Air Fares Within the U.S.
Large (250,000 tickets annually) San Diego--based firm claiming to offer savings of $30 to $150 on most advance-purchase tickets. A subsidiary of industry giant The Travel Company.
CHEAP TICKETS, INC. (800/377-1000)
Although mostly selling domestic tickets, this giant among air consolidators can cut the price of an advance-fare ticket practically anywhere in the world by 15 to 25 percent, very often more. Web site: www.cheaptickets.com
MR. CHEAP TRAVEL (800/672-4327)
A primarily domestic specialist that cuts 17 percent from the price of any airfare--even international ones. The firm also works with several smaller upstart carriers, offering discounts of around 20 percent off published prices. Web site: www.mrcheaps.com
Seller since 1995 of discounted domestic air fares priced--it claims--at 25 percent below published rates. Can obtain tickets as late as two days before departure. Also operates Web site at www.air-4-less.com
AMERICAN TRAVEL ASSOCIATES (800/CHEAP-AIR)
Nine-year-old specialist in domestic air fares, mainly transcontinental, last-minute to Florida, and flights to smaller cities. Its discounts average 20 percent.
Both Domestic and International Air Fares
TRAVEL BARGAINS (800/AIR-FARE)
A big one, selling more than 125,000 tickets each year. Formerly owned by TWA, now by one of the airline's former executives, its specialty is TWA air transportation but sells Continental Airlines and others, too. Web site: www.1800airfare.com
PRICELINE.COM (Internet only, no phone)
You specify the price you're willing to pay to fly to and from a city on particular dates. If an airline accepts your price, you're obligated to fly on the routings and times of day they choose. An immense firm. Web site: www.priceline.com
Transatlantic Air Fares
TRAVAC TOURS & CHARTERS, INC. (800/872-8800)
Long-established and highly respected source of discounted tickets to major European cities. Its best values are for the transatlantic high season (April through October). Good Web information: www.thetravelsite.com
COUNCIL TRAVEL (800/226-8624)
Owned by the eminent Council on International Educational Exchange, its cut-rate air fares are no longer confined to students (but still largely student-oriented). Web site: www.ciee.org
DER TRAVEL SERVICES (800/717-4247 air fares; 800/782-2424 other travel products)
The German railway system owns this long-established firm that claims to provide discounts of 20 to 35 percent on advance-purchase European air fares and also offers a full range of other discounted travel services.
NEW FRONTIERS USA (800/366-6387)
The U.S. division of France's largest travel company allegedly beats published air prices to Europe by 20 to 30 percent, operates its own scheduled charter service to France (Corsair), and sells competitively priced fly-drive and air-hotel packages. Web site: www.newfrontiers.com
STA TRAVEL INC. (800/777-0112)
The other major student travel firm sells most of its tickets to Europe (25 to 30 percent off published fares, it claims) but offers domestic savings as well. Cheap backpacker-friendly European hotels are another specialty. Web site: www.statravel.com
Air Fares to Latin America
PINO WELCOME TRAVEL (800/247-6578)
This high-volume discounter, over 25 years old, offers a considerable saving on tickets to Central America and Latin America. Web site: www.pinotravel.com
ESCAPE TOURS (800/252-0775)
Houston-based company that's one of the largest specialists in Latin American air fares selling for as much as 30 percent off published prices. Web site: www.Webtravel.com
SOLAR TOURS (800/388-7652)
One of the largest and longest-established of the consolidators to Latin America. Can nearly always save 20 to 30 percent off published advance-purchase fares, sometimes more, using most major carriers.
Air Fares Primarily to Africa
MAGICAL HOLIDAYS (800/228-2208)
One of the major discounters of air fares to Africa, typically offering 25 percent (or more) off advance-purchase fares. Also offers some of the best prices for safaris.
PREMIER TRAVEL (800/545-1910)
A 15-year-old that's one of the largest consolidators of African air fares, selling for as much as 30 percent off standard rates. Also offers well-priced land packages and safaris.
