One-Way Airfare Sales Expiring On Thursday

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways recently launched a sale on non-stop flights starting as low as $59 one-way.  The sale expires this Thursday, March 14 at 11:59 pm.  Fares are available for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 19 through Oct. 30, 2013 with a 10-day advance purchase required (check fare rules for restrictions).  To see the list of available cities, prices, and to take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com and airtran.com.
Also, if you’re interested specifically in travel to Mexico, check out Alaska Airlines.  The airline has steeply discounted one-way flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta from various West Coast cities – including San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Spokane.  Sorry Seattle, you seem to have been left out of the fun.  (Que diablos esta pasando aqui!)  Similar to Southwest & AirTran, you need to purchase by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 14th.  Travel from the US is valid Sundays through Wednesdays from April 20, 2013, through June 14, 2013.  See the AlaskaAir website for more details – including blackout dates.
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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways recently launched a sale on non-stop flights starting as low as $59 one-way.  The sale expires this Thursday, March 14 at 11:59 pm.
Fares are available for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 19 through Oct. 30, 2013 with a 10-day advance purchase required (check fare rules for restrictions).
To see the list of available cities, prices, and to take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com and airtran.Here’s some more travel news you can use:
  • If you want to keep your luggage, the statistics from 2012 indicate that you’d probably want to fly on Virgin America.  And at the other end of the spectrum, American Eagle was the most likely to lose your bag.  Here’s a complete look at who handles baggage the best.
  • Whatever you do, don’t take a picture of your seat or any other part of a United Airlines aircraft.  They may throw you off the flight because you’re sketching them out.  This happened just recently on one of United’s international flights departing from Newark.
  • The TSA recently upset a number of people by revising regulations to allow small pocket knives to be carried onto airplanes.  The changes, to take effect on April 25, 2013, will permit passengers to carry folding pocket knives with blades up to 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) in length, as well as sporting equipment such as lacrosse and hockey sticks and golf clubs.

United Flies You Through Airport Security for $9

With a new $9 fee, United Airlines is offering travelers a speedier trip through security. United announced Wednesday that it would offer the fee for what it termed “Premier Access.” Customers can get expedited check-in and quicker access to the security lanes.
United announced that it’s selling its Premier Access option to all fliers – a perk that had traditionally been reserved for elite frequent fliers, first- and business-class passengers and holders of United’s various credit cards.
The new fee follows the lead of other airlines selling priority services to non-elite travelers. JetBlue sells Even More Speed access to expedited security lanes at several airports. Delta offers priority boarding as an add-on fee under its Trip Extras program, also starting at $9 per flight. And Southwest Airlines recently added an option to board early for $40.

9-dollar-bill-480x416With a new $9 fee, United Airlines is offering travelers a speedier trip through security.  United announced Wednesday that it would offer the fee for what it termed “Premier Access.” Customers can get expedited check-in and quicker access to the security lanes.

United announced that it’s selling its Premier Access option to all fliers – a perk that had traditionally been reserved for elite frequent fliers, first- and business-class passengers and holders of United’s various credit cards.

The new fee follows the lead of other airlines selling priority services to non-elite travelers.  JetBlue sells Even More Speed access to expedited security lanes at several airports. Delta offers priority boarding as an add-on fee under its Trip Extras program, also starting at $9 per flight.  And Southwest Airlines recently added an option to board early for $40.

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  • Frontier Airlines said this week that its customers will no longer be able to book tickets on Expedia because it wants to steer customers toward booking directly on the airline’s website, FlyFrontier .com. According to Frontier, the company saves up to $25 on each ticket that is booked directly on its website instead of through a third party — a savings that the airline says it can then pass on to its customers.
  • Delta is looking to include enhanced dining and entertainment options on its transcontinental flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles plus San Francisco and Seattle. These enhanced services include high-quality wine in BusinessElite, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today for BusinessElite flyers, complementary headsets for customers in Economy Comfort and Economy along with movies and on-demand television shows.
  • The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai officially opened Wednesday as the world’s tallest hotel. Capturing the official record from the Guinness Book of World Records, the latest icon in Dubai’s skyline is made up of two towers standing 72 stories, 1,164 feet. Only one tower is currently open; the second is slated to open in 2014. If you’re thinking about booking a room, rates for one person per night start at $326.

