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Expedia Releases Top Air Travel Hacks for 2023

January 6, 2023

Expedia® released its 2023 Air Travel Hacks Report, providing the latest essential tips to save travelers time and money on flights © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Expedia® released its 2023 Air Travel Hacks Report, providing the latest essential tips to save travelers time and money on flights. Created in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and leveraging insights from its global air ticketing database, the annual report has become an authority for eight years running on air travel trends, revealing data-backed hacks for travelers, including:

Top tips from the 2023 Air Travel Hacks report include:

  • Book airfare on a Sunday to save up to 15%.1 Travelers who book on Sundays instead of Fridays tend to save, on average, around 5% on domestic flights and 15% on international flights.
  • Book at least a month before domestic flights and six months before international flights to save 10%.2 Travelers that booked in these periods saved 10% on average compared to those who waited until the last minute.
  • Depart before 3 p.m. to reduce chance of cancellations.3 Based on year-to-date flight status data, flights that depart after 3 p.m. have a 50% higher chance, on average, of being delayed than those that depart earlier in the day.
  • Depart on a Wednesday to save up to 15%.4 Avoid departing Saturday – Monday, which are the priciest days, on average, to start a trip.
  • Plan using price alerts. Take the guess work out of deciding when to book with the Price Tracking and Prediction feature on the Expedia app, which uses exclusive data to pinpoint the best time to book and notifies travelers when flight prices change.*

“This report and Expedia’s new Price Tracking and Predictions feature on the app do more than save people money,” said Jon Gieselman, president of Expedia Brands. “It’s about the time savings and peace of mind that comes with knowing you have machine learning informing your booking decisions and a tool at your fingertips that does the work of price tracking for you.”

“While it has been a volatile recovery, our data indicates travel is beginning to normalize with travelers taking advantage of flying again,” said Chuck Thackston, managing director of data science and research at ARC. “Airlines have improved their performance while both capacity and traveler demand continue to increase. We’re also starting to see business travelers return to the skies following the surge of leisure travel in the first half of 2022.”

View the full 2023 Air Travel Hacks report on the Expedia blog, including more ways to avoid flight delays, maximize loyalty and rewards programs and save on every trip.

Use Expedia’s mobile app or visit expedia.com to plan your journey.  

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2018’s Best & Worst Frequent Flyer Programs – WalletHub Study

January 18, 2018

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With U.S. airlines expected to carry more than 600 million passengers on domestic flights this year and credit card debt levels exploding, you can expect airfare savings to be increasingly important in the months ahead.

To help travelers make the best decisions for their wallets, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Frequent Flyer Programs, which ranks the 10 largest domestic airlines based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the value of a point/mile to blackout dates for rewards flights.

WalletHub’s report also features a custom calculator that allows users to personalize the results based on their own budgets.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Delta SkyMiles is the best frequent flyer program for the third straight year.
  • The average airline rewards program gives frequent flyers 12% off their airline spending. And they’re all free to join.
  • Hawaiian Airlines offers the most rewards value to frequent flyers ($19.95 per $100 spent), with Alaska Airlines coming in a close second ($19.87 per $100 spent).
  • Four of the 10 largest airlines are offering more rewards in 2018 than in 2017, sweetening the pot by an average of 20%.
  • Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are the only two major airlines whose miles do not expire because of inactivity.
  • The Frontier Airlines Credit Card and the Lufthansa Credit Card are 2018’s best airline credit cards, according to WalletHub’s editors.

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CheapAir Study Points to Best Time to Purchase Flight to Get Best Fare

February 13, 2015

A study by CheapAir found that the best time to buy airline tickets to Europe to get the best fare is 276 days in advance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

A study by CheapAir found that the best time to buy airline tickets to Europe to get the best fare is 276 days in advance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CALABASAS, Calif. — Air travelers are always asking, “When is the best time to book my flight to…”? After analyzing 1.5 billion air fares, CheapAir.com has determined that in 2014 the best domestic fares were found booking, on average, 47 days in advance, while international fares should be purchased further ahead.

This was based on a review of almost 5 million trips, covering 15,000 markets, watching fares booked between 1 and 320 days in advance.

