Indian airlines offer new deals

Posted: May 8th, 2014

Airlines in India are having to come up with new tricks to bring in customers during a slump in the economy. Beginning earlier in 2014, several of the airlines slashed advance-purchase prices, and SpiceJet Ltd. and IndiGo announced a deal this week.

The top budget airlines will offer discounts of up to 25 percent when between four and nine people buy domestic flight tickets at the same time.

This price deal comes just before summer, when more families might be attracted by a discounted price when traveling in a group.

SpiceJet also started an “on-time guarantee” where passengers are given 500 rupees if the flight is delayed one or two hours, and a voucher for 1000 rupees if canceled or delayed for more than two hours.

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Some domestic flights are cheapest 54 days in advance; others require much longer

Posted: May 4th, 2014

Prices for flights fluctuate so much that many people find it frustrating to try to get a good deal.

Airlines use sophisticated algorithms to look at booking trends and constantly change the prices of tickets in order to get the most money possible out of each flight. That explains why two passengers sitting side-by-side may have paid different fares depending on when they were booked.

According to CheapAir, for domestic flights (with a few exceptions), the best time to book is 54 days in advance. If you want to fly to San Diego, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Pensacola, West Palm Beach, or Orange County, you’d best buy those tickets 75 days in advance. If you’re going to Hawaii, book 87 days out, and for Las Vegas, buy your tickets 81 days ahead.

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The best day to buy cheap flights

Posted: April 30th, 2014

According to conventional wisdom, the cheapest flights are purchased on Tuesdays, but a new study shows that people might find cheaper flights later in the week.

Hopper surveyed data from popular international ticket searches starting in January 2013 and discovered that Thursdays are actually the best day to buy tickets. Having said that, you’ll only save about $25 on international flights and $10 on domestic flights comparing the cheapest days to the more expensive days.

Avoid buying tickets on the weekend, because Saturdays are the most expense days to buy domestic tickets and Sundays are the worst to buy international tickets. Additionally, don’t travel on the weekend, because those tickets cost much more than those where you travel through the week.

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Healthrow Terminal 2 not so cheap revamp

Posted: April 24th, 2014

Terminal 2 at Heathrow has been rebuilt to the tune of £2.5 billion (approximately $4.2 billion USD)

Luis Vidal + Architects (LVA) designed the terminal, which will be called the Queen’s Terminal once it opens in early June. Eventually, it will extend to be part of the principal terminal building and will be part of London’s front door, which is the first thing people see when they get off a plane at Heathrow and the last thing they see before leaving.

Originally, Foster + Partners was supposed to design Terminal 2, but Heathrow’s owner BAA was sold to Ferrovial, a Spanish infrastructure consortium, which gave the job to LVA.

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Don’t shop on Sundays if you want cheap flights

Posted: April 16th, 2014

Hopper, a travel-tech startup out of Boston, has come out with a study that shows that Sundays are the worst days to buy a ticket, while Thursday is the cheapest.

According to the data collected, Wednesday departures are the cheapest. For returns, Tuesday is the cheapest day for domestic travel while Wednesday is the cheapest for international flights. Like with most other studies, Hopper’s turned up information that proved Fridays were the most expensive for both domestic and international travel.

The study collected data starting in January 2013 and ending this month.

Although there are best and worst days, though, the difference is minimal: just $10 difference between the “best” and “worst” days for domestic flights, and $25 for international flights.

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EE giving away free flights when consumers pre-order Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: April 7th, 2014

People who pre-order their Samsung Galaxy S5 phone online from EE before April 10 will receive a free return flight to one of 12 destinations in Europe.

Destination cities include Brussels, Nice, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Barcelona, Milan, and Paris.

Customers who sign up for the new phone will pay only £59.99 on a £37.99 monthly plan.

The mobile internet service provider and mobile network operator formerly called Everything Everywhere is the largest in the UK, with approximately 28 million customers. Service is offered only in the UK. The company has offices in London, Hatfield, Darlington, and Bristol.

EE stores sell EE, Orange, and T-mobile products, accessories, and services.

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Tips for finding a cheap flight

Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Everyone has suggestions for finding the cheapest flight. Here’s some advice to help your money go a bit further when booking your tickets.

1. Don’t believe everything you read. Just because one airline offers the cheapest tickets 54 days in advance doesn’t mean they all do. Shop around for the best prices.

2. Sign up for airfare alerts. This is probably one of the best ways to keep track of the best offers; you’ll get emails when fares go down.

3. Use Twitter. You’ll often see short-term offers through Twitter that don’t end up in email alerts. Check out @Airfarewatchdog as well as any other airline you’re interested in using.

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How to get relatively cheap flights to Europe

Posted: March 31st, 2014

If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you should expect it to cost a lot, but there are some tips to help save you money.

Book your trip early. The best time, according to CheapAir, is about 319 days ahead of time.

Use specific airports. The four cheapest airports to fly into are Brussels, Madrid, Dublin, and Milan. The four most expensive are Munich, Athens, Venice, and Rome.

Be flexible. If you don’t need to fly on a weekend, don’t. Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the best prices.

Know which months to fly. May and September are cheapest, but early summer (the first part of June) and late summer (the last part of August) are less expensive than mid-June through to mid-August.

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Top places where the sun aligns

Posted: March 25th, 2014

Cheapflights has put together a list of locations where our ancestors recognized the equinox.

The obvious location for viewing the equinox is Stonehenge in England. Tourists also visit the site for the summer solstice.

Brodgar, Scotland is another location marked by stones. No one knows the reason why the Ring of Brodgar was built on Orkney, but experts guess it was built between 3000 and 2000 BC.

Chichen Itza in Mexico, not far from the Yucatan Peninsula, is the ruins of an ancient city. Here you’ll find the Temple of Kukulkan. During the equinox, the way the sunlight hits the northern stairway makes it appear that the feathered serpent god is slithering down.

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The cheapest and most expensive airport cab rides in the world

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

According to a new study done by CheapFlights, Buenos Aires has the cheapest cab fares in the world when you travel from the airport to a hotel. Berlin has the most expensive.

According to the infographic, the 40-minute trip to Palermo from the Ministro Pistarini International Airport will cost only $9.76, while a 23-minute ride in a cab in Berlin will cost you $41.96. When it comes to cab fares in Europe, London and Barcelona are tied for the cheapest, at $2.10 for ever kilometer traveled. Comparatively, that cheap ride in Buenos Aires costs only $0.30 per kilometer.

When it comes to North America, the most expensive taxi rides are in Cancun, Mexico while the cheapest are in New Orleans and Vancouver.

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