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Important Tips to consider when booking a Red Eye Flight

by amit.uniyal 24. November 2014 02:51

Air travel can be costly as well as cheap, which however depends on the destination and duration of the flight. One would always want to have his/her flight cheaper. A red eye flight can fulfill your objective of making air travel cheaper, particularly when you are traveling within North America.

Typically, Red Eye Flights are those flights making late departures at night and arriving to the destination quite early in the morning. Such kinds of flights normally don’t come under the purview of that common operational day.

Red Eye Flight

In the United States and Canada, the red eye flights usually make their departure from the west coast and make arrival on the east coast. These flights begin their departures between 10 pm and 1 am and arrive at their destination between 5 am and 7 am. For instance, if your are having a 6-hour flight from Los Angeles to Boston which departs at 9 pm L.A. time, and when the time difference is added, then you will be arriving at 6 am Boston time. Booking a red eye flight is advantageous as you will be able to make great savings on your tickets.

Here are some of the valuable tips that will make booking a Red Eye Flight easier for you. In the process, this will prove to be a significant money saver as well.

Look out for the best deals
The best deals would come after you vigorously shop them around for. Conduct an extensive search on online booking websites and also check with the travel agents as well. Be flexible with your travel plans. It would be always good if you book your tickets late in the evening. The best deal could come at 9 pm or even at midnight. Various airlines also provide discount offers and you need to keep a keen watch over them.

Booking flights in advance always pays
Do remember that flight tickets tend to become costlier as the date of flight comes nearer. The closer the flight dates would be, the costlier the ticket prices would be. It is therefore always a wise thing to book your tickets in advance. For a red eye flight, you will however need to purchase your tickets at least 21 to 30 days prior to your scheduled departure. This will surely get you the best prices.

Mid week travel is cheaper
Make your plans for your travel particularly during the middle of the week. You need to check out at least a week before and after your scheduled and preferred dates of your journey. Traveling on a Wednesday can be cheaper rather than traveling on the weekend.

Consider flying to smaller airports
Smaller airports have two benefits. They have less traffic and your tickets would be cheaper when flying here. So, why not make smaller airports your destination instead. There are multiple airports in large cities, and at least one or two airports in these cities would be situated on the outskirts of the central part of the city. By choosing to arrive at one of the smaller airports you will be able to save money and also reach in the central part of the city by taking a bus.

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Etihad’s First Apartment on Cloud Nine, Wins Top Design Award

by amit.uniyal 24. November 2014 02:46

Imagine watching a movie and savoring champagne while sitting on a couch. After the delectable meal, retire into the cozy bed. This is not a five star hotel or your home. This is 10,000 feet in the air on Etihad Airways A380 flight to London.

Etihad Airways

The First Apartments concept for the airline’s first class cabin has been recognized at the Society of British and International Design (SBID) awards held in London. The airline won the Overall Design Award 2014. Abu Dhabi based airline commented in a press release that SBID is one of the most acclaimed in world design and consists of 15 categories in design excellence. The airline was entered in the Best Entertainment Space, but grabbed the Overall Design Award.

Acumen Design Associates, CEO, Ian Dryburgh commented that the company designed the first class based on the Inspired Service concept which aims at bringing exclusivity and individuality of a boutique hotel to the first class traveler. The airline will configure its ten new A380s with nine First Apartments. The first aircraft will be deployed on Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) route starting December 27.

The First class cabin on the upper deck of the wide body aircraft will feature 80.5 inch separate bed, full length wardrobe, vanity unit, mini-bar, private walk-in living space with Poltrona Frau Armchair. The First Apartments are 74 percent larger than the current First Class suites occupying a 39 square feet area.

The airline started operating from Abu Dhabi in 2003. It carried 11.5 million travelers to 111 cargo and passenger destinations in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East last year.

