The Hopper Flight Scenario – Saving $$ On Airfare

For those of you who have attended my lectures, classes or public events in the last few years you may recognize a term I coined; The Hopper Flight Scenario. I believe this method of researching your airfare may be the most important part of planning a trip and will yield the highest savings of any one thing you can do. I don’t believe I invented the process because professional travelers like myself have been using these methods for years; but as far as I know, no one has packaged it into a process which anyone can follow.

Lets start where 99% of people begin; airfare. Just after your voice box utters the phrase “lets go to… ” ” then the wheels begin to spin on where to get the best price for a ticket to get to ” ” Most of us go immediately to the internet to websites like Orbitz, Expedia or a favorite airline site such as Delta, American or British Air. We begin the random placement of dates, departure times, cities and such, and continue to spin the roulette wheel of entries until a price, departure time and date seems to be what we are looking for. Many people “site hop” to cross compare trying to beat the last site they visited lowest price. Others go to their trusty travel agent who will do exactly the same process with slightly different search tools and may or may not come back with a lower price. All in all the airfare search process is a game that most of us hate to play. The majority of these searches produce a combination of airlines, connection cities and layover times to get the price low. Many travelers just use their favorite airline to get frequent flyer miles but may pay more for the few miles they gain and can never, ever redeem when they want, due to blackout dates or random policy changes.

The Hopper Flight Scenario applies to Europe, but can be applied to regional airlines in the US as well. For this example, let’s say you want to go to Rome from Seattle. The first step in the process feels a little out of whack but will make sense later. Go to your favorite source for air, no matter if it’s the airline website, mega travel site or local travel agent and ask for the price for round trip from your city, in this case Seattle to one of four destinations in Europe; London, Amsterdam, Dublin and Paris. From those locations pick exactly what you want in departure times, travel time, layovers and connection city; get it the way you want it. Pay attention and keep the overall cost as low as possible but keep the details of the trip as close to ideal for you as possible.

The second part of the puzzle involves the use of one of the most successful concepts known to travel today; the low cost carrier. For some reason Europe knows how to …

Cheap Flight Tickets to Bangkok

Thailand is a country that offers a variety of things in a relatively small country for a very minimal price. From the delicious cuisines they offer to the wild and beautiful landscapes. Thai people are by nature very humble and offer their hospitality very freely. I fell in love with Bangkok about ten years ago and go back about every year. Getting cheap flights to Bangkok isn’t easy, but it is well worth the trip. Spending the airline ticket is almost half your entire budget.

Local people are much more relaxed and laid back then when they are faced with hoards of drunk tourist, that have only their primal needs in mind. Getting to know them will set your mind to think, getting invited to their actual life is a gift and a must do for anyone that goes to Thailand.

A Couple of things to watch out for… the bargaining and the crazy Thai traffic. Unsuspecting tourists that don’t realize that bargaining is a way of life in Thailand might lose their budget sooner then they think. This goes for almost anything, from the clothes on the markets to the Tuk Tuk’s on the street. The only thing you cannot bargain are the train rides and flights within the country. Not a big deal, because transportation is cheap and flights to Bangkok are easy to find. Also if you hesitate when you’re supposed to cross the street you might lose more than your budget.

If you do decide to make the trip and you find cheap tickets to Bangkok, then you have to see the lying Buddha of Wat Pho. A magnificent statue that can only be truly appreciated when you’re standing in front of it. So don’t wait, call your local travel agent and get your Cheap International Flights to Bangkok.

Ramon van Meer is a travel expert and a manager of Let’s Fly Cheaper.com
Ramon has more than 9 years of experience in the Travel Industry and had appeared on several travel television shows in Europe. Visit http://www.letsflycheaper.com for further details…

Cheap Airline Tickets – Cheap Airfare – Cheap Flight Deals UK

Cheap Flight Only Deals work as agents for all the supplied airlines and as so we can display to you each airlines best rates for flights as well as any special offers or late availability deals. We search the internet and over 520 airlines to give you low fare air tickets.

