Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Fare noted is round-trip, includes all taxes, fees, surcharges.
- San Francisco to Manila, Philippines - $825 (Asiana)
- San Francisco to Milan, Italy - $699 (Air One & United)
- San Francisco to Dubai, UAE. - $1227 (United & Air France)
- San Francisco to Berlin, Germany - $702 (Continental)
- San Francisco to Seattle, WA. - $166 (Virgin America & Alaska)
- San Francisco to Jacksonville, FL. - $201 (Northwest)
- San Jose to Long Beach, CA. - $100 (JetBlue)
To book, visit your favorite online travel agency, preferably one that offers a "flexible dates" option. Consider clicking any of the inFLIGHTout travel partners midway down the left column on this page.
Perhaps one day soon the fees to transport luggage may cost more than the passenger's airline ticket
In a press release Tuesday, Delta Airlines announced the increase of checked-bag fees; this impacts the quantity, the weight, and the size of bags. First and foremost, Delta continues to offer one free checked bag, as long as it meets the weight and size guidelines. Deviations from this one-bag policy will result in fees, fees and more fees. Here we go:
1st Bag checked - FREE
2nd Bag checked - $50 bucks for domestic flights (previously $25)
Plus higher fees for additional bags
Trying to pack your one piece of luggage as full and heavy as possible to avoid the 2nd bag fee? Delta is on to you! =)
Any checked bag - 51-70 pounds = $90 fee for domestic flights (previously $80)
Plus higher fees for heavier baggage
Finally, if the dimensions of said baggage exceed 63" inches, a $175 fee is levied (up from $150)
Anything over 80" is not permitted.
An example of how all these fees come together is best illustrated by an example on the Delta website: Check in an extra piece of luggage that goes over the weight limit and over the size limit, you get charged 3 different fees - each way. This would make for a painful vacation for an uninformed family flying out on vacation.
Some or all fees are excluded for passengers flying first or business class, flying internationally, or Delta Medallion members. For everyone else, the fee hikes begin for tickets sold on or after July 31st, for travel on or after August 5, 2008. Click here for all the details.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Once you have registered, you earn a 125 miles for every $250 spent. More importantly, for those who fly United infrequently but want to keep their Mileage Plus account active, this is an easy way to do so. Visit United Airlines GroceryMiles page.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
- Asiana Airlines, San Francisco to Hong Kong (HKG) flights from $789 round-trip, tax included. "V" booking class.
- Northwest Airlines, San Francisco to Shanghai (PVG) $874 from round-trip, taxes included. "K" booking class.
The fares about were found for 9/2-9/9, though the low fares are available all the way through early December.
Click below (for Travelocity use the flexible date option) to search for fares.
Earlier this year, we reported on how Sheraton and Four Points are moving toward becoming entirely smoke-free at properties throughout the United States & Canada.
Friday, July 25, 2008
The incident occured while flying at nearly 30,000 feet, at which time the plane then reportedly plunged, portions of the floor and ceiling collapsed, and oxygen masks deployed when the plane lost cabin pressure.
Still, despite the chaos and terror reported in the sky, the pilot managed to land the plane safely, and without injury to passengers. Read more, and view other pictures of the damage from the Sun.
For example, a domestic round-trip Coach Saver award ticket will now require 25,000 miles, compared to 20,000 points previously needed; this change aligns with most other airlines. But, the change begins November 1st, effectively allowing flyer's to redeem at the lower points level for the next few months.
Also, Alaska will offer Intra-State award travel for only 15,000 miles. Previously only available in Alaska, passengers flying wholly within AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, or WA receive a 10,000 mile reduction in the cost of award resumptions.
Other changes, including a $25 fee for booking award travel with an Alaska partner, will be instituted, but again, not until later this Fall. Click here to read the entire Alaska Airlines announcement.
Thanks to N301dp at flyertalk for posting this deal.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The United States is one of only a handful of countries that bans travel for HIV-positive people. Other countries include Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Russia.
Lifting the ban comes bundled with a $50 billion grant to fight HIV/AIDS funding around the world. Together, the bill is expected to move through the House of Representatives, then to the President. President Bush has previously expressed support for the bill.
