Deal of the Week: Airfare Bargains (3/8/2002)
Diana: Rudy's back with us now with his Deal of the Week. Hey, Rudy.
Rudy: Hi, Diana. I'm afraid I have to begin with an apology.
Diana: An apology? What have you done, Rudy?!
Rudy: I made the classic mistake I so often encourage others not to make. On last week's Deal -- the United fares to Hawaii -- I quoted one-way fares for trips that require a round-trip purchase. This is frustratingly common in airline ads. Sure, $195 for LA to Hawaii sounds great, but that's like advertising a bicycle without telling the buyer you have to pay extra for the second wheel.
Diana: So it'll cost $195 times two then for me to go to Maui?
Rudy: Unfortunately, yes, and I apologize to listeners who may have swerved into another lane when they heard such cheap fares.
Diana: Okay, we forgive you, but how are you going to make it up to us?
Rudy: I thought I'd give you a couple of new airline deals that are accurately priced.
Diana: Begin your penance. What have you got?
Rudy: Until the end of March, Cathay Pacific will fly you from LA or San Francisco as well as -- get this -- New York to Hong Kong and Singapore for only $599 before taxes.
Diana: Uh, that's round trip?
Rudy: Heh-heh. Yes, it is.
Diana: Travel dates?
Rudy: The first of May through the last day of June. The $599 price is good for Monday through Thursday travel. Add $50 for the weekend.
Diana: Great deal, especially from New York. What else?
Rudy: Well, if Asia is your cup of tea -- pardon me -- Malaysia Air also has a great offer. You can fly to 24 cities for only $747 in a 30-day period. Now, this one is good for travel from Los Angeles through the end of May, and then again between mid-August to mid-November. If you want to go during the peak summer travel season, tack on $200.
Diana: Rudy, I hereby grant you absolution.
Rudy: Thank you, Diana. And to prove that I'm back on the straight and narrow, I'll be back next week with more great deals.
Diana: We're going to hold you to that. See you next week.
See you then.
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