Britain’s budget airlines the fewest complaints in 2013

Posted: 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?

Posted: 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

Posted: 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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First class kits

Posted: August 16th, 2014

According to Cheapflights, there are plenty of people who wonder what those in First Class and Business Class sections get compared to those in Economy. Now it’s not a secret what they get in their kits. Amenity kits are things that airlines give their best customers, and often have things like leather bags, the best products from Colgate, Ferragamo, Dior, Gillette, and Bulgari. Some airlines have two different ones: those for domestic flights, and those for flights out of their respective country. Some have different bags for different seasons. For example, Japan Airlines has two: one, a beige canvas one for spring and summer, and a brown one for those in fall and winter.

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Did the person next to you pay less for the same flight?

Posted: August 10th, 2014

Most people don’t understand how the pricing system of air travel works, but there is one thing for sure: there is no one set price for every seat on a plane. Hopper, a travel-planning site, did a study and found that the difference between the cheapest and most expensive economy fares on one return flight can vary as much as $1,400. The study also showed that Washington, D.C. is the domestic destination with the most difference in seat prices, while Amsterdam is the top international destination for variability in seat prices. The destinations with the least fare variability are Kingston, Jamaica, and Kahului, Hawaii.

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Tips to save money on domestic flights

Posted: August 7th, 2014

According to analysis done by Associated Press, the average round trip within the United States now costs $509. This is up $14 from last year at the same time, and doesn’t count extra fees like checked baggage, food, or reserved seats. If you’re planning to fly within the country soon, here are some tips to help save a little cash.

Don’t just shop around at the traditional low-cost carriers. You can sometimes find a cheaper flight with the major airlines. Search individual airlines and you might get lucky. Also, pay attention to what’s included with a flight. What seems like a great deal might turn out to be more expensive due to all the “perks” mentioned above. Some carriers include checked baggage, food, and reserved seating, and may appear to cost more, but will end up saving you money.

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Top ocean-front destinations

Posted: August 6th, 2014

Cheapflights has put together a list in honor of National Lighthouse Day on August 7and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which is on the third weekend of August. If you’re putting together a vacation and want to see some lighthouses, check out the top three choices.

Belle Tout Lighthouse in Beachy Head, East Sussex, UK was built in 1832 and is one of the most famous of the lighthouses you will see in England. It has six themed bedrooms.

The Lighthouse in Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand is a great romantic getaway if you rent it; you’ll get the top floor seating area with balcony, middle floor bedroom, and ground floor kitchen to yourself.

Haceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon, United States is midway up a 200-foot headland of a state park. It offers six rooms in the lightkeeper’s cottage.


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Delta to offer free in-flight entertainment

Posted: August 3rd, 2014

This week, Delta Air Lines announced it will start offering free in-flight entertainment on all flights within the U.S. that are longer than 90 minutes. The entertainment includes TV shows, music, video games, and movies. The comped service will start August 1. Passengers who have seat-back entertainment systems will use those, while passengers without will be able to stream their choices onto laptops, mobile devices, and tablets using the onboard WiFi. All international flights will also include free in-flight entertainment; all aircraft used for international flights had seat-back entertainment systems installed in 2013.

Premium content like on-demand television shows and new movies will still be available for purchase.

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A last-minute holiday might cost less

Posted: July 31st, 2014

If you don’t have a holiday booked, don’t fret, because you might get a deal on a last-minute flight. It’s not as good as the days where you’d pay 10 times less than those who booked months ago, but you might be able to fit it in your budget if you make an effort.

From England, it is still possible to fly to Northern European countries, Spain, Ireland, and Scandinavia for under £50 return ($85 USD) and sometimes even less. You can rent a car for as little as £7 a day ($12 USD), and if you’re not overly fussy or demanding about accommodations, you can get a bed in a hostel for around £15 a night ($25 USD). All in all, you can get a week in Spain for around £120 ($202 USD) if you rent a car.

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Malaysian Airlines drops ticket prices

Posted: July 28th, 2014

After two air tragedies, Malaysian Airlines is likely to drop prices in the coming weeks. The first flight, MH370, went mission in March and has yet to be found. Earlier in July, MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Some people have been deterred from flying with Malaysian Airlines but others are convinced it’s a safe airline that has been besieged by bad luck.

The airline is offering refunds to anyone who purchased flights for 2014. Many are choosing to cancel their plans, but speculation shows that if you’re willing to take the chance, you might be able to score some really cheap tickets.

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