Visit www.supershuttle.com and enter promo code: UYR59
Other Super Shuttle coupons can also be found in regional Entertainment books.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Q1 2007 to Q1 2008 average fare by market
$317.88 to $331.72 (U.S Domestic Average Fare)
$240.23 to $244.46 (Oakland)
$263.07 to $279.36 (Sacramento)
$421.90 to $395.54 (San Francisco)
$261.02 to $268.03 (San Jose)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
San Francisco to:
-Atlanta - will be discontinued on 11/2/08
-Toronto - effective 11/2/08
San Jose to:
-Washington, Dulles - eff 9/2/08
-Chicago O'Hare - eff 11/11/08
-Los Angeles - eff 11/11/08
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
In addition to Charlotte, U.S Airways also operates flights between Sacramento and Phoenix, Las Vegas and Philadephia.
Click here for more posts about on Sacramento Airport, including information on other airline cutbacks.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Two people fly non-stop on United Airlines and stay at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki for under $1100 bucks. Plus you can upgrade to other upscale Starwood properties for slightly more. Valid for travel August 25th-September 8th.
This is an inFLIGHTout verified deal as of 9:45AM. This offer may end at anytime.
Example: SFO-HNL August 28-August 31st prices at $1068.00 for two people, including airline and hotel taxes. Additional nights increase the cost only slightly. Two people per reservation - no solo travelers for this discount.
Click here to book.
Perhaps you want information on the David Copperfield magic performance or details on current Cirque du Soleil shows. All of this - and more, on your boarding pass.
While some airlines are flying off into a direction of electronic boarding passes - dumping the paper all together, Delta Airlines is taxiing on with the good old fashioned paper boarding passes, just now exercising a creative use. Sure they are making a few bucks on the ads, but they claim to also be offering a service to passengers, particularly last minute folks, who don't necessarily have the time to research their destination before hoping on the plane. And let's face it, with airlines cutting back on inflight entertainment, raising the price of food and liquid and filling the planes to capacity, maybe these advertisements will keep passengers occupied in flight.
But love it or hate it, almost all Delta passengers will face it. By the end of the week, Delta will expand the ads so virtually everyone printing a domestic boarding pass at home will find advertisements batched with boarding passes. The company behind the technology says however that passengers will have an opt out box should they decide not to print out the ads.
Northwest and U.S Airways stated they too will begin boarding pass advertisements by year end as well.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Booking tickets far in advance means finding award availability before it is picked through by the masses. So how far in advance can you book award tickets? Most airlines permit bookings up to 330 days into the future - a bit shy of a year. This simple tool allows you to determine how far out 330 days is, eliminating the need for human calculation (or in my case, human error) so you can focus on the more important task - namely, where in Europe you want those frequent flyer miles to take you.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Fly between 14 July and 28 August (best fares were found in July), stay a minimum of 3 nights, earn a bunch of miles, and have a great time in this beautiful European-feel city.
Visit www.united.com search within the above date parameters and/or click on the flexible dates tab. I found available flights between July 22 and July 29th for this fare. This thread on flyertalk mentions users finding the fare even a bit cheaper.
This unbelievable fare is subject to change at any time.
The airline, which announced the debut of the San Francisco to Dubai route beginning November 20th, will initially operate using a Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates Senior Vice President of commercial operations for the America's said, "We hope to build up the route for the A380. I would be disappointed if we could not operate the aircraft in two or three years in San Francisco."
On August 4th, Emirates will show off the first fully outfitted Airbus 380 at San Francisco International Airport. The plane has 14 first-class suites, 76 business class seats and 399 seats in economy.
(Above: An Emirates Airbus 380 aircraft at the 2005 Dubai Airshow. Nasser Younes/Agence France-Presse --Getty Images)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
ExpressJet will stop flying under its own brand name effective September 2. The company will discontinue its 13 daily departures from Sacramento International Airport, including flights between Sacramento and Bakersfield; Santa Barbara; Tucson, Ariz.; Tulsa, Okla.; San Antonio; Oklahoma City; Spokane, Wash.; Colorado Springs, Colo. and Albuquerque, N.M. Those flights will end Sept. 1 under the plan the company announced Tuesday.
