Searching for international flight deals from Chicago ORD has me feeling happy I am in California where I have found far more low fares for international travel over the next two months. Still, there are places in Europe under $800, but you might want to consider traveling from Chicago to New York or Canada or California for better flight deals to Europe.

Chicago ORD Europe Flight Deals for April and May travel

Here are some of the airports I found with low fares over the next two months. Many of these fares last through the second week of May before spiking several hundred dollars. Many of the lowest fares that end in May return for flights in late August and into October or even December.

Chicago ORD – Europe round trip ticket deals

$739 to $765 Chicago ORD – Budapest BUD Hungary

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Chicago ORD to Shanghai SHA, China on Hainan Airlines is a $576 low fare that stands out for two reasons. First, this $576 fare is only available for a couple of dates in April and is priced $400 to $500 lower than American, ANA,  and United Airlines. Second, The $576 fare has a potential 48 transit layover for free in Beijing on the return if you book through Orbitz or Priceline. You can book a multi-city itinerary on Hainan with a Beijing stopover for $650 all-in roundtrip.

United Airlines has a $560 fare ORD-PEK, if that is more desirable.

Hainan Airways website is bookable with a 24 hour overnight in Beijing. You have to overnight in Beijing on the return for the low fare and 24 hours seems better than an evening arrival and early morning departure.  You can book the itinerary without the 48-hour stopover, but if you want a free trip to Beijing with your ticket to Shanghai, then this is a deal available on Priceline or Orbitz.

ORD-SHA Hainan $576 April 21

There are only a couple of dates with the $576 fare and the next lowest fares are $651 and low $700s for Hainan. Other airlines are over $900 roundtrip in April and May 2015.

I have never seen a ticket priced with a two-day stopover when there are daily flights. This itinerary prices out on Priceline with a 48 hour stopover in Beijing.

Priceline $576 for Hainan Airlines Chicago ORD- Shanghai SHA with 48 hour stopover in Beijing on return.

ORD-SHA Priceline 48 hours

Hainan Airlines site allows booking the itinerary with 23:55 minutes transit stop at $576, but the two-day stopover when entering a multi-city itinerary prices at $650. You can buy a stopover in Beijing for $75 with the online booking of a multi-city itinerary.

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Hainan Airlines ORD-SHA April 19 outbound

SHA-PEK-ORD Hainan $576

The inbound return itinerary has a 23 hour transit stop in Beijing.

Ord-SHA $576

Hainan Airways price for ORD-SHA roundtrip with 23 hour transit overnight layover in Beijing.

This is a great fare for Chicago ORD to Shanghai roundtrip for under $600 with a chance to visit Beijing too.

Priceline will sell the ticket for $75 less than Hainan if you want 48 hours in Beijing. Or go with Hainan if you want more time in Beijing.

Ord-SHA-PEK $650

Hianan Airlines ORD-SHA multi-city itinerary with Beijing stopover is $75 more at $650.56 all-in round trip.

Here is a list of 30+ flight deals for USA and international flights I have written about in the past week on Loyalty Traveler. Most of these are out of California or west coast airports and Canada and most are still available today.

These deals are primarily for flights originating in California at LAX, SFO, SJC, OAK with additional deals from Seattle SEA, Vancouver YVR, Las Vegas LAS and other smaller California airports.

I plan to create a permanent page for airfare deals and easier access to current airfare deals published on Loyalty Traveler.

Within USA Fares

SFO airfare to 20 US cities $150 one-way and less

Why you should search one way fares, American Airlines PHL-LAX $275 roundtrip, but only if you overnight in Vegas.

West Coast fare deals $29 to $85 one-way on United, Delta, Alaska, Virgin America to November 2015

Virgin America SFO-LAS $76.20 and JetBlue SFO-LAS $67 round trip fares.

USA/Canada to Europe

Dublin Ireland on Aer Lingus from $794 west coast airports to May 2015

LAX-LHR $776 to $803 depart by March 31 American, Virgin, United

Want low fares to Europe this summer? Fly from Canada. Flying from Vancouver offers deep discounts to many cities in Europe compared to ticket prices from western USA airports.

