Aside from merry-making and reconnecting with friends and family, the holidays often signal crushing expenses, especially for travelers. In a recent Forbes post, Grant Martin offers solid strategies to ease the financial burden for holiday travelers.
“With supply not able to keep up with the increased demand, airlines can raise prices with little ill effect. Compound that with one less legacy carrier [US Airways] in competition and the current atmosphere is ripe for high holiday airfares,” says Richard Kerr, Senior Points and Miles contributor at The Points Guy.
Here are Grant’s five tactics to ensure you’re doing everything possible to minimize your travel costs this holiday season:
1. Book early
2. Monitor the hottest sale fares
3. Use points
4. Use Creative routings
5. Use a low-cost carrier
For the full article and tips on implementing these tactics, click here.
According to a mind-numbing data deep dive from Google and Sojern, this year’s emerging travel hot spots are:
4. Mexico City
Google says they looked across billions of searches to see travelers’ digital journeys to this year’s hot spots and the result: an unprecedented look at the traveler customer journey based on intent signals across online, mobile, and video channels.
Read more: https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/articles/travel-trends-2016-data-consumer-insights.html
According to numerous reports, Delta Air Lines is recovering after a massive computer system crash, which occurred at 2:30am this morning. Among the world’s largest carriers, Delta operates approximately 5,000 departures per day. Reuters reports that flights gradually began taking off again this morning, but the airline said customers should expect large-scale delays.
Southwest Airlines experienced a similar outage less than three ago, which resulted in 600-700 canceled and delayed flights.
According to Reuters, airline industry consultants say airlines face an increasing risk from computer disruptions as they automate more of their operations, distribute boarding passes on smartphones and fit their planes with Wi-Fi.
At a time when airline seats seem to have transformed into vice grips, one airplane manufacturer is bucking the trend and playing to our nation’s pervasive portliness.
According to a recent article in the Daily News, Bombardier, Inc., unveiled its new CS-100 jet at the Farnborough International Airshow. At 19-inches, the jet’s middle seats are a full inch larger than Airbus’s biggest seat.
Swiss International Air Lines will be the first airline to carry the new roomier jets starting on July 15.
Air France is anticipating its Business customers need to rest up on departure from New York-JFK airport on its night flights to Paris. Eager to offer them optimum comfort, the company is introducing its “Night Service”, only available on departure of flights AF011 (21:45) and AF009 (23:25) from New York-JFK as of April 11, 2016. Passengers may opt to enjoy the same meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board*, with the meal served at their table in a dedicated private area.
During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Air France Business class cabin. A quiet, private cabin guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep in a seat that transforms into a lie-flat bed. Customers with a very healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight.
* Except for special meals that can be enjoyed on board only.