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Australia is the Place for Staycations

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Cheap Flights Australia has revealed that Australia is the best place for staycations after conducting a survey of Australians, 58% of whom have said that they prefer to stay in Australia for their vacation.  More than half of those who stay on the continent for their vacation fly to reach their destination.  This supports Australia as being a great place for staycations, with its variety of beaches, deserts, and skiing.

 

Most of the respondents for the survey say they would be willing to travel more than eight hours to reach their destination, which means they want to have gadgets on the journey.  Electronic gadgets are the most popular, with 43% of respondents choosing something like an eReader or laptop.  Something to read and water followed as second and thirds place for the must-haves.  Other popular vacation destinations for Australians include countries in Southeast Asia.

 

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

WestJet Encore will Produce Cheap Flights in Canada

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

On Monday, Gregg Saretsky, CEO of WestJet, told those in attendance at the Canadian Club of Montreal to expect short-haul ticket prices to drop as much as 50% with the launch of WestJet’s new regional Encore service, which is due to begin next year.  Saretsky asked how it made sense that the lowest walk-up fare with Air Canada from Montreal to Quebec City, a distance of only 139 miles is $530 one-way before taxes, while the same type of flight from Vancouver to Kelowna, 179 miles, is only $152?

 

Saretsky says that WestJet is out to liberate Canadians from the high cost of air travel in small communities that they do not yet serve.  Their history shows that in every city they have ever gone into airfares have dropped by 50% and they expect to do the same with WestJet Encore.  The new Encore service will be launched in the second half of next year.

 

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

How to Find Cheap Flights with Delta and Other U.S. Airlines

Monday, November 19th, 2012

It can be hard to find cheap flights with Delta Airlines and other airlines within the U.S., particularly with holiday travel just around the corner, but the biggest key in doing so is having flexibility in your travel arrangements and by being prepared.  Obviously, budget plays a huge role as well, but working with budget alone will still make it a challenge to find a flight that fits.  Dates are the first thing to consider.  If you have a wide range of potential dates on which you can travel, then all the better.

 

Also, flying mid-week rather than on the weekend is likely to save you money.  Combine this with the previous tip and if you can fly for the holidays in the middle of the first week of December, then you have a good chance of finding the best prices.  Checking alternative airports can also reduce the cost of your flight as there can be big price differences between airports.  Finally, check for round-trip pricing, which can be significantly cheaper, especially at certain times of the year.

 

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

Cheapflights Changing Its name to Momondo Group

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Cheapflights is changing its name and adopting the name of its Dutch subsidiary, momondo Group.  But it’s more than just a name change; it’s a change at the level of corporate identity.  The decision was made in light of the company’s goal to establish its presence in non-English-speaking markets and to help build the momondo brand and expand into different products.  One of the next moves for the company is the launch of their presence in South Africa, at cheapflights.co.za.

 

The company has already gone into Australia, with cheapflights.com.au, and they have seen a growth of 50% in sales and in their number of visitors over the past year.  Momondo has also made steps in their expansion with their recent entrance into Romania, at momondo.ro.  The founder of monomdo, Thorvald Stigsen, has also been appointed to the board of the company.  The CEO momondo Group, Hugo Burge, says they are passionate to help bring the world together with better travel search and inspiration.

 

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

Norwegian Air Cheap Flights Now Available on the Web

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It has been a long wait for cheap flights across the Atlantic, but it seems that it might happen sooner than expected, thanks to Norwegian Air Shuttle, which has been crunching the numbers.  The airline is on track for their launch of flights from New York to Oslo in May of 2013 and they are now taking bookings for these flights.  Their booking engine went live on November 8, offering return flights for €250, but site crashed very quickly.

 

Now the site is back up and for travellers who are flexible, there are still great deals to be found, although it might be a little tricky to find them.  The flights will be from New York’s JFK International Airport to both Oslo and Stockholm and when searching for them on the website choose the “Show Low fare Calendar.”  Then it is a matter of scrolling down to New York, which won’t be highlighted.  These flights will be operated as any budget carrier, which means extra charges and cramped seating.

