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23 Tips to Finding Cheap Flights This Summer

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

With summer travel in full swing and many people wanting to get away for a little R&R, Business Insider has compiled a list of the top 23 tip to finding cheap flights.  After all, whenever people book flights, they often end up paying more than they had planned because the airlines love nothing more than to charge fees for everything, from baggage to meals to the little pillows on which to rest their heads.


Among the top 23 tips is advice on checking the 24-hour rule.  In other words, the morning after you book your flight, check to see if the price went down and if it did, then you can call the airline and you can generally rebook your flight without any penalties.  Other tips include taking last-minute trips, book flights on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm EST for flights departing on a Wednesday, fly more than one airline, and check social media for deals.  These are just a few of the tips for getting cheap flights.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Annual Cheap Flights Take Travellers to Water Sports Fun

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Each year people who love water sports take advantage of cheap flights to Fuerteventura because it is such a great place to have fun in the sun.  In fact, you can reach it for as little as GBP 61.  This tiny island can be reached with a flight of four and a half hours and with its fantastic trade winds water sports abound.  Of course, the favorable winds mean that visitors can take advantage of windsurfing and kite surfing and the shallow waters and secluded bays make these ideal sports for any experience level.


There are a variety of other fantastic water-related things to do in Fuerteventura, including fishing.  Both beach fishing and deep sea fishing are popular and sea bass and barracuda make great catches.  In the deep sea swordfish, tuna, and marlin are also great fun to catch.  For those who would like to have an adventure beneath the waves, Fuerteventura is a fabulous place to go to scuba dive.  Divers can see rays, whales, and dolphins.


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Australians to Enjoy More Cheap Flights to Asia

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

There is a war brewing among the budget airlines and that means that Australians are going to be able to enjoy cheap flights to many exotic Asian destinations.  AirAsia X is ramping up their service and within the next two years they are planning on opening new hubs in Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia and they will be offering direct flights from Australia.  Flights currently offered from Australia include flights to Kuala Lampur from the Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne.


AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani said that it is not secret that they aim to service all the capital cities in Australia and they are currently in negotiations with a few new hubs.  All this competition has already allowed Australians to take advantage of cheap flights.  Other budget airlines include Toger Airways, Scoot, and Jetstar.  As for AirAsia X, Mr. Rani said that they are barely scratching the surface of budget travel in Asia and there is long-term growth potential.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

The Best Time to Book Cheap Flights for Labor Day

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

With Labor Day just around the corner, Travelocity has put together a list of the best times to book cheap flights for that weekend.  Travelocity took a look at the data from the past five years and compiled and analyzed the data.  They found that the most affordable time to book travel for Labor Day weekend is five weeks in advance of travel, which means July 27-29.  The average cost of a flight booked in this window was $339.


The most expensive time to book a flight for Labor Day weekend has traditionally been the weekend before the long weekend, between August 31 and September 2, at an average price of $416.  The Travelocity data also shows that if travellers book a package including airfare and hotel accommodations, then they can save as much as $525.  However, when it comes down to it, as Courtney Scott, senior editor for Travelocity, says, the sooner you book, the more you will save.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Six Cheap Flights for Less than £65

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

For those who want a nice weekend getaway to a vibrant city or even a proper vacation to a warm and sunny beach destination, Skyscanner has the ultimate cheap flights, with six destinations for less than £65.  Try travelling to France and enjoying cycling tours through Loire for as little as £36.  How about Cologne, Germany.  Fly there for a mere £40 and enjoy the sights and sounds of this rich and culturally significant city.  Another fantastic city to explore is Prague, to which you can fly for only £56.


How about a sunny family vacation to Italy?  Visit Turin for just £42 you and your kids can enjoy the Automobile Museum and more.  In keeping with the sunny vacation, how about Araxos, Greece with flights for as low as £62, from which you can easily catch a ferry to the wonderful destination of Kefalonia.  Finally, you can find even more sun in Murcia, Spain and you can fly there for only £64.  With 250 km of coastline and 3000 hours of sun each year, Murcia is the ideal sunny vacation spot.


