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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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Travel tips to help you save money

Posted: July 27th, 2014

If you want to save some money while traveling, follow these tips.

Surf the travel sites from an incognito browser. This avoids the travel sites from increasing costs on every subsequent visit. Additionally, check the social networks of the airlines, hotels, and travel sites to see if there are any deals posted.

Use Foursquare to check out the ratings and inside info on pretty much any location the locals and tourists visit. This will help you get the most out of your trip.

If you have a strong social media presence, some companies will reward you with VIP treatment in exchange for you sharing your experience.

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Norwegian recognized as best low-cost carrier in Europe

Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Norwegian has been given the award for the best low-cost airline in Europe by Skytrax World Airline Awards.  This is the second year in a row that the airline has won the top spot, pushing out EasyJet, which sits in second place.  The Skytrax World Airline Awards are determined based on feedback from a survey taken by airline travelers from more than 160 cities around the world.

The survey reviews more than 200 airlines, asking respondents to rate various aspects of the airlines, such as their check-in experience, comfort of the seats, food and drink, service, and entertainment.  While EasyJet is in second place, they are also the second largest low-cost airline in Europe, with Ireland’s Ryanair being the largest.  This past month, Norwegian launched two flights per week from London’s Gatwick Airport to Los Angeles, with a starting price as low as  £209.

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Cheapflights owner has received buyout approaches from several different people

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Momondo Group, Cheapflights owner has received buyout approaches from several different people and has hired an advisor.
The company, started in 1996 as an attic-based operation, has hired Arma Partners to come up with strategic options. A deal could place the value of the company around £150m  ($256m USD).

It’s believed that six offers have been made by different private equity firms and trade buyers. Among them is Travelocity and Expedia owner Sabre.

Cheapflights was bought out by ABN Amro banker David Soskin in 2000. The purchase grew from a three-person website offering classified ads to a huge dot com success.

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Virgin America offering a bunch of cheap flights

Posted: July 17th, 2014

Virgin America has discounted a number of flights at airports around the country, starting at $69 each way. The flights are between August 19 and October 29 and range in price from $69 to $199 each way. The deal is on until 11:59 pm CT on July 21.

Some of the flights available are between LAX and LAS for $69, SFO and SEA for $99, JFK and SAN for $199, ORD and SFO for $169, AUS and PDX for $153, SAN and DFW for $117, LAX and IAD for $179, PHL and LAS for $140, and LAX and BOS for $179.

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Congress wants to stop Norwegian Airlines from offering cheap flights to the U.S.

Posted: July 14th, 2014

Lawmakers introduced an amendment to block Norwegian Airlines from offering low-cost flights to the U.S., leading people to speculate if it’s about competition or safety. The amendment, added in June, is meant to stop Norwegian Airlines from operating at all in the United States.

According to John Byerly, who works as a consultant for the airline, for Congress to prevent it from offering these flights, it would be an “affront” to the consumer, the tourism industry, and aerospace manufacturers.

The representatives who championed the measure said the airline hires incompetent pilots; Norwegian officials say that to question their safety is slanderous and opponents are simply scared of the competition.

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