, and generally makes flying fun.

London for $209 o/w from the US: Once again, Virgin steps in as the dealmaker of the month. Flights to London start at $209 one-way from JFK, $249 from LAX, $219 from Washington Dulles, $319 from Miami, etc. It’ll be chilly, rainy, but tourist-free! Through March 28.

Europe starting $209 o/w: It’s Battle of the Brits! From Washington, D.C. (and other destinations) British Airways is sending Americans to Europe for as little as $209 one-way to Barcelona, $219 to London, Paris for $259, Istanbul for $289, Amsterdam for $269, and Rome for $229. Don’t forget to add taxes (around $170). Tack on a six-night hotel stay package and rates, including air, start at $844. Through March 28.

Caribbean in February: It’s still considered high-season, with maybe a surge over Presidents’ Day weekend, but generally after the New Year it’s that stretch when it’s considerably quieter in paradise and flight prices drop by half, until mid-March (spring break yeah!!). There are minor surges around Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents’ Day, but other than that, you can score yourself a pretty good deal. There’s the three-star Caraibes Beach Hotel in St. Martin (French side) with beach and pool, suites with kitchenettes starting $780 for four nights and airfare. The sunny yellow Reef Resort in the the East End of Grand Cayman is $838 for four nights and airfare. Check Expedia for other deals.

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