Egypt travel advice: Tourists tell of safety fears as UK tour

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Tourists tell of Egypt safety fears as UK tour operators continue to fly to Red Sea resorts

Published: 11:39 GMT, 19 August 2013 | Updated: 16:19 GMT, 19 August 2013

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Worried British tourists who cancel their trips to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts will not get a refund from their tour operator because the British Government has not yet extended its advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to the country’s east coast.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all travel to North Sinai and all but essential travel to Egypt but the warning excludes the Red Sea resorts in South Sinai and the Egyptian mainland.

These include the entire region of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab.

Business as usual: The FCO has not extended its warning to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, which is popular with British holidaymakers

However other European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France and Belgium, have advised their citizens not to travel to the Red Sea resorts.

The US has also issued an alert for the whole of Egypt and Thailand is preparing to evacuate 2,000 of its nationals.

If the British Government follows suit and issues a warning telling British holidaymakers not to travel to the resorts, tourists will be able to claim a refund on their booking.





31/12/2017

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013 #travel #las #vegas

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer prices. Cities, like Budapest, often have colorful floral displays as well. (Photo: Veronica Gould Stoddart, USA TODAY)

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If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now, as airfare will be consistently high. But if your plans are more flexible, you can save big by choosing the right time to book your trip. There are five cheap periods to fly during 2013 and one of those times is right now:

1. Most of January

Once the major holidays have passed, prices for January take a dive, which is why it’s considered the number one airfare dead zone. This week is the start of the prime window, as the final wave of higher-priced New Year’s flights subsides.

Exception: We are seeing higher prices (and airfare sale blackout dates) on flights to/from Washington, D.C. on the days just before and after Jan. 20, the date of the presidential inauguration.

2. Early February

February can be very cheap, with these exceptions: Avoid travel to New Orleans early in the month (that’s where the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3) and also avoid flights to/from Las Vegas because a lot of folks head there for game-day partying. Luckily, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year so you should be okay if you want to go someplace romantic; when Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, prices can jump.

One last exception: Watch out for Spring Break travel to rev up in the latter part of the month, which always drives up ticket prices.

3. Late spring for Europe

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather’s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer. Rule of thumb: peak pricing typically kicks in around May 15.

4. Almost any holiday

You probably know that flying on the big day itself – such as Thanksgiving or Christmas – is a lot cheaper than the dates surrounding the holiday, but it’s usually true for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day as well. It’s very simple; people don’t want to waste their holidays at the airport but if you don’t mind a few hours of tedium, you will save money.

5. The cheap weeks of Nov. and Dec.

Call it the pre- and post-holiday periods. One of these is the two-week period at the start of Nov. – what I call the pre-Thanksgiving airfare bargain time. The other comes after Turkey Day (which falls on Nov. 28 in 2013), beginning right about Dec. 3 and continuing until about Dec. 18. Most people will travel during holidays of course so these weeks are total dead zones and tickets are priced to move.

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23/11/2017

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How to Fly Standby on Last-Minute Cheap Flights #lastminute #travel

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How to Fly Standby on Last-Minute Cheap Flights

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The contraction of the airline industry means that most flights fly almost full and airlines have largely rolled back programs that allow you to jump on a cheap flight at the last minute. Despite capacity cuts, you can still find an airline or two that gives you a chance to get where you want to go affordably with little notice and strategies on how to fly standby with your existing cheap ticket.

Step 1

Pack everything you plan to take in a carryon bag or small daypack so that you receive priority among the standby candidates, as checked baggage creates more snags for the airline.

Step 2

Target flights earlier than your confirmed reservation if you already hold a cheap ticket. That way, you can fly using your confirmed reservation if you don’t get on an earlier flight.

Step 3

Check online for empty seats on the flight you want or call the airline, asking for your preferred flight and alternatives, as well as details on how full flights are through to the day to your destination. Avoid checking on third-party vendors such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak or others, which won’t have the most current information. Purchase the cheapest ticket you see so that you have the ticket to show security at the airport and can proceed to the gate of the earlier flight you want to fly on standby.

Step 4

Research AirTran Airways for potential seats if you are from 18 to 22 years old; at time of publication, it was the only U.S. airline adopting a policy designed to allowing students and non-students alike to find cheap standby seats. The program, called Air Tran U, allows young adults to fly on standby for $49 to $99 each way not including fees.

Ask your airline about relaxed standby rules if an impending blizzard is predicted for your departure city. Airlines, such as Southwest, USAir and Airtran, that take passengers from the Midwest and Northeast to Florida winter getaways may allow you to leave the night before based on your ticket for travel on the day the blizzard arrives; they make the policy decision in the late afternoon. Discuss this option with a customer service representative at the airline’s toll-free number.

Travel to the airport as early as you can to get on a flight. Proceed to the gate and request to be placed on the standby list. Stay by the gate listening for your name or look for it listed on a gate display and reconfirm that you are on the list as boarding begins if you have been overlooked.





30/09/2017

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Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

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Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

Editor s note: We updated this popular post in 2015 with new and easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn t changed is these tips still help save money every time you shop for airfare.

Update: Summer, Holiday, Peak Travel Tips

Three quick tips to save time and money during the busiest travel days of the year.

  1. Get to the airport early: If flying during any peak season (particularly June, July or August) get to the airport anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours earlier than normal. Do this! Airport lines will be long and if you aren t at the gate before the aircraft door closes, you will not be flying.
  2. Keep an eye on the weather: Summer weather can be much worse than winter. Thunderstorms delay flights more often than snowstorms so be aware and know what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed .
  3. Watch the baggage fees: A cheap flight can rapidly turn into an expensive one if you don t watch bag fees. Note: Carry-on bags are free on most airlines but Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit do charge for carry-ons. Only one U.S. airline still offers 2 checked bags for free: Southwest.

Now let s find some cheap flights.

Find Cheap Flights: Fly Hungry, Fly Tired

We get it. You re busy and your time is valuable. When you want airline tickets, you want the best comparison shopping site to find cheap flights fast. Next step:

Fly when no one wants to. We are talking about flying the least popular days and times. The reason they re unpopular is because it s inconvenient.

  • Fly Hungry: Before breakfast, at the dinner hour, overnight.
  • Fly Tired: Travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays when most don t feel like getting on a plane.

These are the basics. Keep reading for a complete explanation.

What are the Cheapest Days to Fly

These are general guidelines but there are always exceptions which is why you have to compare fares and compares days and flight times.

  • Cheapest days: The cheapest days to fly on most U.S. domestic routes are Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays. Learn more about this here .
  • Expensive days: Popular days will cost more. The most popular/most expensive days are usually Fridays and Sundays .
  • Cheapest times: Again, fly when most people don t want to. This includes flights at dawn, red-eyes or overnight flights, and often flights around the dinner hour.

Can t fly the cheapest times or days in both directions? Do it one-way for your trip and you ll still reap half the savings.

When is the Best Time to Book a Flight

Best day to shop: FareCompare s data shows that best time to book a flight in the U.S. is Tuesday at 3 p.m. eastern time. This day and time give you access to the best flight deals. It s when airlines release the most sales and the best time to book plane tickets. Learn more about this here .

Best time-frame to shop: This varies depending on where you fly.

  • Domestic fares: The best time to buy airline tickets in the U.S. is between three months and 30 days before departure.
  • International fares: The best time to buy international airline tickets is between 5 ½ months and 1 ½ months before departure. During peak seasons such as June, July and August or December holidays, purchase tickets two months in advance.

A big mistake many people make is to delay shopping until the last minute thinking there will be deals. Those days are gone and last-minute fares tend to be much more expensive (this is when the steeper prices business travelers pay kick in). Bottom line: Procrastination doesn t pay.

How to Save with Flexibility

Sometimes a little inconvenience can save big money. Check out the following tips and decide whether you re willing to endure a longer travel day or shopping experience.

Connecting flights: Often not always, but often you can save by foregoing the ease of a non-stop flight in favor of a less convenient connecting flight. Sometimes adding a stop (or two) can save as much as 50 percent. Learn more about this here.

Bigger airports: Bigger airports (particularly hubs) often have cheaper airfares. Compare prices from your home airport as well as the nearest larger airport and you may find driving an extra hour or two is well worth it.

Shop one passenger at a time: When booking travel for two or more, shop one passenger at a time. That s because airline reservation systems have a quirk that works like this: Multiple  tickets sold in a single transaction must be the same price. If you shop for two tickets at the same time, and there is one ticket for $100 but the other tickets are $200, you ll pay $200 for both tickets. If you shop one at a time, you ll get one ticket for $100 and one for $200. Learn more about this here .

Sign up for airfare alerts: Getting to see the best prices in real-time is simple; just sign up at FareCompare (it s free and it s fast). Tip: When you are alerted to a good price that interests you, jump on it it will not last long.

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19/09/2017

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The Best (And Cheapest) Airlines to Let Your Kid Fly Alone

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The Best (and Cheapest) Airlines to Let Your Kid Fly Alone On

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It s never easy to let your kids go.

Especially on their first solo flight. After all, who will make sure they’re safe, fed and not kicking the seat in front of them?

With spring break right around the corner, you might be gearing up to send your kid off to visit Grandma alone for the first time, or to visit her preschool BFF who has since moved to a different state. That’s where airline unaccompanied minor programs come in. For a fee (usually around $100, and usually not covered by Frequent Flyer Miles or airline memberships), most airlines allow kids ages 5-14 to fly alone, with guaranteed supervision from the airplane staff.

Different airlines impose additional guidelines, like stating that flyers younger than eight must fly non-stop, or that red-eye flights are forbidden for the pint-sized.

Would You Let Your Kid Fly Alone?

Have you ever let your child fly by herself before? How old was she? Were you happy with the result?

We know you might have reservations when it comes to making this decision—and not just about the cost. We’ll help you figure out whether your kid is ready to fly alone, and when it s worth it to give him his wings.

When Are They Ready?

Age is, of course, relative, so we can t tell you that a child will be ready when she hits a certain birthday. Beth Blair, a mom, travel blogger  and former flight attendant, says that flying alone tends to be “harder on the parent than on the child. Once on the plane, children settle in with their books, electronics or other activities and enjoy the experience.”