Emirates Two to Italy Summer Sale JFK-Milan MXP nonstop flights $688

San Francisco Istanbul $737 flights into mid-June

Lufthansa and Swiss Los Angeles LAX-Belgrade Serbia BEG $768 April 2015 and Skyteam alternative routes

Summer Deal Star Alliance San Francisco to Gothenburg, Sweden $604 to $639

American $655 LAX–Copenhagen July and August 2015

AA $2 fare SFO-Stockholm for $695 all-in June/July departures

United $609 roundtrip San Francisco Stockholm May 2015 or American $695 July travel

Vancouver to Venice Italy $727 July Air Canada and Pisa $673 June Lufthansa

[Fare Gone] Fare Alert: UA $594 DFW, MIA, PHL to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm in July 2015 

USA/Canada – Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean

Alaska Airlines Mexico all-inclusive 72-hour sale ends Friday, March 27

United SEA or LAX to GRU Sao Paulo, Brazil $703; SFO-GRU $696 Air Canada earns more miles

Aeromexico San Francisco to Costa Rica $449 and other Central America airports April to mid June 

Mileage run? American Airlines LAX-Sao Paulo $689, SJC $703 or GRU-LAX $522 roundtrip. Brazil-USA low fares look like mileage run opportunity.

Which itinerary is your travel style, single destination or multiple countries? Nested ticket strategy for more travel at same cost. (Post shows how two low cost tickets from USA allow travel to Brazil via Colombia for less than the cost of one ticket to Iguazu Falls, Brazil).

USA/Canada – Asia

United SFO-SGN Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam $728 April or $740 August

Singapore or United SFO to Seoul ICN $695 to $715 April-May 2015

San Francisco Hong Kong $547 United April 2015 or Korean Air $566

Difference in miles earned San Francisco Jakarta SFO-CGK United $676 or American $696 April 2015 (This article examines the new Mileage Plus miles earning scheme to AAdvantage and shows why budget travelers should probably fly American Airlines for miles.)

PwC research reveals losers in revenue based frequent flyer programs (not an airfare deal, but goes well with above article showing miles earned for flights with United revenue based earning and American Distance based earning.)

Bali $700 from LAX and SJC April 2015

Seattle Hong Kong $533, Seattle Tokyo HND $604 May 2015 travel

Air China LAX-Singapore $597 roundtrip early May 2015

Delta Los Angeles Bangkok $787 May 2015

USA/Canada – Middle East/Africa/India

San Francisco Istanbul $737 flights into mid-June

Swiss SFO Cairo Egypt $791 is cheaper than flying from New York

Qatar Airways Globetrotter 100,000 bonus miles. Doha 2015 mileage runs baby!

Qatar Airways Globetrotter 100,000 bonus Qmiles low fare routes

Please leave a comment if you search and do not find the deal available. In my fare searches today, most of these deals are still around.

I will place a page at the top of Loyalty Traveler to compile all these deals in one place where you can find them on the Loyalty Traveler website home page.

KLM aircraft

SPG Hot Escapes is a small list of Starwood hotels this week with only 37 hotels in Americas, 36 in Europe, 23 Asia-America and 11 hotels in Africa/Middle East for 107 hotels. Check this week’s list for SPG Hot Escapes Easter weekend rates April 3-5 holiday discounts, when many hotels anticipate low occupancy and offer low rates.

SPG Hot Escapes are Prepaid Nonrefundable Rates for dates over the next six weeks. These rates are available for reservations made by 11:59pm Saturday, March 28 hotel local time.

Sample Low Easter Weekend Rates

Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square drops rates to $121 Easter weekend.

Aloft Nashville Cool Springs $94 compared to regular rates around $140.

Westin Park Central San Francisco $129 is the former Westin Market Street. Hotel rates Easter weekend are about 50% of rates other dates.

Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, Frisco Texas $113 next two weekends is $20 less than other weekends and half off weekday rates.

Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt has low rates at $108 for next two weekends.

