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Flexible Travel Date Airfare Search Takes A Hit

George Hobica | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

I've often extolled the virtues of flexible travel date airfare search. The number of available seats at the lowest possible fare fluctuates minute by...

Airfares Higher, But New Planes Take Out Some Sting

George Hobica | Posted 07.17.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Airfares are higher than they've been in years, but there's some good news: airlines are at least putting your money to good use, buying new planes with the latest in-flight entertainment systems, seats that maximize knee-room if not hip room, and inflight connectivity.

Book Cheap Flights On These Dates

USA Today | Rick Seaney | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel

If you want to save money on vacation flights this summer, there are several deadlines you should be aware of. These are the dates when airlines quiet...

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Buying Airfares Cheap

George Hobica | Posted 07.05.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

It used to be all so simple. Back in the days when the peppy stewardess (that's what they called them back then) would pin little plastic pilot wings ...

The Once-Friendly Skies are Now Plagued With Turbulence

Lorie Eber | Posted 06.10.2013 | Fifty
Lorie Eber

If you're a boomer, you're old enough to remember when flying was a treat. Those days are long gone. Today, air travel is on par with colonoscopy prep.

When To Buy Your Summer Holiday Plane Tickets

Posted 03.18.2013 | Travel

Because even though it's still technically winter, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day will be here soon.

13 Ways To Make Europe Affordable

EuroCheapo | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
EuroCheapo

Americans love Eurail passes and for a good reason: They're convenient and exciting to hold onto before your trip. They are not necessarily, however, a great deal.

My Favorite 'Insider' Money Savers For Travel

George Hobica | Posted 03.15.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

If your hotel lowers the your room rate between the time you buy and check in, which happens about 20% of the time, you can usually rebook at the lower rate.

A Shocking Message For Airlines

John Nicholson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Travel
John Nicholson

Airlines: Stop forcing that default complimentary soda and snack on your economy passengers on domestic flights. Most of us don't want it, all of us can do without it and we all know you can't really afford it.

When Buying Frequent Flyer Miles Makes Sense

George Hobica | Posted 04.07.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Short answer, yes, if you fly in business or first class, buy the miles. However, if you do most of your travel in economy class, then skip this sort of offer. It's just not worth it.

What Airline Takes Care Of Infants?

George Hobica | Posted 04.05.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Flying internationally? If there's a choice, you definitely want to choose a foreign-based airline over a U.S.-based one.

New Tool Predicts Airfares

Posted 01.15.2013 | Travel

Fliers no longer have to worry about booking at the wrong time, at least if Kayak's new "Price Forecast" tool has anything to say about it. A new w...

When's The Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets?

George Hobica | Posted 03.09.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Plus, the best way to get last-minute deals and the best days for flying.

American Airlines' New Fare Options May Be a Bargain

George Hobica | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Airline passengers hate all those extra fees for bags and flight changes, and according to my emails and Twitter feed, many would like the extra perks to be "re-bundled" into fares (i.e., stop "nickel and diming us").

First Class Seats, Coach Prices

Christine Drinan | Posted 02.16.2013 | Travel
Christine Drinan

The stairway to first class can be treacherous, but it's well worth working the system for those long flights.

Christmas Already? When To Book Your Holiday Tix

Posted 11.19.2012 | Travel

There's still a week before the Thanksgiving travel crunch, but for those who like to plan ahead, the time to book Christmas flights is already here. ...

10 Year-End Travel Deals Worth Considering

George Hobica | Posted 01.14.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of one of the best times for travel bargains.

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Air Travel Questions Answered

George Hobica | Posted 01.13.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Trying to solve that age-old question: Why Don't Airlines Enforce Their Boarding Procedures?

Should Airlines Honor 'Mistake Fares?'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel
Nicholas Kralev

Airlines sometimes make mistakes when filing fares -- it's human and understandable. But when major carriers keep erring and then punish paying customers by unilaterally canceling tickets days or even weeks after their issuance, that raises questions about competence and responsibility.

Why Don't Airlines Allow Name Changes?

George Hobica | Posted 12.28.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Mexican airline interjet, which flies from the US to Mexico and beyond, allows name changes for $25 plus tax.

The Best Time To Book Airline Tickets

Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel

A new survey of more than a billion airfare searches has revealed the very best time to book your flight, says a spokeswoman for Kayak. Sifting thr...

9 Reasons Low Cost Airlines May Not Be Worth It

Oneika Raymond | Posted 12.11.2012 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

EasyJet is the worst.

Air Travel Complaint? Here's How An Airline CEO Might Reply

George Hobica | Posted 12.08.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

"No, flying isn't what it used to be. It's faster. And safer. And cheaper, adjusted for inflation."

What's Up With Code-Share Flights?

George Hobica | Posted 11.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

When booking international flights online, I increasingly find that the airline selling the fare isn't the airline actually flying the route. For example, I'll search for a flight on Orbitz.com and see that the lowest fare is sold by Lufthansa but the flight is flown by United. How can we avoid this situation and why do airlines do this in the first place?

What Could Happen In A US Air-American Merger?

George Hobica | Posted 11.26.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It's beginning to look like an American/US Airways merger is all but inevitable. Here's what you need to know, along with other "Ask Airfarewatchdog" questions -- and answers.