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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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Chinese demand for budget flights increases

Posted: July 8th, 2014

On July 2, China Eastern Airlines announced its plans to change its subsidiary China United Airlines into a budget carrier. This will be the first Chinese state-owned airline in the budget airline sector. The government issued guidelines in February to bring about an increase in low-cost air travel.

There is doubt that the expansion into low-cost carriers can be profitable; the regular airlines recorded declines in year-on-year profitability for first-quarter. It’s not clear right now what they can do to decrease operating costs; reducing in-flight service or increasing the number of passengers per plane are two options but when an airline goes too far with the cutbacks or cramped quarters, passengers complain.

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Norwegian tries out long-haul flights from Gatwick to U.S.

Posted: July 6th, 2014

Norwegian’s red and white jets are trying out their cheap international flights from Gatwick Airport to the United States this week. The carrier already flies from Oslo to New York, but this will be the first time flying from the UK to the United States.

The carrier uses Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which cuts fuel consumption by one-fifth. This is important because fuel accounts for half of all the operating costs on long-haul flights. Planes that are 90 percent full will also boost yield, and the CEO of the company says they have enough people to want to use their services.

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Places to go for some crazy foods

Posted: July 2nd, 2014

Cheapflights has put together a list of places to visit for some extreme foods. If you’re the adventurous type and want to work in some extreme eating, then you should check out these locales.

In Skuon, Cambodia, you can order a fried tarantula. You can get a basket of these on the side of the road. They’re fried in oil and garlic until they’re crispy. Just think: if you eat one, tree will be one less alive for you to worry about!

If you love curry, and want to try the world’s hottest, then check out New York’s Brick Lane Curry House. It’s so hot, the chef wears a gas mask when he makes it! It’s made using eight Bhut Naga Jolia chillies, which makes the curry measure 1 million on the Scoville scale.

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Cheapflights offers a list of the most extreme eats

Posted: June 30th, 2014

Cheapflights has put together a list of the world’s most extreme eats; whether you find them disgusting or delicious is up to you. Here are the top three.

Near Calais, France is Boulogne-sur-Mer. This is where they make Vieux-Boulogne, the smelliest cheese around. Apparently it smells like a barnyard but tastes delicious.

In many places in Japan you can order a pufferfish, or fugu. It’s a delicacy, but you risk your life with every fish, because it has to be prepared properly or you will die a horrible death. If you want to risk a bit more, you could also try its liver, which is said to be 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide.

The Duck Inn in Redditch, England offers a 150-ounce steak topped with onion rings and fries. Do you have what it takes to eat 9.35 pounds of beef?

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Mushtaq Travel offers cheap flights to Pakistan

Posted: June 25th, 2014

Mushtaq, the UK-based travel agent, is offering flights to Pakistan for as low as £429 ($729 USD) on board Pakistan International Airlines, for flights booked between now and June 30. Travelers may fly from Birmingham, Manchester, or London to Lahore, Karachi, or Islamabad on a round-trip, direct flight ticket.

Travelers may make reservations through Mushtaq, a Pakistani-owned travel agency that offers worldwide destinations. The special deal on Pakistan flights is good on all flights booked between now and June 30, with flights available in June, September, October, and November. There are no booking fees, administration fees, and no other hidden charges.

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