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The Best Time to Find Cheap Flights

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

No matter the time of year, finding those cheap flight deals can be difficult and even stressful.  However, there are some tips provided by the online travel experts that can help make it a little easier to find those travel deals.  Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.Com, says you need to book your flight a minimum of seven weeks or 49 days in advance of your travel date.  On the flip side of that coin, the worst day to book a flight is the day before you want to leave and it only gets worst from there, each day back from your travel date.

 

The above advice was for domestic flights.  When booking international flights, you need to book eve further in advance for the very best deals.  According to CheapAir, you need to book an international flight at least 12 weeks or 81 days in advance to get the best possible savings.  And if you are travelling on a domestic flight during holidays or peak travel times, then you need to apply the international rules to booking.  Klee adds that these are only guidelines and the length of time is an average.

 

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Budget Carrier Wizz Air Adds Flights from Budapest to Malta

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Wizz Air, the largest budget carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has now added two weekly flights from Budapest to Malta.  The flights will be launched on May 17 and increases the number of airports served by Wizz Air from Budapest to 35.  It also increases the number of countries served to 30.  There is currently a sale of the seats, with prices starting as low as EUR 27 for one-way tickets.

 

Budapest Airport aviation director Kam Jandu said that they are delighted to enhance their flight network from Budapest with the new Wizz Air flights to Malta, as well as substantial increase in flights to Rome offered by Alitalia.  He adds that they are confident people from both cities will want to take advantage of the culture, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife that Budapest has to offer.

 

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Cheap Flights to Pakistan with TicketsToPakistan.net

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Anyone who wants to find cheap flights to Pakistan should look no further than TicketsToPakistan.net, where they guarantee the cheapest prices on tickets.  The website features hundreds of fares on nearly 20 international airlines, customers will be able to find the best prices on flights to any domestic or international airport in Pakistan, including destinations such as Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar.

 

There are many departures from UK airports each day, including London’s Heathrow, Manchester International Airport, and Birmingham, on airlines such as British Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Emirates Airlines.  There are more and more flight comparison sites in the internet, but many of them do not focus on flights to Pakistan.  Many of the fares they post are out of date and not accurate.  TicketsToPakistan.net has agents ready 24/7.

 

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

Early Bird Savings Means Cheap Flights on New Sunwing Summer Flights

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

While we still feel the chill of winter, Sunwing is heating things up.  The airline is ready to announce their summer flying schedule across Canada, which is extra special given the early bird discount being offered on early bookings.  Those who book now through March 15 will receive $200 off per person for a roundtrip flight, making it a great way for families to save money when booking their summer travel.

 

Flights will include Vancouver to Toronto, which run from June 19 to September 24.  Departures from Vancouver will be on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays and departures from Toronto will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  There will also be flights from Toronto to Newfoundland (June 19 to September 6), which are broken down as follows: flights from Toronto to Stephenville on Wednesdays, flights from Toronto to Gander on Fridays, and flights from Toronto to St. John’s on Tuesdays.

 

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Cheap Flights, But Huge Baggage Fees on Budget Airlines

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Low-cost carriers might have cheap flights, but travellers are being charged large amounts for their baggage.  Tiger Airways charges passengers who did not buy their luggage allowance in advance as much as $70 for short-haul trips and $85 for long-haul trips.  Those passengers who have heavier bags are being charged $20-$25 per extra kilogram.  Jetstar also charges $70 at the airport for bags that weigh up to 15 kg and Virgin Australia charges $40.

 

Matt Levey of consumer group Choice says that these extra baggage charges can turn a cheap flight into an expensive one and that inexperienced travellers and those who are not internet savvy can end up being at a severe disadvantage.  He adds that it is part of the changing culture of air travel, with airlines trying to cut costs and minimize the one-on-one time they need to spend with customers.  Vanessa Regan, a spokesperson for Tiger Airways, says that they are trying to give people the option of paying only for what they want.

 

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Ryanair Putting in Bid on Aer Lingus

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Ryanair, well-known for its offer of cheap flights throughout Europe, has put in an offer of $136 million to the Flybe Group to operate nearly half of Aer Lingus’ short-haul business.  This new move is the latest as Ryanair is vying for approval from the European Union to buy up the rival airline.  Under the new deal, the Flybe Group would take over 43 Aer Lingus routes, which includes taking over ten aircraft and their crews.

 

It would be a binding agreement that would be filed with the European Commission.  As part of the agreement and as an act of commitment to its intent, Ryanair would give up 20 million euros of pre-tax profits, a move that is unprecedented according to David Holohan, an analyst with Dublin-based Merrion Capital.  Businessweek has reported that the European Commission has said Ryanair has one more chanceto discuss their bid for Aer Lingus.

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Cheapflights.co.uk Reports Landmark Ruling

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Cheapflights.co.uk reports that passengers are now eligible to receive compensation from their airline when they are stranded due to bad weather.  The landmark ruling was made by the European Court of Justice after a claim by a passenger who was stranded in Iceland in 2010 was upheld by the court, requiring Ryanair to provide compensation.  Denise McDonagh was due to fly to Dublin, but the flight was cancelled and she claimed £968 to cover the cost of transportation, meals, and accommodations.

 

Ryanair appealed the decision, but the court said that extreme weather conditions and extraordinary circumstances do not exempt an airline from their obligations to passengers.  In fact, the court said that during these extraordinary circumstances, it is even more important for airlines to care for their passengers.  Ryanair has condemned the ruling, saying that it will cause airlines to increase airfares to cover the additional compensation.

 

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