Here are some signs that your children may be mature enough to fly:

  • They re comfortable being alone for a few hours at a time.
  • They adapt well to unfamiliar situations.
  • They re self-sufficient, or willing to speak up if they need something.

And a few that suggest it might be best to hold off:

  • They’ve never flown (even with you) before.
  • They don’t fly well when you are there.
  • They have trouble following directions and keeping track of their stuff.

How the Costs Break Down

Some airlines charge a single fee for two or more children from the same family to travel on the same itinerary. For example, Delta Airlines lets four kids ride on one extra fee … while Continental allows up to nine! Some airlines also include perks like snacks or waived fees on baggage for underage travelers, so ask in advance. If the airline does, make sure your little one knows to request it once he s on board.

Although you might have a favorite airline for yourself, here s how the prices stack up—so you can decide whether it makes sense for Junior to be a chip off the old American Airlines block:





26/08/2017

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Lifetime airline passes: Fly anywhere, any time, for life #travel #reservations

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IN THE early 1980s, American Airlines, strapped for cash, decided to start selling passes for unlimited first-class travel for life. At the time, the passes cost $250,000 (around $600,000 in today’s dollars), with a companion ticket available for an extra $150,000 and discounts for older people. The Los Angeles Times explains what happened next :

“We thought originally it would be something that firms would buy for top employees,” said Bob Crandall, American’s chairman and chief executive from 1985 to 1998. “It soon became apparent that the public was smarter than we were.”

The unlimited passes were bought mostly by wealthy individuals, including baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays, America’s Cup skipper Dennis Conner and computer magnate Michael Dell.

Mike Joyce of Chicago bought his in 1994 after winning a $4.25-million settlement after a car accident.

In one 25-day span this year, Joyce flew round trip to London 16 times, flights that would retail for more than $125,000. He didn’t pay a dime.

“I love Rome, I love Sydney, I love Athens,” Joyce said by phone from the Admirals Club at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. “I love Vegas and Frisco.”

In other words, Mr Joyce, who paid around $1m for his airpass, made back one-eighth of its cost in less than a month. If this seems like it was a fantastic deal for people who could afford it, that’s because it was. (AA stopped selling the passes regularly in 1994, although it did offer them again in 2004, in the Neiman-Marcus catalogue, for $3m each. None sold.) It was such a good deal for flyers—who also earned airline miles on each flight—that American started regretting it. In 2007, the airline began investigating its passholders, to see if any were taking improper advantage of the programme.

You can click through to the Times piece to find out the outcome of AA’s investigation. But there’s a lot to learn from this story. It illustrates how having the money to make significant investments when opportunities arise can pay off enormously in the long-run. It demonstrates that savvy consumers really can take advantage of enormous corporations if the corporations make silly mistakes. (What’s really shocking is how long American kept this deal going—it took nearly a decade and a half for the airline to realise it was getting the short end of the stick.) And it shows how much some people love to fly. If AA or another airline ever offers this kind of deal for that kind of price again, it’s worth considering if you have the resources and expect to live long enough to take advantage of the deal. After all, it’s way cheaper than having your own private jet—and you don’t have to pay the pilots or the staff.

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25/08/2017

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

How the test was done

For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

How to use the list below

Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

Related information

Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

Complete list of 23 is below

10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





13/08/2017

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How to Fly Standby on Last-Minute Cheap Flights #cheap #flights #hotel

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How to Fly Standby on Last-Minute Cheap Flights

Flying standby requires familiarization with your preferred airline’s policies. (Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images News/Getty Images )

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The contraction of the airline industry means that most flights fly almost full and airlines have largely rolled back programs that allow you to jump on a cheap flight at the last minute. Despite capacity cuts, you can still find an airline or two that gives you a chance to get where you want to go affordably with little notice and strategies on how to fly standby with your existing cheap ticket.

Step 1

Pack everything you plan to take in a carryon bag or small daypack so that you receive priority among the standby candidates, as checked baggage creates more snags for the airline.

Step 2

Target flights earlier than your confirmed reservation if you already hold a cheap ticket. That way, you can fly using your confirmed reservation if you don’t get on an earlier flight.

Step 3

Check online for empty seats on the flight you want or call the airline, asking for your preferred flight and alternatives, as well as details on how full flights are through to the day to your destination. Avoid checking on third-party vendors such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak or others, which won’t have the most current information. Purchase the cheapest ticket you see so that you have the ticket to show security at the airport and can proceed to the gate of the earlier flight you want to fly on standby.

Step 4

Research AirTran Airways for potential seats if you are from 18 to 22 years old; at time of publication, it was the only U.S. airline adopting a policy designed to allowing students and non-students alike to find cheap standby seats. The program, called Air Tran U, allows young adults to fly on standby for $49 to $99 each way not including fees.

Ask your airline about relaxed standby rules if an impending blizzard is predicted for your departure city. Airlines, such as Southwest, USAir and Airtran, that take passengers from the Midwest and Northeast to Florida winter getaways may allow you to leave the night before based on your ticket for travel on the day the blizzard arrives; they make the policy decision in the late afternoon. Discuss this option with a customer service representative at the airline’s toll-free number.

Travel to the airport as early as you can to get on a flight. Proceed to the gate and request to be placed on the standby list. Stay by the gate listening for your name or look for it listed on a gate display and reconfirm that you are on the list as boarding begins if you have been overlooked.





06/08/2017

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How to fly on a private jet for under $150 per

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No security lines or TSA pat downs. Cushy leather seats and legroom for days. Fido curled up right next to you. The perks of flying on a private jet used to be something only the rich and famous enjoyed. But that’s changing — and in some cases, you can fly on a private jet or plane for the cost of coach (or less) if you know how to shop smartly.

A handful of sites and private jet companies are following the lead of hotels and hotel websites and offering last-minute deals on unused inventory, and others are changing the cost structure of private plane travel to make it vastly more affordable.

JetSuite.com. which flies to more than 2,000 airports, aggregates private jet flights with empty seats to offer daily “next-day” deals. You can rent the entire plane — a max of 6 seats — starting at just $536 each way, which shakes out to less than $90 per person. Past deals have included a flight for six people from Oxford, Conn. to Philadelphia for $536.43 (that’s about $90 per person, which includes the 7.5% federal excise tax), a flight for four people from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for $499 (that’s about $124 per person); for four people from Orange County, Calif. to Chicago for $536 (that’s about $135 per person); and for six people from Teterboro (in New Jersey, near New York City) to Nassau, Bahamas, for $1,074 (that’s about $179 per person). (In all of the above cases, to get the per person rate, you must book all seats on the plane.)

It’s not the only company offering these kinds of rates: Consumers may also get big last-minute deals, even when they aren’t advertised, by calling a private aviation company within a few days from when they want to depart and asking whether they have deals going on.

Waiting until the last minute isn’t an option for most travelers, of course. For those whose schedules can’t accommodate a last-minute booking, there are other options, though they can be pricier. West Coast airline Surf Air offers unlimited private plane flights to and from roughly a dozen California and Nevada locales like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara for $1,750 per month (plus a one-time $1000 initiation fee); the airline operates up to 90 flights each day and it added Monterey, Calif. to its list of itineraries on July 13, 2015.

Those living on the East Coast will soon be able to fly with Beacon. another monthly membership airline, which will begin flying later this summer, starting with 18-20 daily flights between New York and Boston, as well as seasonally in the Hamptons and Nantucket. Memberships start at $2,000 per month (plus a $1000 initiation fee, which will be waived if you join before Sept. 1, 2015).

For some, the math works out: if you take four or more flights on one of these airlines, those tickets could amount to less than the cost of coach or business class seats.

And FLITE Air Taxi offers a la carte private plane flights for reasonable rates: A flight from Boston to Saratoga, N.Y. costs $541 per person (you will need six people to fill the plane, so $3,250 for the whole flight), as does one from New York City to Martha’s Vineyard and from Block Island to Worcester, Mass.; this does not include federal excise taxes (7.5% of the cost of the flight) but does include other fees.

How can these and other similar companies afford to offer such low rates? One reason is that sites like JetSuite.com are offering seats on flights that would have been empty or at least not full. “Over 40% of flights that are flying private have empty seats,” says Steve King, the co-founder of private jet charter company AeroIQ. Many times, these flights are simply repositioning so they can pick up passengers in another city and the companies would rather get some money from passengers than no money.

Companies like Surf Air and FLITE Air Taxi can charge less than big-name competitors, in part, because they use different planes — like, for example, single-prop turbo planes — that cost less to operate because they use less fuel than larger jets. “The operational cost can be a fraction of other planes,” says Justin Hart, vice president of Surf Air memberships.

There are some significant additional caveats to discount private plane travel. Often these deals are only for one-way flights, so they will then need to find an alternative way back. It’s also important to understand that there may be extra fees added to the cost of your flight — such as airport or landing fees — so read the contract to determine what’s included and what’s not. De-icing fees, for example, can be significant and may be passed on to consumers, says Jeff Trance, the SVP of private jets for the U.S. for jet charter company Air Partner .

And typically, you can’t just buy one discount ticket on these planes; they’ll want you to pay for the whole cost of the plane, so you’ll need to find a group to go with you to get the most savings. Plus, if you want to save big, you likely won’t get a brand-new primo jet, as these tend to cost more. And finally, there’s the issue of safety: Private chartered planes tend to get in more crashes than commercial jets — though they are still far safer than cars. Most small-plane accidents were due to pilot error, so call the private jet company to determine how many hours of flying experience your pilot has.

Despite these downsides, the allure of private plane travel is strong thanks to how uncomfortable both the airport and flying experience have become. Here are some ways to save.

If you’re flexible both on when you fly and where you fly, you’ll likely get the best deals, says Trance. Call the company and ask about the cost differences between, say, a Saturday and a Tuesday and see if you can fly into a nearby airport. Fridays and Sundays tend to be the most expensive times to travel, says Justin Sullivan, the co-founder of FLITE Air Taxi. And, of course, last-minute deals can be significant so it may be worth waiting until about 72 hours before you want to fly to find deals, says Trance, though this is, of course, risky.

