Archive for May, 2014

Brits Grabbing Up Cheap Holiday Flights

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

With the pound at its strongest against the U.S. dollar since 2009 and flights between Europe and the U.S. at very low prices, Brits are taking advantage of the opportunity for a cheap vacation.  Price breaks for flights to Los Angeles, New York, and Florida are as high as £300, thanks to new discount flights launched by Ryanair and Aer Lingus.  In addition, resort prices in Spain and Portugal are a third of cheaper than they were in 2009.

According to Kirsty Ward, head of Asda Money, the exchange rate between the sterling and the euro has improved by 7%.  This means that the sterling is 11% stronger compared to the U.S. dollar than it was at the same time last year.  This has resulted in a huge increase in the number of travellers buying both euros and dollars.  The top bargain locations include Turkey, Spain, Greece, and Portugal.

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Places to visit for Wizard of Oz fans

Monday, May 26th, 2014

If you love all things Wizard of Oz, then you need to check out the list Cheapflights has put together. This year marks the 75th anniversary of “The Wiz” so it’s a great time to do a tour.

This list isn’t all-encompassing, but the first place you should check out is the play “Wicket,” anywhere it’s playing.

Next, hit up the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. You’ll see the Ruby Slippers there.

If you’re in New York, check out Chittenango, where Frank Baum lived.  He is, of course, the author of the Wizard of Oz.

The Judy Garland Museum is fabulous in it’s own right. It’s located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

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Cheap flights to Ibiza for opening weekend

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

If you’re interested in planning a trip to Ibiza so you’re there for opening parties, then you need to act fast. For the cheapest flight, here’s what you do.

First off, Easyjet’s Flexifares allows you to switch the dates of booked flights by a few weeks, without you paying anything extra. So what you should do is book for other weeks that are a little cheaper, then switch at no extra cost to the dates you want.

This, of course, will only work if there are seats available, and if you have the courage to sit and wait.

As soon as 24 hours are up, switch your flights if the ones you want are available.

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Asia’s low-cost airlines

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Expansion of South-East Asia’s budget airlines is getting ahead of its demand.

Some of the budget airlines are finding it hard to fill their seats. And the regular airlines are feeling the hit, as well: Cathay Pacific reported that the competition from budget airlines was impacting its short-haul routes. Singapore Airlines also complained of lowered sales.

At the beginning of May, Tigerair announced it had lost $177 million from January through March, which is $36 million more lost than in 2013. Many of its national affiliates, including those in Singapore and Indonesia, are doing badly. The company is canceling orders and grounding planes.

AirAsia is also deferring the delivery of new planes and is cutting costs.

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Frontier Airlines offers $15 flights

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Frontier announced a quick sale on Tuesday, offering $15 flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to 14 different destinations.

It’s a 12-hour flash sale that starts at noon EST on Tuesday and runs until 11:59 pm on Tuesday. The $15 flights, taxes and fees included, will cover non-stop flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago-O’Hare, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cincinnati, Orlando, Las Vegas, Tampa, Fort Myers (Florida), Memphis, St. Augustine (Florida), and St. Louis.

The sale is to welcome Frontier to Dulles Airport. Most of the flights are offered five to seven days per week, but some run less frequently.

Frontier officials said the carrier would also add several introductory fares as low as $39 each way.

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Cheapest airlines for flying to Europe

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Here are some of your cheapest options if you’re flying to Europe.

Icelandair is your airline if you want to get to Reykjavik or continue on to Europe from a number of Canadian and U.S. cities. A trip from New York to Copenhagen with a layover in Iceland will start at $1,169 in economy. You’ll get a deal if you do a stop-over before you continue on to your European destination.

Airberlin will get you from New York to Berlin starting at $1,079 USD plus baggage fees.

Air Transat is a great option to fly from Canada, with seasonal flights leaving 15 Canadian cities to Paris, London/Gatwick, Manchester, Amsterdam, Glasgow, and Frankfurt. It also offers some warm-weather destinations in winter. As an example, a Vancouver-to-London/Gatwick starts at $1,239 USD in economy.

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Indian airlines offer new deals

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Airlines in India are having to come up with new tricks to bring in customers during a slump in the economy. Beginning earlier in 2014, several of the airlines slashed advance-purchase prices, and SpiceJet Ltd. and IndiGo announced a deal this week.

The top budget airlines will offer discounts of up to 25 percent when between four and nine people buy domestic flight tickets at the same time.

This price deal comes just before summer, when more families might be attracted by a discounted price when traveling in a group.

SpiceJet also started an “on-time guarantee” where passengers are given 500 rupees if the flight is delayed one or two hours, and a voucher for 1000 rupees if canceled or delayed for more than two hours.

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Some domestic flights are cheapest 54 days in advance; others require much longer

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Prices for flights fluctuate so much that many people find it frustrating to try to get a good deal.

Airlines use sophisticated algorithms to look at booking trends and constantly change the prices of tickets in order to get the most money possible out of each flight. That explains why two passengers sitting side-by-side may have paid different fares depending on when they were booked.

According to CheapAir, for domestic flights (with a few exceptions), the best time to book is 54 days in advance. If you want to fly to San Diego, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Pensacola, West Palm Beach, or Orange County, you’d best buy those tickets 75 days in advance. If you’re going to Hawaii, book 87 days out, and for Las Vegas, buy your tickets 81 days ahead.

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