 

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

EasyJet Launches Cheap Flights to Croatia

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Dubrovnik has proven to be a popular destination and easyJet has added a seasonal line from Lyon, France to Dubrovnik, which will run twice per week from July 6 to August 31.  Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  This announcement comes after last month’s announcement by the airline that they will be introducing a new line next year.

 

In order to kick off the new route, easyJet is offering a promotional sale.  Starting on November 1, one-way tickets can be bought for 31.99 euros and are available through the airline’s website, www.easyjet.com.  This is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the historical sights and amazing beaches the Dubrovnik has to offer.

 

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Cheap Flights Mean Expensive Baggage

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Air New Zealand is competing with budget airline Jetstar and this means they are strictly enforcing their 7 kg carry-on limit for baggage.  A spokesperson for the airline said that their seat-to-suit program is growing in popularity and many people are opting to bring carry-on baggage.  Sue Chetwin, chief executive of Consumer New Zealand, said that those passengers who push the limits of the weight and size of carry-on baggage can expect to feel the consequences of that as the airline sells more seat-only tickets.

 

Chetwin says that many people rely on the goodwill of the airline even though they know what they are allowed to carry-on and not carry-on when they buy their ticket.  But with the highly discounted fairs, the airline has to tighten up in other areas and these passengers might be surprised.  Air New Zealand recently started a night service, selling tickets between Auckland and Wellington for $7.  This beat Jetstar’s $19 per seat on the same route.

 

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The Mistake Made by 1time

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

1time Airlines, based in South Africa, made a mistake that many believe was the beginning of the end for the airline.  They chose to operate with the cheapest and oldest fleet of aircraft they could find, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin-engine jet airliners.  These aircraft are designed for short- and medium-haul flights, but they also are expensive to fuel and when the price of oil began to rise, the operating costs became too much to bear.

 

Chris Zweigenthal, CE of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa, said that any airlines that operate with these aircraft will experience a 25% to 35% loss in fuel efficiency over those airlines that operate with newer, midsize aircraft.  The McDonnell Douglas aircraft also carry fewer passengers than the modern equivalent, the Boeing 737-800, which is the aircraft of choice for carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair.  The cost of fuel and fewer seats means 1time will have 50% less in revenue per seat than their competitors.

 

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Cheap Flights and Cheap Meals with Ryanair

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Passengers on Ryanair flights might no longer smell the aroma of McDonald’s in the cabin during flights because now the airline will be selling and serving their own meals.  Their new and upgraded menu is called The Getaway Cafe and those who order from it might be pleasantly surprised that it is more than just simple snacks.  Hot soup, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and pastries are among the selection.  There is even some American fare, with hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, and meatball subs.

 

Prices are somewhat reasonable with a bowl of cereal priced at 1.50 Euros and up to 6.00 Euro for a sandwich.  They even make a jest at themselves by saying for passengers to quench their thirst because using the toilets is still free.  They also say there will be no “fuel surcharge” for ordering a combo meal.  Hopefully these will remain jokes as people enjoy some good food on board their Ryanair flights.

 

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Cheap Night Rider Flights a Hit

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The new Night Rider flights being offered by Air New Zealand between Auckland and Wellington have been a huge hit and the first of these flights are sold out.  Hundreds of people have bought flights at $29 per seat.  Two Boeing 737s are booked up and will fly 266 passengers between Auckland and Wellington, with the flights leaving at 10:00 pm.  The flights cost an additional $10 for those who have a bag.

 

Not only are the first flights sold out, but the flights are sold out for the next two weeks, according to Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia Bruce Parton.  Friday and Saturday night travel is the most popular, as is travel around the time of big events, such as the Coldplay concert in Auckland this coming weekend and February’s Wellington Sevens.  There have also been seat sales of $7 prior to Christmas and these are sold out.

 

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