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Will Ryanair fly to the US?

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Wednesday, November 5, 2008

European low cost carrier Ryanair announced earlier this week that they planned to expand its routes to include flights from London's Stansted airport as well as Dublin Airport to the eastern US, possibly to Boston. In addition they announced that Flights would be offered at the incredible price of around $13.00 + tax USD ! (This deal would be for economy class only). The word going around is that this is too good to be true. 

The catch: it seems that Ryanair has this in the planning stages and it is contingent upon acquiring additional planes on the cheap to fly the proposed routes. According to the Boston Globe it may be 12-18 months before this new service becomes a reality.

Considering the exorbitant fares on US-UK routes, it would be a breath of fresh air even if we have to wait a little while.

Categories: Airline Industry News

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It's Official -- Delta Northwest merger is approved

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Thursday, October 30, 2008

In a statement issued late Wednesday, The US Dept of Justice announced that they have approved the much talked about acquisition of Northwest Airlines by Delta Airlines, which was the final litmus test the deal had to be put through before approval.

The new Delta will remain based in Atlanta. Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce President Sam A. Williams said, "Delta's route structure makes Atlanta the most connected city on earth".It also makes Delta Airlines the world's largest airline.

The combined airline will see approximately $2 Billion annual revenue.Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, down from over $140  a barrel to the current range of $65 per barrel fuel prices are still expensive and airline demand is continuing to fall.

A former CEO of Northwest , will remain as CEO of the new Delta, with his eight most senior officers evenly split among Delta and Northwest executives.

Categories: Airline Industry News

Free Companion Ticket on British Airways

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Friday, October 24, 2008

British Airways is offering a great deal on flights from the US and Canada. Purchase a round-trip ticket in most classes of service( except non-refundable fares) between now and Dec. 31 2008 (travel for the qualifying ticket must be completed by Dec 31 2008) and receive a voucher by email for a Free companion ticket.

Note: You must be a British Airways "Executive Club" member to take advantage of this special.If you are not a member you can sign up very easily by clicking here.

After signing in as an Executive Club member, you must also REGISTER for this offer as well by clicking here and then going to "Register for offer".

Here is how it works:

1) Buy a round-trip ticket at qualifying World Traveler Fares that must be used by Dec 31, 2008.See British Airways site for details.

2) Get your E-voucher or regular voucher. Takes 6-8 weeks by email and 8 weeks for regular mail.

3) Book a ticket from Jan 5, 2009 until Jun 30, 2009 for travel from Jan 15, 2009 until Dec 15, 2009.Member and companion must book all flights and classes of service together and travel together on all segments.Get companion ticket Free excluding taxes.

Please see British Airways , scroll down and click "Show full terms and conditions"  for complete details.

Categories: Airline Industry News, Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

How much would you pay to sleep on an airplane?

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Tuesday, August 5, 2008

With all the new charges brought about by the airlines these days we have to contemplate whether we will take a second bag, splurge for a bulkhead seat, or get that $3 bottle of soda.

One thing that we thought was non-chargeable was sleep. But now that is history. Jetblue Airways announced yesterday that they will begin charging $7 for a pillow and blanket for flights longer than two hours.

The low cost airline announced that it is doing away with the old recycled blankets and pillows and will now be offering an "eco-friendly" travel blanket and pillow. Jetblue claims the advantage of these new products will be a cleaner pillow and blanket that blocks dust mites, mold spores and other in-flight airborne goodies.The new sleep kits also includes a $5 coupon to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Jetblue hopes to generate a large annual income due to this new policy, and they aren't the only ones. Word is that US Airways will follow suit before the end of the year as well.

How much would you pay to sleep on an airplane?

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Tuesday, August 5, 2008

With all the new charges brought about by the airlines these days we have to contemplate whether we will take a second bag, splurge for a bulkhead seat, or get that $3 bottle of soda.

One thing that we thought was non-chargeable was sleep. But now that is history. Jetblue Airways announced yesterday that they will begin charging $7 for a pillow and blanket for flights longer than two hours.

The low cost airline announced that it is doing away with the old recycled blankets and pillows and will now be offering an "eco-friendly" travel blanket and pillow. Jetblue claims the advantage of these new products will be a cleaner pillow and blanket that blocks dust mites, mold spores and other in-flight airborne goodies.The new sleep kits also include a $5 coupon to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Jetblue hopes to generate a large annual income due to this new policy, and they aren't the only ones. Word is that US Airways will follow suit before the end of the year as well.

Northwest increases fees and adds new ones

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Thursday, July 10, 2008

I suppose it was only a matter of time. With most of the other major airlines already on the charge-for-luggage-so-we-could-stay-in-business bandwagon, Northwest caved in to the peer pressure.

Northwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it will begin charging passengers $15 for the first piece of checked baggage. The new policy applies to tickets that were sold from July 10 and on, for travel beginning Aug 28. This new rule is in effect throughout the U.S. as well as for travel between the U.S. and Canada. The fee for a second checked bag will be $25 and $100 for three or more bags.

Northwest also announced that the fee to change your ticket is rising from $100 to $150 per ticket. It doesn't stop there, however: they are also going to begin charging to issue awards tickets for their frequent flier program, Worldperks. It will now cost $25 to issue a domestic ticket, $50 for trans-Atlantic, and $100 for trans-Pacific travel. (To see all the new Worldperks charges, click here.) To make it a fee issuing party, they are now going to charge $25 to make reservations by phone.

With extensive financial losses due to skyrocketing fuel costs, Northwest hopes to generate upwards of $300 million a year with these new policies...that should buy a heap of fuel.

Categories: Airline Industry News

Don't be shy, step up and buy!

Posted by Jacob Kasnett on Thursday, June 12, 2008

 

Summer is practically upon us!  Ahh... nice warm (or downright hot) weather, summer BBQ's , family get-togethers, vacations...

Speaking of vacations, we thought we might give you a little fair warning.

During our extensive daily searches of 1000's of airline fares, we discovered that in a high percentage of cases, flights were sold out from the beginning of July (usually after The 4th of July Holiday weekend ) through most of August.

Airfarewatchdog does usually indicate in the fare rules whether this is the case, however we thought we'd just give you an extra heads up. We found this with many US domestic flights across the board and some international flights as well... Apparently some people do make their summer travel plans in advance.

While you might still be able to get that awesome $99 roundtrip fare to Florida that you can brag to all of your family about at the annual family cookout, during the brunt of the summer travel season you may have to hunt around  for it.For example we found nonstop flights  from Baltimore (BWI) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) leaving July 8 and returning the 15th for only $151 r/t ! So fear not, with a nice amount of determination you can see Mickey in the middle of July.

 

Bon voyage!

 

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