We display the cheapest fares airlines are offering today. Now there’s a travel engine that can read the airlines’ minds. Our website shows you which fares are currently the cheapest, it uses advanced mathematics to predict whether those fares are likely to go up or down in the next few days. If ticket prices are likely to drop, you can save money by waiting to buy until they do. We can find that special cheap flight instantly. We have made our site as user friendly as possible and several quotes can be obtained very easily in a few clicks.

First and foremost, we are all about providing a fast and easy-to-use way for you to find cheap flights. You can book cheap airline tickets to domestic and worldwide destinations search through many flight providers to get you the best deals on cheap flights.

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Airline Alliances and Frequent Flyer Programs

INTRODUCTION:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change-Charles Darwin.

It would not be an exaggeration to state that today’s markets has undergone radical changes facilitated by advances in global information technology, economic development of third world countries, increasing interplay between various markets, political changes in various nations facilitating openness in trading practices etc. As the Oft-quoted comment these days goes, the markets have turned flatter than ever before facilitating increased movements & transactions between nations, corporates, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Increased opportunities including enlarged existing markets and emergence of new markets has been a mixed bag.  Along with its obvious benefits, crippling disadvantages have also followed like its shadow. One of the industries that have had battle its effects is the airline industry. Paradoxically the increased popularity of flying as a medium of faster transportation has also been one of the factors that have brought in impediments to profitability. Since business deals are not restricted by geographical boundaries anymore and people have taken to international travel like never before-be it for business or pleasure, a spurt in demand has resulted in over-crowding within the industry-all vying for the same pie.

With most of the competitors operating from more or less similar technology platforms and offering similar services, major players within the airlines industry has had to battle commoditization of its services and offerings to its passengers. Airline and the tourism industry operate in an interconnected manner and are particularly vulnerable to global incidents like epidemics, natural disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, terrorism, volatile fuel prices etc. These have hurt the industry where it matters the most-profitability!

Every time there is a hit or threat to its financial bottom line, the marketers under pressure to perform and improve cash-flow, would struggle to create innovative marketing campaigns to rise above the communications clutter and attract the customers attention. Ironically in their urgency they end-up using the same self-destructive weapon that they would like to avoid for long term profitability-lower prices. Price-wars cannot be a part of a strategy and every time it is used, it leaves a bitter after-taste among the players within the industry.

The industry has gained maturity over the years, and airlines all over the world have been constantly revising their strategies for growth and encountering competition. This has been driven by one particular need, survival. These strategies cover cost cutting measures, better management and most importantly, strategic alliances with other airlines. Importance of these alliances may be gauged by the fact that they are guided by the bilateral air services agreement system between nations. In many cases code-sharing agreements have been made to maintain or expand coverage & these international codes-sharing has become a part of bilateral negotiations.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS:

An alliance may be understood as an agreement between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests.In matured markets, …

Hotwire Versus Priceline: Which is Better?

Hotwire and Priceline both offer some of the best online discounts available-particularly when you use their most robust discount programs-the ones that do not give you the name of your airline, hotel, or car rental provider until after you pay.

To find out which company is better, we sent Rick Archer, president of SearchSummit, to talk with Don Nadeau, the president of BidonTravel. Don Nadeau, a long-time budget travel expert, has worked extensively with both companies, and knows their pros and cons.

Which is better, Hotwire or Priceline?

They’re both excellent, but not identical. I prefer one over the other depending on my needs at the time.

Well, which one is best for discount hotel rooms?

The question of the location or neighborhood of your hotel spells one difference between Priceline and Hotwire.

With either company, you pick the price, quality, amenities, and neighborhood you want, but not a specific hotel. For example, with Priceline’s Name Your Own Price service, you can bid on a 4-star hotel in Priceline’s North Michigan Avenue district in Chicago. When your bid’s accepted, you find out the hotel name.