JetBlue Announces One-Day Sale on Spring Flights

jetblue-logoEarlier today, JetBlue announced a one-day sale offering up to 20% off on round-trip flights departing between May 1-23.  The airline is also offering 15% off on round-trip flights departing May 28 – June 19.  To take advantage of the savings, simply visit jetblue.com/promo and book your trip before mid-night tonight using one of two promo codes: “SPRING20″ or “SPRING15″.

Both outbound and return dates must fall within offer period in order for discount to apply
You must select both flights in order for discount to appear. Once selected you will see the discount amount displayed in the itinerary subtotal on the right side of the flights page

Both outbound and return dates must fall within offer period in order for discount to apply. You must select both flights in order for discount to appear.  Once selected you will see the discount amount displayed in the itinerary subtotal on the right side of the flights page.

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  • Southwest Airlines is now selling on-demand movies for $5 on flights equipped with Internet access — which is about 75 percent of its fleet.
  • United Airlines has been fined $130,000 for a violation of the DOT’s “tarmac delay rule.”  The agency found that the carrier did not inform passengers of a flight delay that provided them with an opportunity to leave the plane as it sat at the gate with the door open.  The consumer-protection rule that took effect in August of 2011 requires airlines to notify passengers on a delayed flight if they are able to leave the plane while it is still at the gate.  Airlines are required to notify passengers of that option every 30 minutes for as long as the flight is delayed.
  • British Airways announced that it will offer cheaper fares on selected routes to passengers who travel without checked luggage.  The airline says the fares will give its passengers “more choice”, but they are likely to be viewed as an attempt to compete with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

Travel is the Secret to Sex-cess

This Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider taking your significant other on a trip rather than buying flowers.
A new survey out today by the U.S. Travel Association has found that couples who travel together have better relationships — and better sex — than those who don’t.
Nearly two-thirds of couples surveyed say a weekend getaway is more likely to spark romance in their relationship than a gift. Of the 1,100 U.S. adults surveyed, 72% think traveling inspires romance.
More than three-quarters, or 77%, of those who travel as a couple say they have a good sex life, compared with 63% of couples who don’t travel together. And 28% of the couples say their sex life actually improved after traveling together. Of those couples, 40% say the improvement was permanent.

mile high clubThis Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider taking your significant other on a trip rather than buying flowers.  A new survey out today by the U.S. Travel Association has found that couples who travel together have better relationships — and better sex — than those who don’t.

Nearly two-thirds of couples surveyed say a weekend getaway is more likely to spark romance in their relationship than a gift.  Of the 1,100 U.S. adults surveyed, 72% think traveling inspires romance. More than three-quarters, or 77%, of those who travel as a couple say they have a good sex life, compared with 63% of couples who don’t travel together.  And 28% of the couples say their sex life actually improved after traveling together.  Of those couples, 40% say the improvement was permanent.

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  • Southwest Airlines and its AirTran Airways subsidiary said they have launched a three-day sale with one-way nonstop fares available for as little as $49 to select destinations, based on length of travel.  Southwest said that, for travel up to 500 miles, fares are $49 one-way.  For travel 501 to 1,000 miles, fares are $89 one-way.  For travel 1,001 to 1,500 miles, fares are $119 one-way.  For travel 1,501 miles or more, fares are $149.  The fares are available for purchase on southwest.com and airtran.com through Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 @ 11: 59 pm.
  • A device has been unveiled which could help air travellers prove when their luggage has been mistreated by baggage handlers.  DropTag is a device that can be attached to any suitcase, package, or piece of sporting or musical equipment. It contains a motion sensor which can recognise when an item of luggage is dropped or handled without care – when this happens, a warning is sent to the owner’s mobile phone.
  • It appears that American Airlines is going to take over US Airways – a merger that would create the world’s largest airline.  The new American Airlines would be 2.3% larger than United by capacity, and 2.2% larger by traffic, based on 2012 data.

