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Air Canada to launch eUpgrades this December

by 29. October 2010 09:52
Air Canada has decided to introduce its electronic upgrade program called ‘eUpgrades’ in December 2010. The decision comes in the wake of overwhelming and consistent feedback from Super Elite or Top Tier members.

An official of the airline said that 2011 Select Privileges will now feature Air Canada eUpgrades. According to the new provision, if a member will choose eUpgrades as part of his/her Select Privileges a personal online account will be set up and eUpgrades Credits will be deposited there.

Starting December, the passengers will be able to manage and use their eUpgrade Credits for travel on any Air Canada or Air Canada Jazz flights for travel on/after March 1, 2011. The passengers will be able to book an upgrade to Executive Class or Executive First using the client’s eUpgrade Credits at Air Canada /agents. Besides, the passengers will be able to share their eUpgrade Credits with other travelers.

The airline further said that the clients’ current paper certificates will continue to remain valid up to February 28, 2011. If the passenger has confirmed a client upgrade for travel prior to this date, he/she will be required to present a valid Air Canada Top Tier upgrade certificate at the airport.

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Continental Airlines to begin nonstop flights between New York and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Feb 18

by 29. October 2010 03:54
Continental Airlines has announced that it will launch nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (PLS) starting February 18, 2011. This is, however, subject to government approval.

Providenciales will be Continental Airlines’ 26th Caribbean destination.

An official of the airline said that flights will operate four times a week – Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – initially, but will convert to daily service from March 6, 2011.

According to schedule released by the company, the approximately three-and-a-half-hour flight (CO 610) will depart Newark at 9:35 a.m., arriving in Providenciales at 1:10 p.m. The return flight (CO 615) will depart Providenciales at 2:05 p.m., arriving in Newark at 5:45 p.m.

Continental Airlines will be using its 160-seat Boeing 737-800 for the new service, with 16 in First Class seats and 144 Economy Class seats.

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LAN Airlines announces special offer for South American destinations from San Francisco

by 28. October 2010 10:58

LAN Airlines has announced special offer for its South American destinations starting as low as USD599 RT plus taxes.

It is the only airline offering nonstop service from its new USA gateway of San Francisco to South America.

LAN Airlines is offering the only nonstop service to Lima, with direct flights to Sao Paulo and continuing connections to Buenos Aires and Santiago.  

Here is the special offer announced by LAN:

SFOLIM -US $599 RT plus taxes
SFOBUE - US$799 RT plus taxes
SFOSCL - US$799 RT plus taxes
SFOSAO - US$799 RT plus taxes

With this new offer, South America is now closer than ever!

Terms and Conditions

  • Fares shown are in US DOLLARS and based on roundtrip tickets in Economy class departing from SAN FRANCISCO to: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, LIMA, Peru, SANTIAGO, Chile, and SAO PAULO, Brazil.
  • Flights may be operated by LAN Airlines S.A., LAN Argentina S.A or LAN Peru.
  • Seats are limited and might not be available on all flights/dates.
  • Tickets must be bought on/before November 09, 2010 and travel must be completed by March 31, 2011.
  • ADVANCE PURCHASE: to BUENOS AIRES and SAO PAULO 03 days before departure, to SANTIAGO and LIMA 14 days before departure.
  • Ticket reissuance or refunds not available.
  • Offer subject to change without prior notice.
  • Other restrictions may apply.

 For more information and reservations please call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123.

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American Airlines to launch Chicago-Cozumel seasonal Saturday-only service Feb 12

by 28. October 2010 07:28
American Airlines (AA) has decided to introduce new Saturday-only service from Chicago to Cozumel, Mexico beginning February 12 up to April 2, 2011. The flight will revert to America’s schedule in November 2011 for the winter season.

A top official said, “We’re very excited to be offering this new flight from Chicago O'Hare to Cozumel. Midwesterners enjoy traveling to Mexico and other sunny, warm destinations during the cold winter months, and this new flight will give them yet another location to enjoy.”

American Airlines will use its 160-seat 737-800 aircraft to fly on the new route. The aircraft offers 16 First Class seats and 144 Economy Class seats.  

The airline also offers service to other destinations in Mexico from Chicago. The destinations include Acapulco, Cancun, San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. American Airlines will also start daily nonstop service to Mexico City from Chicago starting December 16.

The schedule is as follows:

From Chicago to Cozumel: AA 1867 Departs 9:50 am. Arrives 1:40 pm.
From Cozumel to Chicago: AA 1870 Departs 2:45 pm. Arrives 6:35 pm.

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Philippine Airlines to restructure Oz operations

by 27. October 2010 11:17
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has decided to streamline its Australian operations. To begin with, flights to and from Brisbane would be temporarily suspended effective 31st October 2010.

An official of the airlines said that five times a week flights to Melbourne would be adjusted to four times weekly. However, flights to Sydney will remain unaffected with the usual five times weekly services.  Passengers affected by the flight realignments would be properly intimated by PAL’s contact center and advised on the best options to proceed to their respective destinations, the official said.

The market conditions and the onset of the lean season made the airlines to effect necessary changes in the number of destinations and frequency of flights. The official, however, reiterated that Australia remains an important market for Philippine Airlines.

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ANA extends Business Class special fares till Nov 17

by 27. October 2010 09:16
All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently announced that it is extending Limited Biz Value, the popular Business Class special fares, until 17th November 2010. The departure period for the fares is from Nov 3 to Dec 10, 2010.