“When you buy your flight makes a huge difference,” said CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee, who noted that the study found that the price of an average trip changes 70 times during the period it’s available for sale. “No one wants to find that the person sitting next to them on a flight paid $100 less for their ticket. We spend a lot of time collecting and analyzing fare data so our customers can make more informed decisions.”

In fact, the study found that the average savings that could be achieved from buying on the “best” day versus buying on the “worst” was $201 per ticket.

Analysis of the data revealed a general pattern that, beginning when flights open for sale 11 months in advance, fares tend to drop slowly but steadily until reaching a low point somewhere between 27 days and 114 days out. CheapAir calls that three month window, between one and four months in advance, the ‘prime booking window.’ “Way more often than not, the best fare for a domestic trip will be offered at some point during that window,” Klee said.

Not surprisingly, the study revealed that travelers should make sure to buy their ticket at least 14 days in advance, or pay an average of $111 more. That amount jumps to $174 more if you buy within 7 days.

But it also revealed that buying a ticket too early, can be costly, too. Tickets tend to be about $50 more expensive than their eventual low point when flights first open for sale.

The study found different dynamics exist for domestic and international flights, concluding that for international flights it is generally best to book earlier than the recommended window for domestic. The best time to buy cheap airline tickets to Latin America, for instance, averaged out to 96 days in advance. To Europe it was 276 days – that’s about 9 months!  Mexico was close at 251 days and Asia was even more extreme at 318 days.

Of course, airlines are constantly monitoring booking trends and have their own yield algorithms that tell them when to drop prices.

The CheapAir.com blog offers more details on the study and when to buy airline tickets.

For travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on FacebookCheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter.

 

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AirBerlin offers super deals to Europe this winter; book by Dec. 16

December 10, 2013

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Travel to Europe is more affordable this winter with airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline. Through December 16, airberlin is offering an early booking sale with fares starting as low as $599 from New York to Budapest, Milan or Oslo via airberlin’s hubs in Berlin or Dusseldorf. The special offer also includes fares from Chicago to Helsinki, Krakow or Warsaw from $759, from Miami to Helsinki, St. Petersburg or Zurich for $799 or from Fort Myers to Copenhagen, Dusseldorf or Milan for $859. Other destinations and city pairs are also included at slightly higher fares. The sale is valid for travel periods from January 6 through March 30, 2014.

Air travel to Europe also makes a great gift!

airberlin provides European style service on board one of the youngest fleets in the air today. As a member of the award winning airline alliance oneworld® you also can accrue and redeem mileage with any airberlin oneworld partner.

To book visit airberlin.com, contact your travel agent or the service center at 866-266-5588.

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AirBerlin Has Fare Sale Through Sept 30

September 14, 2013

Effective September 14th through September 30th, 2013 airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline is offering some of the lowest fares of the season for fall and winter travel. Destinations offered include Chicago to Warsaw from $699, Miami to Zurich from $799 and New York to Budapest from $649, these sample roundtrip fares include taxes. The sale is valid for travel for departures from October 24th through December 14th, 2013 and January 13th through March 21, 2014.

With this fare special airberlin guests can explore the wonders of Europe in fall and winter and take advantage of seasonal festivals and celebrations, such as the Dresden Jazz festival in November or Christmas markets throughout Europe starting the last week of November for holiday shopping. For the sports enthusiast, skiing and other winter sports abound in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

To book contact your travel agent, visit airberlin.com or call the service center at 1-866-266-5588.

airberlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines and flies to 151 destinations in 40 countries. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 33 million passengers in 2012. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21% share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld® airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 14 airlines. The fleet has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe.

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Save up to $300 During Virgin Vacations Worldwide Summer Flash Sale Aug 21-23

August 19, 2013

Travelers looking for a last-minute vacation or planning next year’s trips

can save up to $300 on land only and air-inclusive tours and vacation

packages worldwide, with Virgin Vacations’ special 3-day flash sale August

21 through August 23.

Savings apply to most of the company’s worldwide tours and independent

packages, for travel anytime through December 2014.