Southwest Airlines Warns Travelers of Facebook Scam

For the second time this month, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is warning people about a scheme claiming to offer two free tickets.
The scheme is still making rounds on Facebook. When people click on the link for the purported free ticket offer, it allows the schemers to essentially hijack their Facebook account. Their account then posts the offer, appearing in their friends’ Facebook feeds.
In addition, following the instructions to get the free tickets also provides the schemers with their personal information

swscamFor the second time this month, Southwest Airlines is warning people about a Facebook scheme claiming to offer two free tickets.  The scheme is still making its rounds – so be cautious. When people click on the link for the purported free ticket offer, it allows the schemers to essentially hijack their Facebook account. Their account then posts the offer, appearing in their friends’ Facebook feeds. In addition, following the instructions to get the free tickets also provides the schemers with their personal information.

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  • Spirit Airlines has wasted no time in mocking the latest reports linking Alex Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs. The South Florida-based carrier debuted its new airfare sale Wednesday, promising that they’d “Improve your travel performance with their PEDs.” Of course, Spirit’s version of PEDs are explained as being Price Extravaganza Deals.
  • The off-the-scale smog in Beijing has been so thick in recent days that airlines have been forced to canceled flights due to poor visibility.  Fear not travelers, they are now selling fresh air in a can for only $.80.
  • If you happen to be in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, check out the $10,000 drink package from The Windsor Court hotel.  For ten large you’ll receive two nights stay on a future visit in the penthouse, dinner in the grill room, city tours, spa treatments, and – of course – a nice buzz.

Get Your Checked Luggage Delivered to Your Door

baggage deliveryHate dealing with your travel bags?  Well, United Airlines has joined American Airlines in offering  travelers the option of having checked luggage delivered to a home, office or hotel for a fee.  The service will deliver luggage to locations in a 40-mile radius of an airport within four hours of a flight’s arrival. Delivery may be booked online or via phone up to an hour before a flight’s departure.

In addition to regular checked bags fees, delivery costs $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to eight bags on United — and up to ten bags on American. Fees and delivery times are adjusted for destinations beyond 40 miles and up to 100 miles from an airport.  If bags arrive outside the delivery window, service fees are refunded.

If you’re worried that this service will only increase the chances that your luggage will be lost, take heart in the fact that lost luggage rates are on the decline.  The latest luggage data shows that 99.7 percent of all U.S. airline passengers have their bags properly handled.

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  • The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), which collects information about aviation accidents and safety, has published its annual Airline Safety Ranking.  Sixty (60) airlines were ranked, but if you’re interested in knowing the ten with the worst safety records, give this story a read.  And for the record, according to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age in 1945.
  • The New York Times recently spotlighted “3 Tips for Finding Rental Car Deals.”  Rental cars can be pricey, so these simple tips could help you save a bundle on you next trip.
  • SmarterTravel has created “The Ultimate Packing List” for your checked luggage – ensuring you’ll never forget your underwear or passport again.  The list even comes complete with suggestions of items to separate out into a carry-on.  Print it out, then customize it for your trip by crossing out list items that don’t apply to you and adding any new ones that do.
Of 60 ranked airlines, here are the ten with the worst safety records, including the number of hull losses and passenger deaths in these accidents since 1983Of 60 ranked airlines, here are the ten with the worst safety records, including the number of hull losses and passenger deaths in these accidents since 198ccording to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age in 1945.

American Airlines Launches Start-up Investment Fund

american_airlines_dollarLooking to start a new company?  Well, you may want to talk to American Airlines – which is currently in bankruptcy.

Astonishingly, the airline announced that it has launched a new start-up investment fund called Blue Ocean.  In a recent panel at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jason Oshiokpekhai, American’s manager of business development and strategic partnerships, said that AA is looking to invest in high-growth start-ups, entrepreneurs and incubators.  Oshiokpekhai said that American Airlines is interested in fostering the start-up community because small businesses make up the airlines fastest growing customer segment – and they want to “create a conversation with (their) next best customer.”

