Emirates really wants to help Americans take a vacation.
According to multiple sources, Americans are notorious for leaving a lot of paid vacation days on the table. In order to help people take advantage of their paid time-off, and to feel “happier [and] well rested,” Emirates is launching a pretty amazing campaign called The Big Takeoff. Our favorite part? The companion fare sale that lets you buy two plane tickets for the price of one.
Yes, we're serious. Here's where to book.
Until 11:59 p.m. on May 26, you can book two economy class tickets for as little as $999. That means you can take a round-trip flight with Emirates (one of the best airlines in the world) for as little as $499.50. All you need is a travel buddy.
Flights depart from 10 major hubs across the country, including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—and they go to cities in 81 countries across the globe. Travel dates range from July 15 through December 8 and January 9, 2017 through April 10, 2017, depending on the destination.
The best deals include a flight from New York City to Milan, Italy (that’s $999 for two people, round-trip, starting August 20), Washington, D.C. to Bangkok ($1,649, or $824.50 per person) and $1,249 flights for a trip to Dubai from any gateway in the U.S.
Of course, you can’t travel solo on this one. But Emirates doesn’t care if you bring Mom or Dad, your sister or brother, your best friend, or your significant other. As long as the tickets are booked together, you can score this BOGO deal.
Travelers can also enter the airline’s social media sweepstakes. Two winners will get a five-day trip to Dubai complete with a safari experience and a luxury hotel stay. Unlike the fare sale, which ends tomorrow evening, this contest is open until September 30.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.