Escorted Tours:

•       Passengers who purchase an escorted tour of $2,000 or more, save $200 on the entire booking by using Promo Code VNC13HOT200.

•       Purchases over $4,000 or more receive $300 off with promo code VNC13HOT300.

Independent Vacation Packages:

•       Travelers save $100 on independent vacation packages bookings of $1,500 or more with promo code VNC13HOT100.

•       Purchases over $3,000 or more receive $200 off with promo code VNC13HOT150.

Details

Flash Sale savings are applicable on new bookings only, and are not

combinable with other Virgin Vacations promotions.  Promo codes are based

on total purchase, with one promo code per booking or order, and are

subject to space availability. Some exclusions and restrictions apply.

To book a vacation, or to learn more about Exclusive Deals ahead of the

general public, travelers are invited to join Virgin Vacations’ Red Alert

email list by visiting http://specials.virgin-vacations.com, or by phoning

(888) 937-8474.

About Virgin Vacations

Virgin Vacations offers a wide selection of escorted tours, river and sea

cruises, and independent packages worldwide, available with or without air

fare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as

other international airline partners.  Virgin Vacations travelers can

enroll in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club or Virgin America’s Elevate

frequent flyer programs, and earn points for the land portion.

For information on other worldwide destinations available through Virgin

Vacations, visit www.virgin-vacations.com.  As a member of the U.S. Tour

Operators Association, Virgin Vacations protects travelers’ payments up to

$1 Million through the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program.

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Virgin Vacations Offers Tuscany, Amalfi Car-Hotel Packages Priced From $429 for 6 Nights

August 14, 2013

The fall months–when weather cools down and fewer tourists abound–are perfect for visiting Italy.  Virgin Vacations  is offering two different hotel-car packages for independent travelers who want to spend a week exploring Tuscany or Italy’s Amalfi Coast in depth, at their own pace.  Priced from $429 land only (from $1,419 with air from New York), the packages include 6 nights accommodations, a 7-day manual car rental with unlimited miles, and breakfast daily.

Travelers stay at the same hotel each night, using it as a base for day excursions, so there is no need to pack and unpack daily.  Depending on individual preferences, travelers can develop their own plans, or choose from Virgin Vacations’ suggested day itineraries.  Suggested drives range from 40 – 160 miles, round trip, with estimated driving times ranging from 1 ½ to 4 hours.

Tuscany Fly & Drive: From $449 land, $1,419 air inclusive

Travelers fly to Pisa, an hour’s drive from Montecatini, where home base is the modern Tuscany Inn in the center of town. Known for its spas and its historical significance in World War II, the town is just 30 miles from Florence.  Virgin Vacations’ travelers can drive or take the train into Florence, and drive to a number of medieval towns, only 50 miles or 2 hours roundtrip.  Or, for a longer itinerary, Siena and San Gimignano are a four-hour drive, or 160 miles.

Per person prices for the 6-night Tuscany Fly & Drive package begin at $449 land only, for departures through March 2014, depending on date selected.  Prices for 8-days, including air, start at $1,419 from New York, depending on departure date. Prices range up to $579 land only, for December 25 departure, and $1629 with airfare for December 18 departure.  Hotel upgrades are available beginning at $10 per person, while car upgrades begin at $109 for the 7 days. Automatic transmissions cost an additional $375 for the 7 days.

Amalfi Coast Fly and Drive: From $429 land, $1,479 air inclusive

Virgin Vacations’ travelers fly into Naples, and then drive 1.5 hours to the four-star Villa Romana, home base for the stay.  Located only 2.5 miles from Amalfi, Villa Romana is a two-hour drive, or 50 miles roundtrip, to Pompeii and to Positano; and 3 hours (110 miles) to Ischia, largest island on the Bay of Naples.

