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Travel Tidbits: Hawaii, Amtrak, Comic Book Art

Travel Tidbits from airports and airlines near you

Southwest expands Hawaii flights from California

Southwest Airlines announced new nonstop flights from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to both Kona (KOA), on the island of Hawaii, and Lihue, Kauai (LIH) will begin flying in January 2020.

Once these flights begin, you’ll be able to fly to all four main Hawaiian Islands nonstop from SJC.

Southwest will start flights between SJC and Lihue four days per week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun) starting January 19, 2020. Flights to Kona will be three times a week (Tue/Thu/Sat) beginning January 21.

These new flights will be in addition to Southwest’s existing daily, nonstop flights between SJC and both Honolulu and Kahului (Maui), which began in May.

Take the Train – half off

You can’t take the train to Hawaii, but you can take it lots of other places – for half price.

Amtrak just kicked off its September Sale, offering 50% off tickets nationwide. The sale runs Friday, August 16 through Saturday, August 17, 2019 and covers travel anywhere between September 1 and September 30, 2019. Even better: no blackout dates.

Comic art at John Wayne Airport

Like comic books? Then you’ll love this comic book art.

Mixed Media Collage artist Fernando Del Rosario brings his “Real Heroes” collection of inspiring quotes and original composed art – made from comic books – to John Wayne Airport (JWA).

“My Real Heroes collection is meant to grab you, lose yourself within each piece and come out inspired, motivated, and creatively recharged,” said Del Rosario. “Every one of these comic book pages is from my collection as a kid. And this is my way of sharing my story and my inspiration with the public.”

Del Rosario’s artwork is on display in the JWA Community Focus Space from August 15 – September 17, 2019.

Travel Tidbits: Long security lines + airfare deals

Long(er) checkpoint lines – and checkpoint closures

Due to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government, passengers are finding longer lines tha usual at many airport security checkpoints.

On Monday, Harstfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had checkpoint wait times exceeding an hour. And George Bush International Airport (IAH) said its security checkpoint and ticketing counter in Terminal B would remain closed through Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

Fiji Airways airfare deal

Fiji Airways has a two-for-one airfare deal right now. “The Great Companion Getaway” is available to purchase January 12 to 19 for travel from January 21 through March 31, 2019 and includes flights to Fiji from Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buy one all-inclusive ticket and pay just for the taxes on a companion ticket. Details here.

$49 flights to Europe on WOW Air – with lots of caveats

WOW Air, the budget Icelandic airline that expanded quickly but is now cutting many routes, has announced $49 sale fares to some European cities from the U.S., all with stops (or free stopvers) in Iceland’s KEF airport.

Fares are on sale now through January 18 (or until seats sell out) for a limited number of dates and flights between January 21 and March 11, 2019.

Keep in mind that WOW Air charges for just about everything – including carry-on bags that go in the overhead bin, reserved seats and in-flight meals, so that $49 fare may be significantly higher once you add in the “extras.”

Stellar credit card offer from Southwest

There are lots of airline credit card offers out there (and blogs devoted to getting you to apply for them) but Southwest Airlines currently has a generous promotion that some say takes things to a new level.

The deal, available through February 11, promises 30,000 Southwest rewards points – plus a compantion pass for the rest of the year – to those who sign up for the airline’s credit card and charge $4,000 to the card in first three months.

Airlines offering Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals

(Updated Friday a.m. November 24.)

Here’s what I have so far from airlines offering Black Friday /Cyber Monday deals.  I’ll update as I get more and please let me know if you see something that should be added.

Air New Zealand has a Cyber Monday deal promising up to $400 savings in Economy and Premium Economy fares from US to New Zealand and up to $1,000 savings for business class fares.

Alaska Air is promising to roll out deals on Black Friday – November 24 and on Cyber Monday, November 27. And keep in mind that during ski season your Alaska boarding pass gets you free ski passes at many destinations and free wine tasting and wine shipping in the northwest.

American Airlines Vacations is having a Black Friday sale with prices good through Nov. 29. Use code BF100 for discounts on domestic trips and BF150 for discounts on international vacation packages. United Vacations is touting big discounts as well.

Cathay Pacific’s sale is live now and runs through November 29 for travel from January 1 to May 23, 2018 with deal to Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Tokyo and several other cities in Business, Premium Economy and Economy class. Use code HOLIDAY to add savings to vacation packages.

Delta Air Lines posted deals for Cyber Monday.

Fiji Airways has a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal promising up to $600 savings on flights from LA and San Francisco to Honolulu, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

Spirit Airlines claims it is offering super deals for the next three days (through Sunday, Nov. 26) for customers who use the code 90PCT on its site.

Southwest Vacations has Black Friday offers for $125 off domestic and $250 in international destinations.

United Airlines – keep an eye on their site on Monday.

WOW Air  has some of the tantalizing $99 fares on their site and promises more on “Purple Friday.”

Check back for other offers as they roll out and look here for deals on lodging and attractions.

JetBlue boosting Boston service. Now: Atlanta

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JetBlue, already the largest airline at Boston Logan International Airport, is ramping up service there a bit more with the announcement of new service to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning on March 30, 2017.

This will be JetBlue’s 63rd nonstop destination from Boston –(the most destinations of any airline at Boston Logan, the carrier notes) – and with it comes an introductory one-way fare of $47 – starting today.

In addition to Boston-Atlanta flights, JetBlue will be adding service between Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, New York JFK, and Orlando.

Wait – there’s more:

In addition to the flights between Boston and Atlanta, JetBlue also today announced some added flights out of Boston, including a fourth daily roundtrip Mint flight between Boston and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), starting July 15, 2017, and year-round service between Boston and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ), which currently operates as seasonal service.

JetBlue is also expanding its seasonal service between Boston and St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King Airport (STT) to year-round service.

Cyber Monday airfare deals to get now

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Several airlines rolled out sales on Black Friday that continue through Cyber Monday (and maybe beyond.) Other airlines have teased about their sales but are waiting until Sunday or Monday to roll them out.

If you’re planning a trip, check these out.

On Black Friday Emirates announced a two-for-one round-trip airfare sale for travel out of its 10 U.S. gateways Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD), Orlando (MCO), and New York (JFK).

The sale fares apply to economy class bookings for travel from January 9 through May 6, 2016.

Details and restrictions on the Emirates sale here.

Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale of up to 50 percent off prices on economy fares from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Boston to Asia will be available through December 4, 2015.  They’re also throwing in 1,000 bonus Asia Miles for each booking.

Etihad Airways is offering a CyberMonday deal of 25 percent off fares in economy, business and First Class from the US to a wide variety of destinations. The sale is good through November 30 for travel from January 1 through June 30, 2016.  More details here.

And Alaska Airlines will be kicking off its Cyber Monday sale on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. PST. All they’ve said so far is that the sale will include “some of the airline’s best deals of the year.”