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From Great To Amazing: MIA-NYC Flight Deal Experience

On Tuesday, I was minding my business and going about my day at work when a tweet showed up from dansdeals.com that caught my attention. A hot flight deal to/from NYC & Miami for $48 each way! Amazingly, there were tons of dates available for travel during Christmas and New Years, which are notoriously expensive periods to fly. I played around with the dates but given an upcoming trip to Disney, I decided to back out of this deal and share it on my Facebook page in hopes it could help someone else.

I know a great fabulous deal when I see one and this one was almost as cheap as I’ve ever seen on this route via American Airlines. JetBlue and Virgin America had similar fare from FLL but due to my AA status, I preferred AA. Anyway, I sort of felt guilty for letting a fare like that linger and not pouncing on it immediately so I tried to convince myself of why I needed to book this deal.

AHA! BOOM! TADA! I had forgotten that DD Mommy and I had spoken a few weeks ago about taking G&O to NYC for their Big Apple debut in June 2016 and thus, didn’t have to make-up find an excuse to purchase the tickets.

In June 2010, I proposed to DD Mommy on the Brooklyn Bridge with our families present. Going to NYC 6 years later but this time with 2 little human beings that carry our DNA was validation for my reasoning.

Proposal on the BK Bridge

Proposal on the BK Bridge

I quickly went back to ITA Matrix and cross referenced the dates listed on dansdeals.com that were still available and noticed my weekend dates for June were available at the $48 one-way price! I rushed over to the American Airlines website to plug in the dates and see if the same prices for my dates that I saw on ITA Matrix were available on AA (as they normally are) and they were! I put ALL 4 tickets on HOLD at a cost of $424 and then went over to craigslist.

Huh? Why would I do that you might be asking?

Craigslist, as all of you probably already know, is a source for people looking to buy and sell all kinds of things, including airline vouchers. Although risky and not recommended for the faint-hearted, I scour craigslist sometimes for discounted AA vouchers that haven’t been used. These vouchers are usually disbursed to people for flight delays, a bad flight or airport experience, overbooked flights, etc. and some folks just don’t travel often enough to put these vouchers to use or they just want cash. The purpose of my visit to craigslist prior to booking a flight was to  see if I could save EVEN MORE on my fare. Well, lone behold, I found someone in Iowa selling a $200 AA voucher for $150 and contacted them.

Disclaimer: I don’t recommend you search craigslist for travel vouchers as it’s risky and time-consuming, not to mention, frowned upon by airlines. I have an innate ability to sense a scammer and have yet to come across one but they do exist so if you search craigslist on your own, please be careful.

The transaction went like this:

  • Emailed to inquire about the voucher
  • Prompt response back saying it was still available
  • Act naïve and ask them if it expires and if it’s transferrable (I know this already but I ask to see how legit they sound)
  • Talk on the phone, confirm it’s legit and let them know you need voucher immediately after payment
  • Send payment through Paypal. Never through Western Union.
  • Follow through after payment and let them know you are waiting for the voucher
  • Receive e-voucher and check it’s balance online
  • Balance is confirmed. Booking is done immediately. Transaction done.

Combined with my $50 savings on this voucher, I had a $98 credit to use for any airline expense from 1 of my credit cards which is reimbursable.

THE MATH:

Normal flight deal cost: $424

Credit card perk: $98

Voucher credit: $200 (spent $150)

Out-of-pocket cost: $277

Outcome: I paid $69.25 for each member of my family to fly roundtrip to New York City in the summer.

At the time of this post, there are still many dates available for travel in 2016 to/from NYC. See below dates courtesy of Dan.

American: JFK/LGA-Miami $48 dates:
December 17, 31
January 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 29, 30
April 2, 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, 26, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31
June 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25
July 16
August 20, 27
September 3, 4, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5

American: Miami-JFK/LGA $48 dates in 2015, $58 dates in 2016:
December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
January 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 8, 9,
April 6, 13, 21, 27
May 13, 20, 29
June 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29
July 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31
August 7
October 1, 8, 15, 16, 22, 29
November 5
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JetBlue: JFK/LGA-Fort Lauderdale $58 dates:
December 31
January 1, 4, 5, 6

JetBlue/Virgin America: Fort Lauderdale-JFK/LGA $48 dates:
December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
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JetBlue/United: Newark-Fort Lauderdale $78 dates:
January 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9

JetBlue/United: Fort Lauderdale-Newark $78 dates:
January 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
February 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10

 

If you book anything, I’d love to hear about it. Please leave comments below!

 

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