Know where the most likely deals are

The Northeast markets, California and the Northeast-to-Florida routes tend to have the most last-minute deals on them, says Bob Diener, co-founder of Hotels.com and Getaroom.com.

Diener recommends checking out FlyVictor.com, as it compares the cost of private jet travel across different airlines. He says that JetSuite.com is the best known for last-minute deals. You may also want to consider having a broker do the heavy lifting for you, says Trance; brokers typically work on commission, so ask them what their commission is before booking and how you pay it, and tell them your all-in price tolerance ahead of time.

Go with a small group — but not too small

Trance says that if you travel with a group of seven or fewer you can often save significantly because you can opt for a smaller — and often less-expensive-to-operate — plane. You likely don’t want a party of two because most private aviation companies require you to rent out the entire private plane (typically four seats or more).

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24/07/2017

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The Best Times and Seasons to Fly #trek #travel

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Best times seasons to fly

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If you want advice on the best times to fly please read the article below.

It is important when contemplating a trip somewhere to consider the season you are planning to depart in and how busy your destination is likely to be. These factors play a significant role in the overall price you could pay for your airline ticket.

Choosing a destination

There are times when certain destinations in the world have their ‘Peak Seasons’. These are times when travel to these regions can be expensive. This is due to the demand associated with such destinations for that particular time of year.

It is best when looking for cheap tickets to particular destinations that you research what are considered ‘Off Peak Seasons’ or ‘Shoulder Seasons’ to travel and plan your trip accordingly.

If wanting to travel to a snow resort, the peak seasons are generally during the winter months. Ski resorts can cut up to half the price off their fares to lure travellers to their destinations during their ‘Low Seasons’. Generally speaking however, summertime is the busiest period to travel and it wise to book travel a bit later, such as late September, to catch discount prices.

Here we list the Top ten travel destinations in the world according to the UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation 2005) and state the ‘shoulder season’ i.e. the best season to visit a destination, when the prices are low and weather is still pleasant.

Example City – Paris.

    Peak Season is between Easter and Mid-September Best time to visit is between late September and early spring (The later you go after summer the colder and damper it becomes).

Example City – Barcelona.

    Peak season is between June and September. May and October are good months to travel to Spain .

3.) United States –

Example City – New York

    Peak shopping season is between September and December Low Season is between January and August. Prices in the spring can be higher if the weather is nice.

Example City – Hong Kong

    Peak Season is from October through to late December May is the best time to visit. The weather is comfortable and it is not too busy.

Example City – Rome

    Peak Season is from April to Mid-October Outside peak season travel is cheaper but the weather is colder and susceptible to rainy periods.

6.) United Kingdom –

Example City – London

    Peak season is between Mid-April and Mid-October. Another peak occurs during the Christmas period. All other times are relatively cheaper; however the weather is unpredictable and damp.

Example City – Mexico City

    Peak season runs from December through to the second week of Easter. Also from July to August. This is particular to resorts which a large percentage of tourists visit. October, November, April and May are the best months to visit Mexico. Prices are down and the weather is pleasant.

Example City – Istanbul

    Peak Season is between July and August Prices can drop between April and June and September to October. We recommend these months to travel as the weather is still pleasant. Winter in Turkey can be rather cold.

9.) Germany –

Example City – Frankfurt

    May to late October is the peak season. All other times are low seasons except when major trade fairs take place.

Example City – Moscow

    Summertime is the peak season to travel to Russia A good time to visit is late spring or early autumn. Late November to early February is also off peak but one should be prepared for short days and bitterly cold weather.

More information about particular destinations can be found here

Important Considerations

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages of travelling off peak that you should be aware of.

The number one reason which influences the desirability of particular location are the weather conditions.

Always make sure you research this factor before settling on a particular destination. Dubai. for example, is off peak during the summer months; however temperatures can reach a blistering 50 degrees Celsius! Visit a destinations official website to discover countries weather conditions lest your cheap holiday becomes a proverbial nightmare.

Another factor to consider is the tendency for some establishments to take advantage of the off peak travel season to carry out refurbishments on their premises. This can make staying in a hotel less than desirable whilst hearing pneumatic drills going off and seeing scaffolding everywhere. Always phone the hotel you are planning to stay at and ask whether they or their neighbours are planning to carry out any refurbishments during your desired period of stay. These are some factors to take into consideration when travelling during the low season.

On the upside, destinations are relatively quieter and peaceful and allow travellers to avoid large crowds and peruse the local sites at a leisurely and unhurried pace. Also, prices on hotels, museums and restaurants are usually reduced in order to lure more people in.

A good place to discover more information is the Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory. You can find links for tourism bureaus all around the globe which offer great advice on the best times and places to visit.

Time of departure

Another factor to consider when searching for the cheapest airline tickets is the time of day you plan to depart.

Very early morning flights and late evening flights tend to be cheaper than those during busy periods of the day. This is due to fewer flights being available at those times and the general dislike of passengers to fly at those hours.

The airlines want to fill as many of their seats as possible so they sometimes drop the price of tickets departing at those times. Our advice would be to experiment with departures at different times of the day and see if any discounts can be acquired.

Day of departure

Another factor to consider when looking for cheap flights is the actual day of the flight departure. Particular days of the week are considered busy periods and flights tend to be more expensive during these times.

Weekends are generally more expensive than weekdays. The best time to look for departure flights would be either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. No guarantees can be made for finding a cheaper flight but is definitely worth a look.

Many online search functions have the ability to check for flights on ‘flexible dates’, this will allow you to check flights departing for your destination a few days earlier or later.

We highly recommend our flexible date flight search to discovere the cheapest times to fly. It allows you to see the best fares found online over the entire month and year.

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23/07/2017

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Top destinations fly to travel with cheap fares

Find cheap airline tickets and discount tickets, you can make the travel experience more rewarding air. Flights implementation has contributed to the rapid growth of industry and tourism, Travel, which is also an important source of foreign currency in the world among industries.

Flying across borders can be an awesome experience using cheap rates. Any common man can avail discounted tickets, and these rates are expected to become cheaper in the future. This flight, it was once a luxury of the rich, is now accessible to the common man s comfort, thanks to the availability of cheap flights, supplemented with the convenience of online booking.

Best Destinations

The work stress increase requires a large number of professionals who work to take regular breaks and holidays throughout the year, making the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest and most profitable in more developed countries.

TripAdvisor.com a guide and research free website that helps customers gather travel information, posting opinions of travel related issues and engaging in interactive travel forums winners announced its Choice Awards 2010 travelers. The second year of the award has honored Monte Carlo in Monaco as the Best Destination in the World , while the best destination in the United States title went to San Francisco, California. The best destination world of beach and sun is awarded to Providenciales in the Turkish and Caicos islands.

The World Travel Awards has announced the host destinations for 2010 Grand Tour Dubai (UAE), Johannesburg (South Africa), Orlando (Florida, USA), Antalya (Turkey), New Delhi (India) and Rio Janeiro (Brazil) were selected after a detailed analysis.

Get Set Fly

Imagine if you can fly to these destinations more without burning your pockets. This is the main advantage of cheap airfares. The choice of destination is the main factor that decides its travel budget. From Europe to North America and beyond, exploring beautiful places, sunny beaches, exotic wildlife, and other scenic areas using plane tickets at reduced rates. Internet is flooded with windows of shops that offer solutions for all your international travel, including good air travel market.

Investing in a holiday or a vacation package is considered one of the best ways of getting cheap airfare. These packages typically include a flight and hotel accommodations, each of which will fall in price. These days, many airlines offer packages to help companies to fill their planes and hotels. This is a smart way to go if you are really in the budget to get to their favorite holiday destinations.

International perfect holiday package can be decided according to the budget. There is no longer a difficult task because the number of airlines that offer discounted rates and airfares.

Find the best deal on airfare, and get ready to explore the world, you can be one of the most rewarding experiences of life.





21/07/2017

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days to Buy and Fly

Summary

  • For domestic and international trips, the cheapest day to depart is Wednesday and the worst day is Sunday. You can save about $40 on domestic trips and $60 on international trips by leaving on the cheapest day as opposed to the most expensive day.
  • The best day to return from a domestic trip is Tuesdays with savings of about $45.
  • The best day to return from an international trip is Wednesday with savings of about $60.
  • Friday is the most expensive return day for both domestic and international trips.
  • Thursday is the cheapest day to buy domestic and international tickets.  Saturday is the worst day to buy domestic tickets and Sunday is the worst day to buy International tickets. However savings are only about $10 between the best and worst shopping days for typical domestic routes, and $25 for international markets.
  • For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Table 1: Summary of best and worst days to buy, depart, and return

Departure Day

To find the cheapest day to fly, Hopper looked at about 11 thousand markets from US origins – 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international – that had a popularity of at least 20 searches per day since January 1, 2013.  If we average all domestic destinations together, Tuesday is the cheapest departure day, with Sunday the most expensive.  Interestingly, Sunday is the least popular day to travel, with Tuesday a close second.  Using the same averaging methodology, the best day to travel for international flights is actually Saturday (Figure 1), which is also one of the most popular days to travel.

However, pricing and search behavior varies widely between markets, so averaging can be misleading.  For comparison, we counted how many markets saw their lowest prices on each day of the week, and the answers were different.  For both domestic and international travel, more markets have their lowest prices on Wednesdays (Figure 2) and their most expensive prices on Sunday.  Savings for leaving on the best day compared to the most expensive day range from $40 to $50 for domestic markets and $40 to $60 for international markets.

Figure 1:  Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 2:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets

Return Day

On average, Tuesday is the cheapest day to return from domestic travel and Monday is the best day to return from international travel (Figure 3).  However, as was the case for the best departure day, the cheapest days are different when the analysis counts the number of markets by cheapest return day instead of looking at the average.  For both domestic and international destinations, the majority of markets had their cheapest price on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with Tuesday being best for domestic and Wednesday for international markets (Figure 4).   The most expensive day to return is Friday.  When returning on the best day, potential savings are between $40 and $60 for both domestic and international trips, as compared to booking on the worst day.

