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JetBlue Adds BDL to DCA

JetBlue will start flying between Bradley and Reagan National in Washington on June 19.

Flights will leave Bradley at 6:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Reagan National at 9:20 a.m. and 7:25 p.m. Introductory fares as low as $30 one way (Tuesdays and Wednesday only) are available for travel through August, but you have to buy them today. I found other fares ranging from $64 to a refundable holiday weekend fare of $564.

The aircraft on this route will be 100-seat Embraer 190 jets, bigger than a regional jet but not quite as big as the traditional narrow-body Boeing or Airbus jets. Last year the CEO of JetBlue pronounced himself “disappointed” with this line of aircraft but, hey, they have leather seats.


A Heap of Cheap: My Year in Travel

Looking back at my travels in 2013, I’m compelled to acknowledge something. Although my husband splurged on a long-planned gift, a 19-day repositioning cruise to Barcelona for my milestone birthday (no need to get into which milestone), we are otherwise a pair of cheapskate travelers.

Thrifty. Frugal. Penny-pinchers. We have our excuses. I work for a non-profit and he works for a newspaper. (You remember newspapers. They’re like the Internet but you can fold them.) Neither of us travels much for business, so we’re paying almost everything out of our own pockets.

The trouble is that we love to travel and our tastes always exceed our budget. The solution is the Internet — not fold-able but full of travel bargains. So after ringing in the new year, I find myself at the keyboard nostalgically recalling the deals we tracked down and the websites we used to find them in 2013. Here they are:

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Amtrak Sale Between NY and Washington or Baltimore

Amtrak has announced a three-day sale with one-way fares on the Northeast Regional as low as $38 between New York and Baltimore and $42 between New York and Washington, D.C. Fares must be purchased by Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 for travel between Sept. 10 and Oct. 3, 2013. There’s no discount for the Acela, which will still cost you about $200. But you can make the Northeast Regional feel as if it’s going faster by running forward through the cars as fast as you can. (Theoretically. I’ve never actually tried it.)