01/25/12

AirTran Last Minute Sale

AirTran is having another sale as long as you book your travel by 26 Jan 2012. Travel extends until 16 May 2011, but the caveat is you have to book your travel dates for Tuesdays and Wednesdays only so it looks as if you’ll be stuck behind the desk for part of the week before heading out for that wicked mid-week vacation.  Whether you are planning travel to Denver or Aruba;check out these fares and find something that fits within your budget.

Of course there are black out dates and other considerations and the taxes are a sure thing, but if you feel the need to sink your toes into the sand or maybe take a few pictures in the Bahamas to make your friends jealous…be sure to check out the sales offered.  Check back to find out about more sales and if you sign up for the AirTran site you’ll get emails on the newest sales and routings.

Check out more deals here.

11/10/11

Government Travel Woes

Goverment Travel Woes due to spending cuts

President Obamas new policies adding to Government Travel Woes in an attempt to cut spending. 

With the spotlight on goverment actions, the spending of monies on Travel, Swag and Cellphones is on the chopping block.

Ed O’Keefe from the Washington Post online has a great article detailing the changes that will be affecting how the goverment conducts business.  Although the past few years have seen a decrease in Goverment Travel, the potential for waste and fraud is still a way to cut down on expenses.  With President’ Obama’s new measures; Travel is one of the hardest hit areas along with the freebies given out by goverment agencies.

 

10/26/11

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

Ghostbusters Movie

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

Ghostbusters may be one of the most famous movies dealing with ghosts apart from the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moor movie with the title Ghost, but the reality is far from ectoplasm manifestations and containment units.

 Today’s Ghostbusters can range from the hobbyist to the professional as evident on the popular series Ghost Hunters shown on the Syfy channel.  It’s not just a Halloween activity anymore and it’s big business.  For some, the thrill of sleeping in a haunted hotel is part of the excitement of their travel, and the travel industry is happy to help you find what you’re looking for, be it the illuusive “lady in white” or a dark and spooky bar full of swinging wine glasses.  Pack your suitcases and make a reservation today!

Haunted Places

 

USA Today has a great article on 10 Great Places to Sleep with a Ghost covering locations from California to Massachusetts with links and information.  The places listed range from the early days of the country such as The Penny House Inn in Eastham, Mass, to the Featherhead Railway B&B in Nice, California.

Haunted locations can be found throughout America and the world.  Some of the most haunted locations with paranormal activity can be places like prisons or hospitals, but hauntings are not limited to houses or physical buildings; they can be in entire fields such as Civil War Hauntings or even Amusement Parks as listed in this great article.

October is one of the best months to use as an excuse to get your Ghost hunting “on” and take a thrill where you can.  If you’re looking for something different to do or someplace different to go; haunted locations are a great way to plan a vacation with something special included.

 

10/25/11

Getting into Bed with Virgin…

Getting into bed with VirginFancy getting into Bed with Virgin?  Virgin Group is well known with many products and services available like Virgin Airlines, media, music and over 300 brands, but now Virgin has started the Virgin Hotel Group with the purchase of the Old Dearborn Bank Building in Chicago, IL.

According to this report by Mark Caswell from Business Traveler; the Virgin Hotel Group “plans to convert the property into a 250-room hotel, “with restaurants, lounges and other public areas”.   According to the report the hotel is slated to open in autumn 2013.”

Virgin Hotel Group has big plans and it’s just getting started.  To learn more about what Virgin Hotel has scheduled for the future, log into their website here.

10/25/11

EU to impose new taxes for carbon dioxide emissions

EU to impose emission taxesInternational Travel from the US has always been expensive, not only because the airline needs to make a profit, but also due to additional taxes and fees.  Well, get ready for another fee to add to European travel as the EU (European Union) begins a new policy on 1, Jan 1012 to enforce a “cap and trade” program forcing air carriers to pay for carbon dioxide emissions. 

According to the Associated Press, “The European Union insisted Tuesday it will enforce a new law that imposes an emissions cap-and-trade program on airlines flying to and from Europe, despite angry opposition from the U.S. Congress.”

Countries such as the US, China, Japan and others oppose the law citing various reasons, one of which is that taxes would be paid on all emissions from departure to arrival; covering airspace that is not under EU control.  To read more check out this article here.

10/16/11

General Fare Pricing on Airlines

General Fare Pricing on Airlines and Why fares are never the same when you call back.

 

Airline ticketsThe basic principle for cheap fares is to get in early or get in on a sale, don’t call to make an inquiry and then call back because fares are not guaranteed until ticketed and you could lose your fare.  With non-refundable tickets there are so many different prices that it can be confusing, but one of the most common reasons for the difference in fare is advance purchase of  3/7/14/21 days.   The closer to the travel date; the more expensive the ticket, and usually there are certain additional requirements such as travel on a Tuesday or Thursday with a Saturday overnight.  That means you have to leave on Tue/Thus and the earliest you can return is on Sunday.

 

Restrictive fares have many rules and these rules are sometimes the reason that you can take a 3pm flight at a lower fare than taking a 9am flight.  Peak travel times are generally more expensive and business travelers that do not have a weekend stay can see higher fares.

 

I’m on the same flight as my friend – why did he get a cheaper fare?

