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FareCompare Year-in-Review: Cheap Airfare Sales, Tips, Tricks, Fame & YOU

December 31, 2007 | Posted in: Travel Tips | 0 comments

This has been a big year for FareCompare, but we couldn’t have done it without you. You took advantage of our Free Airfare Email Alerts, discovered how good they are, and spread the word.

And I like to think we helped you in turn, by finding you the best of the cheap airfare sales, day-in and day-out.

But let me tell you how we’ve grown over the year (and this will include stories about our Top 10 Lists, ABC’s “20/20″ show, some weird myth-busting, and even Playboy).

FareCompare Year-in-Review: Cheap Airfare Sales, Tips, Tricks, Fame & YOU

The Top 10 – Best in Air Travel of 2007: Sometimes Flying is Fun!

Maybe you’ve already seen my Top 10 “worst” list. Now for the good news: I actually found enough good things for a BEST list.

Think you’ll enjoy this. Just click “more” to see the entire list.

And if you think I’ve left anything out, please, tell me in the comments section.

The Top 10 – Best in Air Travel of 2007: Sometimes Flying is Fun!

Warning to UK Fliers – Possible Air Travel Woes Ahead…

December 28, 2007 | Posted in: Europe,News | 0 comments

You’ve probably been reading about this in the news: there is the potential for “chaos” as one British paper put it, if an airport workers 48-hour strike goes into effect on January 17 (and there may be 2-shorter work stoppages leading up to this).

If no agreement is reached with the union, the 48-hour walkout could hit Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

Check the BAA’s site (this company owns 7-UK airports) for details.

Airline Ticket & Trip Insurance – Read the Fine Print!

December 28, 2007 | Posted in: Storms,Travel Safety,Weather | 0 comments

Interesting tidbit from the Washington Post about airline ticket & trip insurance, and a good reminder for us all.

It tells the story of a vacationing family that had to flee a hurricane, only to find out that the trip insurance they thoughtfully took out, didn’t cover their losses.

Read the fine print, everyone. And I’m reminding myself, as well.

The Top 10 – Worst of 2007 Air Travel List: Remember These?

December 27, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News,Ask Rick | 1 comment

I think I’m going to make this an annual tradition: say good-bye to the old year with a list of the best and worst in commercial aviation over the past 12-months.

You’ve heard of some of these incidents, but others are obscure or just downright funny.

I’ll give you my “worst” list now, since most of us say, “give me the bad news first.”

Click “more” for a fun read, and add your own ideas in the comments section.

The Top 10 – Worst of 2007 Air Travel List: Remember These?

Geek Data – Cheapest Cities for Travel on Official U.S. Holidays

December 27, 2007 | Posted in: Airfare News,Travel Tips | 3 comments

As 2007 winds down, I thought it might be fun to do a little experimentation with our new “Best Time to Buy” database that will be rolling out early in 2008 and take a look at the price of travel on official U.S. Holidays.

Certainly extra long weekends invite many to checkout airline ticket prices and as always I am intrigued to find which departure and destination cities are the best overall for travelers, so putting on the “Geek” cap on this morning I put together a ranking I would like to share…

Geek Data – Cheapest Cities for Travel on Official U.S. Holidays

A Bit of Bad News for the European Business Traveler

December 27, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News | 1 comment

It appears that the trend for “all business class” airlines is on the way out.

The year-old Maxjet filed for bankruptcy on Christmas Eve; and now the UK’s TimesOnLine is reporting that “Virgin has quietly dropped a plan to launch an exclusive transatlantic service for businessmen. BA’s rival project is understood to have stalled.”

Maxjet is blaming “economic turmoil” which includes high jet fuel prices. Meantime, the airline is scrambling to help get their passengers on Eos, which is a “First Class only” airline.

United Airlines Increase Matched by Legacy Airlines

December 26, 2007 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News | 0 comments

Last Thursday night, December 20, 2007, United Airlines increased the bulk of the airfares on its domestic route system by $5 each-way ($10 roundtrip).

In turn over the weekend, each of the major legacy airlines has matched the United Airlines attempted increase — the time line for matching is shown below:

United Airlines Increase Matched by Legacy Airlines

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