Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Here's how to find cheap flights.

As bitter cold temperatures linger in the region, it’s the perfect time to escape to warmer destinations.

Cold, arctic air arrived across most of the United States Wednesday morning and clear skies caused the Miami Valley to have frigid temperatures, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. The Dayton International Airport reached minus 2 degrees for the first time since February 2015 and almost reached the record of minus 4 degrees.

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Ditch the snow and freezing temps with some cheap flights to the beach and beyond from Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. This news organization researched some good deals you can land during these long, winter months:

1. Take a weekend trip down to Punta Gorda, Florida from Dayton. 

Call off work for a long weekend. Your nonstop Allegiant flight leaves the Dayton International Airport around 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. You’ll arrive for a sun-soaked weekend around noon, just in time for an afternoon margarita on the beach. You’ll head home back to Dayton around 7 a.m. on Monday, and you’ll be back by 9:30 a.m. — just in time to make it to work.

What will your quick trip down to the beach cost you? The flight will cost you about $225 roundtrip — $128 for the departing flight and $97.50 for the returning flight.

2. It’s spring training in Arizona. 

Get your baseball fix a little early this year. Fly out to Phoenix, Arizona in March for the Cincinnati Reds spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. Daily flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will operate March 8 to April 7. Southwest started service at the Cincinnati airport during the summer, after halting all flights at the Dayton International Airport.

What will it cost you? Leave Monday, March 12 for a week full of baseball. It’ll cost you $275 roundtrip, and you’ll arrive back in Cincinnati around 3:25 p.m.

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3. Everything’s bigger in Texas … but the flights are cheaper.

Time to head to the Lone Star State. You’re flying to Austin, known for its eclectic mix of restaurants and live music. Explore the Texas capital, go for a hike or visit one of the city’s world-class museums. The flight leaves Monday, Feb. 19 and you’ll return to Columbus on Feb. 23.

What will your trip to Texas cost? It’s only $105 roundtrip.

4. Grab your passport. You’re off to Paris.

There’s nothing like Paris in the springtime. Book your tickets now for a week in France in mid-May. WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost carrier, is offering cheap flights from Cincinnati to Paris. You’ll leave in the wee hours on May 10 for a 10-hour flight to France’s capital. A week later, you’ll return to Cincinnati on May 18.

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What will this international trip cost you? It’s hard to find any international plane ticket for under $1,000. This plane ticket will cost $689.98 roundtrip — $389.99 for the departing flight and $299.99 for the returning flight. Some flights are cheaper for WOW air depending on the dates, so shop around before booking.

5. Can’t wait? Leave for Florida now. 

You can head down to Tampa from Dayton for less than $100. Explore the Gulf Coast city for the week, visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium or relax on Clearwater Beach. You’ll leave Jan. 22 and return Jan. 26 for a quick four-day trip.

How much will it cost you? This Allegiant flight from Dayton to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will cost you $89 roundtrip.

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New spam impacts some Gmail accounts

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:37 PM

A new form of spam is causing some computer experts to scratch their heads.  

Messages you didn’t send but appear to come from your Gmail account may wind up in your sent messages folder.

The trick lets the spammers bypass Gmail’s spam filters, according to Gizmodo.com.

This doesn’t mean your account has been compromised, in fact, the problem continues for some users who have changed their password, or use two-factor authentication, according to Cnet.com.  

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Kohl’s to partner with ALDI grocery stores

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

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Kohl’s will partner with discount grocer ALDI, company officials told analysts in March.

Kohl’s will cut five to 10 stores in half and put ALDI in the other half of the stores, Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell told securities analysts last month after the company reported positive fourth-quarter financial results.

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ALDI will be separate from the Kohl’s entrance, and customers would have to go outside to get from one store to another. The locations of these stores have not been disclosed yet.

The move comes after the retailer announced last September that it would partner with Amazon to offer free  returns for Amazon customers in stores. The retail store announced that 82 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will offer free returns for Amazon customers starting in October. Kohl’s will “pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free, providing an additional service and convenience to Amazon customers within select Kohl’s stores,” the company announced.

Kohl’s ended the fiscal year with 1,158 Kohl’s stores in 49 states. During 2017, the company opened four Kohl’s stores and relocated one Kohl’s store.

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3 big changes happening at Mall at Fairfield Commons

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:38 PM

Mall at Fairfield Commons anchors retail in Beavercreek

Several changes are coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The mall, featuring more than 135 stores like Elder-BeermanJCPenneyMacy’sSearsAbercrombie & Fitch, is going through several changes this spring. Some stores have closed recently, including Osterman Jewelers. That store was located next to Nirvana and across from H&M.

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Victoria's Secret is expanding at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. “Right now, they’re still located next to Macy’s but be on the lookout later this year as they’ll be bigger and better than ever!” the mall posted on social media.(Kara Driscoll)

Victoria’s Secret will move locations and expand their footprint at the mall. Currently, the store is still located next to Macy’s. Victoria’s Secret sells lingerie, beauty products, fragrances, cosmetics and women’s apparel.

“Right now, they’re still located next to Macy’s but be on the lookout later this year as they’ll be bigger and better than ever!” the mall posted on social media.

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Factory One, a women’s clothing store, opened near Sears. The store offers women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and other items at affordable prices. A store associate told this news organization that the store celebrated its grand opening earlier this week.

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Women leadership program launched in Dayton area

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


            Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A new program in the Dayton area is designed to empower the next generation of women in executive leadership.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is working with Aileron to launch a new program called Empower to help women in management grow their careers.

The new program was presented Tuesday morning at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, held at Sinclair Community College.

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Empower will be a 10-month intensive cohort, said Kevin Weckesser, board president of the chamber.

“Created for women in mid to to upper management, Empower will guide participates as they identify their own leadership strengths, values and goals while empowering them to eliminate barriers to advancement,” Weckesser said.

Participants will attend in-depth leadership workshops, day-sessions and business coaching.

Weckesser said those in the cohort will get hands on business coaching to develop “their own personal brand” and build a support system to help them build their career.

“Our goal is to change the culture in the business community and pave the way to the top for all motivated business leaders,” he said.

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The goal of the program is to eliminate barriers that keep women from advancing their careers, encourage authentic self reflection, connect women with peer leaders and change the culture within organizations in the Dayton area.

Candidates for Empower should be someone who is already in a manager or leadership role and has been identified as a candidate for future growth opportunities or wants to take their leadership to the next level.

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Applications will be accepted for the inaugural 2018 Empower program year through May 31. Participants will be selected in July, and the program will begin in September.

Program pricing is $3,000 for Dayton Area Chamber members and $4,800 for non-chamber members.

Aileron is a Tipp City-area campus that supports businesses and entrepreneurs and was founded by Clay Mathile, former CEO of Iams Co.

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