There ARE a couple of ways to get a cheap First Class ticket (or lets be realistic, a somewhat cheaper First Class ticket); according to our friends at Elliott.org, a poster wrote that he and his companion were looking for a cheap fare from Hartford to Tampa, and I noticed that the airlines were asking for $500 to $600 roundtrip in coach class.
They then clicked on First Class and saw First Class airline tickets for $450 roundtrip!
Cheap First Class? Sometimes, Its Right in Front of You
Marion Blakey, the outgoing head of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) said this week, if airlines dont get better at reducing their number of delays, maybe, just maybe, the government will get involved.
According to a story on CNN.com, Blakey said, “Airline schedules have got to stop being the fodder for late-night monologues. And if the airlines don’t address this voluntarily, don’t be surprised when the government steps in.”
According to the Associated Press, Through July of this year, the airline industry had its worst on-time performance since the government began tracking such data in 1995.
Yeah. We know.
And we know some of the airlines are not exactly opposed to at least having a conversation about this (see my 9-7-07 post on this blog).
Got a nice surprise when I saw the latest issue of Travel + Leisure; the editors included FareCompare.com in their Top 25 Travel Websites.
We took honors as best website for (drum roll) Locating the Best International Airfares (oh, and not to get greedy, but I think we should have been named best site for Knowing When to Book a Flight as well, since we have the best tools to help you do just that).
But we’re happy to be mentioned, and I like the fact that the Travel + Leisure folks seemed especially taken with our Getaway Maps which show the lowest air fares from YOUR city pulled from more than 500-domestic and international carriers, to a range of selected cities.
And the Getaway Maps are so simple to use. Just go to FareCompare.com, and click on Getaway Maps; then you simply type in the city you’ll be departing from, and voila! The world is yours.
Since last Thursday, I’ve been monitoring and reporting on the Delta airfare increase and the subsequent actions of the other major airlines. While I consider fare increases (and sales) to be major news for consumers, I never know which ones are going to actually draw the attention of major news sources. Well, this one did. I have spent much of the past few days talking to a wide range of reporters. I never know what tidbits from our conversations they’re going to use or how they will work them into a story. There’s a bit of a hit-or-miss quality to the whole thing. That’s why I get excited when I see a story that I think really gets it.
The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram printed The anatomy of an airline fare increase today, and it sheds a lot of light on what happens during an airfare increase and how it directly affects specific airlines and their passengers. After I spoke with reporter Trebor Banstetter, he put together a time line chronicling what he calls the “intricate chess game with airfares” that has been played by the major airlines over the past several days.
The time line not only creates a clear picture as to how one airline can affect all of the others, it also shows who is hiking their prices the most, and who is holding back, and that information is invaluable to air travelers.
“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’re-fraught heart, and bids it break.”
“There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.”
“In all things it is better to hope than to despair.”
Please indulge me as I put on my CEO cap for just a minute. FareCompare has been in the news quite a bit over the last week. I’ve been tracking the Delta airfare increase, the Southwest fare increase, and airfare sales from a variety of airlines to a variety of destinations. Many of the news sources such as Reuters have asked me to comment on the rising and falling prices, and many have come to realize that with FareCompare’s fare tracking tools, we’re actually able to get information on fare changes (sales or increases) before the airlines even release them.
With FareCompare’s free email alerts, you can receive information on the lowest prices on tickets for your desired city pair before you can find them on other travel sites (including those of the airlines.) It’s a service that I have developed in order to help consumers wade through the often confusing world of airfare pricing. The email alerts have helped save people money, and they can be a great asset as we move into the holiday travel season.
Late last night American Airlines dropped prices form dozens of U.S. Cities to Osaka, Japan.
Prices where cut from $30 to $260.
The travel period is through the end of November.
The prices are still hovering around $1000.
It is unusual for a city to be singled out in this fashion (Continental singled out Paris as well last night).
Late last night and in the wee hours of the morning several airlines dropped prices from the dozens of cities in the U.S. to dozens of cities in Europe.
The price drop is anywhere from $40 to $180 — some for travel through early March (blackouts apply for Thanksgiving and Christmas).
This is one of the largest across the board sale on several airlines of the year.
The cheapest days to travel on Monday thru Thursday.
Airlines Include American, Delta, Northwest, Lufthansa and United.
In other Europe airfare sale activity:
- Continental dropped prices by $50 to Paris
Now is a perfect time to get your trip for early spring, tens of thousands where notified of the sale when it occurred in the wee hours of the morning by signing up for internataional airfare email alerts on FareCompare.com.
You can’t get a good deal unless:
- Your first to know there is a deal
- You’re ready to make a good buying decision