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 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.
April 7, 2013 |
News that the tiny Samoa-based carrier Samoa Air has begun to charge fares based on the weight of its passengers has some fliers worried that the idea might catch on with other airlines. “There is no doubt in my mind that this is the concept of the future,” said Samoa Air's chief executive, Chris Langton. But industry experts don't think the idea will fly. “Any airline that tries that, heavy people would not fly that airline,” said Jan Brueckner, a UC Irvine economics professor and expert on the airline industry.
March 21, 2013 |
I'm not a high roller, so when I visit Las Vegas , it's usually with out-of-town guests on a limited budget. The upfront leg work of checking and rechecking travel websites in search of great prices can be a big time drag. I realized I was running out of time to plan a my sister's two-night birthday trip next week, so I decided to change it up and try something different: a one-stop airline vacation package. It took just 15 minutes to select flights and hotel -- all at a price I liked.
March 12, 2013 |
Here's an inexpensive travel package to Sydney, Australia , that coincides with the city's dazzling light festival. Travel from Los Angeles to Sydney in May or early June for $1,699 per person, which includes round-trip airfare and a week's lodgings. Time your trip to the Vivid Sydney fest and you'll see the city light up with patterns projected on buildings around the city. The deal. The Sydney on Sale package covers round-trip L.A.-Sydney airfare on Qantas Airways and seven nights at a Travelodge in the city.
February 24, 2013 |
When a trade group for corporate travel managers recently predicted airfares would rise in 2013, the group probably didn't expect the hikes to be launched so quickly. Domestic airfares are expected to jump 4.6% in 2013, and international rates are likely to rise 8.3%, according to a survey of travel managers by the GBTA Foundation, an arm of the Global Business Travel Assn. The group attributed the increase to rising demand from companies that are ready to take advantage of new business opportunities in a strengthening economy.
February 17, 2013
You can feel as though you're taking a trip to a foreign land without leaving the U.S. with a $367 round-trip fare from LAX to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on United and a $370 fare on the same route on American. Availability is limited, and you must buy your ticket by Tuesday for travel April 3 (United) or April 4 (American) through May 18 (United) or May 15 (American). Info: United , (800) 864-8331; American , (800) 433-7300. Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.