There are several Element Hotels on this week’s list in the USA. These are residential style hotels with a room kitchen and free breakfast in the morning. These hotels make a good family or couple getaway. There are usually plenty of games in the lobby for guests.

These are just some of the deeper discounts available from this week’s SPG Hot Escapes over the holiday periods in places where Easter weekend reduces hotel occupancy.

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Qatar Airways is a Oneworld Alliance member airline along with British Airways and American Airlines. Qatar Airways Globetrotter promotion runs from April through December 2015 for an opportunity to earn 100,000 bonus Qmiles in Qatar Privileges by visiting four destination cities.

Loyalty Traveler – Qatar Airways Globetrotter 100,000 bonus miles. Doha 2015 mileage runs baby! (March 24, 2015)

Qatar Airways has assigned dozens of destination cities around the globe to four themes. A Qatar Privileges frequent flyer member with a flight to one of the destination cities during the time period for that theme earns a badge for that theme. Each theme has a time period of several months. Members who earn all four badges for flying Qatar Airways flights to a destination city during each theme period receive 100,000 bonus Qmiles at the end of 2015. Earn three badges and receive 50,000 bonus miles. Earn two badges and receive 25,000 miles.

Qatar Airways Globetrotter

Qatar Globetrotter-Themes

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Club Carlson has a limited time offer to earn 5,000 bonus points when you book a stay at participating Country Inn & Suites and Radisson Hotels in Americas. The catch is this limited time offer must be booked by April 7 for stays from April 17 to June 27, 2015. Each participating hotel has specific dates available. The long list of hotels and dates is included at the end of this post.

Club Carlson Radisson 5k promo 4-15

Booking Period: March 25 to April 7, 2015

Stay Period: April 17 to June 27, 2015.

Participating Country Inns & Suites hotels

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Spring sales are on with airlines around the country eager to sell seats. With summer roundtrip airfare topping $500 for many cross country destinations, I curated a list of cities where SFO airfare is under $150 one-way today, except Honolulu for $164. Hawaii seemed like a good exception to include.

These low fares are often available only Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. I checked these fares for April and May availability. Some routes offer the low fares into summer months,

San Francisco SFO/ Oakland OAK / San Jose SJC

One-Way Fares available for select dates in April and May

(same fare is generally available from destination city to SFO).

Denver, Colorado – $69 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Denver DEN (nonstop)

Orlando, Florida – $148 Spirit

Oakland OAK – Orlando MCO  ($182 US Airways)

Orlando, Florida – $153 JetBlue

San Francisco SFO – Orlando MCO,  ($165 Frontier)

Honolulu, Hawaii – $164 Alaska Airlines

Oakland OAK – Honolulu HNL (return flight $173)

Chicago, Illinois – $79 Frontier

Oakland OAK – Chicago ORD

Chicago, Illinois – $94 Spirit

Oakland OAK – Chicago ORD

Chicago, Illinois – $123 US Airways

Oakland OAK – Chicago ORD

Chicago, Illinois – $124 Virgin America nonstop

San Francisco SFO – Chicago ORD

New Orleans, Louisiana – $133 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – New Orleans MSY

Boston, Massachusetts – $124 Sun Country (via MSP)

San Francisco SFO – Boston BOS

Boston, Massachusetts – $143 American/US Airways (via CLT or DFW)

San Francisco SFO – Boston BOS

Detroit, Michigan – $145 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Detroit, DFW

Omaha, Nebraska – $67 Allegiant

Oakland OAK – Omaha OMA

Omaha, Nebraska – $130 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Omaha OMA

New York, New York – $127 Sun Country

San Francisco SFO – New York JFK

New York, New York – $142 Jet Blue (nonstop)

San Francisco SFO – New York JFK

New York, New York – $143 US Airways (via PHL)

San Francisco SFO – New York JFK

New York, New York – $149 Virgin America (nonstop)

San Francisco SFO – New York JFK

New York, New York – $149 United Airlines (nonstop)

San Francisco SFO – New York JFK

Columbus, Ohio – $138 American

Oakland OAK – Columbus CMH

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $125 United Airlines or American or US Airways

San Jose SJC – Philadelphia PHL

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – $144 American/US Airways

Oakland OAK – Pittsburgh PIT

Memphis, Tennessee – $139 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Memphis MEM

Memphis, Tennessee – $153 United

San Francisco SFO – Memphis MEM (far fewer dates than Frontier).