Because it wants you to have a winning hotel bid, Priceline’s neighborhoods tend to be large with lots of hotels in your price range.

In contrast, when using Hotwire, you don’t bid on your hotel. Prices are displayed.

Hotwire can use smaller neighborhoods because it’s not concerned with you having a winning bid. This makes it easier to pinpoint the location you want. For instance, Hotwire currently divides Priceline’s North Michigan Avenue neighborhood into two neighborhoods.

Then why use Priceline for hotels?

Priceline may be cheaper.

You can easily find out Hotwire’s price, and then bid a bit lower on Priceline. If your bid is accepted, you’ll enjoy a lower price for a similar quality hotel or even the same hotel.

In addition, Priceline has relationships with a greater number of hotels and with hotels in more cities than Hotwire does, which may mean a lower price for your trip.

You mentioned picking the quality. Whose hotel rating system do you trust the most?

Hotwire and Priceline star quality ratings are similar to AAA auto club diamond ratings. At times, both companies increase or decrease star rankings based on customer input. Although their hotels are not always ranked the same, I can’t say one system is better than the other, as both are so driven by customer experiences.

You’ll probably end up happier if you book higher ranked hotels-getting a 4-star hotel for a 2-star price, instead of a 2-star one for a 1-star price.

Which site gives you more information about its hotels before you pay?

Hotwire does. It includes helpful information such as the availability of airport transfers and whether or not you’ll be right on the beach. However, neither let’s you know some basic information, such as if pets are welcome.

What about their hotel price guarantees?

Many Internet sites guarantee hotel prices, but specifically exclude guarantees on the types of deep …

Book Airline Tickets With Cheap

Everyone wants to travel cheap, but not many are aware of the tricks involved in bagging a good deal.

Airline industry, and in particular Ticket Reservation and issuing aspect of this trade, is of very complex and volatile nature.  Before even knowing “How to find Cheap Airline Tickets” it is wise to understand how the airlines set their prices.  Most airlines feed their availability to one or more Central Reservation Systems (CRS) also known as Global Distribution System (GDS) these are Apollo, Sabre, WorldSpan and Galileo .  There are exceptions to this, some airlines for example South West , do not feed their availability into any GDS.

Airlines continuously change their prices based on demand. If a certain flight is selling well, the price will increase. If another flight is not doing so well, the fare will drop until the flight has more demand. As a result, fares and availability are ever changing.

Internet based travel Agents/ portals use CRS to retrieve availability, all the CRS synchronies periodically during different times of the day. So every time someone searches he may see different results with different fares.

Since most people travel on the weekends for their holidays, there is more demand for the weekends hence they are more costly, the weekdays are less preferred and hence cheaper. In case of a Monday this is generally preferred by businessmen making business trips, so it also makes sense to avoid Mondays.

Airlines generally offer discounted fares to lure customers, and this is only on limited seats. If you are not quick these seats will be taken on a fly.

Here are some tips and tricks to get cheap tickets

  1. Advance purchase: If you are not in a hurry it is always a good idea to book your tickets in advance. At least 21 days in advance. Airlines generally give out cheap tickets if you book your ticket in advance.
  2. Compare prices: There is a lot of competition in air travel, and most service providers who deal with flight tickets have their shops online. Which makes searching for fare on the internet a critical step towards cheap tickets. Your search should include websites of the major carriers and consolidators. When comparing the prices one should be aware of taxes and Fees applicable on the fare.
  3. Best days to travel: Try being flexible when scheduling your travel. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday are normally the cheapest days to travel. Also you should avoid festive seasons such as Christmas Eve and New Year.
  4. Late night or early morning flights: Try opting for odd time for travel usually late night or early morning flight which fewer people prefer. This way there isn’t much competition and hence Cheap Airline Tickets  end to be cheaper.
  5. Flexible Departure Airport: Search ticket prices at surrounding airports. It can be less expensive to arrive or depart from a surrounding airport or city. Crunch numbers to see if you save or spend more money with this option.
  6. Round trips Vs one way: A

Cheap Flights to Australia

In general, the cost of airline tickets from the United States to Australia is not really cheap even if advertised that way. After all, it’s a long, long trip that takes anywhere from 14 to 20 hours each way even on non-stop flights. This being said, it is still possible to enjoy a substantial savings by shopping air carriers carefully and purchasing a ticket as far in advance as you can. This is easier by far if you do so online via the Internet where all the carriers and travel agents stand ready to provide you with both a quote and your reservation quickly with a credit card payment.

