Get your thinking caps on. Did you know? IPhones can be disabled if stolen. President Obama is asking for more aviation and travel taxes. These new taxes will make flying more taxed than liquor and other sin taxes. Finally, look at domestic vacations where airfares have dropped.
Vegas taxis overcharge riders, where airfares are taking off, Alaska Airlines upgrading its aircraft
Today our first article to ponder is fun. It is a look at what not to do in Italy, a land of legendary excesses. We then look at how to save money by combining airline tickets on your own (or together with a travel agent) and some of the pitfalls of these money-saving maneuvers. Finally, the history of a remote privately-owned bridge connecting West Virginia and Maryland gives us pause — the crush of bureaucracy even in the remote hollows and rivers is amazing.
Delta Air Lines’ was caught charging frequent-flier members higher airfares on its website than consumers who did not identify themselves as such. DOT needs to take a close look at this kind of customized pricing activity.
It isn’t difficult to imagine Google controlling most online travel purchases in the not-too-distant future. And until recently, I didn’t have an issue with that; after all, if Google can offer cheaper tickets or better flight options by cutting out the middleman, who cares?
When is the best time to buy holiday airline tickets? My answer, “Buy them as soon as you see a price you like; prices aren’t going to be coming down and they most likely will be going up.”
The airlines, after enjoying two-weeks of collecting what should have been tax revenues, have dropped airfares as the FAA began taxing flights again. To passengers, who may not have been paying attention, it looks like airfares stayed level over the past month. However, for airlines it was a $400 million bonanza.
Fuel surcharges, taxes and fees are getting out of hand. A Continental advertised fare showing only $236 roundtrip ended up costing with tax and fuel surcharges, $803. More than three times the published fare.
With high gas prices and a reviving economy, 2011 is not shaping up to be a big year for airfare bargains. When you fly might make a bigger difference than ever in these days of soaring fuel surcharges.
“Should we book soon, or can we wait for possibly cheaper deals that might come through?”