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Hawaiian Airlines Debuts Premium Economy for as Low as $60 an 'Upgrade'

February 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a couple of in-flight Mai Tai beverages you might need a little bit extra room to stretch out and relax, and thankfully that’s now a possibility aboard Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier is jumping on the pay-to-play system when it comes to increased legroom seating, and now these options are officially up for sale to passengers.

You still might need to wait a few months before testing things out, but you can now at least pay a little extra for them and guarantee that they will be available for your flight later this year. These Extra Comfort economy seats will be first available on the carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet, and you are now welcome to select these better seats right on the airline’s website. Travel on or after August 1 is an option as of now, so you might want to delay that vacation until that time.

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Spirit Airlines Says Happy New Year, Hikes Baggage Fees

January 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Go ahead and file this story wherever you keep the rest of the world's thoroughly unsurprising - but still kind of obnoxious - news. Spirit Airlines, because it is Spirit Airlines, rang in the new year by tinkering with its baggage fees. And by "tinkering" of course we mean "predictably increasing." Most of the fees they have, according to the Los Angeles Times, will increase by at least $1.

Remember, however, that this is the airline that has 24 different ways to combine fees, depending on circumstance, size, location, and presumably your astrological symbol. So when they decide to play around with their fee structure, reverse engineering what happened requires not just a degree in quantum mechanics but also a great deal of luck.

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Crazy But True: Ryanair Lowers Fees and Increases Baggage Allowance

December 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The impossible is possible. At least that's the lesson we've learned today, after the notoriously miserly European low-cost carrier Ryanair announced it would ease its policies on carry-on luggage.

Specifically, Ryanair will now allow its flyers to carry on 10 kg of hand luggage plus a second carry-on piece measuring no more than 35x20x20cm (14"x8"x8"). While that is still a relatively small allowance, at least it's free.

Additionally, Ryanair is reducing their "punishment" fee for passengers who do not print their boarding passes at home. Now, instead of €70/$95 each, the fee for printing a pass at the airport will be a far more reasonable €15/$20.

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Hawaiian Airlines Will Increase Your Legroom...for a Price

November 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you’re flying from the left side of the country the flights over to Hawaii are still a little bit far, and we all certainly appreciate a little extra space and legroom. Travel to the Aloha State is even more extreme when coming from overseas, and thankfully Hawaiian Airlines is getting ready to introduce their very own version of a more legroom for more money system.

It’s hardly a new idea, as Delta has Economy Comfort, American does Main Cabin Extra, and United has had years and years of Economy Plus. You’re probably familiar with the concept, but basically you get a little more room to stretch your legs in exchange for a few extra bucks at the time of booking or check-in.

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What Airlines Charge to Bring a Doggy Onboard

August 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Happy National Dog Day! To celebrate, we're revisiting one of our most popular information posts of this year: the Guide to Pet Travel Fees on US Airlines.

When traveling with your four-legged best friend, keep in mind that they must fit certain size and weight restrictions in order to be accepted into the cabin, and not shipped as cargo. The guide below is for those pets that qualify as carry-on. Always check with the airline for the latest rules before purchasing and traveling. Just remember to have veterinarian paperwork detailing the pet's vaccination record, and have yours and your pet's travel booked in advance.

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The Fur is Flying: How to Bring a Cute Kitty Cat as an Airplane Carry-On

August 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids (or pets!). This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today, Cynthia, editor of Jaunted shares her experience of flying with a pet cat.

Dogs on planes. So over it. They're seemingly everywhere, from First Class on a transcontinental to the last row of economy on a puddle jumper. Where are all the kitties?! If you enjoy travel, then perhaps your pets will as well. We recently put this theory to the test and picked up new tips by traveling with our own cat on flights from New York to Detroit and back.

About our travel cat: "Jetson" is a one-year-old mackerel tabby cat, who is very social and very curious. We rescued him as a tiny kitten, and he's been on short road trips, in the NY subway, and on one previous flight. He doesn't require any medication to be calm on flights, but will occasionally meow.

Flight price: $248 from New York to Detroit and back for one person, booked by calling Delta reservations (a requirement when traveling with pets). Plus $125 each way for the cat. Total: $498.