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  • American Airlines unveiled a new look today with brighter colors, an “updated eagle” peeking out from a ribbon, a more contemporary font, and bold red-white-and-blue stripes for its fleet’s tails.  While it’s definitely patriotic, not everyone is breaking out the apple pie over the makeover.  In fact, some say that AA now looks like a Greyhound bus.
  • Delta announced that for the first time, its SkyMiles members will have to spend a minimum number of Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) in 2014, on top of having a base number of miles and segments, to qualify for Medallion status in 2015.  SkyMiles members at the top SkyMiles Medallion Diamond tier would have to log 125,000 miles, wrack up 140 qualifying segments, and then spend $12,500 in 2014 to get into the program the following year.
  • Need a “braincation”?  Last month Marriott and Renaissance began testing “Braincation Zones” at eight hotels across the Caribbean and Mexico, providing guests with designated tech-free areas where they can “unplug”. The Braincation Zones are located in quiet areas with beverages, technology-free games and stress-free tips for guests to take home with them.

What’s Cool at CES for Travelers

CES/The Consumer Electronics Show was this week in Las Vegas and it spotlighted some new technology innovations that might appeal to frequent travelers.

Try the Re-Timer on for size.  Literally.  It’s a portable light device that mimics the benefits of sunlight – so you can re-time your body to new time zones.  Unlike the sun, however, the Retimer is 100% UV-free and able to be used on an overcast day or during long winters when the sun is not visible. Seattle-folk, you listening?

Or perhaps you’ll like the ChargeCard. You know how you never have a sync cable when you need one? The ChargeCard solves that problem: just stick it in your wallet. Made mostly of rubber and almost exactly the size of a credit card, the ChargeCard sports either a Micro-USB connector or a 30-pin iDevice connector and a USB plug on a bendable rubber arm. You can use it to charge or sync your device or both.

Lastly, check out the ChargeDr.  It’s a dongle that plugs into a laptop USB port and somehow boosts the amperage so you can charge your iPad (or other tablet). It will also speed up tablet charging when used with a wall or car charger. Works with phones, too.

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  • Also at this year’s CES, The Federal Communications Commission announced that it plans on freeing up a large portion of the airwaves to bolster WiFi across the country, especially in airports and convention centers. Business travelers, can I get an Amen?
  • If you suffer from jetlag, but can’t afford the Re-Timer, take a look a free online tool called Jet Lag Rooster.  You to plug in your trip itinerary, the times you usually go to sleep and awaken, and whether you’d like to start shifting your slumber schedule before you leave or when you arrive, and the free service calculates the optimal times – down to the hour – when you should seek light, and when you should avoid it.
  • Just when you couldn’t get enough news about guns, the TSA reported today that it seized a record number of guns in 2012.  U.S. travelers attempted to bring more than 1,500 guns on board planes in 2012 – of which 85% were loaded.  Stunning.

Southwest Airlines Succumbs to Fees

SWA turkeySouthwest Airlines, which has long bragged about having simple fare structures that don’t include fees for things like changing tickets or checking bags, recently announced plans to increase its dependence on fees.  The airline said it plans to increase annual revenues by $100 million by charging fees for early boarding positions, over-sized bags and penalties for no-shows on flights.

The airline said that the no-show fee will be levied on passengers who don’t cancel tickets before a flight. (Essentially, they want the opportunity to re-sell that empty seat.)  Meanwhile, the fee for overweight bags will rise to $100 from $50, and early check-in, which helps move passengers toward the front of the boarding line and assure space for their bag in the overhead bins, will go to $12.50 from $10.

You are now free fee to roam about the country.

