Travel Deals 18.12.2008

Again, not much general travel goodness available, although there are a fair number of destination-specific hotel/resort packages (curious about those? Check Travelzoo top 20). And I appreciate that the travel sites seem to be attempting innovations with their booking functions. Unfortunately, not all the innovations are good ones. You mileage may vary.

Europe from Germanwings

Germanwings is offering flights from Germany to European metropolises for as little as 19,99€, taxes and fees included. Looks like the deals are only leaving from Köln-Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin. München does not appear to be included, but they have expanded their routes from there, so yay. You can purchase until January 1 and fly between December 27 and March 31. Be warned: the calendar function is supposed to show you when the best prices are available, but mostly it just made me want to yank my hair out. Or else what they’re calling a ‘sale’ is actually just an anomaly, since my sample search yielded only two flights within a three-month period that looked related to the promotion.

Orbitz – American Airlines Sale

AA is a having a small winter sale on U.S.-Europe routes through Orbitz. Choose your origin and see where the fares are the best bargain; maybe get some family or friends to come over! Last chance to purchase is on December 31, flight period is exquisitely complicated, so scroll down on the page linked above and read it before you get all excited and stuff. Orbitz has added a cool feature – even when pricing out flights specific to an airline deal, it gives you the option of searching only the airline attached to the promotion or all airlines. Interestingly enough, when I did a sample search, the AA sale fare was still more than the USAir fare for the same route/time period. So, good going, Orbitz! That one’s a keeper.

Those are the big ones for this week. If you see any goodies out there that you feel I have overlooked, please leave them in the comments. KLM/Air France always seems to be late to the party, so if I see anything from them, I’ll drop it in the comments.