(TravelPulse.com - Oct 19, 2009) - A new partnership between the Barbados Tourism Authority and US Airways Vacations is discounting packages from Oct. 12 through Nov. 22. During that period Barbados vacation packages are $150 off for bookings of five nights or more. Travel must be completed by April 7.
US Airways reinstated non-stop flying from Philadelphia to Barbados four days a week earlier this month and will begin to offer daily service to the island for the winter season on Dec. 19. Flights are operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with 12 seats in First Class and 112 in the main cabin. For full terms and conditions of this offer, visit www.usairwaysvacations.com/barbados . For Barbados information and accommodation options, visit www.visitbarbados.org. read more »
(June 12, 2009 - DTB) - Hartford Courant - Airlines are facing significant challenges as ticket sales of premium seats are down, overall demand continues to be weak and fuel prices are on the rise. The result is expected to be fare increases, capacity cuts or both. The one-two-three punch could be bad news for consumers this fall, as U.S. airlines face pressure to raise fares or cut more capacity to cover their costs.
If fuel prices continue to climb into the fall, airlines will be under pressure to raise prices or cut more capacity to cover their costs, Delta President Ed Bastian said. Delta has made a decision not to "put seats out into the marketplace if we can't recover the cost of that seat," he said.
Experts have said they don't expect fare sales to end anytime soon, given weak demand for air travel. The rise in unemployment and hits Americans have taken to the value of their homes, coupled with the meltdown in the financial markets, has caused a significant slowdown in air travel. Airlines also have lost business from the swine flu, which has caused some people to cancel travel plans to Mexico. read more »
(June 11, 2009 - DTN) - Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, both Canadian carriers, have increased commissions for travel agents and lowered fares to attract passengers as the summer travel season kicks off. "The way the economy is with the recession, everybody's trying all kinds of things to get people flying," said Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada.read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - June 3, 2009 ) -- If you've purchased an airline ticket recently, your airline or travel agent likely asked for your full legal name or the name on your passport, as well as your birth date. After years of delays and rounds of controversy, the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Flight" initiative is rolling out.
(Dive Travel Business News - Wednesday November 19, 2008) -- This holiday season, it's still shoes off and liquids out at airport security, but changes may be on the way to part of this routine, and agents will be watching much more than the contents of your carry-on.
In the coming months, the government expects to revisit its rule for the amount of liquids that may be brought aboard planes, while boosting the number of behavior detection officers deployed at checkpoints across the country.
More than 2,000 are already on the job, and the program is growing every day, said Christopher White, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.
"What the officers are looking for are physiological signs that cannot be manipulated that indicate stress, fear or deception," White said. "We find bad people everyday with behavior detection officers."
The specially trained agents, who work in teams, establish a baseline of behavior and then search for people who rise above that level, he added. read more »
“A la carte” pricing — along with “unbundling,” — is the airline industry’s preferred terminology for the practice of separating, and charging for, services that were traditionally included in the price of a ticket. Here’s the operative chunk:
After asking more than 1,600 airfarewatchdog travelers how they would feel about flying under a new a-la-carte pricing structure that airlines such as American Airlines, Spirit and Air Canada are adopting, 67% voted that it was a big step backward. The new structure, which means that flyers get lower base fees but will pay extra for things like soda, pillows, seat selection, checked bags and meals is, according to airfarewatchdog founder George Hobica, “the new normal.” read more »
(May 15, 2008 - CNNMoney.com) -- As if high fuel prices aren’t enough, airlines and passengers are getting pinched by rising taxes as the U.S. government demands a bigger piece of the pie.
About 20% of the price of a $300 domestic round-trip ticket goes to taxes and fees, according to the Air Transport Association, compared with 13% in 1992 and 7% in 1972.
“When the government decides to throw another tax on passengers, that is greatly hurting an already financially hurting industry,” said ATA spokesman David Castelveter. “We’ve long said that we are one of the most overtaxed industries, and we now are dealing with record-level fuel increases. The airline industry is in a worse financial situation than it was on 9/11.”
Rick Seaney, chief executive of online ticket vendor Farecompare.com, dissected ticket prices and estimated that the U.S. government reaped $40 billion in airline ticket taxes in 2007.
Seaney broke down the price of a $300 domestic round-trip flight: read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - May 14, 2008) -- Cathay Pacific Airways is offering roundtrip flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), or New York (JFK) to Bali starting at $865. Also, with a free stopover in Hong Kong, passengers get a metropolitan and island-style vacation for one price. Cathay Pacific’s May Deal of the Month also allows travelers to earn Asia Miles — a leading travel reward program with over 240 partners in nine categories. Travelers enrolled in the Asia Miles program can earn miles towards free flights, upgrades, companion tickets, and other lifestyle rewards. Asia Miles membership is free and travelers can simply enroll online at www.asiamiles.com. read more »
(May 27, 2008 - The New York Times) -- The six network airlines put in place another round of fare increases over the holiday, ranging up to $60 for a round-trip ticket, said Rick Seaney, the chief executive officer of Farecompare.com. It was the 11th fare increase of the year that all six major carriers had joined in. Despite the wide-ranging fare increases, airlines have been “very cautious” about increasing fares on routes where there is competition from Southwest, JetBlue and other low-cost carriers, Mr. Seaney said. Additionally, he said, airlines are now frequently “firing out short-duration sales” on fares for certain routes, mostly to fill seats on off-peak business travel days.
(Dive Travel Business News - May 26, 2008) -- Veteran business traveler Kevin Cuddihy knew he was in for a steep fare as he shopped online for a same-day-return weekday trip recently between Charlotte and Philadelphia.
But $1,420 for a coach ticket?
“I expected to pay more, but not that much,” says the cable company executive from Mooresville, N.C. “I’ve not paid that kind of money anytime this year.”
Clicking further on US Airways’ website, he discovered that the fare would come down to $580 if he stayed in Philadelphia Saturday night.
He opted for the cheaper fare, reluctantly.
Once the bane of business travelers’ existence, the Saturday-night-stay rule and other stringent minimum-stay requirements are making a comeback after several years of relative dormancy. read more »