August 11, 2013 |
Get ready for the takeoff of another super-cheap airline offering ultra-low fares with loads of passenger fees. Industry insiders say the new super-discount airline may soon be launched with the help of Indigo Partners, the Phoenix-based private equity firm that invested in Florida-based Spirit Airlines in 2006 and helped persuade its chief executive, Ben Baldanza, to adopt dirt-cheap fares and abundant fees. Indigo is reportedly negotiating to buy Denver-based Frontier Airlines from its parent company, Republic Airways Holdings.
August 6, 2013 |
Prices are falling and interest rising in Cancun as summer draws to a close, according to statistics compiled by Kayak.com, the airfare and travel comparison website. If you're looking for a budget-friendly, last-minute beach destination to end your summer vacation, Mexico 's Riviera Maya may be a winner. Kayak 's techies analyzed more than 100 million inquiries a month that were conducted on the website from Memorial Day through July to find late-summer deals in August.
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July 31, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Just when Mayor Bob Filner may need his own money to pay for legal bills, he has decided to personally pay $9,399 for his airfare, lodging and meals on a recent trip to Paris. Filner had initially asserted that his expenses were paid by a nonprofit group, as permitted by law. But reporters found that the group, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, does not have nonprofit status with the IRS. On Wednesday, amid his other problems, Filner released a statement saying that he would reimburse the organization, all except for $440, the limit allowed by state law for gifts.
July 23, 2013 |
If life has been too hectic for you to plan a summer vacation, time may be running out. But the good news for procrastinators: Mexico still has some red-hot deals, according to the website TravelZoo . Some Mexico beach destinations are offering as much as 60% off. “Summer means low season pricing in Mexico,” said Gabe Saglie, a Travelzoo senior editor. “Popular destinations like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas benefit from a lot of airfare competition, as well as a lot of competition among resorts on the ground.
July 7, 2013 |
Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, the 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 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 |
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.