$71 AA DFW to Chicago Roundtrip is Back!

These super cheap $70 DFW-ORD fares have been popping up lately and while availability is somewhat limited, you can find scatter dates every other week during April and May.

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Bookable on Google Flights or directly on AA.com

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Wide Open: LOT/Swiss Chicago to Zurich~$1900 R/T in Business Class

A great business class deal on the LOT Polish 787 Dreamliner in Business Class. Wide open dates in Spring-Summer 2016.

Nearly all dates are operated by LOT and connecting on to Swiss in Warsaw.

Bookable on LOT’s own website via Google Flights.

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Spring Flight Deals to Europe Under $700: OneWorld, Star Alliance, & SkyTeam!

Morning, readers!

Winter is here and this is prime time for cheap deals to Europe from North America. Below are a few highlighted deals in Economy that are currently available on Google Flights:

Chicago (ORD) to Istanbul (IST) – $621 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 11-Mar 16, 2016.

Operated by Delta/Air France/KLM. Bookable on Google Flights/Delta.com

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Chicago to Istanbul, $621 R/T

Chicago (ORD) to Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) – $683 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 11-Mar 16, 2016. Price is a few dollars cheaper on Delta/KLM but for those of you prefer to fly the Dreamliner or Star Alliance, this is your best option.

Operated by LOT Polish on the 787 Dreamliner. Bookable on Google Flights/LOT/Priceline

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Chicago to Sofia, Bulgaria, $683 R/T

Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) – $685 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 9-Mar 14, 2016.

Bookable on Google Flights/AA. Flights booked on AA are marketed by AA so you will earn 100% AAdvantage miles on flights. Operated by AA/Iberia.

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Snag these low fares while they’re hot! Play with dates and other departure cities to see if you can find even better deals yourself on Google Flights.

 

Share your thoughts in the comments below. Or on Twitter @BenjaminJ84 and @AvionAddiction.

My Whirlwind November to Asia: Comparing OneWorld In-Flight Products

Well I’ve been a bit terrible about posting much lately but I’ve had quite the busy travel schedule lately. I traveled to Asia twice in 2 weeks this past month so I feel as if my body is just now back to normal sleep.

I traveled to Jakarta for work for 9 days, returning just before Thanksgiving and then after only 4 days at home, traveled to Tokyo for a short 6 day vacation in the Tokyo area. I actually passed through Tokyo Narita 4 times plus an extra fifth visit due to flight schedule changes.

In total traveling to Asia, I experience the following OneWorld long-haul products:

  • Japan Airlines Premium Economy
  • Japan Airlines Economy
  • American Airlines Business Class
  • American Airlines Economy

Aircraft Flown:

  • AA A321
  • AA MD-80
  • AA 777-200
  • JAL 767-300
  • JAL 777-300ER
JAL 777-300ER Parked at Narita Airport
JAL 777-300ER Parked at Narita Airport

 

Outbound Journey #1: DFW-LAX-NRT-CGK

I flew AA Economy (Main Cabin Extra) from my home at DFW to LAX, connected to JAL Premium Economy (Bulkhead) LAX to NRT, followed by JAL Economy (Bulkhead) NRT to CGK. Premium Economy was not offered on my final leg to Jakarta as it was operated on an older 767.

Return Journey #1: CGK-NRT-ORD-DFW

Returning from Jakarta I flew JAL Economy CGK to NRT, JAL Premium Economy (Bulkhead) NRT to ORD, and finally AA Economy (Main Cabin Extra) ORD to DFW. Premium Economy was offered on my leg from Jakarta to Tokyo, however, it was completely booked when I booked my trip.

Outbound Journey #2: DFW-NRT

This was a nonstop itinerary from DFW to NRT in AA Economy (Main Cabin Extra/Bulkhead) on an older 777-200.

Return Journey #2: NRT-DFW

While this itinerary was changed multiple times due to flight mechanical issues, ultimately, the itinerary was nonstop from NRT to DFW in AA Business Class.

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Narita Admiral Club – Very traditional but great service!

 

Smile for Global Entry!
Smile for Global Entry!

 

Comparing Products

Your gut reaction of course is to automatically assume that the JAL operated flights were exceptionally better than American Airlines. While in most areas this was true, there were a few ways that American Airlines came out ahead.

