Best Time to Make Online Flight Bookings
July 08, 2011
Saving lots of money while planning a vacation is not difficult but requires lots of planning ahead in time.Those searching for cheap flights online should know that airlines change some of their regulations as time for a flight comes nearer. Waiting till the last few days in hope of getting some great last minute cheap flights is not going to take you much further. Best time to make your cheap flight bookings is at least 3 weeks before the departure date. The rates increase exorbitantly in a week’s time as the seats begin to full.
According to travel experts, mid- January to February end, April to May and the fall season is the best period to get highly affordable and cheap flight tickets online. Travelers would do good to start looking for cheap flights to their destination at least 23-24 days before the intended departure date. Take a couple of days to observe the price trend by looking at the airfares after every few hours. Make your cheap flight booking 21 days before at a time when you believe the prices are likely to be lowest. For your next flight bookings, keep in mind the seasons and days andl the best deals available online.
How To Travel Safe With Children
July 04, 2011
Traveling with Children especially Infants and Toddlers can be quite demanding.Prior to booking your next cheap flight to your favorite destination, you need to keep several travel tips in mind to have a pleasant and safe travel experience with your kids. Based on several accidents and mishaps, along with my own personal [...] I have put together here several safety travel tips for your children.
Children demand special attention and care at home and more so during traveling.
While planning a vacation and booking your cheap flights, make sure you have with you a list of all necessary items that might be required by your children during vacations, especially during the flight.
As recommended by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, children with less than 40 pounds of weight need to travel with an appropriate child restraint system. Even though you are allowed to carry children under two years of age in your lap, yet some restraint and safety measure should be in place. If your child is under two years of age, it would be wiser to carry an appropriate extra seat along with you that comes equipped with a proper restraint system. Most airlines provide travelers with a preflight emergency briefing, just pay attention to the details and follow the rules. In case your child has a medical problem that can get triggered or accelerated during a flight, inform your flight attendant about it and be well prepared for all emergencies.
Do not forget to carry all your child’s essential items, like diapers, napkins and bottles in the carry-on luggage. It is even more important to carry all medications and food items with you at all times to cater to situations like lost baggage or flight delays.
I understand that it’s difficult to keep young children from wandering and exploring, yet make efforts to keep them off the aisle as there are many chances of them getting hurt there. If traveling alone with your child, make the child occupy the window seat with you on the other side. Ideally, it would be great if two responsible adults could sit on the wither side of the child. Children get bored very easily. Hence, get along some distractions like safe and light toys. Make your child understand that electronic gadgets can interfere with the aircraft’s navigation system, hence they are better used during the cruise time of the flight alone.
Next time you book a cheap flight to your favorite destination, make sure to pay special attention to your child’s safety during flights and after to have a safe and memorable flight.
Air Canada Strike: Customer Service Employees Strike
Air Canada Strike: Customer Service Employees Strike
June 30, 2011
Some 3,800 Air Canada check-in and call center agents walked out on Tuesday night as their union, the Canadian Auto Workers, went on strike over issues related to pensions.
Canada's largest carrier is now claiming that its flights will be delayed but operational and that 1,700 managers have been mobilized to fill the positions left by workers headed to the picket line
Most of the Air Canada's nearly 20,000 staff whose work directly affects travelers (e.g. bag handlers, pilots and flight attendants) have not had a contract with Air Canada since March, so the situation could get significantly worse.
Word is that the airline's employees didn't particularly appreciate the April announcement that their company's CEO was earning $4.6 million for 2010.
A proposed budget carrier offshoot that would offer cheap flights from Canada to Europe by lowering overhead costs (read: salaries) also has not gone over terribly well with the unions.
For travelers in or headed to Canada, the strike means airport frustrations and difficulty getting out of the country. Those who have to travel would probably be smart to avoid checking baggage and embrace e-ticketing. Anything involving customer interaction is likely to be triaged, so if it involves service, don't expect it to happen.
Air Canada is saying in a statement on its site that, "Given our airport personnel will be limited, our priority will be to attend to customers with special needs."
In May, strikes closed many airports in Spain and other countries have faced serious wrangling over wages as rising gas prices and a not quite rebounded global economy have put the aviation industry on its heels.
$5.7 Billion in Airline Fees Keeping Industry afloat
June 25, 2011
US airlines collected nearly $5.7 billion in baggage and reservation change fees last year according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday. Your overpacking and procrastination may be keeping the aviation industry in their air.
The Wall Street Journal was quick to point out that according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistic U.S. airlines earned $958 million last year, meaning their 2010 profit could be construed as entirely fee-based.
The BTS statement said that airlines collected $3.4 billion in baggage fees in 2010 and $2.3 billion in reservation change fees. Baggage fees were up nearly a quarter from $2.7 billion in 2009.
The total is certainly impressive, but the effect of baggage fees remains hard to grasp because of varying degrees of transparency. Just because some airlines charge passengers separately for their luggage doesn't mean that other airlines aren't charging fliers for their bags – they are just factoring in those costs.
Reservation change fees, which actually decreased slightly in 2010, are a more open and shut case. The fees are simply very high.
Reuters is also reporting that airlines are making a push to lobby the government into delaying deadlines requiring bag fees and fare information. Coincidence? Probably not.
The current August 23 deadline for carriers to provide e-ticketed travelers with notice of bag fees is no doubt looming large for airlines increasingly dependent on a fee structure.
An industry group is asking for the deadline to be pushed back by six months, saying they must reprogram their fee search engines to meet the new standards.
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