Air Fares Primarily to India
FESTIVAL OF ASIA (800/533-9953)
A specialist in southeast Asia and India, this San Francisco firm offers savings, it says, of 25 to 35 percent over published fares in summer and as much as 40 percent in shoulder seasons.
HARI WORLD TRAVEL (800/889-2968)
The largest consolidator of airplane tickets to India--saving customers a third, on average, off any advance-purchase ticket. For tickets without advance purchase, the discount can run higher.
Air Fares Primarily to Japan
CREATIVE MARKETING MANAGEMENT(800/458-6663, travel agents only)
Though this subsidiary of Japan Air Lines doesn't deal directly with the public, it will provide you (through your travel agent) with air savings to Japan of 30 percent or so in fall, 25 percent in summer and winter.
JAPAN BUDGET TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL (877/246-5284)
Founded by Japanese-Americans, this 15-year-old firm now serves all corners of Asia with discounts that can reach as high as 35 percent off standard rates. Web site: www.jbti.com
Around-the-World Air Fares
HIGH ADVENTURE TRAVEL, INC. (800/350-0612)
Sells nearly 2,000 heavily discounted around-the-world fares each year. Offers an itinerary-building template on its Web site, www.airtreks.com
TICKET PLANET (800/799-8888)
Owner Nick Kontis may have originated the cheap around-the-world fare. Now his California-based company allows travelers to circumnavigate the globe for as little as $1,300. Web site: www.ticketplanet.com
Air Fares to Worldwide Destinations
PICASSO TRAVEL (212/244-5454)
Its main discount market is to Tel Aviv, but it also claims to provide cut-rate fares to all of Europe, Latin America, Africa, and some (but only some) Asia.
A full-service Internet discounter of everything from air fares (domestic and international) and packages to hotel rooms and cruises. Features an e-mail service for last-minute values and an air fare search engine that compares consolidator and published fares. Web site: www.1travel.com
AMERICAN PASSENGER CONSOLIDATORS (212/972-1558, travel agents only)
A pioneering consolidator, dealing heavily in discounted fares to Israel and Europe. Owned by airline veteran Michael Shamilzadeh, whose daughter's company "Travel With Naomi" (800/971-0006) deals directly with the public for many of the same flights.
ECONOMY TRAVEL (888/222-2110)
Specializes in Europe (mainly London, Paris, Rome) and some destinations in Africa and South America. Recently began listing both consolidator and published fares alongside each other, enabling the public to compare. Web site: www.economytravel.com
AIR TRAVEL DISCOUNTS (800/888-2621)
Claims to cover an unusually broad range of destinations: Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and India. Eleven years in business.
SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT CRUISES (800/343-1991, hot line 310/521-1061)
Owned by the ebullient Duke Butler, it's been known to give 40 percent off on last-minute bookings, somewhat less on cruises reserved two or three months ahead. Web site: www.spurof.com
THE CRUISE LINE, INC. (800/777-0707)
Giant Miami-based company, now part of a discounting conglomerate of cruise brokers. Publishes a good-quality magazine, The World of Cruising, highlighting current bargains.
CRUISES ONLY (800/895-3771)
Orlando-based, its staff consists of dozens and dozens of telephone reservationists who sell more than 100,000 cut-rate cruise tickets each year. Now affiliated with The Cruise Line, Inc. (above) and others. Web site: www.cruisesonly.com
WHITE TRAVEL SERVICE (800/547-4790)
A feisty independent operating out of West Hartford, Connecticut. Has particularly good rates and a staff of experienced counselors who provide helpful advice when time permits.
Mostly handling Caribbean cruises, this long-established Florida firm claims to offer up to 50 percent off a wide range of itineraries. Visiting its Web site (www.cruise.com
) is like entering a mammoth cruise shopping center.
CRUISES OF DISTINCTION (800/434-SHIP)
Fifteen-year-old Michigan-based outfit that claims to sell virtually every cruise on the market at discounts between 40 and 50 percent off published rates. Its "cruise-grams" alert customers to special offers.