Figure 3: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 4: Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets

Booking Day

One of the tips that shows up often is to shop for flights on a Tuesday (1) after airlines change their pricing.  Looking at average pricing we found that for domestic flights the cheapest tickets actually show up on Thursday, and for international flights Saturday and Sunday are the cheapest to book on (Figure 5).  When counting the number of markets that see the lowest booking price for each week day, Hopper found that Thursday is the cheapest day to book for the majority of domestic and international markets (Figure 6) and the weekends are when tickets are the most expensive.  However, while the difference in pricing from day to day can be significant in select markets, on average the savings are only about $10 for domestic markets and $30 for international markets.

Figure 5: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 6:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets

For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million queries and 1 billion trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.  Deal fares are represented by the 10th percentile prices.  For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.

For this analysis, we looked at about 11 thousand markets worldwide, 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international, that had a popularity of at least 1,000 searches per week since January 1, 2013.  We used two methodologies to find cheapest days to depart, return, and purchase.  First we averaged flight prices to find cheapest days, and second we counted the number with cheapest days for each day of the week.





21/07/2017

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013 #cheapest #travel #deals

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer prices. Cities, like Budapest, often have colorful floral displays as well. (Photo: Veronica Gould Stoddart, USA TODAY)

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If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now, as airfare will be consistently high. But if your plans are more flexible, you can save big by choosing the right time to book your trip. There are five cheap periods to fly during 2013 and one of those times is right now:

1. Most of January

Once the major holidays have passed, prices for January take a dive, which is why it’s considered the number one airfare dead zone. This week is the start of the prime window, as the final wave of higher-priced New Year’s flights subsides.

Exception: We are seeing higher prices (and airfare sale blackout dates) on flights to/from Washington, D.C. on the days just before and after Jan. 20, the date of the presidential inauguration.

2. Early February

February can be very cheap, with these exceptions: Avoid travel to New Orleans early in the month (that’s where the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3) and also avoid flights to/from Las Vegas because a lot of folks head there for game-day partying. Luckily, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year so you should be okay if you want to go someplace romantic; when Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, prices can jump.

One last exception: Watch out for Spring Break travel to rev up in the latter part of the month, which always drives up ticket prices.

3. Late spring for Europe

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather’s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer. Rule of thumb: peak pricing typically kicks in around May 15.

4. Almost any holiday

You probably know that flying on the big day itself – such as Thanksgiving or Christmas – is a lot cheaper than the dates surrounding the holiday, but it’s usually true for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day as well. It’s very simple; people don’t want to waste their holidays at the airport but if you don’t mind a few hours of tedium, you will save money.

5. The cheap weeks of Nov. and Dec.

Call it the pre- and post-holiday periods. One of these is the two-week period at the start of Nov. – what I call the pre-Thanksgiving airfare bargain time. The other comes after Turkey Day (which falls on Nov. 28 in 2013), beginning right about Dec. 3 and continuing until about Dec. 18. Most people will travel during holidays of course so these weeks are total dead zones and tickets are priced to move.

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11/07/2017

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The Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: During Dead Zones

Ever fly during the dead zones ?

If not, you re missing out on the cheapest time of year to fly. It s a great way to save some money and get cheap airline tickets. What exactly is a dead zone? I think the term originated with Stephen King s novel of the same name about a psychic schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a trip into the dead zone.

Travel expert Chris McGinnis discusses dead zones and scoring cheaper airline tickets on a recent Ask Rick Podcast. We got a good response to the podcast, so here s more information on dead zones and how they can result in reduced airline ticket prices.

Dead Zones = Discounts

Dead zones are truly unpopular travel periods recognized in the air travel industry as dead because not many people choose to fly during these times. Some examples of dead zones include:

  • The first two weeks of December (between the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush)
  • Most of January (after the New Year s travel period)
  • Spring and fall (exception: the traditional spring break weeks in March/April)

And here s an example of the money you can save: Just last week I went on my favorite website (yes, that would be FareCompare!) and priced tickets from Los Angeles to New York during the second week of December: $249 roundtrip. Same trip a couple of weeks later: $440 and up. In January, it drops down again to $249. Fly during the dead zones and you can see substantial savings on airline tickets .

Off-Peak Travel Perks

Dead zones aren t just rigid time periods, though.

Another way to think of them is as off-peak travel . As food and travel blogger Jeanine Barone says, I like a great deal and I don t like crowds. I m with her. She gave Europe as an example: When I visit Spain in September and October, I don t have to deal with crazy lines to get into the Prado Museum.

Yes, that s another benefit to flying in the dead zone of off-peak travel: uncrowded airports and plenty of hotel rooms. And these perks can pop-up anywhere, depending on the time of year. For instance: Hawaii in the spring and fall, ski resorts in summer, Europe in the winter, Orlando when the kids are in school (well, sometimes).

Know When to Fly with Airfare Alerts

If you re not sure of a dead zone or off-peak travel period, just use the FareCompare Flexible Search Calendar ; you ll see how prices change day-by-day and even month-by-month. Generally, when prices are low, you ve hit upon a dead zone. If you sign up for real-time FareCompare airfare alerts. we do the work for you and let you know about the cheapest airline tickets available and they re not always in the dead zones. It s easy and it s free.

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09/07/2017

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

How the test was done

For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

How to use the list below

Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

Related information

Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

Complete list of 23 is below

10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





09/07/2017

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LAX Airport Hotels: Travelodge at LAX. Hotel LAX Airport Shuttle Service,

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NEW COMPLIMENTARY AMENITY!

High Speed Free WI-FI Access – Exists throughout the hotel, including all rooms and lobby.

Computer Business Center for emails internet.

Our Junior Olympic Sized Swimming Pool is a popular spot for relaxing and enjoying the southern California sun, plus family fun!

An Exercise Room is also available for those who prefer indoor exercise. You’ll find your favorite equipment waiting for you.

Convenient dining is available 24 hours at our adjoining Denny’s restaurant, also offering a cocktail lounge.

A Complimentary Breakfast with two hot items – Waffles and Sausage. Also includes fresh fruit, juices, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, cereals, toast, bagels and cream cheese, peanut butter, hot drinks, and donuts. For a full breakfast there is a Denny’s 24 hour Restaurant and Lounge on premises

You will enjoy our well stocked gift shop. handy for items forgotten while packing. Great for last minute take home gifts and souvenirs.

Our Conference Room has capacity for up to 35 people classroom style. Convenient for those traveling for business or for local business bookings.

Looking for local fun and entertainment. then you will enjoy the nearby Ocean Express Shuttle Service provided by Gateway To LA. A $5.00 round trip ticket will take you to many fun nearby locations. Ask at our hotel desk for all details.





24/06/2017

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How to Fly for Free: 10 Tips to Earn Air Travel

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About

When Scott Ford was laid off from his job in New York City back in 2008, he headed to JFK International Airport without thinking of anything other than getting on a plane to visit friends in sunny San Diego.

And when the Delta Airlines gate agent announced he needed a volunteer to be bumped from the flight because the plane was overbooked, Ford idly lifted his hand and accepted a voucher for a future flight.

“Suddenly, it clicked,” says Ford, a native of Dayton, Ohio, who now makes his home in Portland, Ore. “Since I was unemployed I had the free time and flexible schedule to travel as much as I wanted if I could find a way to afford it.”

As Ford accumulated travel vouchers and frequent flier miles by getting bumped from as many flights as possible, he developed a plan to spend every week of 2011 on vacation.

400 cities in 365 days

Ford started that year in San Diego, went on to San Francisco, and eventually flew 489,000 miles and — thanks in part to the ability to earn bonus miles on some flights — accumulated 1 million frequent flier miles.

He visited 400 cities in one year, including Tokyo, Honolulu, Mexico City, and Amsterdam, and ended the year of travel with a spectacular Christmas celebration in St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

“My first international trip was a $900 flight to Tokyo that I paid for entirely with vouchers,” says Ford, who has now been to Hawaii dozens of times. Costa Rica is another favorite destination; he has vacationed there five times.

His accumulated vouchers and frequent flier miles have allowed him to repeat his travel experiences this year. “2012 has been almost a carbon copy of 2011,” says Ford, who went on to become the founder of PackaBagandGo.com to share his tips.

The Currency of Free Travel

While vouchers for a free flight were once commonly given to passengers who had to be bumped for an overbooked flight, most airlines now hand out vouchers in specific dollar amounts — typically $200 to $800, says Ford, depending on the length of the delay.

“Always negotiate the amount of the voucher,” says Ford, “and emphasize your frequent flier status to make them more willing to negotiate.” Vouchers can be used to pay for more than just future flights — they’re exchangeable for hotel rooms at major chains and for vacation packages, too.

Vouchers typically expire within one year. Ford says the rules vary by airline and sometimes by flight as to whether you can combine vouchers or will only be allowed to use one per trip. In addition to vouchers for future travel, an airline may provide vouchers for meals or a hotel stay while you’re waiting for the next available flight after being bumped.

10 Tips for Snagging Travel Vouchers

While not every traveler has the time and flexibility to voluntarily miss a flight, Ford’s experiences offer a blueprint that some fliers can use to garner some of their own free travel. Ford’s suggestions include:

  • Stick with one airline. Ford says that if you want to accumulate vouchers and frequent flier miles, it’s much better to build them up with a single airline. You can also leverage your loyalty to the airline for extra perks and upgrades.
  • Travel at peak times. Your likelihood of getting bumped increases when you travel when everyone else does, such as Friday and Sunday evenings or around holidays.
  • Book multistop flights. Ford books as many connections as possible to increase the chances of being bumped on one or more sections of the trip.
  • Look for full loads. Before you book any flight, check the seat map to see how many empty seats are available or call the airline to find out if a flight is nearly full. Book your ticket on the flight that has very few seats left.
  • Be flexible. If you can’t always be flexible and offer to miss a flight, try to add some extra time to the beginning or end of each business trip or vacation when a few extra hours at the airport won’t matter.
  • Volunteer. Ask the gate attendant as soon as you arrive if the flight is full and let that person know you’re willing to be bumped if they need someone.
  • Arrive early. If you’re at the gate early, you’ll have time to tell the gate attendant and the person at the check-in counter that you’re available to be bumped.
  • Learn the lingo. Ask the gate attendant if there will be a “weight imbalance” on your flight. Instead of dumping too-heavy bags, the airline will sometimes reduce the plane’s weight by bumping one or two passengers, says Ford.
  • Pack light. If you do get bumped, it’s much easier if you only have a carry-on bag rather than having your luggage pulled from the flight. Alternatively, pack belongings for one night and meet up with your bag later.
  • Be nice. Always be calm and polite with the gate attendants so you’re the one picked if there are several volunteers.