Austin, Texas – $129 United and Virgin America (nonstop)

San Francisco SFO – Austin AUS

Dallas, Texas – $69 Spirit

Oakland OAK – Dallas DFW

Dallas, Texas – $109 Virgin America

San Francisco SFO – Dallas DAL

Dallas, Texas – $117 Delta and American/US Airways

Oakland OAK – Dallas DFW

Houston, Texas – $79 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Houston IAH

Washington, D.C. area – $125 American/US Airways

San Jose SJC – Baltimore BWI

Washington, D.C. area – $159 United or Virgin America

San Francisco SFO – Washington Dulles IAD

Madison, Wisconsin – $139 Frontier

San Francisco SFO – Madison MSN

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – $141 United

San Francisco SFO – Milwaukee MKE

You can find these flights on Google Flights and book with the airline.

Here is a quick reminder that Daily Getaways Club Carlson points go on sale at 1:00pm Eastern today, Wedensday, March 25, 2015.

Club Carlson Points

Club Carlson – Wednesday, March 25

Two offers with a purchase limit of two sets from each offer.

Club Carlson 50,000 points = $225 with 100 sets of points for sale ($4.50 per 1,000 points).

Club Carlson 100,000 points = $450 with 50 sets of points for sale ($4.50 per 1,000 points).

This is a good price for Club Carlson points. Regular purchase rate through Club Carlson is $7.00 per 1,000 points with an annual purchase limit of 40,000 points.

The problem here is too few sets available. This deal can be sold out with 75 purchases. This will be a hard item to get. 100,000 points buys 4 nights in London, New York and Paris for a Club Carlson Visa member on 2-night reward stays with the one free night benefit.

This post is less about the American Airlines Philadelphia PHL – Los Angeles LAX $275 roundtrip airfare and more about why you should search one fares when checking airfare for flights within the USA.

American Airlines website did not reveal a PHL-LAX $275 roundtrip fare to me in my searches. American Airlines lowest fare shown for PHL-LAX roundtrip was $344.75 even when I entered the exact dates when a $275 fare was available.

Shaving $70 off this airfare came about through Google Flights one-way fare searches. This article shares my experience using Google Flights and American Airlines to search airfare and how Google Flights showed me an airfare $70 less than American Airlines lowest fare returned for Philadelphia to Los Angeles round trip.

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Low airfare up and down the west coast is available today with Alaska, Delta, United, and Virgin America. This is a good week to buy if you want to travel between major airports along the west coast between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Portland and Seattle with one way fares from $29 to $89.

Alaska Airlines Sale

Virgin America Sale


Check Google Flights for one-way fares to find lowest fares for day of week and repeat for return.

San Francisco SFO – Portland PDX  $69 one-way.

These $69 one-way fares are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through November 4, 2015.

San Francisco SFO – Seattle SEA  $79 one-way.

This route is $79 one way on four airlines with Alaska, Delta, United and Virgin America into November 2015.

Los Angeles LAX – Seattle SEA $85 one way

This route is $85 to 89 one way on four airlines with Alaska, Delta, United and Virgin America into November 2015. Tues, Wed, Sat fares. Other days of week about $20 more.

San Francisco SFO – Phoenix PHX

  • $49 Frontier (nonstop) one-way
  • Tue, Wed, Sat deal through May 20.

San Francisco SFO – Las Vegas

  • $29 JetBlue (nonstop)
  • $39 Virgin America (nonstop)
  • $49 United (nonstop)
  • United has lowered its fares to match JetBlue and Virgin America on most summer dates. Sunday to Wednesday departures are lowest priced through May and then low fare available nearly any day of week June to February 2016. Return flights are most expensive Sunday and Monday.

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