The price for a round-trip ticket from Sydney Australia to Los Angeles, California and visa versa, price quotations were obtained for a one way ticket on September 20th with a return 7 days later. Ticket prices for nonstop flights varied from $1,324.60 to $2,211.60 from Qantas; $1,701.60 to $2,336.60 on American and cost $1,619.60 for the single United flight given for that date set. Qantas showed other flights with one or two stops in Nadi and Auckland that were actually six dollars more than their lowest non-stop flights. American’s flights with a single connection stop in Auckland were priced the same as their lowest non-stop fare and a few dollars higher with a stop in San Francisco only. Air Canada also provided fare information showing that their non-stop flights with stops in either San Francisco or Vancouver varied between $1,733.60 and $2,031.50 for a round trip ticket. Finally, Air New Zealand offered a round trip fare with stops in Nadi, Auckland or Christchurch for $2,247.00 while Air Pacific came in with a one-stop price of $2,031.70 for a round trip fare. Extending the return trip time from 7 days to 30 days showed about a 20-30% reduction in these prices.

The prices mentioned above where obtained from one of the major online travel expeditors. And while there is a possibility that shopping still others may have produced a slightly lower fare, it seems unlikely when compared to fares directly from the airlines websites.

Air Travel to and from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S. has increased significantly during the past several years. This is particularly true in America’s summer months when
as more tourist vacationers consider those destinations prime. The real key to obtaining the cheapest-possible fare is to purchase well in advance of any planned trip.…

Getting The Cheapest Possible Airline Tickets

For most people, trying to get a good rate on airfare is a necessity. Most people spend the bulk of their vacation dollars on airfare. So it’s a good idea to put in the time necessary to finding a better deal.

There are a few things to keep in mind while you’re researching that will save you a good bit of money. So these tips will help with getting better prices.

Be as flexible as you can

If you can leave a few days earlier or later, you can often save significantly, because cheaper tickets may still be available on a less popular day. Try to avoid the days most business people like to travel. For example, Tuesdays and Wednesdays can be much less expensive days to fly than any other day.

Look into consolidated airline tickets

Consolidators buy tickets in bulk and sell them at a discounted rate to help airlines fill seats up. You can find ticket consolidators in your newspaper’s travel section or online at sites like Hotwire.

You should be aware of the fact that consolidated airline tickets have more restrictions than others, but could be a really good buy if you’re willing to live with those restrictions. It’s best to find out what those restrictions are so you’ll know if you’d like to go that route or not.

Be aware of hidden costs

Ticket prices are often published without ticketing fees, airport taxes, security surcharges, etc., which can raise your costs by 10 to 20 percent. Know these fees before you buy your tickets to avoid any surprise. Read all fine print before giving up your money. It can mean the difference in getting a really good hotel or a cheap motel.

Check out ticket prices online

Ticket prices can be less than 10 percent or more if you purchase them online. Several online travel websites also offer package deals for vacations that include flights, so be sure to shop around and prices vary from website to website.

If you need cheap airline tickets, these tips work pretty well, as well as the other tips you can find online. The trick is to take the time to research well before you buy the tickets. You can often get good prices if you take your time finding out what’s available.…

Priceline Airline Ticket

Whether you want to enjoy sun and surf or a winter wonderland, you can find a Priceline airline ticket to suit your needs. Priceline airline tickets are available to buy online at any time of the day. It is faster and more efficient to purchase tickets on Priceline. From this highly acclaimed website, you can find flights, hotels, cruises, packages, car rentals and more! It’s easy. All you have to do is enter the name of the airport to which you will be flying, the name of the airport you are coming from, the dates you wish to fly, the number of tickets you wish to purchase and the class in which you wish to fly (Coach, Business or First). Press the Submit button and you are on your way!