Thanksgiving is a great time of year to try out Ford’s strategies. “So many people are traveling and flights are often overbooked,” he says. “At this time of year you also have weather issues that can cause flights to be canceled, which then means other flights are overbooked.”

Ford says a family of four can turn their Thanksgiving family visit to the Midwest into their spring break trip by volunteering to be bumped.

“Build some flexibility into your trip at the beginning and the end and offer to give up your seats on a crowded flight,” Ford says. “Chances are high at that time of year that you’ll end up with vouchers to pay for a Florida vacation in 2013.”





17/06/2017

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days to Buy and Fly

Summary

  • For domestic and international trips, the cheapest day to depart is Wednesday and the worst day is Sunday. You can save about $40 on domestic trips and $60 on international trips by leaving on the cheapest day as opposed to the most expensive day.
  • The best day to return from a domestic trip is Tuesdays with savings of about $45.
  • The best day to return from an international trip is Wednesday with savings of about $60.
  • Friday is the most expensive return day for both domestic and international trips.
  • Thursday is the cheapest day to buy domestic and international tickets.  Saturday is the worst day to buy domestic tickets and Sunday is the worst day to buy International tickets. However savings are only about $10 between the best and worst shopping days for typical domestic routes, and $25 for international markets.
  • For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Table 1: Summary of best and worst days to buy, depart, and return

Departure Day

To find the cheapest day to fly, Hopper looked at about 11 thousand markets from US origins – 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international – that had a popularity of at least 20 searches per day since January 1, 2013.  If we average all domestic destinations together, Tuesday is the cheapest departure day, with Sunday the most expensive.  Interestingly, Sunday is the least popular day to travel, with Tuesday a close second.  Using the same averaging methodology, the best day to travel for international flights is actually Saturday (Figure 1), which is also one of the most popular days to travel.

However, pricing and search behavior varies widely between markets, so averaging can be misleading.  For comparison, we counted how many markets saw their lowest prices on each day of the week, and the answers were different.  For both domestic and international travel, more markets have their lowest prices on Wednesdays (Figure 2) and their most expensive prices on Sunday.  Savings for leaving on the best day compared to the most expensive day range from $40 to $50 for domestic markets and $40 to $60 for international markets.

Figure 1:  Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 2:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets

Return Day

On average, Tuesday is the cheapest day to return from domestic travel and Monday is the best day to return from international travel (Figure 3).  However, as was the case for the best departure day, the cheapest days are different when the analysis counts the number of markets by cheapest return day instead of looking at the average.  For both domestic and international destinations, the majority of markets had their cheapest price on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with Tuesday being best for domestic and Wednesday for international markets (Figure 4).   The most expensive day to return is Friday.  When returning on the best day, potential savings are between $40 and $60 for both domestic and international trips, as compared to booking on the worst day.

Figure 3: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 4: Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets

Booking Day

One of the tips that shows up often is to shop for flights on a Tuesday (1) after airlines change their pricing.  Looking at average pricing we found that for domestic flights the cheapest tickets actually show up on Thursday, and for international flights Saturday and Sunday are the cheapest to book on (Figure 5).  When counting the number of markets that see the lowest booking price for each week day, Hopper found that Thursday is the cheapest day to book for the majority of domestic and international markets (Figure 6) and the weekends are when tickets are the most expensive.  However, while the difference in pricing from day to day can be significant in select markets, on average the savings are only about $10 for domestic markets and $30 for international markets.

Figure 5: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 6:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets

For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million queries and 1 billion trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.  Deal fares are represented by the 10th percentile prices.  For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.

For this analysis, we looked at about 11 thousand markets worldwide, 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international, that had a popularity of at least 1,000 searches per week since January 1, 2013.  We used two methodologies to find cheapest days to depart, return, and purchase.  First we averaged flight prices to find cheapest days, and second we counted the number with cheapest days for each day of the week.





27/05/2017

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The Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: During Dead Zones

Ever fly during the dead zones ?

If not, you re missing out on the cheapest time of year to fly. It s a great way to save some money and get cheap airline tickets. What exactly is a dead zone? I think the term originated with Stephen King s novel of the same name about a psychic schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a trip into the dead zone.

Travel expert Chris McGinnis discusses dead zones and scoring cheaper airline tickets on a recent Ask Rick Podcast. We got a good response to the podcast, so here s more information on dead zones and how they can result in reduced airline ticket prices.

Dead Zones = Discounts

Dead zones are truly unpopular travel periods recognized in the air travel industry as dead because not many people choose to fly during these times. Some examples of dead zones include:

  • The first two weeks of December (between the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush)
  • Most of January (after the New Year s travel period)
  • Spring and fall (exception: the traditional spring break weeks in March/April)

And here s an example of the money you can save: Just last week I went on my favorite website (yes, that would be FareCompare!) and priced tickets from Los Angeles to New York during the second week of December: $249 roundtrip. Same trip a couple of weeks later: $440 and up. In January, it drops down again to $249. Fly during the dead zones and you can see substantial savings on airline tickets .

Off-Peak Travel Perks

Dead zones aren t just rigid time periods, though.

Another way to think of them is as off-peak travel . As food and travel blogger Jeanine Barone says, I like a great deal and I don t like crowds. I m with her. She gave Europe as an example: When I visit Spain in September and October, I don t have to deal with crazy lines to get into the Prado Museum.

Yes, that s another benefit to flying in the dead zone of off-peak travel: uncrowded airports and plenty of hotel rooms. And these perks can pop-up anywhere, depending on the time of year. For instance: Hawaii in the spring and fall, ski resorts in summer, Europe in the winter, Orlando when the kids are in school (well, sometimes).

Know When to Fly with Airfare Alerts

If you re not sure of a dead zone or off-peak travel period, just use the FareCompare Flexible Search Calendar ; you ll see how prices change day-by-day and even month-by-month. Generally, when prices are low, you ve hit upon a dead zone. If you sign up for real-time FareCompare airfare alerts. we do the work for you and let you know about the cheapest airline tickets available and they re not always in the dead zones. It s easy and it s free.

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19/05/2017

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High Speed Free WI-FI Access – Exists throughout the hotel, including all rooms and lobby.

Computer Business Center for emails internet.

Our Junior Olympic Sized Swimming Pool is a popular spot for relaxing and enjoying the southern California sun, plus family fun!

An Exercise Room is also available for those who prefer indoor exercise. You’ll find your favorite equipment waiting for you.

Convenient dining is available 24 hours at our adjoining Denny’s restaurant, also offering a cocktail lounge.

A Complimentary Breakfast with two hot items – Waffles and Sausage. Also includes fresh fruit, juices, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, cereals, toast, bagels and cream cheese, peanut butter, hot drinks, and donuts. For a full breakfast there is a Denny’s 24 hour Restaurant and Lounge on premises

You will enjoy our well stocked gift shop. handy for items forgotten while packing. Great for last minute take home gifts and souvenirs.

Our Conference Room has capacity for up to 35 people classroom style. Convenient for those traveling for business or for local business bookings.

Looking for local fun and entertainment. then you will enjoy the nearby Ocean Express Shuttle Service provided by Gateway To LA. A $5.00 round trip ticket will take you to many fun nearby locations. Ask at our hotel desk for all details.





13/05/2017

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How to Fly Standby on Last-Minute Cheap Flights

Flying standby requires familiarization with your preferred airline’s policies. (Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images News/Getty Images )

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The contraction of the airline industry means that most flights fly almost full and airlines have largely rolled back programs that allow you to jump on a cheap flight at the last minute. Despite capacity cuts, you can still find an airline or two that gives you a chance to get where you want to go affordably with little notice and strategies on how to fly standby with your existing cheap ticket.

Step 1

Pack everything you plan to take in a carryon bag or small daypack so that you receive priority among the standby candidates, as checked baggage creates more snags for the airline.

Step 2

Target flights earlier than your confirmed reservation if you already hold a cheap ticket. That way, you can fly using your confirmed reservation if you don’t get on an earlier flight.

Step 3

Check online for empty seats on the flight you want or call the airline, asking for your preferred flight and alternatives, as well as details on how full flights are through to the day to your destination. Avoid checking on third-party vendors such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak or others, which won’t have the most current information. Purchase the cheapest ticket you see so that you have the ticket to show security at the airport and can proceed to the gate of the earlier flight you want to fly on standby.

Step 4

Research AirTran Airways for potential seats if you are from 18 to 22 years old; at time of publication, it was the only U.S. airline adopting a policy designed to allowing students and non-students alike to find cheap standby seats. The program, called Air Tran U, allows young adults to fly on standby for $49 to $99 each way not including fees.

Ask your airline about relaxed standby rules if an impending blizzard is predicted for your departure city. Airlines, such as Southwest, USAir and Airtran, that take passengers from the Midwest and Northeast to Florida winter getaways may allow you to leave the night before based on your ticket for travel on the day the blizzard arrives; they make the policy decision in the late afternoon. Discuss this option with a customer service representative at the airline’s toll-free number.

Travel to the airport as early as you can to get on a flight. Proceed to the gate and request to be placed on the standby list. Stay by the gate listening for your name or look for it listed on a gate display and reconfirm that you are on the list as boarding begins if you have been overlooked.





