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The high cost of cheap flights with eDreams

Monday, September 29th, 2014

A holiday-maker in the UK was shocked when she went online to book two return trips to Portugal and found that the online travel agency eDreams wanted to charge her £23.7 billion. Marion Sessions was about to click “proceed” when she realized how much the website was charging for the return baggage check-in. The eDreams website was advertising cheap flights using Ryanair and Monarch Airlines, and was offering her two return flights for £164.07 (US$266.54). Before she clicked confirm, she looked at the total price and saw the website was charging an outlandish price of over £20 billion.

A spokesperson says it appears to be an isolated incident and made assurances that the system would not have permitted a transaction of this size.

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Finding cheap flights when destination is irrelevant

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

There are many people who don’t care where they go, so long as they can get away and have a vacation. As long as it is relaxing, exotic, interesting, and new, it fits the bill. If this sounds like you, then check out SkyScanner, which searches hundreds of airlines and booking sites to find the best deals. SkyScanner seems to have a knack for finding cheaper flights that its competitors, such as Kayak and Expedia.

The best secret about SkyScanner is that if you aren’t picky about the destination, you can simply search for flights all over the world and find the cheapest destinations. All you need to do is visit the SkyScanner flight search page, enter in the city from which you are departing, and simply type “everywhere” into the “To” box. Then enter your travel dates and you will get a list from which to choose.

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Cheapest destinations for winter holidays

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If your’e flying from the UK, Dubai is the cheapest destination during the winter months. Kayak researched the cheapest places to visit with temperatures 26C (78.8F) and up in October, November, and December. If you want to go in October, head to Cyprus; Larnaca is the most affordable autumn destination. A return flight will cost just £148 ($240 US). Spain is also affordable with flights around £169 ($274 US) in October. In November and December, head to Dubai for £333 ($541, West Palm Beach and Orlando in Florida starting at £464 ($755 US). Of course, these numbers don’t include accommodations and food while you’re there.

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Cheapflights compiles list of vacations spots to celebrate Teddy Bear Day

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

September 9 is Teddy Bear Day and Cheapflights put together a list of destinations where you can celebrate.

  1. It wouldn’t be Teddy Bear Day without Theodore Roosevelt, the man after whom the stuffed bear was named. Check out Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, D.C.
  2. Winnipeg, Manitoba has a commemorative statue of Winnie the Pooh, that well-known bear story that was based on a real-life bear named Winnie (short for Winnipeg). A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, loved the bear and that is what inspired Milne to write the stories.
  3. The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont has been in operation for over 20 years. You can see how they are made and even buy a new best friend at the gift shop.

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Jet Airways offers cheap domestic flights

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

One day after budget carrier SpiceJet started fares at Rs. 499 for domestic flights, Jet Airways has also launched a cheaper domestic flight, with fares starting at Rs. 500 ($8.30 USD) plus taxes for domestic economy-class flights. This fare applies to all destinations within the airline’s domestic network.Bookings can only be made on Wednesday and Thursday, however, and travel is starting January 16, 2015. The deal does not cover group bookings and only includes direct flights.

Budget carrier IndiGo has also released a promotional deal, with all-inclusive fares starting at Rs. 999 ($16.55 USD). These apply to bookings made 90 days ahead of the travel date.Air Asia India is also offering a discount for different routes starting at Rs. 1,290 ($21.41 USD)

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Cheapflights suggests free campsites

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The end of summer is upon us but that doesn’t mean there are no more opportunities to go camping! Cheapflights has put together a list of free campsites for those looking to save some money and still have a great weekend or end-of-summer holiday.

Sage Creek at Badlands National Park in North Dakota is open year-round and you can camp for free for up to two weeks. Don’t be put off by the wandering bison, and don’t forget to bring your own water.

Burns Lake Village Campground in British Columbia, Canada offers free stays for up to three nights at this small campground on Burns Lake. You will enjoy the scenic views and fresh mountain air you can enjoy on mountain-bike trails, hiking trails, and more.

Dartmoor National Park in South Devon, England is open to one- or two-night stays for people who will respect the environment and take away everything they bring.

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People Express to offer flights to Orlando

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

People Express, the Newport News-based airline, will begin to offer non-stop service from the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport to Orlando in October. This will be the eight destination offered since the company started flights to Boston, Pittsburgh, and Newark in June. West Palm Beach was added in July, and daily flights to Atlanta began early August. The flights to New Orleans and St. Petersburg, Florida will start later this week. The Orlando flights will operate on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Introductory rates start at $89 each way and reservations are open now.

According to the President of People Express, the company is adding flights to destinations people have been requesting.

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Britain’s budget airlines the fewest complaints in 2013

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Britain’s low-cost airlines Aer Lingus, easyJet, and Ryanair had the least complaints issued to UK regulators in 2013. The complaints were tallied for every million fliers; easyJet received 33 complaints per million fliers, Aer Lingus had 29 complaints per million fliers, and Ryanair had 35 complaints per million fliers. On the other hand, Thomas Cook got 616 complaints per million customers while Thomson got 256 complaints per million fliers. The CAA heard 229,778 complaints in total about UK flights last year. On the plus side, the five largest airports in London had an increase of on-time flights, rising from 76 percent to 84 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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Is it possible to fly cheaper on a private plane than with a budget airline?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Most people wouldn’t consider flying on a private plane for business or a holiday, but maybe it’s time to reconsider. Every month, around 40,000 flights by 3,000 private jets make flights with only a pilot on board. You can get these flights for super cheap if you know where to look. There are several high-end private jet websites where you can search for options that will allow you to fly to certain destinations as long as you can gather enough friends to share the cost with you. For example, from Carlisle to Luton for only £280 ($465.96 USD) on a Citation Bravo plane, if you can find seven friends to share the cost. Flying with British Airways from Edinburgh to London Heathrow will cost you £324 ($539.12 USD) if you want to check your luggage. Websites to try include Victor, Jetpartner, and PrivateFly.

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Cheapflights gives Prince Edward Island lighthouse recognition

Monday, August 18th, 2014

A recent Cheapflights list talking about the world’s best lighthouses has mentioned a P.E.I lighthouse. The list only mentioned three in North America and only one in Canada, so to make the list was a big accomplishment. Out of a small group of just over 100 lighthouses, the people who care for West Point Lighthouse are thrilled to be mentioned.

The lighthouse, since 1984, is an inn, Canada’s first. It’s a great place to visit. It has been the location for several weddings and other special events. It has a museum and 13 guest rooms. It was built in 1875 and was a working lighthouse until 1963.

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