Summer Airfare Wars Begin

AirTran Leads the Battle

Summer airfare wars have officially begun with leading discount carrier AirTran Airways firing the first shot causing the bigger carriers to match prices during a time when they would much rather be raising them.

Featuring some seats on a few short trips for as cheap as $44 each way, the AirTran sale is limited in that it expires at midnight on Friday, April 2nd. What really makes their sale stand out (and anger the competition) however is its duration which covers travel from March 19 until Nov. 16.

Other carriers were forced to match airfare on routes where they compete with AirTran in order to prevent losing passengers to their lower-cost rival. Those sales also expire n April 2nd at midnight.

“It’s very rare that we see a 200-day sale — that we get to buy that far out into the future,” said Tom Parsons, CEO of BestFares.com. “This is the first big summer airfare sale.”

Airlines have a seasonal clock when it comes to earning revenue: They try to make enough revenue in the summer to last them through the winter. The length of the AirTran airfare promotion is important because it means that other airlines were forced to sell seats for the peak summer travel period much more cheaply than their previous plans.

Among those matching the AirTran airfare sale were Delta, US Airways, American, Continental, and United. You can see a number of the airfare offers at one place on the Booking Buddy Website.


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How to Find Cheap Flights to Hawaii

flying to hawaiiHow to Find Cheap Flights to Hawaii

There are some general rules that apply to almost all flights, but there are some specific rules when it comes to flying to Hawaii – rules that will make finding cheap flights to Hawaii a lot more possible than you thought.

1) First and foremost, the further out you can plan your Hawaii trip, particularly your air travel to Hawaii, the cheaper they will be. Try to book your flight to Honolulu at least 21 days out – 30 days if you’re continuing to Maui. Extra tip… “red eye” trips will save you lots of money on your return to the mainland.

2) Very important – stay over a Saturday night!! If your trip to Hawaii is for 5 days, plan your flight to arrive Wednesday morning to early afternoon, then return to the mainland on Sunday to get a better fare. Extra tip… try mid-week flights for arrival and departure for the BEST airfare.

3) Don’t ever buy airline tickets for Friday evening or Monday morning. These are obviously the busiest times for the airlines and the airfare will reflect that. You won’t ever find cheap flights to Hawaii on a Friday night.

4) Avoid holiday travel to Hawaii if you can. If you must travel to Hawaii for a holiday, book your flight for the actual Holiday (fly in ON Christmas Day rather than Christmas Eve, for example).

5) With the exception of Thanksgiving, airfare to Hawaii is cheapest between November 1st and December 15th.

6) Pretty obvious, but fly from a major city – preferably a major international hub. If you live an hour outside Chicago for example, choose Chicago Ohare anyway. Take the bus or some other form of public transportation if necessary but fly from the international hubs.

7) Flights to Honolulu on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday will usually offer the lowest prices. The heaviest travel days TO Honolulu are Monday, Friday and Sunday, so the prices can be higher.

8) Solid gold tip!! If you are willing to be bumped from an overbooked flight, you could be given a very large discount for a future trip or possibly een a free roundtrp. If you are not in a hurry and the airline announces your flight is overbooked, ask the gate counter representative what they are offering for a volunteer “bump”.

9) Use your status as a senior citizen or a college student to get discounts – sometimes as much as 25% off! If you are at least 55 years of age or you can show a student ID, this is definitely an avenue you need to explore. 

10) If you call the airlines directly, ask them for their most inexpensive flight. Believe it or not, It is not always coach. Your airline may be having a special on business travel that you qualify for. Always ask!


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Summer Airfare Wars Begin

AirTran Leads the Battle

Summer airfare wars have officially begun with leading discount carrier AirTran Airways firing the first shot causing the bigger carriers to match prices during a time when they would much rather be raising them.

Featuring some seats on a few short trips for as cheap as $44 each way, the AirTran sale is limited in that it expires at midnight on Friday, April 2nd. What really makes their sale stand out (and anger the competition) however is its duration which covers travel from March 19 until Nov. 16.

Other carriers were forced to match airfare on routes where they compete with AirTran in order to prevent losing passengers to their lower-cost rival. Those sales also expire n April 2nd at midnight.

“It’s very rare that we see a 200-day sale — that we get to buy that far out into the future,” said Tom Parsons, CEO of BestFares.com. “This is the first big summer airfare sale.”

Airlines have a seasonal clock when it comes to earning revenue: They try to make enough revenue in the summer to last them through the winter. The length of the AirTran airfare promotion is important because it means that other airlines were forced to sell seats for the peak summer travel period much more cheaply than their previous plans.

Among those matching the AirTran airfare sale were Delta, US Airways, American, Continental, and United. You can see a number of the airfare offers at one place on the Priceline PriceBreakers website.


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Booking Cheap Flights on USAirways Mobile

Booking Cheap Flights on USAirways Mobile

Do you use your mobile device to search for cheap flights?

