Kyoto is Only a 2.5 Hour Bullet Train Ride from Tokyo
Whoa. Singapore Airlines. You’ve done it again!
Now, anyone can fly to Tokyo direct from LAX airport for $472 including all taxes and fees. Flights are DIRECT, which is extremely, rare especially at this price.
I’ve confirmed this discount on a number of different dates, including weekend and weekday flights.
Here’s a full list of discounts on Singapore Airlines for their most recent promo that ends August 7th (this coming Friday). Flights to Japan are definitely the best deal on the list, though they’ve been offering deals to many different Asian cities all summer, so lets hope they start offering these discounts again.
Singapore Airlines is also one of the best airlines to fly coach, and direct flights between LA and Tokyo is only 11 hours.
Final disclaimer, you must fly in at least a group of two to get this discount.
So, about half the time of flying to Europe from LA. You can also take a the very-fast and very-modern Japanese Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto, which only takes 2.5 hours.
What’s more, in Tokyo, you can also book the Westin hotel for $189/night, compared to $400/night that it costs usually. More details on that here.
In case you were interested in flying to San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, or Las Vegas for under 50 dollars, JetBlue now has you covered with their most recent flight sale announcement. For flight details, select Long Beach in the ‘from’ menu.
With this announcement, you can also fly to Seattle for $79 each way or Portland for $84 each way.
Must fly Monday-Thursday or Saturday. No Friday or Sunday flights. Must book on the JetBlue website.
Must book your flight before August 5th (this coming Wednesday)
Which Way to the Pub? Ah, up and to the right.
Starting this September, American Airlines is offering roundtrip flights to London from LAX for $756 including all taxes and fees.
Flights have a quick layover at JFK Airport in New York. Flight time is about sixteen hours each way.
The cheapest flights to London leave and come back on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Flying on other days, including weekends, can bump up flight price by another 50 to one hundred dollars.
These are some of the cheapest flights I’ve seen to London in a while, where airlines can be charged as much as 200 dollars just to dock at one of the major airports.
As an alternative to London, you can sometimes fly into Manchester, which is north of London.
The Endangered Galapagos Tortoise - Quito is a common jump off point before heading to these islands.
Right now, Quito Ecuador is one of the cheapest places to fly to. Cheaper than most European or Asian destinations
, and one of the cheapest of all South American cities
Both LACSA and Taca Airlines offering flights between LAX and Mariscal Sucr airport in Quito for under 500 dollars round trip including all taxes and fees.
The cheapest flights usually involve both airlines and need to be booked on a third party site like cheaptickets.com or Orbitz
Also for the cheapest flights, there is usually a six hour layover in one of the directions in Costa Rica. Total flight time in either direction is never more than 20 hours and without the layover, flight time is under 10 hours each way.
From Quito, Many people head for the Galapagos, but there is plenty to see on the mainland as well. Ecuador has its own patch of the Andes mountains ready to be explored, plus there is the western part of the Amazon, both very accessible from Quito.
Virgin America is continuing their discount flights between San Francisco and LA. Flights are $59 each way every day of the week, and there are usually multiple flights at this price each way.
Usually you can book these flights even a few weeks in advance at this price, though mid-day flights can creep up in price if you don’t buy these tickets a month or two in advance.
Virgin America has been reporting profits lately, so I’m not expecting these discounts to go away any time soon.
If they do, you can always check for cheap flights between LA and San Francisco on Southwest, or checking other airlines such as United or American.
We’ll be keeping track of discount flights from LA to San Francisco as well.
Try to Make the Mimes Flinch on Las Ramblas
Starting September 1st, Barcelona will be one of the cheapest places to fly to in Europe from LA. Roundtrip flights cost $550 including all taxes and fees, and leave and come back on most days in September and October.
Flights typically have two quick layovers, in Boston and Madrid, and flight time is about 20 hours each way.
Flights are on Iberia Airlines.
From Barcelona, its very easy and inexpensive to take trains, buses, and flights to other parts of Europe as well. There’s an eight hour bus ride that will take you to South Eastern France, and the Spanish train system can take you all around Spain.
Flights between Barcelona and Madrid are some of the most frequent in the world as well.
In Barcelona, there is no shortage of nightlife, restaurants, museums, beaches, and people watching. Most people head straight to Las Ramblas or the Picasso museum during the day, and then to any one of the all-night clubs during the late evening.
The Guinness Factory is in Dublin
This Fall, Dublin is one of the cheapest places to fly to from LA. Flights are going for $534 on many different days including all taxes and fees.
Flights are with Air France, and have a quick layover in Atlanta. Flight time is about sixteen hours each way.
Must book on Orbitz or CheapTickets.com
American Airlines, Delta, and Continental are all offering flights for under 600 dollars as well, so I expect these flight prices to stay low for a while.
The cheapest flights are Monday through Friday, and price goes down considerably starting in late August
Once in Dublin, there are many cheap flights to other parts of the UK as well, especially to London and Edinburgh.
The Royal Palace of Madrid. No Big Deal.
This fall, flights to Europe
are finally going down in price. Iberia Airlines
is offering one-stop flights between Madrid and LAX for $550 including all taxes and fees. Flights have a quick layover in DC.
Once in Madrid, its easy to catch a train to all regions of Spain and Portugal. Or, if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous, you can usually catch a flight to Morocco for under 200 dollars.
Spain is one of the cheapest places to fly to right now, and especially in Europe. Other cheap European destinations are Germany, Switzerland, and Greece. I’ve found an occasional cheap flight to Rome as well.
Woohoo! Elephant rides in Thailand!
All September and October, China Airlines is offering one-stop flights to Bangkok Thailand from LAX for $703 roundtrip including all taxes and fees.
Flights leave on most days of the week.
Singapore Airlines also offers discounted flights to Thailand, but their flights typically have two stops and can take as long 24 hours each way.
The China Airlines flights only take about 12 hours each way. So you’ll have an extra 24 hours to ride elephants, drink Tiger beers on the beach, or go to full moon parties - whatever your down with.
This August and September, Virgin America has continued their cheap flights to Boston from LAX. Roundtrip tickets are still $239 including all taxes and fees.
Book on the Virgin America website.
This is one of the best times to visit the Northeast. Temperatures are usually in the 80s and humid, with a slight breeze, especially in coastal areas in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport RI, or up north in Maine.
American Airlines also offers cheap direct flights between LA and Boston, but I prefer Virgin for their in-flight free drinks and TV.
As with most Virgin America Flights, you often need to book a month or two in advance to get the fully discounted fares