Posted: under Airport News, Transportation News.
Tags: airlines, Airports, Transportation News, travel, US airlines
United Airlines has introduced Premier Baggage, a new way to approach checked baggage fees. Premier Baggage allows travelers to pay a flat rate annually that will cover two standard-size checked baggage fees at no additional price every time they fly on a United or United Express flight. It covers standard-size checked baggage fees for up to eight companions that are traveling under the same confirmation number as the subscriber. The subscription price is $249 for the year.
Depending on your lifestyle or travel plans for that year, you maybe really benefit from Premier Baggage. You can purchase Premier Baggage as a gift and you can find it at united.com/premierbaggage.
Posted: under Airlines News, Transportation News, Useful Tips and Gadgets.
Tags: airlines, British airline company, Business class, holidays in Miami Beach, hotel reservations, London, Marbella, miami, Miami Beach vacation rentals, New York, vacation rentals in New York, Virgin Airlines
Business class is very expensive. In fact, it is too expensive for most people. Fortunately, airlines realized that there is room for an intermediary class: Premium-economy. In Premium-economy, one of many travel tips gaining popularity, travelers get much more space and comfort than in economy, but a bit less than in business class. Plus, the pricing is very attractive.
The British airline company, Virgin Airlines, pioneered the Premium-economy class which was originally on mainly flights between London and New York and London and Miami. Now, travelers can travel first class at a fraction of the cost with these travel tips. Hotel reservations and vacation rentals in New York or Miami offer incredible offers for the summer 2009. In fact, it might be cheaper to spend holidays in Miami Beach than in Marbella. Travelers in Miami Beach will find great discounts for trendy hotel reservations or in Miami Beach vacation rentals.
British Airways jumped on the bandwagon and added to travel tips by offering attractive rates for business class. They offer a 1.25 cm cabin so you may recline your seat into a bed. Expect to pay around twice the price of an economy ticket.
Posted: under Airlines News, Airport News, Transportation News.
Tags: airlines, airport, Flight Changes, smart travel, travel tips
Major airlines are making automatic flight changes like cutting flights, schedules and destinations up to 15%. Automatic flight changes include switching flights from one time to another or from non-stops to two stops. Service to certain airports, even major airports, will be dropped all together.
When flights have been discontinued, airlines will automatically re-book passengers onto new flights. These automatic flight changes may result in different departure times or landing in the next closest airport that they do still service. Unfortunately, after these automatic flight changes are made, not all airlines get the notice of changes to the passenger.
A smart travel tip is to be proactive and call your airline to reconfirm your reservation and make sure no automatic flight changes were made. Unexpected time changes may deduct a vacation day or add an extra night at your vacation rental. Take this smart travel tip and continue to check on your reservation until the time of your departure.
Posted: under Lodging and Hotel News, Useful Tips and Gadgets.
Tags: airlines, Auctions, great luxury hotels, hotel deals in luxury, occupancy rates
Ritz-Carlton Hotel in South Beach
Hotels and some airlines are welcoming the help of other industries and participating in auctions to increase occupancy rates.
Hotels are turning to websites such as luxurylinks.com, nextag.com, priceline.com or ebay.com to auction and fill up their rooms.
Auctions are a good affordable way to travel and stay in great luxury hotels. Getting hotel deals in luxury palaces or in a vacation villa is easy. Just research and ask. Vacationers find deals up to 50% off.
Posted: under Transportation News, Useful Tips and Gadgets.
Tags: airlines, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, requent fliers, requent-flier miles, smart travel, travel deals, travel tips, U.S. Airways, United Airlines, Yapta
Enjoy this brief smart travel tip!
Yapta.com is a website known best for its airfare price change alerts. Now, the company has launched a service that alerts frequent fliers when award seats on a particular flight can be gained through frequent-flier miles. Starting off, only select airlines receive this service.
Today’s participating airlines include:
- Alaska Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- U.S. Airways
- United Airlines
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Posted: under Useful Tips and Gadgets.
Tags: airlines, Business class, economy class, Flight upgrades, loyal travelers, loyalty cards, smart travel, travel tips, travel upgrades, travelers
Flight upgrades are very sought-after nowadays, especially now that airline companies have decreased the number of routes in order to reduce their costs. However, getting flight upgrades has become extremely difficult. An informal survey was conducted among travelers to gather helpful travel tips on how to receive upgrades and fly to London, Hawaii or Miami in business class. It is recommended that travelers check their airline’s terms and conditions to learn about how they award upgrades. It is important to understand if your airline belongs to a network of airlines. If they do, you could use miles that were earned for one airline on another airline of the network, also sometimes known as an “alliance.”
Loyalty plays a role. Try to fly with the same company as much as possible. Airlines rank you in different programs. The higher you rank, the easier or less difficult it is to get upgrades. For example, travelers with a platinum card have priority over travelers with the gold card.
- Always present your loyalty cards when checking in and/or purchasing your ticket.
- Always ask politely and kindly at the airport. Sometimes the staff needs to upgrade fliers to resolve oversold ticket conditions in the economy class. Usually, airline companies reward their loyal customers first, even when offering free upgrades.
- When loyal travelers are being considered, those who pay the highest rates have priority for upgradable tickets.
- Being elegantly dressed when requesting an upgrade will improve your chances of receiving one.
- Airlines usually upgrade people when the flight is full or in an oversold situation.
- Traveling with kids reduces your chances of being upgraded.
- In most cases, upgrades are available the day you fly. You may pay for the upgrade for a fraction of the price you would pay for the premium ticket.
Always ask. You have nothing to lose!
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