GALAXSEA CRUISES & TOURS (800/662-5450)
Nine-year-old California company whose stock-in-trade is last-minute sailings, with typical savings of 40 to 50 percent off published rates. GalaxSea is particularly strong on Alaska, the Panama Canal, Europe, and Mexico. Web site: www.cruisestar.com
ACCOMMODATIONS EXPRESS (800/444-7666)
Began as a booking service for Atlantic City; now works with over 1,000 hotels in 16 cities. Average savings are 20 to 25 percent, though they can go as high as 40 percent. Its Web site (www.roomconnection.com
) is excellent.
CENTRAL RESERVATIONS SERVICE (800/950-0232)
This veteran books hotels in Miami, Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago, regularly offering discounts of at least 15 percent and frequently as much as 30 percent. Web site: www.express-res.com
EXPRESS RESERVATIONS (800/356-1123)
Books only good-quality New York and Los Angeles hotels at discounts that often approach 30 and 40 percent, depending on time of year. The hotel is paid directly--no prepaid vouchers.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS NETWORK (800/96-HOTEL)
A big selection of U.S. cities--24, to be exact--distinguishes this large, eight-year-old company, as does its claim to obtain first-class accommodations for under $100 a night per room. Average savings, it claims, can run 20 to 30 percent. Web site: www.hoteldiscount.com
HOT ROOMS (800/468-3500)
Chicago-only service, a pioneer in hotel discounting that books 30,000 rooms annually at savings of up to 40 to 50 percent off published prices. You pay the hotel directly. Web site: www.hot-rooms.com
Offers around-the-clock reservations service as well as discounts of up to 40 and 50 percent, working with more than 11,000 domestic hotels, including most major chains. You pay the hotel directly. Web site: www.1800usahotels.com
Handles 200 or so hotels in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This service can often slash 25 to 30 percent off a property's quoted rates. Web site: www.quikbook.com
TRAVEL INTERLINK (800/477-7172)
Represents thousands of hotels, primarily in Asia and Europe, and offers discounts off their published rates that can run as high as 30 to 50 percent. Also has significant discounts on many land packages.
HOTEL CONXIONS (800/522-9991)
Discounts the rates of 200 hotels in eight U.S. cities--New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Claims its cuts average 30 percent, and also states it has space in generally sold-out periods.
This five-year-old has enormous reach, offering 56,000 hotels (including most major chains) virtually everywhere in the United States. Claims it can save you between 40 and 65 percent, occasionally more, with biggest savings in shoulder seasons. Urges you to use its Web site: www.hotelsonline.com
HOTRES.COM (Internet only; no phone)
A brand-new service currently handling only New York City--with 30 midtown hotels in all price ranges--but soon to expand to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, and Los Angeles. Claims to save between $20 and $60 nightly on rooms. Web site: www.hotres.com
CALIFORNIA RESERVATIONS (800/576-0003)
Represents 1,500 or so West Coast hotels in 100 locations that include not only California but also Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The San Francisco--based service claims it can cut 30 to 40 percent off published rates. Web address (its site is excellent): www.cal-res.com
Formerly known as Las Vegas Reservations Systems, this ten-year-old is currently branching out to 800 hotels in 100 U.S. locations. Discounts average 25 to -30 percent. Its first-rate Web site helps you to create low-cost domestic air-hotel packages. Web site: www.travelscape.com
European Auto Rentals
AUTO EUROPE (800/223-5555)
Venerable consolidator founded in 1954 to rent cars at a discount from 4,000 foreign locations, three quarters of them in Europe, while others are in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia. Charges generally 15 to 20 percent less than traditional rental firms. Web site: www.autoeurope.com
KEMWEL HOLIDAY AUTOS (800/678-0678)
This 12-year-old Europe specialist rents cars in more than 4,000 locations (also in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Pacific) and claims it can undercut the major car rental firms by 20 percent and more. Web site: www.kemwel.com
another good offer from Malaysia Airlines, check it out:
The Malaysia Airlines’ AccessAsia Pass lets you fly to any or all of 24 great destinations in Southeast Asia for one extraordinarily low fare of $747* per person. Price includes round trip Economy Class fare aboard our luxurious B747’s between Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur, or aboard our B777 SuperRangers™ between Newark and Kuala Lumpur, plus Economy Class travel to any or all of the other 23 listed cities you want to fly to within a 30-day period. You can also add cities in Australia, New Zealand, the Indian subcontinent, China, South Africa, South America and Europe for a small additional charge. You can even extend the 30 day period or upgrade to First or Business Class at a special low rate as well. Check out the details below and call your travel agent. Then pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.
