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Dozens of passengers in Japan are delayed thanks to three tourists

Posted: March 15th, 2015

It’s incredible that just a couple of people can cause such problems that dozens of passengers are affected but that’s exactly the case a Naha Airport in Okinawa Japan this week. It seems that three tourists from China managed to get into secure areas of the airport without first going through the security check points. In response all the security gates were shut down for an hour, which then went on to cause flight delays throughout the entire airport.

It turns out that the tourists wandered off looking for duty-free stores while they were waiting for their own connection flights, not realizing the mistake they had made until it was too late. They ended up at the departure gates and in the baggage claim before they were discovered.

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New Google Search Feature Makes Looking and Prepping for Flights Better than Ever

Posted: March 11th, 2015

Google has made a new arrangement with Routehappy, which means that users will be able to get more information when searching for flights.  Those who use Google Flight will be able to determine which flights have Wi-Fi and will be able to compare flights based on other “happiness” variables.  These include the amount of leg room, in-seat power, and others.

Gianni Marostica of Google said that they are aware that people want to find more information regarding the flight they will be taking prior to boarding, which makes Routehappy Happiness Factor a great addition to Google Flights.  With the information supplied by Routehappy, people have a much better chance of ensuring that their flight will get their trip off the a proper and enjoyable start.

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Ryanair reverses plans to offer transatlantic flights

Posted: March 8th, 2015

Irish airline Ryanair announced last week that it would offer $15 flights between London, UK and the U.S. Now the CEO, Michael O’Leary, said the airline messed up and the news last week was “a miscommunication.” The Ryanair board denied every having approved such a plan: “In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.”  Mr. O’Leary said that Ryanair’s board couldn’t approve the project because the transatlantic project would need a separate company.

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How to make travel rewards work

Posted: March 4th, 2015

There are so many different travel rewards programs available and it seems the alliances, partnerships, programs, and rules always seem to be changing. This makes it extremely confusing for the traveler and the provider. Cheapflights.ca is offering some tips on how to make travel rewards programs actually stick and work in the long-run through its Top 10 Ways to Make Travel Rewards Programs Go the Distance.

To highlight just a couple of the tips it is suggested that travelers don’t ever pay to get into the game. Meaning there should be no fee unless it is an annual fee on your credit card. Travelers should take advantage when they can and double, even triple dip and use rewards from different companies all at once. And of course always be aware of blackout dates so you aren’t trying to book travel during a time that is supported by the program.

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Discount flights aboard Jump On Flyaways

Posted: February 24th, 2015

While the slow-down with the oil patch in Western Canada is causing plenty of negative effects there are some positive outcomes it seems. Right now travellers can take advantage of low-cost options aboard Jump On Flyaways, which is allowed to offer flights when a minimum seat booking has been achieved. This company is usually chartered by the oil patch industry but their need has slowed down at the moment.

Flights are being offered from Calgary to Vancouver, Kelowna, and Las Vegas. To top it off there is a brand-new route being launched and that’s Calgary to Toronto, again at a discounted price. The Calgary to Toronto route will begin May 14 and is being offered at $224 for a one-way trip, which is about $100 less than Air Canada is advertising for the flight.

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Dallas to Austin flights: newest addition from Virgin America

Posted: February 22nd, 2015

Virgin America continues to grow and with that it is offering flights from Dallas to Austin. These new flights will begin on April 28 and will take place five times per day. The flights will take place on Airbus A319s and the flight will be a short 50-minute trip. Virgin America has been putting a lot of focus on shorter flights such as this route adding to its already established transcontinental flights. Low fares are being offered for the launch where is $39 each way and this is available through midnight Thursday. These flights will compete with ones already offered with Southwest Airlines.

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Flight delays and cancellations: do they cost the customer?

Posted: February 17th, 2015

Inclement weather, in particular winter weather conditions, can wreak havoc on flights with many ending up delayed or even cancelled. Besides the inconvenience for passengers there can also be additional costs they end up incurring such as a hotel night stay, additional meals, additional parking costs, and more. Sometimes passengers are left having to re-book on another airline, which can also end up being more expensive.

The fact of the matter is when flights are affected by weather or what is deemed factors out of the airline’s control passengers are usually left on the hook for additional costs. As far as the airlines go they are simply responsible for getting you on the next available flight or giving you with a refund for the portion of the flight they aren’t able to provide you.

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Expedia hopes the Orbitz purchase will have it sell more flights

Posted: February 15th, 2015

Expedia, Priceline Group, Travelocity and Orbitz have worked int he last few years to increase their hotel businesses compared to their flight offerings. Expedia Inc.’s CFO Mark Okerstrom said “We do love air.” Orbitz was started by some major U.S. airlines, and then transitioned into a hotel-oriented business. It moved to an almost all-hotel business in the early 2000s, because the main U.S. airlines got rid of commissions. Orbitz still sells a lot of flights, but its hotel business is doing a lot of hotel business these days. Room nights sold in the fourth quarter grew 18 percent for Orbitz, but the company hasn’t been successful in growing the way Expedia and Booking have done.

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Time to celebrate Chinese New Year with Cheapflights

Posted: February 12th, 2015

Cheapflights is getting into the spirit of things as it celebrates the Chinese New Year, which will take place on February 19 and will usher in the Year of the Goat. In celebration Cheapflights has released its very own list of the “Top 10 Goat-tastic Places Around the World.” This list is a fabulous way to pick your vacation destination this year and features such places as Goat Rock State Beach in California; Goat Lake in Seattle, Washington; and Goat Island in Hawaii. There are also some more exotic worldwide destinations in such countries as China, Morocco, and Scotland.

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Private company offers members-only airline

Posted: February 10th, 2015

Like Netflix with its unlimited movies when you buy a monthly subscription, Surf Air launched in 2013 and flies members with subscriptions between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now a rival airline will soon offer Beacon, a new service that will go between New York and Boston. The cost is $2,000 a month for unlimited flights between the two cities. For business people who fly frequently per month between New York and Boston, that is a good deal, especially for those who travel with little to no notice. Beacon will start small and offer a booking process that is only a 30-second questionnaire.

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