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Late Summer Airline Fares Poised to Drop

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2016, 4:00 AM

For travelers whose schedules aren't tied to when their kids are in school, we're entering the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to buying plane tickets.  As summer dies down and classes resume, airfares tend to drop considerably, and they usually stay low well into the fall, until people start booking their holiday vacations.   According to airfare-tracking app Hopper, the...

Discount Airline Coming to Newark

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 12:00 PM

Allegiant Air will soon begin offering flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport. That makes it the airport's first discount carrier since a government lawsuit charged United Airlines with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots there. Starting in November, you'll be able to fly on Allegiant between Newark and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Kn...

Spirit Airlines Seeks to Improve Operations, Reputation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2016, 3:00 AM

If ever there were a company dedicated to proving you get what you pay for, it's Spirit Airlines—the budget carrier often named #1 when it comes to customer complaints and not arriving on time. Those who've never flown with Spirit might know the company best for its borderline-raunchy ad campaigns. Those who have flown on the airline probably know it best for nickel-and-diming them with a plet...

Brexit and American Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2016, 12:15 PM

What does Britain's vote to leave the European Union mean for American travelers? Cheaper prices throughout Britain (at least for now). Amid the uncertainty following the vote, the British pound has taken a dive, resulting in the lowest exchange rate against the dollar in about 30 years. As Frommer's editorial director Pauline Frommer puts it, "That will mean that our dollars will go further f...

Still Hoping to Get Away for Spring Break? There Are Some Deals Out There

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2016, 8:00 PM

Good things probably came....to those who booked early this year for spring break. Alas, airfares are only down 4% from last, despite much lower fuel costs for the airlines. And those trying to score a last minute deal may come away empty handed, if it involves domestic airfare, as planes are already pretty full for March and April. It your plans don't include a flight within the U.S., however...

Airfare to New Zealand Has Been Slashed: $328!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/12/2015, 7:15 PM

American Airlines may be dumbing down some of its product inside the United States (click here for that story), but overseas, it's making a big move that should bring down the price of a trip Down Under. The airline has announced it will fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand starting next June. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but look at it this way: Until now, Ai...

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...

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