News articles in Air, Fares & Fees

Tips for Coping with Record High Air Fares and packed planes

(Dive Travel Business News - Nov 10, 2011) -- Pundits are warning travelers that air travel will not only be more costly this holiday season, it will also be more crowded.  The national average airfare for Thanksgiving travel is US$383, according to Priceline.com. Only once in the past eight years have fares been higher, in 2007, when it was $385. The average airfare for Christmas is projected at $444. It was only $361 seven years ago. Orbitz is reporting that some major routes are up to 30 percent higher this holiday season compared to a year ago.

WestJet Launches New Seasonal Service to Cuba

(Dive Travel Business News - November 8, 2010) -- WestJet has begun new seasonal nonstop service between Toronto and Santa Clara, Cuba. WestJet will fly between Toronto and Santa Clara weekly each Friday. One-way fares, available in both directions on non-stop flights only, are available from $149 plus applicable taxes and fees. For more information, call WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 888-WEST-JET (937-8538) or visit www.westjet.com.

IATA reports increased fares to Asia

(Dive Travel Business News - September 9, 2010) -- Asia-Pacific airlines are raising ticket prices in response to a strong economic rebound in Asia, led by China, reflecting growing consumer confidence across the Asia-Pacific region. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that the global passenger traffic to expand by 7.1 percent this year despite a projected easing of the economic rebound in the second half of 2010. 

US Travel Promotion Act begins Sept 15, 2010

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 8, 2010) -- Earlier this summer, the U.S. Government raised U.S. passport fees substantially, increasing the cost for US citizens traveling abroad. This fall, the focus will be on inbound travel with the new U.S. Travel Promotion Act:  This Act, which goes into effect next week on Wednesday, September 15, calls for a $14 fee to be levied on travelers from 36 nations who enter the U.S.

Mexicana Airlines files bankruptcy, stops ticketing

(Dive Travel Business News - August 5, 2010) -- Mexicana Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection in Mexico and the U.S. earlier this week. The airline reported $1.2 billion in liabilities as of June 30, and $768.5 million in assets. Creditors have seized three of Mexicana's planes. The company owns nine of the 64 aircraft in its fleet. During its restructuring, Mexicana intends to cut staff pay and benefits.

US Aviation Sub-committee hearing on Airline Add-on Fees

(Dive Travel Business News - July 15, 2010) -- A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the growing number of airline ancillary fees can be confusing and misleading to consumers and ought to come with better disclosures.

There have been many intended and unintended consequences of the unbundling fees from ticket prices. According to the GAO report:

Travel Pros must follow secure flight rules

(Dive Travel Business News - July 7, 2010) -- A couple of airlines are warning travel agents that passenger name records (PNR's) could be cancelled or agencies debited if they fail to properly submit the appropriate data for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight program, the American Society of Travel Agents alerted members in a dispatch this week.

USACA now offers multiple airfare quotes

(Dive Travel Business News - June 15, 2010) -- The United States Air Consolidator Association (USACA) has implemented a new feature on its website that allows travel professionals to receive prices from multiple USACA member consolidators with one easy tool.  The new USACA-RFQ program permits the travel agent to fill out an itinerary request for one way, open jaw and round trip itineraries.  Upon submission, the itinerary is then sent to each USACA consolidator

More Traveler-Friendly Airline Rules Introduced by DOT

(Dive Travel Business News - June 9, 2010) -- Just months after the US Department of Transportation  (DOT) dealt with lengthy on-ground flight delays with new tarmac rules,  DOT Secretary Ray LaHood has released a new round of consumer-friendly airline rules. If adopted, this newest set of airline regulations would:

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