USAirways has made some real nice updates to their mobile website at usairways.com and it’s now much easier to search for cheap flights. If you access their website from an internet enabled mobile phone for example, it now automatically redirects to their new mobile site that’s loaded with all kind of goodies for bargain hunters – an easy search engine for finding cheap flights, a booking agent for securing cheap flights, and a quick link to airline reservations for confirming cheap flights.

With the mobile US Airways site, you can do just about everything you’re used to doing on your computer in a low-graphics format that’s very fast and super easy for your phone or PDA to read.

You can give it a try at usairways.com.


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Considering Airfare to Italy?

Get More than Airfare… Get the Package!Italy is just an amazing country, filled with such rich history, gorgeous lakes, spectacular mountains, and picturesque cities. Rome, Venice and Milan are the most frequently visited cities of Italy, but there is so much more to take in here including the breathtaking islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Rather than booking airfare only like we recommend for domestic travel, you’ll find that you get the very best travel deal to Italy by booking an italy tour package. And if you heed our advice, there is no better travel deal anywhere then the one you’ll get from the 15-day “Unforgettable Italy” tour that’s offered by Grand European Tours.

A quick airfare only search of JFK to Rome shows the airfare running in the $1,000 – $1,600 on Kayak. Start adding hotels, transportation, and attractions and you’ll soon be in the upper thousands. Whoa!

Grand Europeans tour of italy on the other hand is way less than $3,000 and is nearly all-inclusive. Their tour includes round trip airfare, local expert guides (Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Florence and Venice), transportation, first class hotels, travel documents, 16 meals, and a professional tour director.

According to GE Tours website, you’ll

“Spend your first 3 days immersed in the art and history of Rome. See the fascinating remains of Pompeii, share a meal with a Sorrento family and visit the Isle of Capri. Discover the treasures of the Uffizi Gallery with a Florentine art expert.”

There are so many essential locations and sights to visit, but not planning the perfect itinerary will likely mean missing out on visiting some great places. A reliable Italy tour organizes the trip in such a way that all important and interesting locations are covered.

Airfare-now recommends that you skip the airfare-only option and visit the Grand European Tours website to learn more about their Italy tour. Have a wonderful trip to the land of pizza, pasta and vino!

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Can I Get A Refund if my Airfare Price Drops?

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So you finally decide to push the “buy now” button for your plane ticket. You’ve found what you believe to be the best discount airfare, you’ve inhaled deeply, and you’ve make the click. But then your biggest fear – you see a lower fare on another website or you see the price of your ticket drop on your current website. What now?

Here are some general details about refunds on airplane tickets. Keep in mind that each travel website and each airline sets their own policy so these are generalities – your mileage may vary…

If your fare drops within 24 hours, your airline might very well refund the difference.

Several major airlines offer what they call a low-fare guarantee: If, for example, you see your flight advertised for less on another website within 24 hours of originally booking your airfare, your airline might refund the difference in price and also reward you with a travel voucher. The lower fare needs to meet some precise conditions in order to qualify, but it is definitely worth looking into.

On American and United Airlines for example, the lower airfare must match your original airfare itinerary, cabin classification (economy, business, or first) and letter designation. The letter designation is usually the hardest of all criteria to match because there can be a dozen or more letter designations within a single cabin. For Continental and Northwest Airlines, the lower airfare must match the original airfare cabin classification, itinerary and flight.

If you book your ticket through the Orbitz travel website, you’re eligible for a voucher under their low-fare guarantee if you find a lower fare on a different website. You might also receive a cash credit through their separate “price assurance policy” if another Orbitz website customer books your same itinerary at a lower price. Again, the class and itinerary for the two tickets must be exactly the same in order to qualify.

If the price drops after 24 hours, you might get a flight voucher.

If you purchased your ticket from the airline and your price drops, the airline may award you a voucher for the price difference toward your next ticket. You’ll only get that voucher however if the amount of the price drop is more than the rebooking fee that the airline charges.

For example, let’s say that you found a disount airfare to Los Angeles International for $429 that has since dropped to $374. If the rebooking fee on your airline is $125, your fare would need to drop below $304 (yourr original $429 minus the $125) before you would see any type of an award voucher. If you want to get in the business of chasing vouchers and catching them, call your airline before you book to see if they have a rebooking fee (the flight tracking site Yapta maintains a chart of rebooking fees at major airlines) and book your ticket as far in advance as possible.

Persist, and you might get more than one travel voucher.

Like Travelocity and most of the other online travel agencies, Yapta searches for the best discount airfare for your planned itinerary. For the voucher-minded traveler however, Yapta only returns airfares that can be booked through the airline directly. After you buy your ticket, Yapta monitors your airfare and sends you an e-mail when the price rises or falls.

If your airfare drops to a point where you qualify for an award voucher but you don’t want to deal with the airline yourself, Yapta will do it for a $15 service fee.

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