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Skyscanner Helps You Find the Perfect Flight to the 2014 World Cup

December 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | ()

We can almost hear the vuvuzela horns now, as the World Cup is set to arrive over in Brazil in just a few more months. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet it’s probably a good time to start figuring things out. Thankfully the folks over at Skyscanner are ready to help you out, as they recently launched their Soccer Flight Finder in hopes of getting you from here to there.

The site does its best to reveal all kinds of itineraries from the 32 countries around the globe with teams trying to score an invite to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the website can also display all kinds of domestic options in and around Brazil. The country is pretty darn big—in case you haven’t checked out the map—so you’re probably going to need to fly a little bit to hit all the matches.

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Travel to the World Cup 2014 May Not Be as Smooth as a Brazilian

Where: Brazil
October 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!

If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.

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How to Cancel an Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours, Without Fees

November 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM | by | ()

We’ve all been there—you enter the credit card digits on what you think is awesome airfare, but just moments later you realize that really wasn’t the case. Thankfully Uncle Sam has got your back more than ever, as now cancelling flights within 24 hours of booking is pretty much the law. So if you realize your best friend can’t skip out of work, or if you see an even better fare less than a day later you can cancel your purchase—hassle free. We’ve rounded up some of the policies below to ensure that you can book first and figure things out later.

· Delta
They call it their “risk-free guarantee” and they actually had this pretty generous policy before the new rules and regulations went into effect. Refunds are allowed for most tickets purchased directly through their website, as long as you are leaving from the United States, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Again, you can do it all online, and you will be credited back with a full refund—including any prepaid fees and direct ticketing charges—with no cancellation fee.

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U.S. Air Travel Set to Double, Airfares to Follow

March 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM | by | ()

It took U.S. airlines all of eleven days to increase ticket prices in 2012, with Delta announcing on the second Wednesday of the year that it was hiking some round-trip fares $20. United,, American Airlines, and US Airways promptly followed and then Southwest increased their one-way fares by $10. Dryly opined the USA Today's Travel section in response: "Fare increases often don't last because carriers don't want to price themselves too high...a low-cost carrier matching is a good indicator that [the hike] will stick."

Airlines had spent the 2011 holiday season and the very end of the year trying and failing to make airfare increases stick (and before you think that increasing holiday airfares is just how the airline industry works, no it isn't). So it was kind of a big deal when Delta managed to get the industry to follow along last January. Unfortunately the airlines seem to have figured out this "rate hike" trick, since the FAA just announced that air fares are likely to stay high "throughout this decade." Terrific.

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Flying Down Under? Prepare to Shell Out Even More Cash

Where: Australia
February 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

Flights over the Pacific will be tapping your pockets just a bit more. In response to a carbon tax in Australia and carbon trading schemes in Europe, Qantas has announced their fares will creap up in the near future. Do not fret, as there is still time to enjoy some world-class beaches and pet a koala or kangaroo before the change.

The red roo has announced an increase of no more than 24% in fuel surcharges for international and domestic flights. International itineraries increase by flat rate, while the domestic charge depends on the length of the flight. Unfortunately, with the high cost of jet fuel and taxes, Qantas is not alone in airfare hikes.

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How Much Are Thanksgiving Holiday Flights Going For Right Now?

October 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

Holiday rush security line crowding at Delta's LaGuardia terminal

It's widely said that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, but really some summer days can be just as hectic. Still, with Americans scrambling to get home to eat a feast of turkey/tofurkey and stuffing, the airports aren't exactly a picnic in late November.

Curious to see exactly how high roundtrip prices for Thanksgiving flights have gotten, we headed over to place some sample trips into Hipmunk.

Here's the cheapest fares we found:

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Don't Get Too Excited for Continental's New 'FareLock' Airfare Tool

December 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM | by | ()

Have you heard the buzz about Continental's new FareLock feature yet? Well, we'll put it simply: it's a new way they've come up with to squeeze extra dollars out of paranoid travelers. We'll never use it, and assuming you're a person with common sense who knows even the slightest thing about searching for airfares, then you won't either.