Prices for 6-nights begin at $429, land only, based on November departure dates; or from $1,479, for 8 days with air fare from New York, based on January 7, 2014 departure.  Prices range up to $789 land only, and to $1979 with airfare departing December 24. Hotel upgrades begin at $10, while car upgrades begin at $109 for the 7 days. Automatic transmissions cost $375 for 7 days

The Fine Print

Round trip add-on air fares are available from cities nationwide. Prices are per person, based on twin occupancy.  Air fares include airline taxes and fuel charges. Car rental prices include Third Party Liability Insurance (RCA), Collision Damage Waiver Reduction (C.D.R.), Theft Protection Reduction (T.P.R.), airport charges, and local taxes (VAT).

About Virgin Vacations

Virgin Vacations offers a wide selection of escorted tours, river and sea cruises, and independent packages worldwide, available with or without air fare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as other international airline partners.  Virgin Vacations travelers can enroll in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club or Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer programs, and earn points for the land portion.

For information on other worldwide destinations available through Virgin Vacations, visit www.virginvacations.com.  As a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, Virgin Vacations protects travelers’ payments up to $1 Million through the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program.

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Virgin Vacations Offers London Theatre Package From $1,499 for 6 Days, with Air

August 14, 2013

Virgin Vacations is offering theater lovers a one-week London-based vacation package beginning at $1,499 per person, including air fare from New York.  Round trip air fare is also available from a variety of gateways throughout the U.S. via Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines, beginning at $59 additional for Boston.

Designed for independent travelers, the packages are part of Virgin Vacations’ UK Collection, with prices ranging from budget to luxury.

From Budget to Luxury: Virgin’s London, Culture & Theatre Tour, 6 days from $1,499

Highlights of this package include a London Theatre Passport, exchangeable for one best-available ticket to participating musicals and plays.  Also featured is a full day excursion to Bath, Windsor, and Stonehenge, plus a half-day Vintage Open Bus sightseeing tour of London.  Travelers stay 4 nights at the Ambassadors Hotel in Kensington, with breakfast daily and transfers to and from Heathrow Airport.  Price includes round trip air fare from New York on Virgin Atlantic. Depending on departure date, price begins at $1,499 per person.

In addition to the 6-day package, a longer version, Virgin’s 8-day London Theatre Experience,
features 6 nights accommodations with breakfast, round trip air on Virgin Atlantic from New York,  Heathrow transfers, the theatre pass, London sightseeing tour, full-day excursion to Bath, Windsor, and Stonehenge, plus an additional all-day tour to Oxford, Stratford, Warwick, and the Cotswolds.  Depending on departure date, price begins at $1,759 per person.

Virgin Vacations participants can upgrade hotel accommodations beginning at $30 and ranging to $610 per person, depending on the hotel; as well as select from optional arrangements such as a ride on The London Eye, beginning at $30. Both packages are available until late October.

Sample add-on fares from other gateways:
Atlanta + $214
Boston + $59
Dallas/Fort Worth + $229
Los Angeles + $192
Miami + $127
Minneapolis/St. Paul + $ 231
San Francisco + $ 235
Washington, D.C. + $26

Airfare is available from other cities nationwide.  With the new Delta Airlines-Virgin Atlantic code share, Virgin Vacations guests can now fly from 45 U.S. cities to London.

All prices are per person, and based on twin occupancy. Airline taxes and fuel charges are included. For more information and to book a UK Collection vacation, visit www.virginvacations.com, phone 1-877-740-4302, or see your travel agent.

Virgin Vacations offers a wide selection of escorted tours, river and sea cruises, and independent packages worldwide, available with or without air fare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as other international airline partners.  Virgin Vacations travelers can enroll in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club or Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer programs, and earn points.

For information on other worldwide destinations available through Virgin Vacations, visit www.virginvacations.com.  As a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, Virgin Vacations protects travelers’ payments up to $1 Million through the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program.

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AirBerlin Offers Fare Sale through July 31; Rates from $698

July 19, 2013

AirBerlin is holding an early booking sale through July 31, 2013 with fares starting at $698 to premier European cities from US gateways in New York, Miami and Chicago © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

AirBerlin is holding an early booking sale through July 31, 2013 with fares starting at $698 to premier European cities from US gateways in New York, Miami and Chicago © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

AirBerlin is holding an early booking sale through July 31, 2013 with fares starting at $698 to premier European cities such as Gothenburg, Krakow, Oslo, Stockholm and Warsaw for travel from October 15, 2013 through March 31, 2014. AirBerlin can get you there with convenient connections from AirBerlin’s U.S. gateways Chicago, Miami and New York via its international hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf.

