Ways to save money on flights

Posted: February 8th, 2015

If you’re looking to save money on a flight, here are some shortcuts. First off, look at ITA Matric Airfare. It lets you find good deals. Secondly, change your country; airlines can charge different prices for different countries. You can sign up for alerts, look every week for deals, and be flexible. If you are willing to travel late at night or are okay with layovers, choose those. You can also fly from different airports and save hundreds of dollars. Some days may also be cheaper than others. For example, it’s cheaper to fly from Detroit than Toronto, so if you’re willing to drive for a couple of hours to save some money, it’s worth it.

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St. Petersburg adds inexpensive flights to Florida

Posted: January 14th, 2015

St. Petersburg International Airport has added more flights to Key West and Fort Lauderdale. Silver Airways will offer two flights every weekday starting at $66.20. One flight per weekend will be offered, with no flights on Sunday. This means Silver Airways will be the second-most frequent carrier behind Allegiant. Last year made the airport a record-breaker regarding passenger numbers. Silver flies out of Tampa International Airport; the airline has 11 airports in Florida so far.It offers flights to seven destinations in the Bahamas and eight in the mid-Atlantic states. The largest is Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrate Elvis’ 80th birthday with Cheapflights

Posted: January 7th, 2015

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 and if he was alive he would be celebrating his 80th birthday. Cheapflights has put together several vacation destinations where you can celebrate all things Elvis. First off is Sun Studio in Memphis: this is where Elvis first recorded a song and all his early classics were recorded there as well. Porthcawl, Wales supposedly has the largest Elvis impersonator convention in the world, held every September. Hawaii is another great destination because Elvis made three films there and also performed at “Aloha from Hawaii” which was the first live concert that was broadcast over satellite.

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Too expensive to track all airliners in flight

Posted: January 5th, 2015

In a December 29th article in the New York Times, Christopher Drew said that airlines use satellites don’t stream data in real time about a plane’s condition and location. Two days later, editors said that information about airlines is only updated once every 15 minutes. While not always true, it is true that there is no constant congaing tracking of every airplane in the sky. They are in contact with company dispatchers on the ground and by air traffic control, and in busy airspace, tracked and monitored by VHF radio contact and radar. Over oceans, cockpit equipment allows for almost real-time monitoring. In some places in the world, though, location reports are sent only intermittently. To do otherwise would be much too expensive and unnecessary. In order to keep flights as cheap as possible, it’s unlikely those untracked flights will ever be upgraded to allow continuous location tracking.

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“SkipLagged” site remains operational despite law suit

Posted: January 1st, 2015

Despite being hit with a lawsuit in December from Orbitz and United Airlines, the 22-year-op founder of SkipLagged, Aktarer Zaman, is still operating his cheap flight website. The two companies are claiming that his site promotes “unfair competition” because it uses a “hidden city” tactic that allows users to book a ticket with a layover at their actual destination; customers then skip subsequent flights to the final booked destination. Zaman asked CNBC “It’s not illegal for travelers to miss a flight so why is it illegal to miss one leg of their flight?” The plaintiffs are suing him six claims of $75,000 each; if he loses, he could pay approximately $500,000. Despite the lawsuit, he has continued to run his website and told CNBC in the interview that he has had a lot more traffic because of the increased attention.

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AirAsia flight QZ8501 goes missing

Posted: December 29th, 2014

An AirAsia flight on its way from Indonesia to Singapore went missing early Sunday morning. The Airbus 320-200 lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta at 6:17 am. There were 162 people on board: 155 passengers and seven crew members. The pilots asked to change course from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet to avoid bad weather; shortly after that, the flight disappeared off of radar. The plane has been in service since 2008 and in that time, flew 13,600 flights. The carrier has never had a fatal accident in the 20 years it’s been running. So far, AirAsia has announced that most of the passengers were Indonesian; the remainder of the passengers were three South Koreans, one Frenchman, 1 Briton, and 1 Malaysian.

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Cheapflights tells how to make a frozen vacation

Posted: December 23rd, 2014

If you have kids who love the movie Frozen, or love it yourself, Cheapflights has put together a list of vacation spots celebrating the movie. The most obvious place is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Elsa and Anna are taking over the Norwegian corner at Epcot starting in 2016. At Magic Kingdom Park, they are featured in the parade and visitors can see Queen Elsa light up Cinderella’s Castle. If you’re lucky enough to be in a city where Frozen on Ice will perform, you’ll see Mickey and Minnie Mouse skate alongside a bunch of Disney princesses including the Frozen characters. Finally, if you like stuffed animals, head to a Build-A-Bear workshop to make yourself an Elsa, Anna, or Olaf.

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Christmas icons looked at by

Posted: December 15th, 2014

Cheapflights looked into the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world. Here are some stories of the history of Christmas icons. Starting with New York’s Rockefeller Center, the 85-foot tree was grown in Danville, Pennsylvania and is 90 years old. Over 45,000 LED lights and a 9.5-foot Swarovski star adorns the top. Once it’s brought down in January, it will be turned into wood that will be used for Habitat for Humanity homes.

Rio de Janeiro has the largest floating Christmas tree: it’s 280 feet tall and the theme for 2014 is “Um Natal de Luz,” which gives honour to the importance of light in people’s lives. There are star, moon, and sun symbols throughout the tree. The structure has 3.1 million microlights and weighs 542 tons.

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Lufthansa will offer budget long-haul flights starting in 2015

Posted: December 7th, 2014

Lufthansa is going ahead with its plans to start offering budget long-haul flights starting in 2015. The board gave approval on Wednesday to increase its budget flight portfolio in order to try to stay competitive. This decision came mid-week of a strike planned by Lufthansa pilots. The first long-distance flights will start off going to southern Africa, some destinations in the Indian Ocean and Florida by late 2015. The company will also work to expand the regional airline Eurowings. The striking pilots say that the airline is making cuts in the wrong places in an effort to keep flight costs low. The pilots are fighting to keep retirement schemes that the airline wants to discontinue.

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Biggest myths about airline travel

Posted: November 26th, 2014

Everyone has heard by now that Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to fly, and that last-minute tickets always cost more, but is that really true? The low airfare listing website, airefarewatchdog, is now saying that there’s no best hour to find cheap flights. The best way to find the best prices is to sign up for free airfare alerts and to check many times a day. Next, there’s not always no hope when shopping for last-minute deals. Travel agents can sometimes find you the best airfare if you’re open to options. Finally, before, airlines used to keep round-trip tickets cheaper than two one-way fares, but not anymore. Some are now selling their one-way tickets competitively, charging half the price of a full trip.

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