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See the Taj Mahal Right from Your Room at the Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation

India: 30 percent off the Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, whose Mughal-inspired design — sumptuous interiors, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions — transports guests to another era. Rooms also offer unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal.

The Perfect Escape deal includes:

  • Two nights in a Premier room

Original Price: From $800 per night until March 31; from $540 per night from April 1 to June 30

T + L Price: From $560 per night until March 31; from $320 per night from April 1 to June 30; book by June 30.

Booking details: Use booking code TLOAVPE when booking online.

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Experience New Orleans at This Boutique Hotel on the Edge of the French Quarter

T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation

New Orleans: 30 percent off B on Canal, a newly renovated boutique hotel within walking distance to the French Quarter, with purple- and gray-toned suites, a restaurant with a marble bar, tin ceilings, and antique brick walls.

B Entertained in the Big Easy includes:

  • Two nights in a Posh Suite
  • Welcome cocktails
  • American breakfast for two every morning of your stay
  • Two tickets to the Haunted History Tour of your choice

Original Price: $620 (or $310 per night)

T + L Price: $430 (or $215 per night); book by June 30 for travel through December 31, 2018.

Booking details: Book online with code BTRVL.

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Southwest Just Got One Step Closer to Offering Cheap Flights to Hawaii (Video)

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly last year revealed plans to add routes to Hawaii in a meeting with shareholders. On March 16, the airline came one step closer to offering flights to Hawaii with a permit to operate at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

“We understand there is a lot of excitement regarding the service, and we are working with the airline to accommodate its logistical needs,” Department of Transportation spokesperson Tim Sakahara said in a stement, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Though Southwest is currently seeking the clearance necessary from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate trans-Pacific flights, the airline is still hoping to begin selling cheap flights to Hawaii before the end of 2018.

So far, the airline has kept private any additional details about planned routes or introductory fares.

“We don’t have anything to share today,” Southwest spokesperson Brad Hawkins said, “other than to echo the building excitement of our employees and fans as Southwest approaches a long desired opportunity to serve the Hawaiian Islands.”

Excitement about Southwest’s Hawaiian ambitions has been growing since the airline took its first Boeing 737 Max 8 delivery in October.

With these longer-range and fuel-efficient aircraft, the loyal low-cost airline could make affordable round-trip fares to Hawaii (like $300 or less) a reality.

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There’s an All-out Airfare War for Flights to Hawaii — Here’s How to Take Advantage (Video)

Since last June, we’ve been closely following an airfare war that’s entangled almost every major domestic carrier, including United, Hawaiian, and Alaska Airlines.

Related: Those Cheap Flights to Hawaii Are Finally Here

And last week, Southwest took the next step toward realizing its Hawaiian ambitions by receiving a permit to operate at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Yesterday, flights to the Hawaiian Islands plummeted to an all-time low, with tickets from the West Coast selling for a cool $177 round-trip.

Of course, knowing that flight prices are on the decline is one thing — actually taking advantage of the tumbling fares is another.

To help you make the most of this airfare war, we’ve highlighted the easiest ways to spot cheap flights and plan your dream trip to Hawaii.

Related: How to Score Cheap Round-trip Flights to Hawaii in 2018

Sign Up for Airfare Alerts

Flight deals, even those catalyzed by an airfare war, are unpredictable and short-lived. To make sure you’re the first one to know when flights to Hawaii from your home airport go on sale, set a fare alert. We suggest Google Flights, Airfarewatchdog, KAYAK, or the farecasting app, Hopper.

Subscribe to Deal Alerts

If you’re flexible about when you go to Hawaii (so long as you get there eventually and there’s a frozen cocktail waiting for you upon arrival) you can wait for a deal alert. A few favorites are Scott’s Cheap Flights, Thrifty Traveler, and the paid app service DealRay. Travelers can also check The Flight Deal and Airfare Spot sites regularly.

Pay Attention to Airline News

We can’t always predict when flight deals will happen — but we can safely guess which airlines will offer the next great flight deal to Hawaii. Southwest is eager to start selling tickets to the Aloha State before the end of 2018, and will likely introduce competitive fares 15 percent below the ticket price offered by competitors. (It’s called the Southwest Effect, and it could make all your Hawaiian travel dreams come true.)

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Southwest Is Celebrating the First Day of Spring With $49 Flights

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Southwest Airlines is celebrating the first day of spring with a new airfare sale, this time offering flights for as little as $49 one-way.

