Rick Seaney, co-founder of FareCompare.com - is a world-class air travel expert.
FareCompare.com presides over a kingdom of sophisticated software that searches out fares and destinations at a billion combinations per query - while keeping track of 500 airlines serving more than 270,000 markets around the globe.
And all of Rick's data is updated continuously - in real-time.
No wonder he's the media's go-to guy for all things air travel. He's got the answers. And he loves to share his knowledge.
That's why Rick and the team created FareCompare.com - to help everyone become an air travel expert, and get the best deals first -- every time they fly.
Mandy, a 12 pound Manchester terrier did bite. She bit a passenger and crew member and ran up and down the aisle of a US Airway Newark to Phoenix flight, barking all the way. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh (a precautionary measure – no one was badly hurt).
What happened? Mandy’s owner – an 89-year old woman from New Jersey – let Mandy out of her cage.
Big mistake. You are not allowed to let an animal out of its cage on a plane. Little Mandy showed us why!
That’s just one of things you’ll learn in my new article called “Pet Travel Tips for the Holidays“. It’s handy if you’re bringing Sparky home for Christmas, and it’s handy anytime you want to travel with your best friend. There’s a fun video in the article too featuring yours truly and a Basset hound named Clementine.
A note of caution: as I point out in the article, not all animals are good travelers, and some cats and dogs might be better left at home. Like Mandy.
Did you catch my appearance on ABC’s Nightline last night?
I provided the analysis for Ryan Owens’ report, “Breakin’ the Bank to Fly” (also featured: Steven Slater, the one-time angry, fed-up flight attendant).
As I noted, in general airline fees target “unloyal” families of four (non-miles program members), but see for yourself in this very entertaining video – then check out my tips to avoid airline fees, below:
However, you can still avoid the worst of the fees by following these simple tips:
Five Ways to Avoid Airline Fees for Cheaper Flights
1. Check a Bag: Use a carryon and avoid the roundtrip bag fees of up to $50 per bag
Attention, summer travelers: You’ve seen this before – airlines advertising sales with “some blackout dates” – meaning days when the sale prices don’t apply.
To add insult to injury this summer, some of these “non-sale” days also include special “peak travel day” surcharges – that make these flights that much pricier.
Be alert for blackout dates and surcharges especially around holiday periods, year round.
For example, the blackout days for the current AirTran sale that ends May 6 include Memorial Day (May 31). Flying that day will not be especially cheap – nor will flying on the Fourth of July, thanks to the “peak travel day” surcharges some airlines have added.
In fact, this summer, it’s going to be difficult to avoid “peak travel day” surcharges – because there are so many of them.
Let me show you why – and tell you how you can still save on summer vacation travel. So keep reading…
Entrepreneur Magazine has named FareCompare to its annual list of Top 10 Twitter Feeds, or as they put it, one of the “10 of the best Twitter feeds to follow for the latest in travel deals, news, advice and entertainment”.
This is becoming a standard restriction for new airfare sales – the cheap flights advertised are available only during certain weekdays or on Saturdays. And this is true just about any time you purchase airfare.
The cheapest days to fly are usually Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and sometimes Thursday.
And here are some examples of current sales that bear this out:
The reason? Airlines know that everyone wants to stretch out their vacation time by flying weekend to weekend – and they make you pay for that convenience.
Generally, the worst days to fly are Friday and/or Sunday (as my editor found out to her sorrow). Here’s a tip: if you must fly one of those days, try to make the other date a Tuesday or Wednesday, and you’ll at least net some savings.