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Cheap Flights for Emirates Employees

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Emirates Airlines offers their employees and their immediate families get cheap flights whenever they want to travel and that suits Dan Cadeaux, who hasn’t had a vacation in ten months, just fine.  Last September, Emirates began operating out of Washington’s Dulles Airport and they have 18 employees there, as well as another 60,000 employees world wide.  These discounts include half price air fare on confirmed seats and 90% off standby tickets.


Sophia Panayiotou, senior vice president of human resources business support for Emirates, said that discounted travel is one of the perks that people who interview for and work for the airline look forward to the most.  It gives them a chance to see the world.  Once employees have been with the company for five years, they begin to receive two free tickets per year that allows them to fly anywhere they want, anytime they want.


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Computer Malfunction Results in Extremely Cheap Flights

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A computer glitch caused the listing for a flight from the US to Hong Kong for 4 frequent flyer miles and $33.  The malfunction occurred on Sunday with United Airlines and this glitch will be a good first test of the new consumer protection rules established by the Department of Transportation.  These new rules prevent airlines from increasing the price of an airline ticket after the ticket has been purchased by the customer.


Once people got wind of the deal, they began sharing the information in chat rooms, on blogs, and on Twitter and Facebook.  Ben Schlappig runs the website One Mile at a Time and he said that he advised people not to call the airline and bring more attention to the cheap flights.  Regular First Class tickets to Hong Kong generally cost 140,000 frequent flyer miles or $10,250 and Business Class costs 120,000 or $8500.  United pulled the price listing and said that those who had started their travel would have their tickets honored, but those who had not would receive a full refund.


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Southwest May Not Offer Cheap Flights, But They Still Offer Cheap Stock

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

On Thursday, July 19, Southwest Airlines plans to announce its second-quarter earnings.  The first-quarter earnings had been better than anticipated due to a hike in airfare, but the airline is hesitant to increase fares further as they do not want to put a dent in flight demand.  Without further increases in airfare, the only thing that will really make a difference in earnings for this quarter will be how Southwest’s acquisition of Air Tran affects the bottom line.


Southwest’s acquisition of Air Tran cost the airline a reported $155 million by the end of the last quarter, but the total of the acquisition, as well as integration costs, will come to an anticipated $500 million.  The costs of the acquisition and integration during the second quarter might exceed the available funds left over from the first quarter.  In addition, profit margins will be negatively affected by rising fuel costs and they experienced a slight decline in revenue passenger miles.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News. 3rd Annual Airport Affordability Report

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 has a huge database of airfare searches and from this they have compiled their 3rd Annual Airport Affordability Report, which details the top 101 US airports based on their affordability.  The report is compiled using the actual airfares passengers paid during the month of June to popular domestic and international destinations and a number of important trends were discovered this year.


All of the top 10 airports were small and/or alternative airports.  This is very important when looking for flights because it means that passengers should not just be focusing on flights out of the big airports.  For instance, a flight to Honolulu from Oakland costs $150 less than the same flight from San Francisco.  The report also shows new information comparing last year’s results to those of this year.  What they found was that those at the top and bottom did not move very much, but that some of the airports in the middle went up or down the list significantly.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Needles in Sandwiches on Four Delta Airlines Flights

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

One passenger was injured by a sewing needle found in a sandwich served on board a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam on Sunday.  Sandwiches on four flights bound to the US were found to have needles in them and the airline is currently working with federal authorities and contacting their caterer, Amsterdam-based Gate Gourmet.  A spokesperson for Delta, Chris Kelly, said that the FBI in the Netherlands is also investigating.


The injured passenger, on a flight bound for Minneapolis, declined medical attention.  A needle was also found in a sandwich on a flight to Seattle and two separate flights to Atlanta.  Delta has said that they are cooperating fully with authorities and is taking the matter very seriously.  Christina Ulosevich, a spokesperson for gategroup, said that Gate Gourmet is cooperating with authorities, but would not give details regarding the incident.  Gate Gourmet is a subsidiary of gategroup Holding AG.


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