Fall and winter are special seasons in Europe and as the summer crowds disperse, let AirBerlin take you to the perfect destination to enjoy seasonal festivities. There are numerous festivals during the fall and winter months that will entice you to visit Poland and the Nordic regions to explore cultural highlights and enjoy culinary delights.

Travelers can easily connect to AirBerlin’s U.S. gateways from an additional 59 cities from all over the United States with its oneworld® partner, American Airlines.

(Fares quoted are sample fares based on round trip travel including taxes and surcharges and prices vary depending on dates of travel and final destinations. Other service charges may apply such as online booking fees. Certain blackout periods apply.)

To book visit www.AirBerlin.com, contact the reservations center at 866-266-5588 or call your travel agent.

AirBerlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines and flies to 150 destinations in 40 countries. The second largest airline in Germany, AirBerlin carried more than 33 million passengers in 2012. AirBerlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21% share in AirBerlin, and through membership of the oneworld airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 14 airlines. The fleet has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe.

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Crested Butte Skiers Benefit from Air Deals from Phoenix, San Francisco into Telluride Montrose Airport

January 12, 2013

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Skiers and riders in Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area can now take advantage of one of the best travel deals imaginable in ski country: two-for-one airline tickets straight to the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado.

The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization (TMRAO), Telluride Ski Resort (TSG) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) put the deal together with Allegiant Air to offer two-for-one airline tickets from Phoenix-Mesa airport (IWA) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) non-stop to the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). This is a special that brings incredible value to a skiing vacation.

“To my knowledge, there is no program in the industry where travelers can get two for one airline tickets and skiing opportunities at two of the country’s top resorts,” said Michael Martelon, President & CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board. “It’s unheard of to have this kind of option, and we’re excited to be able to offer it.”

This winter, Allegiant is offering fares from Phoenix starting as low as $46.99 one-way ($93.98 round-trip). Flights from Oakland start at $49.99 one-way ($99.98 round-trip). The flights into MTJ began December 15 and conclude April 3. Two-for-one tickets must be purchased on or before January 31, 2013 for travel by April 3, 2013. This offer is based upon availability. For a complete flight schedule, visit www.allegiantair.com.

With the collaboration of Telluride Ski Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort launching the Ultimate 6 Pass, a 6-day pass that is good for 3 days of skiing and riding at each resort, guests can now use the centrally located airport for their travel arrangements and have the opportunity to ski both areas in one vacation. The T-CB Ultimate 6 Pass is available at Liftopia.com at the unbeatable rate of $439 through January 31.

“With the Allegiant Two-for-One offer, and the new Telluride-Crested Butte Ultimate 6 Pass lift ticket option, skiers and winter enthusiasts living in Phoenix and in the San Francisco Bay Area now have a very compelling reason to discover Crested Butte and Telluride mountain resorts,” adds Scott Clarkson, vice president of sales and marketing for CBMR.

For more information and to book Two-for-One airline winter vacations, call 866-237-5341.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

Wednesdays

Depart Oakland 8 a.m. arrive Montrose 11 a.m.

Depart Montrose 11:45 a.m. arrive Oakland 1:15 p.m.

Depart Phoenix-Mesa 8 a.m. arrive Montrose 9:20 a.m.

Depart Montrose 10 a.m. arrive Phoenix-Mesa 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays

Depart Oakland 7 a.m. arrive Montrose 10 a.m.

Depart Montrose 10:45 a.m. arrive Oakland 12:15 p.m.

Depart Phoenix-Mesa 1 p.m. arrive Montrose 2:20 p.m.

Depart Montrose 3:05 p.m. arrive Phoenix- Mesa 4:15 p.m.

(Flight times may vary slightly through the season; for most up to date information, visit www.allegiantair.com).

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates a welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to topnotch skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. www.skicb.com

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, 800-600-2803 or visit the web site at www.skicb.com.

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