The gist of FareLock is this: search for a Continental flight on Continental's website (not on Expedia, or any other booking engine) and if you see a flight with a good price or a flight with your preferred departure/arrival times, but you're not yet sure you want to buy it, then you can pay $5 to hold it for three days, or $9 to hold it for a week. Come back any time in there to cancel or purchase the ticket at the held price, but your FareLock fee isn't refunded or put towards the ticket price; it's just an extra.

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How To Cancel Your Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours

January 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

We’ve all purchased airfare without really thinking, but sometimes the buyer’s remorse is just a little too much. Despite the chance at an incredible fare there’s always something that makes it seem not worth it—like hitting the limit on your credit card. Thankfully there are still a few airlines that allow you to cancel your reservation within 24 hours. We’ve rounded up some of the policies below to ensure that you can fire first and ask questions later.

· Delta
As long as your make your purchase through Delta or Expedia—that means no Orbitz or other booking engines—you can cancel your ticket up to midnight the following day. Just make sure that your trip is originating from the United States, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Canada. You don’t even need to call them, because you can just head to their website and take care of everything.

More ways to get your money back after the break...

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Airfares Plummeting, Airlines Sinking Faster Than Ever

October 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM | by | ()

If you're trying to figure out why airlines like American keep reporting mindblowing revenue declines over 2008, the airfare figures for last quarter are out. How desperate were airlines to get any kind of passenger at any kind of price? Desperate enough to drop their prices to 1998 levels.

That means that airlines are more skittish about their current market position than they were after 9/11. As a reminder, that was a terrorist act which involved airplanes and therefore shook people's confidence in airplanes which are the things that airline companies fly. The price dip over the last few months has been worse than that, pointing to an industry that's out of options to get people buying tickets.

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Virgin America Launches Refundable Main Cabin Tickets With 'Hangover Clause'

October 9, 2009 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

Virgin America, the California-based airline that paid too much for their ubiquitously-plastered slogan "on a mission to make flying good again," is launching a new class of fully-refundable, fully-transferable flight options. The "Main Cabin Refundable" fares will obviously cost a little bit more but, in addition to allowing you a wide range of ticket changes, they come with perks like checking in a bag for free (no small perk these days). This is basically a travel insurance-plus fare.

Main Cabin Refundable tickets are fully refundable up to the literal minute of departure. Ditto for transferring the tickets to a different name. There are no blackout dates, no minimum or maximum stay requirements, and no advanced purchases required. They really seem to be going out of their way to make these fares usable and attractive, even refunding the differences between old and new tickets to your credit card.

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Adventures of Link: Airline Stunts

October 8, 2008 at 5:30 PM | by | ()

JetBlue's happy hour fare sale thingy was yesterday, and according to the carrier it went well. (Surprise!)

But that isn't the only airline stunt we've heard about lately. Besides Southwest's obsession with not having any fees, here are the rest of the gimmicks trying to separate you from the four bucks you have left after today's continued stock slide.

Related Stories:
· Virgin America and Barclays Now Have a Credit Card [MW]
· OpenSkies Slingin' Cheap Seats [MW]
· Southwest's No Fee Marketing Seems to Be Working [MW]
· Virgin Atlantic Stepping Attacks on BA [Official Site]
· And the Ultimate: $20 Transatlantic Tix on Ryanair? [Jaunted]

[Photo of snack time at the ticket sale: JetBlue]

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Virgin America Planning Main Cabin Select Service

July 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM | by | ()

An announcement yesterday from Virgin America got a little bit buried by all the space tourism news. But it's a big deal that the airline's calling Main Cabin Select service.

The amped-up economy tickets will basically get you first class perks at your main cabin seat. Among the pluses: Free food, drinks and cocktails; free in-flight entertainment, including movies; 38-inches of seat pitch; reserved overhead bin storage and priority check-in, security screening and boarding.

MCS will go on sale September 15 for flights from mid-October and later, and the service will cost $50-$100 more than a standard economy ticket. While that means it isn't for the ultra-price sensitive, we like the idea. As others have noted, ancillary charges aren't nearly as onerous when they go toward a new service rather than something passengers have traditionally gotten for free.

Related Stories:
· VA Now Offering "Main Cabin Select" Service [Official Site]
· Virgin America coverage [Jaunted]