“Spring is in the air,” the airline announced — even though they clearly haven’t checked the weather report. “Shouldn’t you be too?”

Fortunately, travelers can escape the lingering winter weather by booking one of the airline’s discounted routes.

The sale features $59 flights from Florida to either the Cayman Islands or the Turks and Caicos; $69 tickets to Belize; and $98 flights to Cancún, Mexico.

But travelers can also escape frigid temperatures in Chicago, where the airline has flights to Puerto Rico and Mexico for under $200.

From the New York City-area, there are flights on sale to Florida for less than $100 one-way.

To take advantage of this airfare sale, travelers must book their trips by March 29 at 11:59 p.m. (in the time zone of the departure city). Though availability varies by route, the Spring Sale is generally applicable for travel between April 10 and June 13, and again from August 21 to October 31.

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Airfare Study Claims This Is Exactly How Far In Advance You Should Book Your Flights

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CheapAir.com announced the results of its annual airfare study on Wednesday, analyzing 917 million fares from nearly 3 million trips to determine when the best deals are typically available for domestic flights in the U.S.

Based on their data, the best time to buy is roughly 70 days before departure. It’s a pretty significant increase from last year’s study, when the site reported most inexpensive fares could be found 54 days in advance.

“Our Airfare Study aims to explain the ‘method to the madness’ and give travelers a sense of the best time to buy and fly,” CEO Jeff Klee said in a statement. “We hear from travelers all the time who are frustrated that a fare they saw one day is dramatically higher the next.”

Klee added that it’s “equally disturbing” when airfare plummets just a few weeks after you book a trip.

The Prime Booking Window

On average, fares will change 62 times over the course of 11 months, with each dip and rise changing the price by approximately $36, according to the study.

CheapAir.com recommends that travelers closely monitor airfares during the so-called “Prime Booking Window,” which is from four months to three weeks (or 121 to 21 days) prior to the departure date. During this time, travelers should closely monitor their travel route, and prepare to pounce on an attractive price.

“Fares bounce around, but frequently are available for within 5 percent of the lowest price,” the study claims.

Last-minute Trips

CheapAir.com added that travelers are taking a risk if they try to book a flight 20 to 14 days out. “If you’re lucky, you might still find a good deal,” according to the study, “but in general, fairs rise, and flights sell out.”

Related: Booking a Flight Is About to Get a Lot More Like Booking a Hotel

After that, things get more hairy. Between 13 and 7 days prior to departure, travelers can expect to pay $85 more than those who booked during the Prime Booking Window — and “deals are a long shot.” And for seriously last-minute fliers, airfare can skyrocket by $208 in the final six days leading up to a trip.

The Best Day of the Week to Book

CheapAir.com’s study also rejects the commonly held myth that certain days of the week are better for flight shopping. “The average fares purchased each day were virtually identical,” the study concluded. (If someone tells you to buy on Sunday or Tuesday, they’re wrong.)

When to Book Seasonal Trips

But the time of year can have a significant factor. For summer trips, the best fares were booked 47 days in advance, while fall and winter trips should be booked 69 to 62 days in advance, respectively. For spring vacations, deals were typically scored 90 days ahead of departure.

Related: When You Should Buy Your Flights for Every Major Holiday

To further help travelers pinpoint the very best time to book flights for their specific trips, CheapAir.com developed a “When to Buy Flights” tool that shows the lowest historical ticket prices, the best day to book, and the broader “Prime Booking Window.”

Travelers can also keep a close eye on routes by setting an airfare alert through a search engine, like Google Flights or Kayak, or with a travel app, like Hopper, which will send an alert if flight prices on your desired route plunge.

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You Can Visit Sweden During Peak Summer for $421 Round-trip

There may be no better time than summer to visit Sweden, when travelers can enjoy impossibly fresh seafood hauls and long, lingering sunshine.

Typically, however, this is also the most expensive time to visit the coastal Scandinavian nation.

That’s why travelers should be particularly excited about the $420 round-trip fares on sale right now.

According to Thrifty Traveler Premium, travelers can find discounted tickets to Stockholm between April and May, and again from August until February.

The most inexpensive tickets are on flights departing from Boston, but there are also tickets under $500 from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, San Jose, and Washington, D.C.

Last week, Scott’s Cheap Flights even found $432 round-trip tickets to Stockholm from San Francisco. And according to the flight deal-finding site, it’s not unusual for flights from the West Coast to Europe to exceed $850 round-trip.

