Archive for category: Cheap Flights

Flight Abstract: Jetblue Even More Space

This is Part II of my Alta, Utah Trip Report Series. For other parts please…

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Cheap Flight Deal: $305 R/T U.S. to Madrid

Welcome to The Travel Abstract! My fellow Flyertalk forum member flyinghigh77…

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DOT’s New Law: Simplifies Fares, Expands Passenger Rights

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The big news story this week has been the DOT’s decision that government taxes and fees are to be included in all advertised airline fares.

What does this change?

Full Information:

I am sure you have had a sticker shock airfare experience. You know the type when you find a fare that is $100′s cheaper than any other offer. You think you hit the cheap flight jackpot.

You go through the booking process, filling out the passenger information thinking you snagged an amazing deal. Only to be surprised by $100′s in taxes & fees. Making it the exact same price as the fares you were trying to avoid.

You were hoodwinked, bamboozled and misled.

That is what this new law wants to avoid. Under this new regulation government-imposed taxes and fees must be included together in the advertised fare. Great move. Simplification of the booking process plus quicker access to the true cost of a flight.

But who would not agree with a law that gives the consumer full information on the COST of the flight?

Those tacky advertisers, Spirit Airlines, who love to promote their cut rate fares. Their whole modus opperandi is flipped on its head and punted out the door.

Spirit Airlines Fare Rule Law

Don’t believe the exaggeration of Spirit airlines claims. There are no hidden taxes or fees anymore because they must be included in all advertisements. When you review the price it will provide a breakdown of what $$ amount goes to taxes, fees or the fare.

The fares may be higher earlier in the booking process but that does not mean the fares have increased. Only that the actual flight cost is displayed immediately instead of being a surprise later on.

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Secret Fare Sale: Europe Cheap Flights Below Sale Price

Greetings my fellow Travel Abstract-ians! Today I was doing one of my favorite…

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LATAM Airlines: oneworld Alliance Expansion y Vamos a Colombia!

New post about the expanded service offered by newly formed LAN Colombia, formerly Aires Airlines, between Miami & Colombia.

Starting February 2012:

“seven flights per week from Miami to Bogota with connection to over 20 domestic destinations within Colombia including Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and Pereira.”

LAN Airlines Expanded Routes Miami, Florida to Colombia South America

Old Vs. New Expanded Schedule

The 22 domestic stops:

San Andrés, Apartadó, Armenia, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, El Yopal, Ibagué, Leticia, Medellín, Montería, Manizales, Neiva, Pereira, Puerto Asís, Santa Marta, Quibdo, Valledupar, Villavicencio.

Route Expansion is awesome news for oneworld Alliance frequent flyer miles holders. I love it. Add this with LAN’s merger with TAM reaching ever closer to its completion goal of Q1 2012 and oneworld is getting massive amount of routes. How does this add up to benefit people with buckets of oneworld miles in the bank?

BA Avios points. They have seemingly overthrown Delta Skymiles as the most fashionable frequent flyer mile to hate. But I see BA Avios frequent flyer points having huge value for partner reward flights in South America.  The future is exciting for oneworld and South America reward flights.

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