The airlines said that customers can book and purchase Limited Biz Value fare tickets from now up to 17th November. It would be over $1,200 cheaper to fly Business Class during weekdays with the special fares in comparison to the existing Biz Value fares. Going to Japan has become affordable now with reduced fuel surcharge effective October 1.

Here are some of the highlights of Limited Biz Value fares
  • Price includes $111 per transpacific segment fuel surcharge and $6.40 insurance surcharge, but do not include government imposed taxes and fees of up to a maximum of $140, including the September 11 Security Fee.
  • [Weekday Fares] US Departure: Monday – Thursday, Japan Departure: Tuesday – Friday
  • [Weekend Fares] US Departure: Friday/Sunday, Japan Departure: Saturday/Monday
  • [Peak Fares] US Departure: Saturday, Japan Departure: Sunday
  • It is $200 higher for the routes to/via Haneda. Los Angeles-Haneda route will debut 31st October 2010.
  • Fares are also available from other North American cities and to other Japanese cities.

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Southwest Airlines to begin service to/from South Carolina March 13

by 26. October 2010 10:44

Southwest Airlines recently announced that it will launch service to/from Charleston International Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina on March 13, 2011.

An official press release said that Southwest will operate seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations. These include three flights to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, and one to Houston Hobby. The carrier will operate from gate B5 in Charleston’s main terminal.

Southwest Airlines will begin service with seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations in Greenville-Spartanburg. The service includes two flights to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, one to Houston Hobby, and one to Orlando. The carrier will operate from gates A3 and A4 in Greenville-Spartanburg’s main terminal.

Apart from seven daily nonstop flights to/from these cities, Southwest Airlines' new service will also offer direct or connecting service to more than 60 destinations including Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas Love, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City.

Southwest Airlines is currently serving 69 cities in 35 states.

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United, Continental to launch new routes from hub cities in 2011

by 26. October 2010 10:40
After the recent merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, the newly-formed United Continental Holdings has announced ambitious plans to launch service on several new nonstop routes in 2011. The news flights would mark the beginning of the network optimization of the combined carrier after merger. Both the airlines would, however, continue to adhere to their respective previously announced capacity guidance even after new routes are added.

Greg Hart, United’s senior vice president network, said, “One of the key benefits of our merger is the ability to create a network that gives our customers more flight options,” and added “Numerous communities will gain service as we begin to capitalize on the opportunity to use our combined fleet more effectively.”

According to the official press release, Continental will add new flights between Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport and Bakersfield and Palm Springs, Calif.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Junction, Colo.; Hobbs, N.M.; Montreal; and Reno, Nev. from Cleveland Hopkins International. The airlines will also begin flights to Cincinnati, Ohio. The carrier will also begin service to Des Moines, Iowa from New York/Newark Liberty.

United will start new service from Denver International Airport to Amarillo, Dallas Love Field and Lubbock, Texas; from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas and from San Francisco International Airport to New Orleans. Besides, United is planning new service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Salt Lake City; Tulsa, Okla. and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. This is, however, subject to government approval.

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Turkish Airlines Introduced new Comfort Class

by 25. October 2010 10:18
Starting in October, Turkish Airlines introduces new class named ‘Comfort Class’. This new class will be added on along with the Economy Class, Business Class and First Class. The new Comfort class will be placed between the Economy Class and Business Class. The main purpose is to combine the convenience of business class with the reasonable purchasing rate of Economy Class. Turkish Airlines will begin to offer the Comfort Class on trunk routes to Beijing, Shanghay, Narita, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Toronto on its the new B777 aircraft upon their arrival. Depending on delivery time of the new B777s to join the fleet the Comfort class will be offered on the flights to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles as well.

Comfort Class seat pitch of 116 cm and seat width of 49 cm are the leading features and individual display screens with the 10.6” in-arm screens embedded on each seats the passengers will be able watch as many films, serials, documentaries and cartoons as they wish while they can access the entire visual archives instantly. Passengers who want to rest their legs will have the apparatus of leg rest stowed beneath the seas. Also passengers wish to access their own individual digital archives during the flights. This detail was not skipped on these newly designed seats as well.  The passengers will be able to access their files by simply using their personal USB devices or iPODs.

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Qantas Offers World’s Best Premium Economy

by 20. October 2010 10:55
Qantas airlines offer you to treat yourself with these great Premium Economy fares. All these fares are best to travel between 13 November and 24 November 2010. According to the Skytrax Global Survey, Qantas Premium Economy was voted as the World Best Premium Economy. All the passengers of Qantas premium economy take the advantage of priority check-in and boarding, a spacious Marc Newson-designed seat and a dedicated premium economy flight attendant.

Sample fare from Los Angeles to (round trip)
  • Brisbane USD 2089
  • Melbourne USD 2089
  • Sydney    USD 2089
In Qantas, Premium Economy is available on all A380 and selected B747 flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and travel on all connecting flights in the US and Australia will be in Economy only.

Terms and Conditions
  • Prices listed are for round trip travel;
  • The US to Australia fare sale will expire on Tuesday, 26 October 2010.
  • Offer may be extended.
  • Payment must be made at time of booking and tickets are non-refundable;
  • Travel is round trip in Premium Economy Class;
  • Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or day.
  • Other conditions apply.
For more information and reservations please call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123.

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