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Airfares to Hawaii are Dropping Fast Thanks to New Competition in the Skies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2015, 4:15 PM

Black Rock, Ka'anapali Beach, Maui It used to be that getting to Hawaii from the United States' West Coat required a major cash outlay. Even earlier this year, round-trip fares could consistently be well above $500 or $600.  No wonder most people perceive the 50th State mostly as a luxury or honeymoon destination: It takes the price of a dowry to go. But this week, that's chan...

Airfares Are Dipping Once Again (and Two Other Pieces of Good News for Flyers)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/20/2015, 3:30 PM

Overly chatty seatmates, cramped seating and long security lines: these unhappy byproducts of airline travel aren’t going away anytime soon. But this week, several news events suggested that, in other ways, flying will be getting better for travelers in the coming months. Most importantly, prices are dipping. Hopper, an app that tracks airfares and advises users when to book, came out wit...

Airline Complaints Soar! Whose Fault Is It?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2015, 7:30 PM

It's not your imagination: Airfares may be down (as we reported last week), but complaints about U.S. airlines soared more than 20 percent during the first half of this year. Between January and June this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation logged 9,542 consumer complaints, which was up 20.3 percent from the first half of 2014. In June, complaints shot up 50 percent over last year....

The Airlines Are Trying to Shut OTAs Down

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2015, 5:45 PM

Ryanair, the infamous cheapie European carrier, is always making headlines for doing something outrageous, and this week, it's because its upcoming website redesign will do something no other airline does: It will also display rates from its competition. Ryanair's head, who previously tried to get a rise out of passengers by pretending he would start charging to use the lavatory, is trying...

The Airline Industry's Call for Smaller Carry-Ons Will Hit You in the Wallet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/11/2015, 2:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association, an industry group comprised of commercial airlines, has decided it's time to come up with a global standard for what size a carry-on item should be. And that size isn't large: 7.5 inches deep by 21.5 inches long by 13.5 inches wide. Those measurements, which would be voluntary for airlines to adopt, are smaller than what many U.S. airlines ...

Free Stay in Tahiti If You Go to New Zealand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2015, 2:30 PM

The thing that stops most people from going to French Polynesia is the cost. It can cost as much to fly midway across the South Pacific to Tahiti as it can to go all the way across the ocean to New Zealand or Australia. Air Tahiti Nui has announced a great deal that makes it easier: a free three-night stopover, hotel included, for passengers who book round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Auck...

After Germanwings: Are the Budget Airlines Less Safe than the Others?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2015, 6:30 PM

  On Thursday morning on ABC's The View, Michelle Collins, one of the show's revolving co-hosts, suggested that because the European cut-price airlines are tough on customers with fees and optional pricing, then it's possible that attitude contributed to the pilot-initiated crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. "I have to say this airline, Germanwings, they're a bud...

Don't Buy the Hype! $10 Flights to Europe Will Never Be a Reality, And Here's Why

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/18/2015, 9:30 PM

Anyone who has ever been on Facebook knows what click bait is. That's when some website—it used to be one you'd never heard of, but now everyone's doing it—writes a sensational headline that you just can't resist clicking.  This week, the hot-button click bait goes like this, from The Huffington Post (a common click-bait culprit): Transatlantic Flights for as Low as $10 Could Become a...

Hot Deals On Flights to Europe From the U.S. (And One Is For Business Class!)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2015, 3:15 AM

Not only is the U.S. Dollar continuing to crush the Euro, airfares across the pond are now a better value, per mile, than flights within the continental United States. Three examples: WOW Airlines quickly sold out its inaugural offer of $99 one-way fares to Iceland (including taxes!) from Boston and Washington, DC. But even its current "higher" rates are usually lower than anything you'll ...

The Luck (And Deals) Of The Irish: A Head-Turning Fare Sale from Aer Lingus to Ireland and Beyond

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2015, 3:15 AM

                                                           Head across the pond for a quick, and inexpensive, pint of Guinness The euro is currently trading at a jaw-dropping $1.12. Just a few months ago, Americans paid $1.45 or more, meaning that those who head to Europe will experience a 30% savings on the ground. The problem has been how to get to the ground in Europe inexpensively...

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