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Cheapflights Travel Blogging Competition

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Cheapflights.com is calling out to all travel bloggers and writers with a contest that will allow them to write about a travel experience they have had and the prize for the winner of the contest is an Amazon Kindle Fire, which is faster than previous versions.  The Kindle Fire has a full-color touch screen and comes with many amenities, including cloud storage, games, apps, and more.  This truly is the perfect prize for the traveller.

 

Those who want to enter can write their travel experience, no matter whether they have found the romance in Paris, explored the glaciers of Iceland, or soaked up the sun and the sand in Fiji.  Bull fighting in Spain and barbecues in Australia, anything goes.  For those who want to enter, their experience has to be in a foreign country and has to be uploaded to their blog by 4:00 pm December 7, 2012.

Virgin Buys Into Tiger Airways, Still Offers Cheap Flights

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Virgin Australia has bought out 60% of Tiger Airways, as well as the Western Australia Skywest.  What does this mean for passengers of Tiger?  It means business as usual as the carrier will still operate as a budget airline and passengers will still be able to buy cheap tickets and pay extra fees for baggage and the like.  Virgin bought their share in Tiger for a mere $35 million, with an additional $5 million owing if the airline meets performance targets.

 

Virgin and Tiger will remain completely separate airlines.  There will be no codesharing and Tiger passengers will not be able to earn Virgin’s Velocity travel points.  The difference with Tiger will be in the airline’s number and breadth of destinations, which will become more widespread as Tiger’s fleet is expanded from 11 to 35 aircraft.  The deal will not be finalized until June of 2013 and Virgin’s ticket prices might see a slight increase.

 

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

Who Needs Budget Airlines for Cheap Flights?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Most people think the only way to get cheap flights is to book flights though one of the many budget airline that have been popping up all over.  But what about the cheap flights these people have missed that fly out of certain airports?  September saw business travellers getting cheap fairs out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a trend that has continued into October.  The fairs they paid were less than the cost of driving the distance to fly out of JFK International Airport.

 

These results were reported in the September edition of the CVG Fare Tracker, which is a monthly airfare monitor produced by AAA Corporate Travel for the Business Courier.  They ranked the airports based on which ones were cheapest to fly to and JFK international ranked number one, with 25 business travellers travelling there in during September at an average ticket cost of $258.  This compares to the $326 it would cost to drive there.  Orlando also ranked at $378 for the flight, which is $41 cheaper than driving.

 

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

Aeroloft Could Offer Cheap Flights Within a Year

Friday, October 26th, 2012

On Friday, the head of Aeroloft, Vitaly Savelyov, told President Vladimir Putin that the airline might become a budget airline within the next year, and they are willing to give up their monopoly on more than 30 international route to do so.  Savelyov listed the conditions that have to be met in order to set up a national budget carrier, which include getting the proper permission for the sale of non-refundable tickets and the creation of special airports.

 

There are certain Russian laws that need to be amended in order for the budget airline to be formed.  For instance, airlines are required to carry up to 10 kg of baggage for free and they are required to feed passengers.  Putin has agreed to review the proposal , but says that the issue of labor must be addressed carefully and unions must be consulted.  However, last week Irish budget carrier Ryanair asked Russia permission to fly between Ireland and Russia so the interest is there.

 

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

Singapore Air Ending the Two Longest Routes in the World

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Cheap flights and budget airlines have made it so people no longer expect to fly with the amenities they once had during a flight.  This has caused many airlines to cut inflight services and many have even started cutting their long-haul flights.  Singapore Air is the latest to follow this trend and announced on Wednesday that they will be ending the two longest flights in the world, between the airline’s home city and Newark and Los Angeles.

 

The move to end these two long-haul flights, which are business class flights that were launched in 2004, will allow the airline to save a lot of money on fuel.  The flights will be cancelled by the end of 2013, which will likely cause problems for some business travellers who use the routes regularly.  One such business traveller, Paul Ng, global head of the aviation law firm Stephenson Harwood, said he is disappointed.  He said most of the time he flew on the route, the plane was full so the demand is there, but the airline said it can’t justify the expense anymore.