 

Another reason that fares can differ is due to inventory.  Some god-like computer can figure out how many seats can be sold for X and how many at Y, Z, etc. and still make a profit.  The combination allows for differences in fares –  the airline likes to know how many people will be on the flight, so by purchasing earlier they can count on your occupancy of one seat.

 

The later your flight the more money you’re going to have to pull in that equation to get to that profit margin.  For example the airline decides to sell 22 seats in S inventory  for $209.00 base fare, 18 seats in T inventory for $187.00 base fare, 11 seats in K inventory for $144.00 base fare.  All of these seats will be attached to a Fare Basis that contains the rules and regulations.

 

In addition there will be 34 seats sold in H inventory for $280.00  and 46 seats sold in V inventory for $319.00.  You can see that there are far fewer seats available at the lower rates so that inventory will sell out first.

 

If someone calls and selects a flight with the last seat in K class on that flight then all bookings later will not be able to get that same fare.  If you are booking to match a friend and they purchased the last seat at that fare then the only other option is to go to the next inventory to get you on the same flight.  Note that inventory does not have anything to do with seating; that’s a whole other set of circumstances.

10/15/11

Air Canada 20% Promo Code

Air Canada Sale

 

Air Canada Sale 20% Promo Code

 

Air Canada is offering a 20% discount on certain flights but travel must be booked by 16 October.  Hurry to find your favorite location and book your tickets now.  Remember the holiday season is gearing up so check back often to find out the latest one day sales and special offers.  The Airlines are offering more and more but the availability is limited and there are time limits on the rates that apply.  .

This offer is only good until October 16th so be sure to check out all the locations and find something that is right for you.  Follow the link for more information here

These are the rules that apply:

  • Valid on Tango, Tango Plus and Executive Lowest fares.
  • Offer is valid for travel from October 14, 2011 to February 10, 2012.
  • Book by October 16, 2011 midnight, from your city of departure.
  • Blackout dates apply: December 16, 2011 to January 11, 2012.
  • This offer is valid on both Air Canada operated flights and codeshare flights.

This exceptional offer applies wherever we fly within Canada, between Canada and the USA (including Hawaii), the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Australia.

10/12/11

Free Ticket to Japan

Intrested in a Free Ticket to Japan? 

Japan has seen its share of hardship this year with devistating and widespread destruction due to a combination of natural disaster and a nuclear plant failure.  All of this has led to a significant decrease in foreign travel while the country faces a very large rebuilding bill as shown in photos here at boston.com.  The Japan Tourism Agency is planning to help the country by increasing foreign travel this next year with an offer of 10,000 free tickets.  The Agency has plans to set up a website detailing the requirements and hope to get bloggers interested in spreading the news to the rest of the world.  People interested will need to submit a written report detailing their travel plans and what they hope to experience, if the applicant is chosen they will then be required to write a review of their trip which will be posted online.

Interested in reading more?  ABC News has an article detailing this information.  Right now the contest is still in the planning phase, but be sure to check back with TravelNewsYouCanUse to find out more as details become available.

10/11/11

Worst Honeymoon Ever.

Worst Honeymoon ever prize has to go to this couple.  Honeymoon Horror The Couple Who Survived Six Natural Disasters – YouTube

Traveling can be a hassle but when Mother Nature conspires against you there is no way to tell what is going to happen.  Here an amazing video with a couple and their child on an Around-the-World trip that had everything from blizzards, to cyclones, to nuclear meltdowns.  If there is a prize for the worst/most interesting travel trip ever…these people would win.  Watch the video and feel free to share your comments.

10/9/11

Amtrak more popular than ever.

Amtrak more popular than ever.

 

Amtrak more popular than everAmtrak has been an alternative mode of transportation for years and is an essential part of commuter traffic in the Northeast corridor.  For some people when you take a trip to another state it requires a car trip of hours or more, but traveling between the smaller states up and down the eastern seaboard is easier and better connected using Amtrak.  Most people don’t know that Amtrak is a government owned corporation that has been run from our tax dollars since it’s beginning in May of 1971.  Another fact people may not know is that Amtrak has NEVER made money.  The government has subsidized the losses every year with funding from Congress, and although people are turning to Amtrak as an alternative to traveling the airlines, it is still running at a loss.  Here’s an interesting article written in 2009 by Rush Loving  Jr. that covers the reasons why Amtrak can’t and won’t make money.  Although the article is old, the information is still accurate and if anything the reasons behind his analysis is correct and has been shown to be correct as more than 2 years have passed with overall increased usage of Amtrak.

Train vs. Airplane

It would make sense to think that traveling via the airlines is more expensive with fuel costs, employees and other expenses, but because the plane can travel several routes and make multiple trips in a 24 hour period, it is much more profitable than the rail system.  Trains are much slower and are hampered by access to a given rail line.  With the trains running once or twice a day, the profit margin is extremely low and the costs are greater.  This is one of the major reasons that Amtrak has never been profitable and may never be.

Rising cost of Gas increases Amtrak travel

Fluctuations in gas prices, the long line at the airport security and the general hassle to get on an airplane has increased Amtrak’s current capacity, but even with this influx of travelers the profit generated doesn’t begin to meet the cost expended.  Congress has had to do some cutting in the recent years and it looks like Amtrak is going to have to be considered as well.  Rob Lovitt penned an interesting article that can be found here.  In it, he speaks of the increased numbers of travelers on Amtrak and the decisions that need to be made by Congress.  What are your ideas on this subject?