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January 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Even when buying airline tickets, timing is everything. Passengers can get the lowest airfares if they buy six weeks before their flight, according to a study by Airlines Reporting Corp., an Arlington, Va., company that handles ticketing transactions between the nation's airlines and travel agents. The study looked at millions of transactions for airline tickets over the last four years and found that passengers pay the lowest price, nearly 6% below the overall average fare, if they buy six weeks before their flight.
March 3, 2013 | By Millie Ball
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic - We had been collecting frequent-flier points for years. My husband, Keith, and I thought that, yes, of course, we would use them. We would fly around the world. Business class. Maybe next year. Queen Latifah shoved us out of our fantasy and onto the planes. It happened after we watched "Last Holiday" one more time. In it, Queen Latifah portrays a shy New Orleans department store clerk with a crush on fellow employee LL Cool J. Her dreams are confined to a scrapbook of "Possibilities.
December 3, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline recently might assume that air carriers have run out of ideas for new passenger fees. After all, the world's biggest airlines are expected this year to rake in $36.1 billion from fees for such things as food, drinks, wireless Internet service, roomier seats and checked bags. But the airline industry is not resting on its money-making laurels. At a three-day Airline Information conference in San Diego last week, airline representatives met with technology firms, marketing companies and others to discuss ways to maximize airline passenger fees.
January 5, 1986 | TONI TAYLOR, Taylor, an authority on the travel industry, lives in Los Angeles
Heavily discounted seats on scheduled airlines are touted in ads and by other means, and there are legitimate bargains. But there are also some possible pitfalls in buying such tickets, some of which may be stolen or originate from questionable sources. Airline tickets are worth money, of course, and they are a means for persons seeking, legally or otherwise, to transfer large sums of money from currency-controlled countries into hard-currency areas.
November 27, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
Considering that Washington State hasn't played in the Rose Bowl game since 1931, it isn't surprising that Cougar fans are scrambling to find game and airline tickets for the Jan. 1 encounter against Michigan. Most callers to a toll-free line for ticket information got a busy signal Monday or recording that said: "We're sorry. All circuits are busy now. Will you please try again later?"
Here's a waking nightmare for you: It was April 5, and Stan Hirsch, assistant principal of La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, was accompanying a student group on a tour of England and Ireland. The group was checking into its Dublin hotel, and Hirsch was handing out room keys when suddenly he realized that something was missing. His carry-on bag. With 27 sets of Dublin-London-Los Angeles airline tickets in it. Stolen from the lobby while he stood a few feet away.
May 17, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
All airline mileage reward programs are not created equal. In fact, finding the right one is more crucial than ever. With airlines eliminating routes because of declining demand and packing each plane as close to capacity as possible, it's getting increasingly difficult to redeem your reward-program points for a seat on a plane. In February, the average commercial plane in the U.S. flew 76.6% full, the highest percentage for that month since World War II, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
December 25, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: When are airline tickets that are paid for with frequent flier miles not free? Answer: Almost never, but some tickets, booked on certain carriers, are almost as expensive as a trip to the North Pole. This question, a composite of three recent letters, including one in today's Letters column, highlights a growing concern among travelers who pay for tickets with awards points: They do the work to accumulate enough for a ticket, and when they book it, they discover some amazingly high fees, sometimes under the label of a fuel surcharge.
September 29, 2002
American and Continental airlines have expanded to international flights their new "use-it-or-lose-it" policy for nonrefundable tickets. In the last month, the two airlines, along with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, stopped allowing travelers to apply unused, nonrefundable fares to a new flight for up to one year. American, Continental, Delta and United generally limited the change to U.S.
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