Overall on service, JAL was more welcoming but there tends to be a bit of a language barrier for English-speaking passengers. One notable exception was a super sweet flight attendant in Premium Economy on JAL NRT-ORD. The staff in AA Business Class was very chatty and inviting but in Economy, forget it! They would rather not speak to you unfortunately. JAL Economy far exceeds AA Economy for long-haul flights.

In terms of food, JAL was overall better but the AA Business Class breakfast NRT-DFW was a surprise favorite meal. The only thing that I ate truly horrendous was the mid-flight snack on AA in Economy DFW-NRT. It looked like wet cat food on bread!

And in terms of seating, there’s no fair comparison between Business and Economy. But I really loved the JAL Premium Economy Seats. They were an affordable compromise when paying cash for a seat. I sat next to a very large man NRT-ORD on JAL and the Premium Economy seat gave plenty of extra room that I didn’t notice at all. In a standard economy seat, we would have elbow wars the whole flight! I love the foot rest that extends out to be half as good as an angle lie-flat seat.

Here’s a few highlights in “airline gastronomy”:

 

JAL Premium Economy “Udon de Sky” Mid-Flight Snack

 

JAL Premium Economy Ice Cream

 

JAL Premium Economy Lunch LAX-NRT

 

AA’s Disappointing Mid-Flight Snack in Economy DFW-NRT. Or as I remember as the “wet cat food sandwich”

 

AA Business Class Pre-Arrival Breakfast NRT-DFW

 

JAL Premium Economy Pre-Arrival “Brunch” NRT-ORD

 

AA Business Class Starter NRT-DFW

 

AA Business Class Lunch NRT-DFW

 

AA Business Class Ice Cream Sundae NRT to DFW - A Classic!
AA Business Class Ice Cream Sundae NRT to DFW – A Classic!

I had a great couple of trips, even if they left me totally exhausted. I got to experience many different products in a very short time so it was pretty cool!

Share your thoughts in the comments below. Or on Twitter @BenjaminJ84 and @AvionAddiction.

 

Quick Weekend Getaway to Chicago? DFW to ORD – American – #FlightDeal – Oct/Nov 2014- $105 R/T

Not quite mileage run material but makes for a nice weekend getaway to Chicago. Shortest stay available is one night.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

Airline: American

CPM:  6.5 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 1,602 Miles

Routing: DFW-ORD-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $105

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Anchorage Calling? 5.3 CPM – United – #MileageRun or #FlightDeal – AUS to ANC – Aug 23 to Aug 30 – $390 R/T

This is an excellent fare for a summer getaway to Alaska from the Texas heat! This fare definitely won’t last. Very limited departure dates available.

Sample Departure Date: Aug 23, 2014

Sample Return Date: Aug 30, 2014

Airline: United

CPM: 5.3 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 4,286 miles

Routing: AUS-SFO-ANC-ORD-AUS

Total Roundtrip Fare: $390

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Interested in Beijing? 4.8 CPM – Delta – #MileageRun – ORD to PEK – November 2014 – $663 R/T

Great fare to Beijing  in late November 2014 from Chicago. Limited availability in latter half of November. Slightly higher fares available in proceeding weeks. This one won’t last!

Chicago to Beijing:

Sample Departure Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Sample Return Date: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Airline: Delta

CPM: 4.8 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 13,690 miles

Routing: ORD-DTW-PEK-DTW-ORD

Total Roundtrip Fare: $664

 

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4.1 CPM+ – American/Delta – #MileageRun – SJC to BOS (and Reverse) – Early September 2014 – $244 to $269 R/T

Great transcontiential fares in September 2014 between San Jose and Boston. Limited availability originating in Boston. Calendar is more open originating in San Jose. Both weekend and weekday dates available.

San Jose to Boston:

Sample Departure Date: Sep 13, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sep 15, 2014

Airline: Delta

CPM: 4.1 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,822 miles

Routing: Nonstop, SJC-LAX-BOS-LAX-SJC

Total Roundtrip Fare: $244

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Boston to San Jose:

Sample Departure Date: Sep 7 , 2014

Sample Return Date: Sep 9, 2014

Airline: American

CPM: 5.0 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,376 miles

Routing: Nonstop, BOS-ORD-SJC-ORD-BOS

Total Roundtrip Fare: $269

 

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