 

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

Cheapflights Names Top City Skylines

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

There are many beautiful cities in this world and the skyline of a city is like its signature.  Cheapflights has taken a look at these cities and named the top 10 city skylines in the world.  These top skylines are: Hong Kong is number one with its towering skyscrapers.  Of course, New York follows in at a close second, and even if it’s skyline was forever altered on 9/11, the Empire State Building still stands tall.  In third place comes Sydney Australia, with its iconic Sydney Opera House.

 

At number four is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with its Christ the Redeemer statue crowning Corcovado Mountain.  Paris, France, comes next, with the Eiffel Tower its primary distinguishing feature.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has many tall, slim skyscrapers that possess a beauty all their own.  The other top 10 city skylines include Chicago; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China; and Moscow, Russia, all of which have defining skyscrapers and beauty.

 

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

Consumer Protection Committee Says Take Care with Low-Cost Tickets

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Yesterday, the Consumer Protection Committee sent out a warning to those who are booking cheap flights to and from Taiwan.  They are telling people to pay closer attention to the service descriptions on the airlines’ websites before purchasing tickets.  Much of the time the information provided by the airlines is incomplete or unclear when it comes to additional charges and the like.  There have been many new low-cost airlines servicing Taiwan popping up over the past year and there have been many ticket sales.

 

The goal behind the warning of the Consumer Protection Committee is to prevent potential consumer disputes due to misinformation.  The committee inspected a number of websites on October 14 and found that all but of the airlines have translated only some of their service information from English to Chinese.  Only three have done a complete translation.  Most of the sites are not user-friendly when it comes to the provision of information.

 

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

Six Tips to Finding the Cheapest Flights

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Scouring the online travel agents for cheap flights in a helpful way to keep the cost of travel down, but there are a few tips that will help you make the most of your search.  First of all, the day you book your flight matters.  Booking your flight on a Tuesday will help you find the cheapest flights, particularly very early in the morning, which is when airlines tend to launch their sales.  Then there is the day on which you fly.  The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and sometimes Saturdays.

 

Arrive at the airport early.  Airlines are penalized if they leave late, so if they are able they will sometimes err on the side of caution and leave early.  By arriving at the airport early, you are sure not to miss your flight, which is costly.  Just assume there is no free baggage (which is the case on a number of airlines) and pack accordingly, as light as possible.

 

Book the flight before breakfast so that if weather or something else holds up the flight, you have a whole day’s worth of flights to catch.  Finally, when they say a flight will be delayed because of mechanical problems, don’t stray too far away.  They are only estimating the time and if you aren’t at the gate when they are ready to fly, they will leave without you.

 

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

Does Spirit Really Offer the Cheapest Flights?

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Spirit Airlines is known as the cheapest provider of flights in the country, but is it really?  The price of the ticket pays for only the flight and the airline charges for everything else, but despite this, the ticket prices are so low that it is still a really good deal.  Plus, the airline is rapidly expanding its services, which once were mostly aimed at the east coast.  It is beginning to serve more and more destinations that are served by the bigger carriers.

 

The goal behind the cheap fares of Spirit is to help those people travel who cannot afford the prices of the bigger airlines.  An example of the prices they offer is the one-way price of $38.79 from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago O’Hare.  Their prices are often half of what the bigger carriers charge.  Spirit president and CEO, Ben Baldanza, says whenever they add a new market, they always try to price it lower.  It may never be a go-to airline, but it makes travel possible for many who would otherwise not have the option.

 

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

A Dreamliner-Only Airline in the Works for Cheap Transatlantic Flights

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Norwegian Air Shuttle has put in an order for a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners with plans to offer the cheapest transatlantic flights ever.  This means cheap flights between destinations such as Oslo and New York.  However, instead of the airline operating the flights itself, it looks as though they are creating a subsidiary to do the job.  The new carrier will be called Norwegian Long Haul, although it is not yet clear if that will be on the side of the fuselage.

 

One way or the other, the new carrier will have its own operating certificate.  The first Dreamliners will begin to arrive in their hangar in April 2013 and it won’t be long after that that the new long-haul flights will be launched.  Ticket sales have not yet begun and there are a number of details still to be worked out, but for now it seems as though cheap long-haul and transatlantic flights will be available in the very near future.

 

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

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