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AirAsia flight QZ8501 goes missing

Monday, December 29th, 2014

An AirAsia flight on its way from Indonesia to Singapore went missing early Sunday morning. The Airbus 320-200 lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta at 6:17 am. There were 162 people on board: 155 passengers and seven crew members. The pilots asked to change course from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet to avoid bad weather; shortly after that, the flight disappeared off of radar. The plane has been in service since 2008 and in that time, flew 13,600 flights. The carrier has never had a fatal accident in the 20 years it’s been running. So far, AirAsia has announced that most of the passengers were Indonesian; the remainder of the passengers were three South Koreans, one Frenchman, 1 Briton, and 1 Malaysian.

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Cheapflights tells how to make a frozen vacation

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

If you have kids who love the movie Frozen, or love it yourself, Cheapflights has put together a list of vacation spots celebrating the movie. The most obvious place is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Elsa and Anna are taking over the Norwegian corner at Epcot starting in 2016. At Magic Kingdom Park, they are featured in the parade and visitors can see Queen Elsa light up Cinderella’s Castle. If you’re lucky enough to be in a city where Frozen on Ice will perform, you’ll see Mickey and Minnie Mouse skate alongside a bunch of Disney princesses including the Frozen characters. Finally, if you like stuffed animals, head to a Build-A-Bear workshop to make yourself an Elsa, Anna, or Olaf.

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Christmas icons looked at by

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Cheapflights looked into the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world. Here are some stories of the history of Christmas icons. Starting with New York’s Rockefeller Center, the 85-foot tree was grown in Danville, Pennsylvania and is 90 years old. Over 45,000 LED lights and a 9.5-foot Swarovski star adorns the top. Once it’s brought down in January, it will be turned into wood that will be used for Habitat for Humanity homes.

Rio de Janeiro has the largest floating Christmas tree: it’s 280 feet tall and the theme for 2014 is “Um Natal de Luz,” which gives honour to the importance of light in people’s lives. There are star, moon, and sun symbols throughout the tree. The structure has 3.1 million microlights and weighs 542 tons.

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Lufthansa will offer budget long-haul flights starting in 2015

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Lufthansa is going ahead with its plans to start offering budget long-haul flights starting in 2015. The board gave approval on Wednesday to increase its budget flight portfolio in order to try to stay competitive. This decision came mid-week of a strike planned by Lufthansa pilots. The first long-distance flights will start off going to southern Africa, some destinations in the Indian Ocean and Florida by late 2015. The company will also work to expand the regional airline Eurowings. The striking pilots say that the airline is making cuts in the wrong places in an effort to keep flight costs low. The pilots are fighting to keep retirement schemes that the airline wants to discontinue.

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Biggest myths about airline travel

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Everyone has heard by now that Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to fly, and that last-minute tickets always cost more, but is that really true? The low airfare listing website, airefarewatchdog, is now saying that there’s no best hour to find cheap flights. The best way to find the best prices is to sign up for free airfare alerts and to check many times a day. Next, there’s not always no hope when shopping for last-minute deals. Travel agents can sometimes find you the best airfare if you’re open to options. Finally, before, airlines used to keep round-trip tickets cheaper than two one-way fares, but not anymore. Some are now selling their one-way tickets competitively, charging half the price of a full trip.

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Budget airline looks into flights between Europe and Eilat

Monday, November 10th, 2014

EasyJet, the UK budget airline, is considering direct services to Eilat, the southern resort town in Israel. Israel’s Tourism Ministry Director General Amir Halevy met with execs from EasyJet at the World Travel Market conference in London last week as well as with reps from Transavia, the Dutch carrier. The country wants to increase international air traffic to the city, which deals with direct competition from the airport across the border in Jordan in Aqaba.

Earlier in 2014, EasyJet launched a Hebrew-language website for Israeli passengers; it also plans to begin a flight between Paris and Tel Aviv in 2015.

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Cheapest flights

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Looking for some cheap flights for a holiday? It’s not likely you can beat the £99 (US$155) WOW flight from England to Washington or Boston, but there are other places you can go for a decent price. Any destination in the southern hemisphere is a good choice, sine South Africa, Australia, and Latin America are enjoying late spring. If you don’t want to go as far, a short weekend in Europe would be great, too.

If you carefully choose your dates, you can fly from London to JFK for £399, or £45 for a return flight to Madrid from London. For more savings, you can sometimes get a flight and hotel package through a travel agent.

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How to get a cheap Thanksgiving flight

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Time has come out with a list of ways to get cheap domestic flights within the United States, taken from a bunch of other “experts” in the field. According to Kayak, you should book in early November, at least two weeks before the holiday. Orbitz says that you should book this week by Saturday; if you can’t do that, do it by the 18th at the very latest. Skyscanner says your flight needs to be booked at least two weeks before Thanksgiving. So what’s Time’s takeaway? Basically, you’re not going to save a lot at this late of date so book it whenever you can.

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Cheapflights lists places to give thanks around the world

Monday, October 13th, 2014

With Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and American Thanksgiving next month, Cheapflights has put together a list of places to celebrate the holiday. In Bala, Ontario, Canada, the Cranberry Festival is the place to go between October 17 through 19 for live entertainment, food, and bog tours. In Biglerville, Pennsylvania, apple lovers enjoyed the National Apple Harvest Festival ran this year until October 12. In Jerusalem, Israel you can celebrate Sukkot a seven-day festival to honor the time when Israelites traveled across the desert sleeping in temporary shelters. During the festival, Jewish families around the world construct a sukkah, in which they eat meals for the whole festival that runs from October 8 through 15.

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Jet Airways offers half off domestic and international flights

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Jet Airways is having a seat sale and is offering up to half off of premiere and economy class travel within its international and domestic network. The sale applies to bookings until October 6 (inclusive) for flights starting November 5. It’s also valid on some of the flights offered by Jet Airways working with Etihad Airways.

On domestic flights, the discount applies to the base fare and then fuel surcharge is added to the fares. On international flights, the discount is applicable only on base fares, and for flights to Abu Dhabi, the discount is only valid on direct flights from Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow.

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