June 26, 2013 |
Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, best time to lock in your ticket is about seven weeks out. Here are some other suggestions, courtesy of CheapAir.com , which mines its database for trends and pivot points in prices and availability: 1. Check fares early and often The average fare difference between the best day to buy your airline ticket and the worst is $236, the travel site says. Airlines change fares constantly, often many times a week. CheapAir recommends you start checking fares as soon as you know you'll be flying.
June 23, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO SOUTHEAST ALASKA From LAX, Alaska and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane) to Bellingham, Wash. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $238. Alaska offers connecting service (change of plane) to Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $665 and $745, respectively. The Alaska Ferry System can be accessed from Bellingham, Wash., or anywhere along its route north. Walk-on passengers can travel for as little as $329 from Bellingham to Juneau; a cabin with a view would add an additional charge of $352 or more depending on amenities.
May 26, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO BORA BORA From LAX , Air Tahiti Nui and Air France offer nonstop service to Papeete, Tahiti, with Air Tahiti offering connecting service to Bora Bora. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $1,780, including taxes and fees. Consider using a certified Tahiti specialist to book your trip, especially if you plan to visit more than one island. French Polynesia is expensive, and a travel agent who can create a package that includes airfare, accommodations and transfers will save you money and time.
May 7, 2013 |
Cancun tops the popularity chart with Memorial Day travelers bound for Mexico this year, according to statistics compiled by travel website Kayak.com. “Cancun, San Jose Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City are among the top Mexico destinations for both Memorial Day and summer travel," said Maria Katime, a Kayak spokesperson, who added that Cancun and San Jose Cabo hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. "Of these hot spots, Mexico City is the cheapest, with average airfares of $473 for summer and $394 for Memorial Day weekend.
May 6, 2013 |
Advice for summer travelers: Plan on a late-summer vacation to find the best prices. If online travel retailers are reading the tea leaves correctly, August might be the wallet-friendly sweet spot this year. Priceline says June and August will be the cheapest times to fly domestically, and August will offer best airfares for international travelers. It also found that airline tickets cost about 1% more than last summer. “Internationally, tourists can keep costs in check by traveling in August, but they'll have lots of company, as that's when Europeans traditionally take summer holiday,” Priceline spokesman Brian Ek said in a statement.
May 6, 2013 |
If you've ever longed to go on an expedition to Antarctica or the Arctic, Alaska or Mexico , Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering free airfare on selected small-ship voyages for a limited time. The offer is good for more than a dozen itineraries that take you away for a week or as long as a month. The deal: Free airfare covers flights from gateway cities to destinations where trips with guides and naturalists begin. Here are some examples: The eight-day Journeys in the Sea of Cortez leaving Dec. 14 includes free round-trip airfare from L.A. to Los Cabos, Mexico.
May 5, 2013
United is offering a $238 round-trip fare from LAX to Charlotte, N.C., for late summer and early fall travel. The fare includes all taxes and fees but must be purchased at least 14 days in advance. You can travel any day of the week between Aug. 26 and Nov. 1. Availability may be limited. Info: United , (800) 421-4655 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
May 5, 2013 |
Question: As a human resources consultant, I sometimes receive travel inquiries from one of my clients. Here is one: An employee, using a company credit card, purchased a $1,200 airline ticket for a business trip. The ticket is in her name and is nontransferable. She then resigned from the company, and the company (which is paying for the ticket) contacted the airline. The airline initially told them there was no problem but later said no changes (regardless of fees paid) could be made to the ticket and even added the comment "Guess you just gave your former employee a nice trip.
April 14, 2013
Looking toward Tokyo this spring, summer or fall? Malaysia Airlines is offering an LAX-to-Tokyo round-trip fare for $672 that includes all taxes and fees. Under the terms of the special, departure must be made by May 1, or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. The deal, which is subject to availability, must be bought by April 26. Info at Malaysia Airlines Source: Airfarewatchdog.com Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel and like us on Facebook
April 14, 2013 |
It's difficult to know when to buy an airline ticket and when to wait. Some sites offer to guide you on the timing of your purchase. I recently examined the fare prognostication tools used by Kayak and Bing, which advise travelers whether to buy plane tickets while searching those websites or to wait. Both sites use data from scores of past searches to predict whether you're finding a fare at its lowest point or whether it may fall. I examined 10 random routes and dates of travel, and the companies were generally united on their predictions, with one exception: For a hypothetical trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., in mid-April, Bing and Kayak both brought back the same fare - $178 on both Delta and Alaska airlines - but differed in their recommendations.