The 39 aircraft currently used in ExpressJet operations will be among those returned to the lessor no later than June 2009.
On July 7, Delta Air Lines Inc. announced it was ending its Delta Connections partnership with ExpressJet.
ExpressJet, a subsidiary of Houston-based ExpressJet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: XJT), said it would stop flying Delta Connection routes, primarily out of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, beginning Sept. 1. ExpressJet said it will continue to operate flights as Continental Express under a deal with Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL).
ExpressJet will continue flying a fleet of 205 aircraft as Continental Express to more than 150 destinations, as well as continue to serve charter customers with a fleet of 30 aircraft through ExpressJet Corporate Aviation.
"If we had any other choice, we would not take this difficult action," ExpressJet chief executive officer Jim Ream said. "However, rising fuel prices has made the operation impossible to sustain."
Tickets to ExpressJet flights before Sept. 2 are not affected, the airline said. The carrier will continue to sell tickets for those flights.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Just two weeks after Delta Airlines announced they would slap a fuel surcharge on all award redemption's, Northwest Airlines jumped on board and confirmed they too will institute a similar fee.
Described in a Northwest press release as a temporary "service fee" to offset fuel costs, passengers redeeming Northwest Worldperks miles will soon pay a fuel surcharge ranging from $25 for domestic travel, all the way up to $100 for trans-Pacific flights. The fee will be charged for ticketed itineraries beginning September 15th.
That's not all. Changing your itinerary will cost extra too. Beginning today, changes to non-refundable domestic tickets will increase $50 to $150. Changes to International itineraries will be hiked by as much as $150 more than present fees, depending on class of service and other restrictions.
The airline is matching several other carriers $15 first checked bag fee for tickets being sold as early as July 10th. No more checking your bags in for free.
First, register here. Then stay Sunday-Thursday at participating properties through September 30, 2008 to earn the 1000 bonus points. Click here for a comprehensive list of eligible properties.
-United Airlines will cut capacity system wide by 12%.
-U.S Airways by 8%.
-American Airlines by 11-12%, including ending all Oakland operations
-Delta Airlines will eliminate up to 13%
-Frontier Airlines by 17%
With the capacity cuts, many airlines will layoff or offer packages to employees, while airlines such as Midwest and AirTran are implementing pay reductions to certain staff.
Capacity cuts mean consumers can expect to dig deeper into their wallet as fares rise to meet the demand for fewer seats/less capacity.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
"Jet out of town! Choose from over 50 destinations and two great ways to save."
$10 off using promo code JET10D or 10% off using JET10.
Book by midnight July 10th, for travel between September 3rd and December 16th, with blackout dates around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Click here to book.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
As part of the plan, the airport will boost charges to the airline by $6 to $9 per passenger, climbing to over $13 by the year 2013 to help cover improvement costs. The airlines strongly opposed the extreme fee hike. American airlines recently notified Sacramento airport officials they will pull 1 of the 4 daily flights between Sacramento and Dallas due to "substantial and unreasonable" fee increases recently imposed on all airlines using Sacramento's runways and ticket counters. Airport officials contend the real reason for American cutbacks may actually be related to rising fuel costs and trimming of flights nationwide.
Meanwhile, county officials have defended the airport's expansion plan and rate increases as fair and necessary.
(Pictured above: Design of the second floor ticketing area for Central Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport. More pictures can be found here.)
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Simply purchase a ticket at www.midwestairlines.com by July 14th for travel through August 17th, and use promo code paypal50 on the flight search page. Read additional terms and conditions of the offer.
Midwest Airlines operates a daily flight to/from San Francisco and Kansas City, and seasonal service into Milwaukee. Click here for a route map. Be sure to tell friends about this offer.
ANY traveler who has tried to redeem frequent flier miles for an award seat, only to be thwarted by blackout dates or limited availability, knows that attractive alternatives are hard to come by. You could spend miles for magazine subscriptions, donate them to charity or, in a few cases, purchase merchandise in an exchange that often doesn’t quite add up (17,000 miles for a coffee maker?). Click here to read the rest of the article
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
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