Finding Discount Flights on Southwest Airlines

Finding Discount Flights on Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines offers discount flights on a point to point system instead of the more traditional hub and spoke system. By logging more than three thousand of their point to point discount flights each day, Southwest Airlines can often simply trample the competition.

The point to point discount flights system that Southwest is using may benefit the traveler because they run their flights between airports rather than having a central hub airport. To further cut down on costs, Southwest frequently uses secondary airports rather than the larger international hubs.

Is this an advantage or a disadvantage? Well, it really depends on where the traveler wants to go. Secondary airports usually have much lower fees for the airlines and that cost reduction is often passed on to the consumer in the form of discount flights.

Southwest Airlines doesn’t only utilize secondary airports however. The airline also runs discount flights at some of the major airports as well. For example, Southwest Airlines runs discount flights to four airports in the Los Angeles area including Los Angeles International (LAX).

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Can You Get a FAIR FARE When Booking a Last Minute Flight?

It depends, of course, on where you’re headed, but getting a good fare for a last minute flight is usually a difficult task. There are certain times of the year, in fact, when it’s next to impossible to get an advance purchase flight - no matter what price you are prepared to pay. This is why travel industry insiders will always suggest that you book your flight early.

Booking your flights as far in advance of your trip as possible is definitely the safe way to go for obtaining cheap airline tickets to your destination. By securing your flight early, you are buying a seat while there are still plenty of seats available. Naturally, you will find that the airlines usually offer the cheapest airfares during this stage.

But What if I have to book last minute?

Booking a flight until the last minute usually means that there are very few seats left. When this happens, the airlines may charge a premium price for those seats that are left. My suggestion is to be vigilant with the TravelZoo E-Mail List. I don’t know how they do it, but TravelZoo’s list always has the best last minute fares.

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About Airfare Refunds if the 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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7 Stress Free Tips for air travel

7 Stress Free Tips for air travel

Stress Free tip #1 When you are booking your air ticket, make sure you are booking an earliest flight to your destination. For ex: When we go to LA I’ll book the earliest flight the 6AM flight so we can have breakfast in New York and have lunch in LA and have the rest of the day at the pool or at the beach.

Tip # 2 Seat selection. When you select our seat make sure you select seats that’s in front if you don’t want to wait to long after boarding the plane. I notice lately most airlines are trying to seat people from the back towards the front so if don’t to be in the plane too long before the plane fly, book the front seats.

Tip #3 In order to get your meal fast order the special or kosher meal that way you will get your food as soon as everything is settle down and when they start serving you will get your food first.

Tip #4 Pack what you need for the trip not what you want because most airlines are charging for the luggages and beware when you are packing for a family make sure that your bag or luggage is not over weight and they do charge a crazy amount for that too.

Tip #5 When traveling with kids make sure you have a DVD player or bring your laptop so that they can watch the movies and play games, that will keep them occupied through out the whole flight.

Tip #6 To make sure you drink a lot of water because up in the air your body tend to dehydrate more with the pressure and everything. So make sure you drink a lot of water, I usually have a glass of water plus a soda when the meal comes and I’ll have two more after the meal. It constantly keeps you hydrate and a chance to go to the bathroom and do a little stretch, instead of spending too much time at your seat.

Tip #7 and the last tip is be at the airport at 2-3 hours early before your flight why? Because of the new security system it takes more time for check in and also it enable you to have a little more free time than rushing to the airport and get stress. Besides you are already excited for your vacation and you can’t sleep anyways, so you might as well go to the airport early and be ready and when the flight is ready, you fly

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Budget Airlines: The Pros and the Cons

The Pros and the Cons of Budget Airlines

As a traveler in this decade, you have a large number of airlines in which to choose from.

While most air travelers are very familiar with the big carriers like United, American, and Delta, it wasn’t until airfare skyrocketed that passengers started to really examine their other airfare options. Lets look at discount or budget airlines, and discuss the pros and cons to flying with them.

The Pros

With Budget Airlines, you usually get the best rates. Since budget airlines limit perks to travelers, they pass that savings on to the passenger in the form of cheaper airfare.

If your goal is to from “Point A” to “Point B” as cheaply as possible, then you will get exactly what you are looking for from a budget airline.

How much money can you save? It really depends on a number of factors including your airline choice, travel dates, and destination. On average, most travelers will save at least $100 on their airfare by flying on a budget airline.

Who are the major budget airlines? In the United States, you’re looking at Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, Horizon, and Virgin American. With this many budget airlines to choose from, you have a very nice chance of saving money.

The Cons
The most obvious thing is that there are almost no “perks” to speak of (in-flight movies, free drinks and snacks ) on the discount airlines. While this sounds like a bummer, the simple solution is to bring your own snacks and source of entertainment.

Another slight bummer is that you usually don’t get to choose your seat until you arrive at the airport. For many travelers this is no big deal, but it can be stressful if you are traveling as a family. Also, since budget airlines are geared toward cheap travel, many of them don’t have a first class or executive class section.
Be careful, because some of the budget airlines will load you down with fees. The exception is Southwest Airlines which is well-known for being a good budget airline with no surprises. Their website and commercials in fact proclaim this by saying “what you see is what you get.” Not all airlines are like this however. as many of them have hidden fees and taxes which you don’t learn about until you arrive at the airport.

Summary
It’s easy to see that flying on the budget airlines has its pros and its cons. If you decide to give one of these airlines a try, make sure you compare prices to ensure that you are getting the best deal.


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You’ve Got Mail – The Cheapest Airline Fights May Be In Your Inbox

Finding Cheap Flights

One of the best ways to find the cheapest airline flights is to sign up for e-mail newsletters that the various airlines publish. The major airlines often offer their e-mail subscribers the first chance to take advantage of their deepest discounts and/or any special ticket prices that they may have available.

All of the airlines are motivated to fill every seat on a flight. When a departure date nears and they still have empty seats available, most airlines will offer cheap plane tickets to try to fill the plane via e-mail.


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