Fly to any or all of these cities for only $747*
Bali (Denpasar) • Bandar Seri Begawan • Bangkok • Canton (Guangzhou) • Cebu • Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) • Hong Kong • Jakarta • Kaohsiung • Kota Kinabalu • Kuala Lumpur • Kuantan • Kuching • Langkawi • Manila • Medan • Penang • Phnom Penh • Phuket • Singapore • Surabaya • Yangon(Rangoon)
Plus: Taipei is included to/from Los Angeles only. Dubai is included to/from Newark only.
*Round trip from our Los Angeles or Newark gateways. AccessAsia Pass is available only to North American residents and is priced at USD $747.00 per person. Applicable local taxes/fees are additional.
Peak Season Travel Surcharge
A peak season surcharge of $150.00 will apply for the following travel dates:
From Los Angeles: From June 1 to August 14, and from November 16 to January 14.
From Newark: From May 31 to August 27, and from December 13 to January 22.
All travel must commence by December 31, 2002.
There's never been a better time to explore Asia
The strength of the North American currencies, hotels, meals, sightseeing and shopping offer breathtaking values. As Southeast Asia’s largest airline, Malaysia Airlines is in a unique position to provide you the opportunity of a lifetime with “AccessAsia Pass”. However, space is limited so contact Malaysia Airlines or your favorite travel agent at your earliest convenience.
Complementing the “AccessAsia Pass” is our Stopover Holiday Program to Malaysia and Singapore and CityStay Program to other cities in Southeast Asia.
For extended travel within domestic Malaysia, our “Discover Malaysia” Pass is available from USD $199.00.
Other Option (If trip originated in Los Angeles
and ends in Newark.)
Los Angeles If trip originated in Newark and
ends in Los Angeles.) $400.00
Peak Season Surcharge
Extension of travel period
Extension travel validity to 45 days
Extension travel validity to 60 days
Extension travel validity to 90 days
One way Business class upgrade
• Los Angeles
• Newark $1,199.00
One way First class upgrade
• Los Angeles
Reroute/Reissue, per transaction
Refund/No Show penalty:
Prior to Departure
Revalidation (date change)
Rules and Regulations
“AccessAsia Pass” is available only to North American residents with North American mailing addresses and is priced at USD $747.00 per person excluding all applicable local taxes and fees. No reductions for students, senior citizens, children or infants.
Travel must commence by December 31, 2002.
Malaysia Airlines “AccessAsia Pass” must be purchased through a North American Travel Agent.
“AccessAsia Pass” includes round trip Economy Class air transportation between either Los Angeles or Newark and any of the qualified cities via Kuala Lumpur.
All travel must originate from North America and the air tickets must be purchased in North America only.
All applicable local taxes/fees/insurance surcharges are additional.
“AccessAsia Pass” tickets must be issued within 7 days of the reservation.
Minimum and maximum stay is 7 days and 30 days from departure unless an extension is purchased.
Unused portions/segments of “AccessAsia Pass” are not refundable.
Not valid on non-Malaysia Airlines operated code-shared flights.
All flights should be confirmed and no wait-lists are permitted.
No frequent flyer miles of any kind may be earned on this fare, and no frequent flyer points may be used to redeem this ticket.
With the exception of Kuala Lumpur, the “AccessAsia Pass” may not be used to fly to any one city more than once.
This fare is not combinable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion currently offered.
Travel Agent Booking Information
Booking class Q
Fare Basis QAAPASS
AccessAsia Pass Tickets
Are Only Sold Through Travel Agents –
So Call Your Favorite Travel Agent
And Pack Your Bags
For The Trip Of A Lifetime! B)