To book your Sweden summer vacation, use Google Flights to identify the most inexpensive departure dates from your home airport — and then hunt for even cheaper tickets on your preferred flight search engine.

And then, once you’ve arrived, be sure to head straight for the Bohuslän Coast, where travelers can sample some of the region’s finest mussels, oysters, and shrimp all summer long. 

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Get 40% off Your Stay at This All-inclusive Resort in Riviera Nayarit

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T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation

Mexico: 40 percent off Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, a recently renovated all-inclusive resort in Riviera Nayarit with multiple pools, three restaurants, and a new spa.

Early Booking Summer Special includes:

  • One or more nights in a Deluxe room
  • A $500 resort credit
  • All meals and beverages
  • Kids club included

Original Price: From $369 per night for two people, all-inclusive

T + L Price: $259 per night for two people, all-inclusive; valid for the months of May and June.

Booking details: Book online or by calling 800-227-2356 (mention summer special offer deal when calling). There’s a fourteen-day advance booking policy.

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5 Expert Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Europe This Summer (Video)

Travelers who don’t mind exploring destinations in the off-season can easily score discounted hotel rooms and more appealing flight prices.

But if what you want is to experience a destination like Europe during peak summer — either because the kids are out of school or you have your heart set on balmy Italian beaches — it can be tricky to find attractive airfare.

Related: The Cheapest Destinations (and Months) for a Summer Trip to Europe

It is possible, however, to find cheap flights to Europe during the summer months.

Even without a well-honed strategy, airfare to the continent is simply becoming more competitive. New low-cost carriers like WOW Air and Norwegian (and a new player in Austrian airspace, LaudaMotion) are flooding the market with stripped-down tickets.

To help you find the best price on a prime ticket to Europe this summer, we spoke with airfare experts at the farecasting app Hopper, and CheapAir.com for full-proof tips and tricks.

Related: How to Have a Great Summer Vacation

Pick a cheaper time to travel.

Consider traveling on the edges of summer — the first week of June, or after mid-August — and you’ll definitely find less expensive flights, according to Hopper. CheapAir.com also determined that of the summer months, May and August are the least expensive times to fly to Europe.

Reserve tickets in advance.

If you want to travel to Europe during the summer (when, admittedly, everyone else wants to travel to Europe) you definitely can’t procrastinate. “Prices typically rise through the spring and peak in June as summer arrives,” Hopper’s data science team determined. And if you plan on traveling during a summer holiday — Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — the best fares can typically be found at least three weeks in advance of your departure.

Buy during the Prime Booking Window.

According to a recent airfare study by CheapAir.com, travelers who want to fly during the summer months should be booking flights 47 days in advance of their departure. If you have a very fixed window during which you can travel to Europe, start watching fares 160 days before your flight, which is when the biggest savings are most likely to be found.

Choose a less popular destination.

Airlines can save big (and pass those savings on to you) by flying into less popular airports, meaning it may be worthwhile to fly just a little out of the way if you have your heart set on a destination like Paris or Rome. Travelers can also find less expensive tickets to less-touristed cities like Edinburgh and Prague.

Fly during the week.

If you have the flexibility to fly to Europe on a Wednesday, do it. CheapAir.com found that travelers can save an average of $76 by reserving flights for the least-popular travel day.

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Travel to Spain This Summer for $348 Round-trip (Video)

A massive European airfare war is waging right now, forcing major airlines like American, Delta, United, Swiss Air, KLM, and Air France to drop prices.

We’ve seen cheap peak summer tickets to Sweden, a flurry of affordable flights to cities across Germany and France, and unbeatable prices on trips to Amsterdam.

Today, Scott’s Cheap Flights and Thrifty Traveler reported that travelers can also purchase round-trip flights to Barcelona, Madrid, and Málaga in the mid-$300s.

Currently, the best deal is available to Madrid from Fort Lauderdale, with tickets starting at $348 round-trip in May.

But travelers can also find flights to Barcelona for $380 round-trip from the New York City area; for $396 from Charlotte, North Carolina; and for $379 from Dallas to Madrid.  

Travelers interested in flying to Spain this summer (the best deals are generally popping up in May, June, and August) should use Google Flights to search for deals from their home city to multiple airports at once.

For those who would prefer to spend summer exploring another European destination, Ireland, England, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland are also deeply discounted. And according to Thrifty Traveler Premium, more than 30 U.S. departure cities are being included in the sale. 

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