12/05/2017

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10 Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

We love to give advice on how to help you save money when you book flights. After all, we are UFlyCheap.com. We’ve compiled our most popular advice below to help you find your next cheap flight. Let us know if you have questions.

1. Check Fares Early Often

Do you know that, on average, the fare difference between the best day to buy your airline ticket and the worst is $236! And that doesn’t even include people who purchase within 7 days (who pay even more!). Airlines change fares constantly, often multiple times a week. So when it comes to buying an airline ticket, timing is everything. We recommend that you start checking fares as soon as you know you’ll be flying. Then, check continuously, at least once a week to get a sense of what’s a good deal. And when you find a fare you like, be ready to pull the trigger since the same fare may not be around for very long. We know it sounds crazy (and exasperating) but the airlines use very sophisticated computer systems to adjust fares literally in real-time. Buying an airline ticket really can be like playing the stock market!

2. Buy at the Right Time

Knowing when to buy your flights can be the best tip for saving some serious cash on your next trip. We did a study last year and found that for domestic flights 49 days (about 7 weeks in advance) was, on average, the optimal time to buy plane tickets. But that number can vary quite a bit depending on where and when you’re going. The most important takeaway from our study: you’ll likely pay a big premium for booking too late (within 14 days), or for booking too early (more than 5 months in advance). Somewhere between 3 weeks and 4 months in advance is usually the sweet spot for flights within the U.S. although all bets are off if you’re traveling for a holiday or other peak time (see #4 below).

3. Some Days are Cheaper than Others

The day of the week you fly on can make a big difference in your air fare. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days for domestic flights and Friday and Sunday are the most expensive. (Monday, Thursday, and Saturday are in the middle). The difference between a Tuesday flight and a Sunday flight is $29 each way on average, or $58 round trip. If you’re traveling for the weekend, consider Saturday to Monday or Tuesday instead of a Thursday or Friday to Sunday trip. And if you’re traveling for a full week, Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday is often your best bet. More generally, if you’re willing to be flexible, check a bunch of alternate dates around the same time period because you never know when there might be one combination of dates that has a fare a lot lower than the dates around it.

4. Be Mindful of Seasonality Holidays

Knowing when to go can matter just as much as when to buy. Because the most important factor that influences the price of a particular flight is how full that flight is, it makes sense that travel during Spring Break, Thanksgiving, or Christmas time would be more expensive than normal. Similarly, some destinations, especially international ones, are very seasonal in nature so research the low and peak seasons for the places you’re interested in visiting. If you’re going to Europe, for example, you can find some amazing deals during the February and March low season, but if you want to go during the summer, you’ll pay up to double the price. If you do need to travel to popular places at popular times, you usually want to book earlier than you otherwise would since discount seats are likely to sell out quickly.

5. Mix and Match Airlines to get the Cheapest Flights

CheapAir.com features a Mix Match  category that essentially lets you combine two one way fares that may or may not be on the same airline, to form a round trip. “Mix Match” options come in handy when either (1) the best possible fare for an itinerary requires travel on one airline going out and another airline coming back; or (2) the airline with the most convenient outbound flight doesn’t have a convenient return flight or vice versa.

6. Prepare for Extra Bag Fees

Different airlines have different policies on baggage. Most charge for checked bags and some even charge for carry-on. You should factor that into your purchase decision. CheapAir makes that easy: when you see a list of flight options on our site, just hover over any of them with your mouse and you will see, among other things, the amount that airline charges for bags. With some airlines it’s also important that, once you buy your ticket, you pay for your bags ahead of time by going to the airline website because they may charge a premium if you wait until you get to the airport.

7. Check Alternate Airports

If there is more than one airport near your origin or destination city, check them both. The more options you have in terms of airports and travel dates, the more likely you will find what may be one of the last discount seats to where you are going. CheapAir automatically checks some nearby airports for you (San Francisco and Oakland; Miami and Ft. Lauderdale; New York and Newark; Washington, DC and Baltimore), but if you are willing to use other alternates, you should check those, too, by doing separate searches.

8. Break up Families or Groups into Separate Purchases

This one sounds counter-intuitive – the more people that go, the better the rate should be, right? That’s rarely true with the airlines; “group discounts” are few and far between. Because airlines will typically limit the number of seats per flight they sell at their lowest rate, sometimes you can actually price yourself right out of a good deal simply by having too many passengers. If, for instance, Airline X has two seats remaining on a flight at $100 and a bunch of other seats available for $150, if you do a search for a group of 4, the price that will come back will be $150. But if you search for two seats at a time you can buy two for $100 and only have to pay the extra $50 for the second two. How do you know when to do this? Always search first for your whole group at once to make sure that the flight has enough seats to accommodate everyone. Then try the same search for a smaller group. If the price comes out lower for the smaller group, buy the seats for the smaller group, and then do a subsequent search for the rest of your party. It can be a lot of work but, hey, if it saves money…

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04/05/2017

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30/04/2017

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The Best Times and Seasons to Fly #travel #agents #south #africa

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Best times seasons to fly

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If you want advice on the best times to fly please read the article below.

It is important when contemplating a trip somewhere to consider the season you are planning to depart in and how busy your destination is likely to be. These factors play a significant role in the overall price you could pay for your airline ticket.

Choosing a destination

There are times when certain destinations in the world have their ‘Peak Seasons’. These are times when travel to these regions can be expensive. This is due to the demand associated with such destinations for that particular time of year.

It is best when looking for cheap tickets to particular destinations that you research what are considered ‘Off Peak Seasons’ or ‘Shoulder Seasons’ to travel and plan your trip accordingly.

If wanting to travel to a snow resort, the peak seasons are generally during the winter months. Ski resorts can cut up to half the price off their fares to lure travellers to their destinations during their ‘Low Seasons’. Generally speaking however, summertime is the busiest period to travel and it wise to book travel a bit later, such as late September, to catch discount prices.

Here we list the Top ten travel destinations in the world according to the UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation 2005) and state the ‘shoulder season’ i.e. the best season to visit a destination, when the prices are low and weather is still pleasant.

Example City – Paris.

    Peak Season is between Easter and Mid-September Best time to visit is between late September and early spring (The later you go after summer the colder and damper it becomes).

Example City – Barcelona.

    Peak season is between June and September. May and October are good months to travel to Spain .

3.) United States –

Example City – New York

    Peak shopping season is between September and December Low Season is between January and August. Prices in the spring can be higher if the weather is nice.

Example City – Hong Kong

    Peak Season is from October through to late December May is the best time to visit. The weather is comfortable and it is not too busy.

Example City – Rome

    Peak Season is from April to Mid-October Outside peak season travel is cheaper but the weather is colder and susceptible to rainy periods.

6.) United Kingdom –

Example City – London

    Peak season is between Mid-April and Mid-October. Another peak occurs during the Christmas period. All other times are relatively cheaper; however the weather is unpredictable and damp.

Example City – Mexico City

    Peak season runs from December through to the second week of Easter. Also from July to August. This is particular to resorts which a large percentage of tourists visit. October, November, April and May are the best months to visit Mexico. Prices are down and the weather is pleasant.

Example City – Istanbul

    Peak Season is between July and August Prices can drop between April and June and September to October. We recommend these months to travel as the weather is still pleasant. Winter in Turkey can be rather cold.

9.) Germany –

Example City – Frankfurt

    May to late October is the peak season. All other times are low seasons except when major trade fairs take place.

Example City – Moscow

    Summertime is the peak season to travel to Russia A good time to visit is late spring or early autumn. Late November to early February is also off peak but one should be prepared for short days and bitterly cold weather.

More information about particular destinations can be found here

Important Considerations

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages of travelling off peak that you should be aware of.

The number one reason which influences the desirability of particular location are the weather conditions.

Always make sure you research this factor before settling on a particular destination. Dubai. for example, is off peak during the summer months; however temperatures can reach a blistering 50 degrees Celsius! Visit a destinations official website to discover countries weather conditions lest your cheap holiday becomes a proverbial nightmare.

Another factor to consider is the tendency for some establishments to take advantage of the off peak travel season to carry out refurbishments on their premises. This can make staying in a hotel less than desirable whilst hearing pneumatic drills going off and seeing scaffolding everywhere. Always phone the hotel you are planning to stay at and ask whether they or their neighbours are planning to carry out any refurbishments during your desired period of stay. These are some factors to take into consideration when travelling during the low season.

On the upside, destinations are relatively quieter and peaceful and allow travellers to avoid large crowds and peruse the local sites at a leisurely and unhurried pace. Also, prices on hotels, museums and restaurants are usually reduced in order to lure more people in.

A good place to discover more information is the Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory. You can find links for tourism bureaus all around the globe which offer great advice on the best times and places to visit.

Time of departure

Another factor to consider when searching for the cheapest airline tickets is the time of day you plan to depart.

Very early morning flights and late evening flights tend to be cheaper than those during busy periods of the day. This is due to fewer flights being available at those times and the general dislike of passengers to fly at those hours.

The airlines want to fill as many of their seats as possible so they sometimes drop the price of tickets departing at those times. Our advice would be to experiment with departures at different times of the day and see if any discounts can be acquired.

Day of departure

Another factor to consider when looking for cheap flights is the actual day of the flight departure. Particular days of the week are considered busy periods and flights tend to be more expensive during these times.

Weekends are generally more expensive than weekdays. The best time to look for departure flights would be either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. No guarantees can be made for finding a cheaper flight but is definitely worth a look.

Many online search functions have the ability to check for flights on ‘flexible dates’, this will allow you to check flights departing for your destination a few days earlier or later.

We highly recommend our flexible date flight search to discovere the cheapest times to fly. It allows you to see the best fares found online over the entire month and year.

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20/04/2017

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Top destinations fly to travel with cheap fares #aus #travel

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Top destinations fly to travel with cheap fares

Find cheap airline tickets and discount tickets, you can make the travel experience more rewarding air. Flights implementation has contributed to the rapid growth of industry and tourism, Travel, which is also an important source of foreign currency in the world among industries.

Flying across borders can be an awesome experience using cheap rates. Any common man can avail discounted tickets, and these rates are expected to become cheaper in the future. This flight, it was once a luxury of the rich, is now accessible to the common man s comfort, thanks to the availability of cheap flights, supplemented with the convenience of online booking.

