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Volaris Adding Flights from Phoenix to Mexico

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Mexico’s low-cost carrier Volaris is planning to begin service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Mexico City and Guadalajara.  The flights will operate three times per week and will depart from Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4.  However, at the present time, the precise days and times for the flights have not been determined.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said that the new flights and the presence of Volaris at the Sky Harbor Airport will act to strengthen the cultural and economic ties between Arizona and Mexico.  Stanton cited a recent study conducted by Arizona State University that found the average passenger from Mexico to Phoenix spends $1,700 in the Valley.  That adds up to $200,000 per flight.  According to Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos, they approached Volaris about the deal.

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Book Soon for Summer Vacations, Prices are Rising Fast

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

If you are on the lookout for cheap flights for your summer vacation, then you had better book soon because flights are filling up and the prices are rising.  According to Rick Seaney, CEO of U.S.-based travel website FareCompare.com, last summer, ticket prices were the highest they had been in eight years and this summer’s prices are 1% higher than those of last summer.  Fortunately experts say there are still a few tricks to find less expensive flights.

With airline mergers and lower capacity, how will travelers find flight deals at this late stage in the game?  Tyr to book outside of peak travel times, which can be difficult in the summer.  However, the last 10 days in August is when airlines start offering discounts because there are fewer people traveling.  You will also need to scoop up the deals fast because they won’t last long.  The cheapest places to travel this summer are Ireland, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.  Austin and San Antonio are good places to go in the U.S.  Also, travelers should shop for flights through multiple channels.

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WestJet Celebrates Encore Days before Its Inaugural Flight

Monday, June 24th, 2013

On Thursday, hundreds were gathered at WestJet’s headquarters in Calgary as the airline celebrated its new Encore service.  The two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft were on hand for people to view and excitement was in the air, particularly for the new crew of Encore.  WestJet has been two years getting Encore off the ground, a new service that will compete with Air Canada for the smaller regional markets in Canada.

Encore will make its first flights on Monday, flying to two new destinations, Nanaimo and Fort St. John.  They will also fly to Victoria, Vancouver, and Saskatoon.  WestJet has hired more than 100 employees during the past few months, including flight attendants, pilots, schedulers, dispatchers, avionics technicians, and mechanics.  WestJet Encore president Ferio Pugliese said in five years’ time, when the new airline reaches maturity, it will employ more than 1800 people and will have a fleet of 45 aircraft.

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easyJet Launches New Flights to Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Budget carrier easyJet has launched new flights from London Gatwick to Santiago de Compostela, which is located in western Spain.  The flights will operate three times per week all year round and the airline is expecting the flights to be very popular with British travelers who want a fabulous historical city vacation.  The city boasts a unique cultural history, fabulous cuisine, and the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

Paul Simmons, UK director, easyJet, says they are happy to be launching their inaugural flight today and he adds that Spain is still a favorite among British travelers.  Now they will have more than 8.5 million seats available to Spain this year.  In addition, in 2012, easyJet partnered up with the Spanish hotel institution the Paradores de Turismo de España, which is the first partnership of its kind for the hotel group.  Now flight-inclusive short trips and holidays can be booked on the easyJet website.

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Extras on Cheap Flights Go Up as Summer Travel Arrives

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Those who are planning to travel abroad with budget carrier for their summer holidays need to be ready to pay through the nose for the extras.  These extras will cost more than they did last year, extras such as baggage charges and traveling with infants.  Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security when booking flights with your credit card because those seem to be the only fees that have gone down.

According to aviation consultancy IdeaWorksCompany, last year the airline industry worldwide brought in a whopping $27.1 billion (£17.3 billion) in extra charges and fees.  This figure is almost 20% higher than in 2011 and more than twice what they earned in 2009.  It is anticipated that with the rise in the cost of extras, this figure will be even higher this year.  Bob Atkinson, travel expert at Travelsupermarket.com, warns travelers to check the fees they will be paying before they book their flight.

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Cheapflights.co.uk Lists Last-Chance Destinations

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

There are few destinations on this planet that are not only must-sees; they are also see-them-while-you-still-can.  These are destinations that might soon change due to influences from nature of humans.  Croatia is one such destination, one that currently offers a cheap vacation destination, but that will join the European Union next year, potentially raising the cost of vacationing there.  Currently, return flights from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik start at £76 per person.

How about the Maldives, which are at risk of being completely submerged in the ocean in 100 years?  Get a return flight from London Heathrow to Male start at £528 per person.  The Dead Sea is world famous, but is shrinking at a rate of 1 m per year.  Return flights from London Gatwick to Amman, Jordan start at £380 per person.  In Venice, the famous canals are sinking at a rate of 2-3 mm per year.  Return flights from London Gatwick to Venice start at £79 per person.  Finally, Cuba is on the list, a destination that seems stopped in time, but will change as tourism there picks up.  Return flights from London Heathrow to Havana start at £513 per person.

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Cheap Flights to the North This Summer

Monday, June 10th, 2013

There is a new and small airline in town, but despite its small stature, it is giving Delta Airlines a run for its money when it comes to cheap flights up north this summer.  Lakeshore Express Aviation operates out of Oakland County International Airport is now starting flights to Pellston, which are in addition to the flights they have been operating to Chicago Midway.  Flights to Pellston run daily from Thursday through Monday for $109 plus $10 in tax for a one-way ticket.

The cost of the Lakeshore tickets to Pellston is almost half of the cost of tickets bought through Delta, which run $465 for a return flight from Detroit Metro Airport to Pellston.  In addition, parking at Oakland County International Airport is free.  Delta also has competition from SkyWest on their Detroit to Alpena County Regional Airport, which has prompted Delta to lower their fare on the route by $100.  SkyWest’s fare on the route is $212 return.

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The Top City Beaches from Cheapflights.ca

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Cheapflights.ca has compiled their list of the top 10 city beaches from around the world.  These destinations offer travelers the best of both worlds: the relaxing atmosphere of a beach vacation with the liveliness of a city vacation.  At the top of the list is the famous Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where visitors can enjoy two-and-a-half miles of fabulous beach with Rio ready and waiting in the wings.

Other city beach locations around the world include Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States; Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; South Beach, Miami, Florida, United States; Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States; Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa; Costa de Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal; Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain; Stanley Beach, Hong Kong; and Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

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Cheapflight.com’s Top 10 Outlandish Food Festivals

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Cheapflights.com knows that everyone loves food and that food is a big part of the travel experience.  For this reason, Cheapflights.com has compiled a list of their 1Top 10 Outlandish Food Festivals and there is bound to be something to appeal to any tastes.  But remember that the dishes served at these food festivals are not for the faint of heart because they include some out of the ordinary ingredients.

On Cheapflight.com’s list of top 10 are the Roadkill Cook-Off, Marlinton, West Virginia, United States; La Tomatina, Bruñol, Spain, where you can throw crushed tomatoes at people; BugFest, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States; Testicle Festival, Clinton, Montana, United States, where you can eat bull testicles; Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy; Cheese Curd Festival, Ellsworth, Wisconsin, United States; Waikiki Spam Jam, Waikiki, Hawaii, United States; Chinchilla Melon Festival, Chinchilla, Australia; Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, California, United States; and Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Fellsmere, Florida, United States.

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