Looking for a cheap way to fly anywhere in the world? With Priceline airline tickets, finding a great discount is a quick and simple process. No matter what time of year you wish to travel, how many people you are taking with you or the length of time you want to stay away, Priceline has everything you need to get there with money left in your wallet!

Suggested prices and flights will be automatically generated for you and from here you can choose which Priceline airline ticket you wish to purchase. If you choose to travel in the off season, you will save extra money, though any time is a good time to fly with Priceline! You can also search by specific airline, if you have a particular one in mind. But that’s not all.

In addition to your Priceline airline ticket, you will also be able to search top-rated restaurants, tourist attractions, beaches, shopping districts and more! There is so much to see on Priceline, you’ll want to take special vacations more often! Traveling never sounded so good and with so many different options to save money, there is no better time to book a flight or better yet, an entire vacation package.

Priceline airline tickets gives vacation travelers the inside track to the cheapest travel deals and discounts available today. With the Internet private search technology and negotiating power, priceline time after time delivers more ways to save on hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises and airline tickets than anyone else. This remarkable booking option where you can now choose your precise flight and time for great savings or “Name Your Own Price” and save even more! It just takes is a little more flexibility with your travel plans. When you can fly any time during the day and are able use any major airline – you can save a bunch of cash with priceline!…

Airfare drop do early booking

Anew dogfight in the air is helping travellers book air tickets at very cheap rates even as analysts say it could send airline industry profits into a further tailspin.

India’s cash-strapped discount airlines are trying a new pricing trick to fend off a growing challenge from full-service competitors who are invading their territory.

Low-cost carriers, or LCCs, typically allowed passengers to pay less for a ticket if they book a month before the day of travel. Prices climbed from then on. These early booking discounts are being discontinued—and prices have been dropped irrespective of when you buy an airline ticket.

In June, for example a Delhi Mumbai flights ticket was available on average for Rs3,500 if it was bought for a journey within the next 30 days but was offered at Rs2,500 if booked more than a month before the flight.

On Wednesday, the lowest all inclusive Delhi-Mumbai ticket for next week was sold at Rs2,453 for GoAir and exactly the same if booked for 2 October, that is a month in advance. The next day fares on the same sector are available for Rs3,029.

“It (the business model) is getting defeated today when you are dumping fares,” said M. Thiagarajan, managing director, Paramount Airways Pvt Ltd, adding that tickets were being sold on average at least a quarter below their cost for the airline. It was as if the airlines were bent on “chasing bankruptcy”, he said.

The mad rush to undercut comes before the launch of several economy flights by full service airlines such as Jet Airways (India) Ltd (under the Jet Konnect brand) which added to excess capacity in what is the leanest period for the industry—the July-September quarter—in terms of passenger traffic, a Mumbai-based aviation analyst with a domestic brokerage firm said. He did not want to be named as he is not authorized to speak with the media.

Jet Konnect was launched in May and has been steadily increasing flight frequency to take, as one Jet official who did not speak on record said, “the war to the LCCs”.

Konnect will increase its daily flights to 180 in October from 135 currently. Air India too has announced it plans to launch its domestic economy service Air India Express from later this month and is converting 10 Airbus A320 aircraft.

SpiceJet Ltd’s CEO said his yields are getting affected because of this new pricing. “Our current yields are the lowest in 24 months,” said Sanjay Aggarwal.

“Certain airlines are getting panicky finding too many seats going empty. Nobody wants to do it but some are forced to do it because of cash flow issues—others follow sometimes,” Thiagarajan said adding that some airlines were pushing cheaper fares in the market forcing others to match them.…