Best Destinations

The work stress increase requires a large number of professionals who work to take regular breaks and holidays throughout the year, making the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest and most profitable in more developed countries.

TripAdvisor.com a guide and research free website that helps customers gather travel information, posting opinions of travel related issues and engaging in interactive travel forums winners announced its Choice Awards 2010 travelers. The second year of the award has honored Monte Carlo in Monaco as the Best Destination in the World , while the best destination in the United States title went to San Francisco, California. The best destination world of beach and sun is awarded to Providenciales in the Turkish and Caicos islands.

The World Travel Awards has announced the host destinations for 2010 Grand Tour Dubai (UAE), Johannesburg (South Africa), Orlando (Florida, USA), Antalya (Turkey), New Delhi (India) and Rio Janeiro (Brazil) were selected after a detailed analysis.

Get Set Fly

Imagine if you can fly to these destinations more without burning your pockets. This is the main advantage of cheap airfares. The choice of destination is the main factor that decides its travel budget. From Europe to North America and beyond, exploring beautiful places, sunny beaches, exotic wildlife, and other scenic areas using plane tickets at reduced rates. Internet is flooded with windows of shops that offer solutions for all your international travel, including good air travel market.

Investing in a holiday or a vacation package is considered one of the best ways of getting cheap airfare. These packages typically include a flight and hotel accommodations, each of which will fall in price. These days, many airlines offer packages to help companies to fill their planes and hotels. This is a smart way to go if you are really in the budget to get to their favorite holiday destinations.

International perfect holiday package can be decided according to the budget. There is no longer a difficult task because the number of airlines that offer discounted rates and airfares.

Find the best deal on airfare, and get ready to explore the world, you can be one of the most rewarding experiences of life.





15/04/2017

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days

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Save 30% on Your Airline Ticket by Picking the Right Days to Buy and Fly

Summary

  • For domestic and international trips, the cheapest day to depart is Wednesday and the worst day is Sunday. You can save about $40 on domestic trips and $60 on international trips by leaving on the cheapest day as opposed to the most expensive day.
  • The best day to return from a domestic trip is Tuesdays with savings of about $45.
  • The best day to return from an international trip is Wednesday with savings of about $60.
  • Friday is the most expensive return day for both domestic and international trips.
  • Thursday is the cheapest day to buy domestic and international tickets.  Saturday is the worst day to buy domestic tickets and Sunday is the worst day to buy International tickets. However savings are only about $10 between the best and worst shopping days for typical domestic routes, and $25 for international markets.
  • For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Table 1: Summary of best and worst days to buy, depart, and return

Departure Day

To find the cheapest day to fly, Hopper looked at about 11 thousand markets from US origins – 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international – that had a popularity of at least 20 searches per day since January 1, 2013.  If we average all domestic destinations together, Tuesday is the cheapest departure day, with Sunday the most expensive.  Interestingly, Sunday is the least popular day to travel, with Tuesday a close second.  Using the same averaging methodology, the best day to travel for international flights is actually Saturday (Figure 1), which is also one of the most popular days to travel.

However, pricing and search behavior varies widely between markets, so averaging can be misleading.  For comparison, we counted how many markets saw their lowest prices on each day of the week, and the answers were different.  For both domestic and international travel, more markets have their lowest prices on Wednesdays (Figure 2) and their most expensive prices on Sunday.  Savings for leaving on the best day compared to the most expensive day range from $40 to $50 for domestic markets and $40 to $60 for international markets.

Figure 1:  Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 2:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive departure day) for domestic and international markets

Return Day

On average, Tuesday is the cheapest day to return from domestic travel and Monday is the best day to return from international travel (Figure 3).  However, as was the case for the best departure day, the cheapest days are different when the analysis counts the number of markets by cheapest return day instead of looking at the average.  For both domestic and international destinations, the majority of markets had their cheapest price on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with Tuesday being best for domestic and Wednesday for international markets (Figure 4).   The most expensive day to return is Friday.  When returning on the best day, potential savings are between $40 and $60 for both domestic and international trips, as compared to booking on the worst day.

Figure 3: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 4: Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive return day) for domestic and international markets

Booking Day

One of the tips that shows up often is to shop for flights on a Tuesday (1) after airlines change their pricing.  Looking at average pricing we found that for domestic flights the cheapest tickets actually show up on Thursday, and for international flights Saturday and Sunday are the cheapest to book on (Figure 5).  When counting the number of markets that see the lowest booking price for each week day, Hopper found that Thursday is the cheapest day to book for the majority of domestic and international markets (Figure 6) and the weekends are when tickets are the most expensive.  However, while the difference in pricing from day to day can be significant in select markets, on average the savings are only about $10 for domestic markets and $30 for international markets.

Figure 5: Popularity and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets  

Figure 6:  Number of markets with the lowest departure price on each day of week, and average price savings (vs. most expensive booking day) for domestic and international markets

For any tip that is true in aggregate it is possible to find a market that is the exception, but you can monitor your markets of interest using Hopper’s tools .

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million queries and 1 billion trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.  Deal fares are represented by the 10th percentile prices.  For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.

For this analysis, we looked at about 11 thousand markets worldwide, 7,500 domestic and 3,500 international, that had a popularity of at least 1,000 searches per week since January 1, 2013.  We used two methodologies to find cheapest days to depart, return, and purchase.  First we averaged flight prices to find cheapest days, and second we counted the number with cheapest days for each day of the week.





15/04/2017

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer prices. Cities, like Budapest, often have colorful floral displays as well. (Photo: Veronica Gould Stoddart, USA TODAY)

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If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now, as airfare will be consistently high. But if your plans are more flexible, you can save big by choosing the right time to book your trip. There are five cheap periods to fly during 2013 and one of those times is right now:

1. Most of January

Once the major holidays have passed, prices for January take a dive, which is why it’s considered the number one airfare dead zone. This week is the start of the prime window, as the final wave of higher-priced New Year’s flights subsides.

Exception: We are seeing higher prices (and airfare sale blackout dates) on flights to/from Washington, D.C. on the days just before and after Jan. 20, the date of the presidential inauguration.

2. Early February

February can be very cheap, with these exceptions: Avoid travel to New Orleans early in the month (that’s where the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3) and also avoid flights to/from Las Vegas because a lot of folks head there for game-day partying. Luckily, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year so you should be okay if you want to go someplace romantic; when Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, prices can jump.

One last exception: Watch out for Spring Break travel to rev up in the latter part of the month, which always drives up ticket prices.

3. Late spring for Europe

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather’s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer. Rule of thumb: peak pricing typically kicks in around May 15.

4. Almost any holiday

You probably know that flying on the big day itself – such as Thanksgiving or Christmas – is a lot cheaper than the dates surrounding the holiday, but it’s usually true for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day as well. It’s very simple; people don’t want to waste their holidays at the airport but if you don’t mind a few hours of tedium, you will save money.

5. The cheap weeks of Nov. and Dec.

Call it the pre- and post-holiday periods. One of these is the two-week period at the start of Nov. – what I call the pre-Thanksgiving airfare bargain time. The other comes after Turkey Day (which falls on Nov. 28 in 2013), beginning right about Dec. 3 and continuing until about Dec. 18. Most people will travel during holidays of course so these weeks are total dead zones and tickets are priced to move.

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09/04/2017

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The Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: During Dead Zones

Ever fly during the dead zones ?

If not, you re missing out on the cheapest time of year to fly. It s a great way to save some money and get cheap airline tickets. What exactly is a dead zone? I think the term originated with Stephen King s novel of the same name about a psychic schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a trip into the dead zone.

Travel expert Chris McGinnis discusses dead zones and scoring cheaper airline tickets on a recent Ask Rick Podcast. We got a good response to the podcast, so here s more information on dead zones and how they can result in reduced airline ticket prices.

Dead Zones = Discounts

Dead zones are truly unpopular travel periods recognized in the air travel industry as dead because not many people choose to fly during these times. Some examples of dead zones include:

  • The first two weeks of December (between the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush)
  • Most of January (after the New Year s travel period)
  • Spring and fall (exception: the traditional spring break weeks in March/April)

And here s an example of the money you can save: Just last week I went on my favorite website (yes, that would be FareCompare!) and priced tickets from Los Angeles to New York during the second week of December: $249 roundtrip. Same trip a couple of weeks later: $440 and up. In January, it drops down again to $249. Fly during the dead zones and you can see substantial savings on airline tickets .

Off-Peak Travel Perks

Dead zones aren t just rigid time periods, though.

Another way to think of them is as off-peak travel . As food and travel blogger Jeanine Barone says, I like a great deal and I don t like crowds. I m with her. She gave Europe as an example: When I visit Spain in September and October, I don t have to deal with crazy lines to get into the Prado Museum.

Yes, that s another benefit to flying in the dead zone of off-peak travel: uncrowded airports and plenty of hotel rooms. And these perks can pop-up anywhere, depending on the time of year. For instance: Hawaii in the spring and fall, ski resorts in summer, Europe in the winter, Orlando when the kids are in school (well, sometimes).

Know When to Fly with Airfare Alerts

If you re not sure of a dead zone or off-peak travel period, just use the FareCompare Flexible Search Calendar ; you ll see how prices change day-by-day and even month-by-month. Generally, when prices are low, you ve hit upon a dead zone. If you sign up for real-time FareCompare airfare alerts. we do the work for you and let you know about the cheapest airline tickets available and they re not always in the dead zones. It s easy and it s free.

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07/04/2017

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Come fly with me: A side-by-side comparison of two top travel

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Come fly with me: A side-by-side comparison of two top travel sites

Come fly with me: A side-by-side comparison of two top travel sites

Think back to the last time you walked into a travel agency or called an airline directly to make a reservation. It’s probably been awhile. The Internet has completely revolutionized the travel industry, and countless sites make it possible for consumers to book their flights, rooms, cars, cruises, and vacation packages with just a few clicks.

