Fare Deal: NYC to Istanbul $472 R/T

Fare Deal: NYC to Istanbul $472 R/T

Lufthansa is promoting some very heavily discounted fares to Europe from the Eastern US coast for travel in the next few weeks.

Newark -> Istanbul -> Newark
Roundtrip, all-in: $472

Carpe Points Is Back

Carpe Points Is Back

The first two months of 2014 have been positively nonstop. 18-hour-day after the next meant that there was little time to write more about what I love – traveling, which meant that there were no new posts during the month of January, and little in February. But now we’re back. Promise.

Is Southwest’s $12.50 Earlybird Check-in worth it?

Is Southwest’s $12.50 Earlybird Check-in worth it?

Southwest Airlines is a great no-frills airline with service across the United States, and now as a result of acquiring AirTran, now has service to the Caribbean. Although I don’t often fly them because their Rapid Rewards points don’t take me outside that area, it’s the easiest (read: nonstop) way to Vegas from San Diego — and generally pretty cheap.

A big part of their “no frills” aspect is that seats are not assigned at all; once you’re onboard the aircraft, you can pick any seat you want that’s available — and to get on the aircraft sooner, you want to check in as close to exactly 24 hours before your flight to get an A, B, or C number, which determines the order in which you board and is assigned sequentially upon check-in.

Buying US Airways miles with 100% bonus: is it worth it?

Buying US Airways miles with 100% bonus: is it worth it?

One of our readers, Jonathan, received a promotion from US Airways: buy 30,000-50,000 miles and get another 30-50k miles. But is it a good deal, and is it worth it?

The short answer: it depends, but it can actually save you money.

Day 3: Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace

Day 3: Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace

Yesterday, we managed to get several hours behind in our plans, but eventually headed to Abu Dhabi in the afternoon, primarily to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – which turned out to be absolutely breathtaking. Although we didn’t get there until around sunset, it ended up being the perfect time, and I’m glad we got there when we did.

Day 2: Nothing like the day before

Day 2: Nothing like the day before

Day 1 was full of flashing lights, glamour, malls, and consumerism – but Day 2 was a complete 180-degree turn from the glitz and glam with stops at the beach, the Dubai Museum, the fish market, more rain!, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai Souk (a marketplace), and some awesome dinner. Despite all the new and shiny, it’s very apparent how much history lives in this city.


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