Archive for July, 2013

U.S. Airports that Have the Cheapest Airfares

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Not every airport is made to be equal and there are some airports that have, on average, cheaper flights than other airports.  When traveling, it is a good idea to know your airports so that you can book from the ones that offer the cheapest flights and has compiled a list to help you out.  For example, if you are flying out of Los Angeles, then flying out of the Long Beach Airport is cheaper, with an average airfare of $216 compared to an average airfare of $465 out of Los Angeles International Airport.

While the Long Beach Airport has made it to the top of the list as the cheapest airport, there are other cheap airports around the country.  In the number two spot is Myrtle Beach Jetport in South Carolina, with an average airfare of $249.  California’s Fresno Air Terminal steals the number three spot with an average airfare of $270.  Honolulu International Airport was the most expensive airport at an average airfare of $689.

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

SpiceJet will Launch Flights to Bangkok, Macua, Muscat

Monday, July 29th, 2013

SpiceJet, a budget carrier based out of Chennai, has plans to launch flights to three new international destinations, including Bangkok, Macau, and Muscat.  The airline just launched their international operations last October and they are already operating in eight airports overseas, in addition to their 47 domestic destinations.  The three new destinations are a part of the airline’s international expansion plan.

Sources from the airline said the three new destinations were part of their expansion plan and that they plan to launch them as a part of their summer schedule, which runs from March to October.  The airline currently has 19.5% of the market share and flies to Kathmandu, Malay, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Riyadh, Sharjah, and Gongzou.

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

Ryanair Threatening to Cut Flights to Belgium if Tax Goes Through

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Belgium is planning on charging a €3 tax on airfares for all flights in the country and the tax is due to take effect on January 1, 2014.  Ryanair is now threatening to cut the number of flights they operate out of the Charleroi airport should Belgium go ahead with the implementation of the tax.  Ryanair operates over 80% of the flights out of Charleroi and have said that one in five flights will be cut.

As of now, the decision has been made by the Walloon administration to implement the tax, but it still has to be approved by the government of Belgium.  A spokesperson with Ryanair spoke of the studies that have shown the damage passenger taxes do to jobs and air traffic.  Jean-Jacques Cloquet, the head of Charleroi Airport, said he cannot understand the government’s decision to impose the tax, adding it could do a lot of damage in the Charleroi region.

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

Cheap Flights from Austin to Las Vegas

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Thanks to new cheap flights from Austin to Las Vegas, those in Austin will have an easy way to enjoy a weekend getaway in the famous city.  On Tuesday, Allegiant Airlines announced that they will be offering nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport beginning on October 31.

The new flights will start at $59.99 and they will begin by offering four flights per week.  While the fare is cheap, there will be other fees charged by the discount airline.  The airline’s website indicates that passengers booking by phone will pay a fee of $14.99 and an over-sized carry-on bag can cost as much as $75.

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

Free Flights can Cost a Lot

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you have saved your Air Miles reward miles diligently to use them to fly to some wonderful and exotic destination, you might get a big surprise when you book your tickets – hefty fees.  This is something Natasha Haynes knows from first-hand experience, when she booked a flight to Las Vegas for her and her husband.  She used her Air Miles and still ended up having to pay $446.56, which was only about $300 cheaper than just booking the flight on WestJet.

It turns out that airlines charge more and higher fees on tickets that are booked using Air Miles.  The Air Miles collection program charges a $15 administration fees when tickets are bought using the points.  Then Haynes was charged a Security/Fuel Charge of $105, when each ticket already included the U.S. Security Fee of $2.70 and Canada Air Security charge of $12.10.  This Security/Fuel Charge is not present on tickets bought through normal channels.  Consumers have to be aware that there are different charges on tickets bought through Air Miles and much of that money goes directly into the pockets of the airline.

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

Mango Adding 30 Extra Weekly Domestic Flights

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Budget carrier Mango Airlines is adding 30 additional weekly domestic flights to its schedule when the airline bring into its fleet two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  The new schedule came into effect on Tuesday, when the first of the two new aircraft was put into use.  Airline Nico Bezuidenhout says the flight additions will increase the frequency of flights across all their major routes.

There will be additional flights between Durban and Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, and Cape Town and Johannesburg.  According to Mr. Bezuidenhout, said growth on the existing routes will be of benefit to business travelers and there are new routes that are currently being planned.  The airline is looking at the possibility of adding new domestic and regional routes.  They they have applied for a schedule operation to two East African destinations and are in the final stages of planning a seventh domestic destination.

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

Finding Cheap Summer Flights from Washington D.C.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

One of the best ways to beat the heat of summer and get a much-deserved break is to go on a summer vacation.  However, it is not always quite that easy, to jump on a plane and fly into the wild blue yonder for some R&R.  This is because it can be difficult to find the best deal on flights to your desired destination.  There are some tips that can help anyone flying out of Washington Regan or Dulles airports find the cheapest flights to their desired summer destination.

The first step is to choose your airport.  Both Regan and Dulles offer great summer flights, but you will have to find the cheapest airport for your particular flight.  Sometimes one airport is cheaper than the other.  Then you need to book your flight and the day of the week you book it matters as much as the day of the week you fly.  Booking on a Tuesday at 3:00 pm is the best time to buy your tickets and flying is cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  Finally, use the travel websites to compare flight deals so you can find the best one.

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

JetBlue Now Offering Inflight Wi-Fi

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Budget carrier JetBlue is now offering inflight Wi-Fi as they now have their own satellite, named ViaSat-1.  With their new service, the airline plans to be “the industry’s best inflight broadband for commercial aviation.”  JetBlue has named their new inflight Wi-Fi service Fly-Fi and the service is already working on one of their A320 aircraft.  The test flights for the new Fly-Fi service were conducted last week.

Fly-Fi will differ from other inflight Wi-Fi services in two very important ways.  One, the service will be very fast.  The other way, and perhaps the most important, is that the service will be FREE.  JetBlue will be offering their inflight Fly-Fi as a complimentary amenity, something you just won’t find with other airlines.  As Dave Barger tweeted recently, “Fly-Fi is going to be free and plenty to go around!”

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

Cheapflights has Revamped Its UK Site

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 has revamped the website in order to bring a number of new features to their customers.  The new beta version has been launched and the website is based on the same platform used on the Cheapflights U.S. site that was re-launched in February.  Initially, the new UK Cheapflights site will be available to only a handful of UK customers, and once Cheapflights receives feedback, they will launch a full-service site.

The Beta Launch of the new site is a significant point in the history of Cheapflights.  The company believes that the fast response and increase in travel data will allow users to have a better experience on the site.  There are dozens of new features on the site, such as easier site navigation and new deal filters that will allow those with flexible travel schedules and those that need fixed travel dates find flight deals.

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