Archive for December, 2013

Cheapflights makes predictions on next year’s hot destinations

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

The travel experts at Cheapflights have offered their predictions on 2014’s travel trends and hot destinations for Canadians. Here are a few.

1. The Florida Gulf Coast is becoming a hot place to visit; it’s not all about Fort Lauderdale and Miami anymore. Fort Myers seems to be the place to be.

2. Jamaica is another hot spot, particularly Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Kingston.

3. Brazil is going to be a busy place due to Carnival and World Cup events. Book ahead!

4. Europe may become a hotbed of activity for history buffs; 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

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Cheapflights lists places to go ice skating

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

If ice skating is your passion, then you’re in for a treat! Cheapflights put together a list of a few places you can go to strap on the skates.

1.  Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa, Canada is the largest ice skating rink in the world. It’s almost eight kilometers long and is open from January or February and as long as the ice holds.

2. Somerset House, London, England is the most romantic place in the world to go ice skating. You can listen to live music, enjoy some handmade chocolates and a glass of champagne, and teach your little one to skate.

3. Sun Valley, Idaho, United States has the most rich and famous skaters to ever grace a rink. Some of the people who have visited include Lucille Ball, the Hemingways, and the Kennedys.

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

Maritime storm changes to freezing rain, grounding flights

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Part of the storm hitting the Maritime provinces of Canada has turned from snow to icy rain, coating roads with black ice and grounding planes. As of 4:30 pm on Sunday, New Brunswick had 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of snow, P.E.I. got 15 to 22 centimeters, and Nova Scotia had between 17 and 19 centimeters.

At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Charlottetown Airport, and the Fredericton International Airport, dozens of flights have been canceled due to high winds. Travelers are advised to call to check the status of their flights before they head to the airport.

Even the interprovincial bus service, Maritime Bus, has been impacted; most of its runs have been delayed.

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

Three tips to get a cheap flight this Christmas

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Compared to last year, there will be almost a million more air travelers this year. So what can you do to get cheap flights when there’s that much competition? If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still hope. Here’s what you can do:

1. Buy right now. People who buy their tickets before December 17 will typically pay almost 100 dollars less compared to those who wait later.

2. Choose your dates wisely; December 17, 18, 25, and 31 will be the cheapest dates to fly, according to Priceline.

3. Choose times of day to fly that are less busy, even if it means flying very early or very late. The most expensive times are peak business travel hours, so fly between 5 and 7 am or after 8 pm for the best deals.

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Ryanair Special Offer from London to Brno

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

From midnight on Thursday, December 12, Ryanair is offering a special rate for flights from London Stansted to Brno.  The special rate is part of Ryanair’s “Bargain Thursday” promotion and those who take advantage of it will be able to book a flight from London to Brno for £16.99.  The flights would be for January and February.  For the promotion, Ryanair is offering 100,000 across its European markets On Mondays through Thursdays during the months of January and February starting at £16.99.


The special fare includes all non-optional taxes, fees, and other charges.  This means that passengers who only bring carry-on baggage and do not use the airline’s priority boarding service will truly pay only £16.99.  These special fares are only available for booking by midnight on Monday, December 16.  According to Robin Kiely of Ryanair, only Ryanair sells the lowest fares in Europe on more than 1,600 routes and 185 destinations.


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WestJet Christmas Marketing Stunt Warming Hearts

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The WestJet Christmas Miracle advertisement is taking Facebook by storm.  The ad shows a virtual Santa Claus hearing gift requests from kids at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport.  Parents stand by and look fascinated that Santa knows their children’s names.  The end of the ad shows WestJet teaming up with retailers to deliver gifts via the baggage conveyor belt.


According to Queen’s School of Business assistant professor Tandy Thomas, the ad has gone viral with incredible speed.  Thomas said the ad is creating an emotional bond with WestJet because the ad itself is an emotional experience.  However, Thomas does not think that the ad is enough to make people switch to WestJet and his colleague, John-Kurt Pliniussen, doesn’t think so, either.  The reason?  People choose their travel options based primarily on price.


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


Ryanair Now Allocates Seating

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Passengers on all Ryanair flights will find themselves with allocated seating starting on February 1, 2014.  Passengers who wish to choose their own seating can do so for a fee during booking or online check-in, ensuring they get their preferred seats.  Those who do not wish to pay for preferred seating can check in between 2 hours and 7 days prior to the departure of the flight and they will be assigned a seat at no additional cost.


Passengers who have already purchased priority boarding tickets for travel after February 1 are not out of luck.  They will be able to choose their seats when checking in online.  Robin Kiely of Ryanair said that Ryanair is listening to what customers want.  This way, customers can still enjoy the lowest airfares and the most on-time flights, yet can also enjoy the many recent improvements the airline has made.


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

Tigerair Expanding to Offer More Cheap Flights

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Tigerair is planning a major expansion of their business, which will result in the hiring of 150 new employees and the capacity to carry an additional 800,000 passengers via Queensland each year.  A new base for the airline will open in Brisbane in March/April.  From the new base, a new route from Brisbane to Adelaide will be launched on March 11 and new flights from Brisbane to Cairns and Darwin will begin on April 15.


Passengers will be able to take advantage of the new DIY bag drop and self-service check-in kiosks and the airline’s new base in Brisbane.  The fares on the new routes are reasonable, with the Sydney to Adelaide fares starting from $64.95 and fares from Brisbane to Cairns starting at $79.95.  Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp, said the announcement of the expansion is great news for consumers and for the economy and domestic tourism across Australia.


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

Ryanair Scraps “One-Bag Rule”

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Confirmation has come from Ryanair that they have done away with their “one-bag rule.”  This applies to all flights across the airline’s network and will allow passengers to carry on an additional bag, including a shopping bag.  The decision has already had an impact of retail sales in airports Ryanair services.  The change was announced last week and took effect on Sunday, December 1.  The second carry-on bag can be up to 35x20x20cm, and is in addition to the free 10 kg cabin bag allowance.


According to Manchester Airports Group Retail Director Beth Brewster, the change in the carry-on baggage rule had already been implemented at Stansted Airport since the beginning of November.  Brewster said the change in the one-bag rule made by Ryanair is a fabulous step in the right direction.  She adds that there is now clarity in the rules, something for which Ryanair should be applauded.  There are still concerns about the carry-on baggage rules, including the size allowance for the second bag, which is bigger than the standard shopping bag size in airports.


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

Last chance for “cheap” flights to Brazil for World Cup 2014

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Soccer fans hoping to travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup should buy their tickets now. Prices are expected to skyrocket after the group stage draw that will take place next week.

Right now tickets seem to still be fairly reasonable but after December 6, prices will go up fairly quickly as the cheapest seats are taken. Some travelers will be forced to buy business class tickets, which can be more than double the price of the cheaper seats.

The problem with the World Cup being in Brazil is that the venues could be anywhere within the size of Europe and travelers are waiting to see where events will be held in order to avoid internal travel. That might not be such a good move, according to a spokesperson for Journey Latin America. He says to book early because costs are only going to go up.

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