American’s new fare strategy encompasses two basic changes, both of which include some fees in coach fares. One is Choice Essential, which costs $68 extra for a round-trip domestic fare but eliminates the $150 penalty fee for ticket changes after purchase. It also drops the $25 fee for the first checked bag and gives the buyer “priority boarding.”
Another option, Choice Plus, costs $88 extra and adds penalty-free same-day standby change options, while also eliminating the change penalty. And it includes what American calls a free “premium beverage” (beer, wine, cocktail), and a 50 percent bonus on frequent-flier mileage awards, as well as priority boarding.American’s new fare strategy encompasses two basic changes, both of which include some fees in coach fares. One is Choice Essential, which costs $68 extra for a round-trip domestic fare but eliminates the $150 penalty fee for ticket changes after purchase. It also drops the $25 fee for the first checked bag and gives the buyer “priority boarding.”Another option, Choice Plus, costs $88 extra and adds penalty-free same-day standby change options, while also eliminating the change penalty. And it includes what American calls a free “premium beverage” (beer, wine, cocktail), and a 50 percent bonus on frequent-flier mileage awards, as well as priority boarding.

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  • 2013 has ushered in a shake-up in the rankings of the world’s largest airlines.   United (thanks to its merger with Continental) officially takes over the top spot from Delta – which maintains only a narrow lead on the rapidly growing Emirates.
  • JetBlue Airways is testing a new ancillary service called Even More Speed that will enable passengers to pay $10 for the privilege of using expedited security lanes at about 40 airports.

Cheap International Flights Coming to Canada

Rouge Airline

Good news for those seeking a cheap flight abroad.  Air Canada is entering the low-cost leisure travel market with the launch of its new Rouge airline.  The new airline will begin flying on July 1 from Toronto to Venice, Italy, and Edinburgh, Scotland, two destinations that currently aren’t served by Air Canada.  It will also serve Athens from Toronto and Montreal.  Air Canada’s existing flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republican, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be flown by the discount carrier from Toronto.
The airline said flights to Venice, Edinburgh and Athens will start at special introductory fares of $963 round-trip, including all taxes, fees, charges and surcharges.  Flights to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will start at $272, one-way, while Cuba is offered starting at $545 round-trip.  All the introductory fares, which are available until Dec. 25, are based on Toronto departures.
If you live near either Toronto or Montreal, perhaps Rouge airlines can help you save some serious de l’argent.  (My high school French is suddenly paying huge dividends.)

Good news for those seeking a cheap flight abroad.  Air Canada is entering the low-cost leisure travel market with the launch of its new Rouge airline.  The new airline will begin flying on July 1 from Toronto to Venice, Italy, and Edinburgh, Scotland, two destinations that currently aren’t served by Air Canada.  It will also serve Athens from Toronto and Montreal.  Air Canada’s existing flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republican, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be flown by the discount carrier from Toronto.

The airline said flights to Venice, Edinburgh and Athens will start at special introductory fares of $963 round-trip, including all taxes, fees, charges and surcharges.  Flights to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will start at $272, one-way, while Cuba is offered starting at $545 round-trip.  All the introductory fares, which are available until Dec. 25, are based on Toronto departures.

If you live near either Toronto or Montreal, perhaps Rouge airlines can help you save some serious de l’argent.  (My high school French is suddenly paying huge dividends.)

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  • In an effort to attract price-conscious booze-cruisers, Royal Caribbean announced that it will begin selling all-you-can-drink beverage packages on its 22 ships early in 2013.  Packages are priced between $42 and $55 per guest, per day (depending on the cruise line).  Stay thirsty my friends.
  • Following months of congressional pressure, the TSA has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners.  The TSA maintains that the scanners are safe and that they emit only a low dose of X-rays equivalent to the radiation a passenger would receive in two minutes of flying at typical cruising altitude.  Regardless, don’t you typically seek a second opinion on the safety of these machines before you radiate hundreds of thousands of people with them?  This has class action lawsuit written all over it.
  • In the period between New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, travel drops off sharply, and cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and rental car agencies offer discounts that can make even the most jaded traveler giggle with glee.  Be on the lookout for these post-holiday deals – particularly on Twitter and Facebook.