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Would You Pay $8 for WiFi on a 50-Minute Southwest Flight?

August 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love in-flight WiFi. Who doesn't? Finally, on long-haul trips and even short jaunts, we have the option of checking our email, updating our social media and perhaps less fun, finishing up our work.

Yet in-flight WiFi is not cheap. We know this. Typically, we can expect to pay around $15-$20 for a cross-country flight, sometimes more. But if you're like us and you have constant work deadlines, this can be a nominal price to pay.

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Happy Fifth Birthday, Checked Baggage Fees

July 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before early 2008, travelers didn't even think about forking over some extra cash just to put luggage in the belly of the plane, unless, of course it was oversized and overweight. On a whole, checking a bag or two without extra cost was just part of the air travel experience.

As we celebrate the 5th birthday of baggage fees, it's plain to see that much has changed. In 2011, US airlines raked in just under $3.5 billion—yes, billion with a 'B'—so there's no way these fees are going anywhere. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay (and eventually increase).

American Airlines started it all in May of 2008 with the rest of the industry watching with bated breath if it was going to fly or fail. Right in the height of the summer travel season, other airlines followed suit and began charging the extra bucks just for the privilege of checking baggage. Luckily there are still two major holdouts from the first bag fee: Southwest and JetBlue.

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Spirit Airlines to Start Selling Cans of Wine (Yes, You Read That Right)

June 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Once upon a time we wrote that Spirit Airlines seemed set on becoming "the Ryanair of the United States." Then a month later—in the context of raising fees and amid moves to create non-reclining seats—they declared that they were really proud of being the Ryanair of the United States. True story.

Fast forward to last weekend, when the Daily Mail published a synopsis of fees charged by the airline. They found 70 of them, which the airline imposed in 2011 to the sum of $76 million in profits. Spirit charges for carry-ons. It charges for printing boarding passes at the terminal.

It even charges a $2 fee each way because the Department of Transportation passed some rules that the airline didn't like. Really. The fee is called the "Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee." It exists. Douchebags.

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The Jaunted Guide to Pet Travel Fees on Major US Airlines

April 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just because you're on the move to a new destination or vacation doesn't mean your pet has to stay at home. Flying with a small dog or cat is actually pretty easy if all rules are observed and fees paid, as we recently discovered while flying with our new kitten.

Traveling with a pet means paying attention to many restrictions, such as on destinations, aircraft type, travel class, pet weight and size, breed, and how many other pets are already booked for your desired flight. Always check with the airline for the latest rules before purchasing and traveling. Just remember to have veterinarian paperwork detailing the pet's vaccination record, and have yours and your pet's travel booked in advance.

Now, for the details on pet fees on major US airlines:*

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EasyJet (Hopefully) Kisses Long Airport Lines Good-Bye

April 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is not a late April's Fools prank.

Flying Europe's original low-cost carrier will now begin a different foot, as starting April 30th, the departures area for EasyJet will adopt a futuristic feel where passengers are checking themselves in and tagging their own bags.

Of course you'll still have to pay the £25 fee for a checked bag, but since the airline has estimated that about 80% of their passengers already check-in online, they've decided to do away with the extra cost of staffing a desk. It's all in the name of keeping airfares low, you know.

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European Union Increases Airline Passenger Rights, But Not Until 2015

March 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

The European Union is considering changing the regulations that govern how airlines have to compensate/assist/not-screw-over passengers that they've stranded. Whether it's because they don't like their airline industry or because they do like their passengers is an open question, but changes they're nonetheless making.

The E.U. is already a relatively OK place to be a passenger. Under EU261, airlines have to refund ticket prices for cancellations and long delays, plus there are all kinds of rules about how geographically close airlines have to get their passengers when flights are diverted to alternate airports.

The implementation of those rules is admittedly imperfect. The refund rule sometimes ends with passengers taking airlines to court, and the geography regulation has its own loopholes (Ryanair once kind of hilariously met the rule by dropping passengers off on a nearby island rather than the one they were bound for. Close enough!) But at a minimum, the E.U. has been trying.

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