The question for most travelers isn’t whether or not they should book online—it’s which site they should use when planning their trip. Orbitz and Kayak are two of the bigger fish swimming in a pond that is supersaturated with competing travel sites. So, how do they stack up against each other?

Before we grade Orbitz and Kayak on their marketing performance, it’s important to consider a key difference in their platforms. Kayak doesn’t handle transactions; Orbitz does. Kayak is an aggregator that allows consumers to compare travel options culled from multiple sites. Kayak’s “search one and done” tagline is simple and clear. Instead of surfing between hundreds of travel sites, travelers can comparison shop in one place. Orbitz, meanwhile, operates as a full-service travel site that engages consumers from their initial search through to their final purchase.

Orbitz is actually one of Kayak’s many channel partners, so in one respect, both companies work together. At the same time, they are competitors vying for brand prominence as well as their share of the consumer pie. And we all know consumers often develop preferences for one travel site over all others.

Here’s a quick look at how Orbitz and Kayak fare across various marketing channels.

Website: Several pages on the Orbitz website are overloaded with information and ultimately look cluttered. Making matters worse is the fact that the Orbitz homepage is saturated with ads, some of which have nothing to do with travel. The ads can be distracting and have the potential to direct site visitors elsewhere, which is inherently counterintuitive.

Kayak’s site is simple, straightforward, extremely focused and designed to drive further travel searches. Ads appear deeper in the site, so you’ll never see one on the homepage. And while Orbitz may have more information available, Kayak does a much better job of making its information accessible.

Facebook: Orbitz has clearly put some creative thought into its Facebook strategy. The company has developed various widgets and games and uses the social network to promote contests and special offers. Kayak’s Facebook presence is more basic and tends to focus on travel news and tips. Neither company is leveraging Facebook to its full potential, but sheer numbers give the edge to Orbitz (roughly 421,000 “likes” compared to Kayak’s 80,100).

Twitter: On average, Orbitz sends out three or four tweets per day. but the content comes across as noisy and unfocused. Kayak offers more substantial content without overloading followers and makes good use of embedded rich media. It’s obvious that Kayak is more focused on Twitter than Facebook (the reverse is true for Orbitz), but one shouldn’t come at the expense of the other. Comparing numbers clearly shows differing priorities. Kayak boasts more than 307,000 followers while Orbitz lags behind with about 95,530.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn has the potential to be a very powerful marketing tool, but Orbitz and Kayak both seem to be phoning it in. They do use the careers section for recruitment, but even here, their efforts feel like an afterthought. Neither company scores well, but Orbitz is missing out on a much bigger opportunity by not using LinkedIn to promote corporate travel.

Pinterest: Pinterest represents another lost opportunity. Travel can be such an emotional experience, which is why vacation planning tips, trip pictures, and anything else worth pinning could be used to point back to the Orbitz or Kayak site. They should learn from hotel companies like Four Seasons. Neither company is doing anything to promote pinning.

YouTube: Orbitz and Kayak both do a good job of producing and promoting video content. Kayak’s videos just happen to be more engaging, which is why many of them have gone viral. One great example is Kayak’s brain surgery ad (the video has more than 707,000 hits) in which a doctor conducts a travel search by manipulating a patient’s brain. Each impulse causes the patient’s hands to pound on the laptop in front him. The takeaway is that there should be a more efficient way to search for travel. The solution is Kayak.

Blog: The Orbitz blog has been around for some time, but its content is pretty basic. Entries alternate between travel subjects and editorials, which do very little to engage the reader. Still, Orbitz scores slightly higher since Kayak is relatively new to the game. Its blog only goes back six months. Both have a lot of opportunity to gain some loyal followers if they offer interesting blog content.

Deals: Both sites offer travel deals—the difference is in the way they’re presented. Orbitz lists its deals as a cluster without offering an easy way to filter the broader content. Kayak’s deals are much more specific and presented in a contextualized and targeted way based on where you’re going.

Loyalty programs: Neither company offers a loyalty program, which may not be surprising for Kayak since consumers don’t use the platform to book travel directly. Still, there could be a way to reward travelers based on how often they use the site. Orbitz is missing a much bigger opportunity since a loyalty program would give consumers an incentive to complete their transactions with Orbitz and a reason to come back to the site when booking future travel.

Mobile: There’s no contest here. Kayak is one of the most downloaded apps in the marketplace, largely due to the fact that it’s simple, convenient, and fast. Kayak’s mobile site is also outstanding and offers the same, simple interface. Ultimately, the user experience is consistent across touch points.

The Orbitz mobile experience is also very solid. The initial interface looks a lot like Kayak’s—however most of the Orbitz content feels like a website experience crammed into a mobile device. Orbitz can make big strides by scaling back and simplifying its mobile experience.

Customer support: Orbitz does a nice job of organizing information by categories, which means site visitors can often find answers to their questions without having to contact customer service by email or phone. Kayak’s customer support is relatively basic since consumers never transact directly on the site. Both companies offer easy-to-find toll free numbers on their sites.

Email: Neither company sends out a regular newsletter, but both sites would be well-served by disseminating relevant information and partner offers. Kayak is hyper-personalized, so emails can easily be tailored to include content that speaks to each consumer. Orbitz also has data to target specific consumers and distribute information based on previous searches and purchases. For now, both companies get an “incomplete.”

Brand Champion:

Orbitz and Kayak are very different companies, but they’re both major players in the online travel game. A head-to-head comparison gives Kayak the clear advantage, largely due to the simplicity of its “search one and done” model. That simplicity is showcased on the Kayak website and reflected in Kayak’s mobile experience.

The outlook is still very bright for Orbitz, and some simple adjustments will have a lasting impact moving forward. A less cluttered website featuring well-placed, relevant ads along with an optimized mobile experience can take Orbitz to a new level.

Both companies need to consider rebooting their social media strategies, developing loyalty programs and utilizing pertinent data to provide travelers with information that specifically speaks to them.

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07/04/2017

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Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

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Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

Editor s note: We updated this popular post in 2015 with new and easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn t changed is these tips still help save money every time you shop for airfare.

Update: Summer, Holiday, Peak Travel Tips

Three quick tips to save time and money during the busiest travel days of the year.

  1. Get to the airport early: If flying during any peak season (particularly June, July or August) get to the airport anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours earlier than normal. Do this! Airport lines will be long and if you aren t at the gate before the aircraft door closes, you will not be flying.
  2. Keep an eye on the weather: Summer weather can be much worse than winter. Thunderstorms delay flights more often than snowstorms so be aware and know what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed .
  3. Watch the baggage fees: A cheap flight can rapidly turn into an expensive one if you don t watch bag fees. Note: Carry-on bags are free on most airlines but Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit do charge for carry-ons. Only one U.S. airline still offers 2 checked bags for free: Southwest.

Now let s find some cheap flights.

Find Cheap Flights: Fly Hungry, Fly Tired

We get it. You re busy and your time is valuable. When you want airline tickets, you want the best comparison shopping site to find cheap flights fast. Next step:

Fly when no one wants to. We are talking about flying the least popular days and times. The reason they re unpopular is because it s inconvenient.

  • Fly Hungry: Before breakfast, at the dinner hour, overnight.
  • Fly Tired: Travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays when most don t feel like getting on a plane.

These are the basics. Keep reading for a complete explanation.

What are the Cheapest Days to Fly

These are general guidelines but there are always exceptions which is why you have to compare fares and compares days and flight times.

  • Cheapest days: The cheapest days to fly on most U.S. domestic routes are Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays. Learn more about this here .
  • Expensive days: Popular days will cost more. The most popular/most expensive days are usually Fridays and Sundays .
  • Cheapest times: Again, fly when most people don t want to. This includes flights at dawn, red-eyes or overnight flights, and often flights around the dinner hour.

Can t fly the cheapest times or days in both directions? Do it one-way for your trip and you ll still reap half the savings.

When is the Best Time to Book a Flight

Best day to shop: FareCompare s data shows that best time to book a flight in the U.S. is Tuesday at 3 p.m. eastern time. This day and time give you access to the best flight deals. It s when airlines release the most sales and the best time to book plane tickets. Learn more about this here .

Best time-frame to shop: This varies depending on where you fly.

  • Domestic fares: The best time to buy airline tickets in the U.S. is between three months and 30 days before departure.
  • International fares: The best time to buy international airline tickets is between 5 ½ months and 1 ½ months before departure. During peak seasons such as June, July and August or December holidays, purchase tickets two months in advance.

A big mistake many people make is to delay shopping until the last minute thinking there will be deals. Those days are gone and last-minute fares tend to be much more expensive (this is when the steeper prices business travelers pay kick in). Bottom line: Procrastination doesn t pay.

How to Save with Flexibility

Sometimes a little inconvenience can save big money. Check out the following tips and decide whether you re willing to endure a longer travel day or shopping experience.

Connecting flights: Often not always, but often you can save by foregoing the ease of a non-stop flight in favor of a less convenient connecting flight. Sometimes adding a stop (or two) can save as much as 50 percent. Learn more about this here.

Bigger airports: Bigger airports (particularly hubs) often have cheaper airfares. Compare prices from your home airport as well as the nearest larger airport and you may find driving an extra hour or two is well worth it.

Shop one passenger at a time: When booking travel for two or more, shop one passenger at a time. That s because airline reservation systems have a quirk that works like this: Multiple  tickets sold in a single transaction must be the same price. If you shop for two tickets at the same time, and there is one ticket for $100 but the other tickets are $200, you ll pay $200 for both tickets. If you shop one at a time, you ll get one ticket for $100 and one for $200. Learn more about this here .

Sign up for airfare alerts: Getting to see the best prices in real-time is simple; just sign up at FareCompare (it s free and it s fast). Tip: When you are alerted to a good price that interests you, jump on it it will not last long.

Yes, We Have More Tips to Find Cheap Flights

Please join our community at FareCompare. Not only will you get access to the best airfares of more than 500 airlines around the world, you ll find tons of great advice that will save you money. Check out our Deals Blog. follow us on Facebook and Twitter. It all comes down to our motto: Don t pay a penny more than you have to.





17/03/2017

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