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Best ways to book Last Minute Flights

by amit.uniyal 22. November 2014 02:24

Traveling during an emergency situation is more often fraught with obstacles and just might prove to be a costly affair. This is equally true with air travel, particularly at a shorter notice. It is cost prohibitive. Booking last minute flights can prove to be tedious and pricier.

There’s a general perception that it costs a lot to book last minute flight tickets. But this has proved to be wrong quite often. Patience and a keen eye are the buzzwords to find a good deal. This however largely depends on the time of your booking and the destination you are flying to.

Last Minute Flight

Many would simply ask now as whether it is possible to book tickets at the last minute and what are exactly the best ways to book flights during emergency situations or at extremely shorter notice. And, of course, there are many ways to search for good prices for such flights. Let us have a look into some of the effective ways that would ultimately get you the best deals for these flights.

Flexibility is the key factor
Flexibility is undoubtedly the key factor to find short-notice flights. Missing out on a last minute flight would be the last thing you would want in case of urgency because you are just not ready to bend on your flight timings or the airports you want to fly to. When it comes to selecting airports, airlines, departure and arrival times, being flexible has always paid rather handsomely. Compromising sometimes is indeed rewarding. To get your flights cheap at the last minute, stopovers might be involved. Be ready to take more than one flight in order to arrive at your destination, and if you want to save more on your tickets. You should also prepare to take red eye flights and early morning flights as well. Flights departing on a Tuesday or Wednesday also prove to be cheaper and easier to find.

Get Internet-only deals
It is always possible to find the best deals on online booking engines. This is particularly because the airline wants to leave no stone unturned in filling up a flight rather quickly. In such a case, the airline and other travel websites post Internet-only deals for flights at the last minute. You need to constantly monitor these websites. You may also consider signing up for email alerts as well. Fares are typically posted mid-week for the flights departing on the following weekend. You should however remain cautious about non-refundable tickets and also watch out for loopholes too.

Keep an eye on auctioned flights
Bidding could be yet another fantastic way to find a cheaper flight on short notice. There are many airlines and travel websites holding auctions for cheap flights. This may also some time include car rentals and hotel deals as well. You must however read the fine print before bidding. You should be aware that some websites would have restrictions, such as a flight at the last minute would be guaranteed only during specific times.

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Best time for booking flights

by amit.uniyal 22. November 2014 02:10

Booking flights can sometimes prove to be quite frustrating, annoying and often confusing. This is simply because prices of air tickets fluctuate frequently and it rather becomes difficult to even assess whether one has got a good deal or not. The usual tendency with a frequent air traveler is to keep on constantly checking multiple websites, and this could even amount to several times a day. If the search for the best deals is perceived to be complete then a nonrefundable ticket is finally booked considering it to be a sale offer, but only to discover later on that the customer has rather overpaid.

So, one would rather ask as to what after all is the best time to book a flight that would come cheap and you are able to save a significant amount of money on your tickets. Most of the frequent flyers and those in the commercial aviation business would say that booking tickets in advance is always cheap. This, however, depends on the number of days you are booking your tickets ahead of your scheduled departure date.

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Let us have a look at some of the ways and the best time indeed for booking your flights. You will soon discover that booking flights would rather become convenient and simple.

Best Days to book flights
The airfares are usually at their lowest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These two days of the week are therefore undoubtedly the best to purchase your air tickets. It has often been seen that many airlines in the sheer hope of securing sales for the following week announce special discounts on a Monday evening. These discounts are then matched by the rival competitors and thus the prices of airfares are lowered further. In this way, the customers stand to benefit vastly when booking on these two particular days. Most of the discounted tickets are thus sold out by Thursday or latest by Friday.

Best time for booking in the month
Is there any best time of the month also to book your flight tickets? Of course, such a query is true for a medium budget or salaried person. The 7th day of the month is considered to be the best for making plans for travel and booking air tickets. It is the time when many workers receive their pay checks and have enough money to afford a holiday. The airlines come up with fabulous discounts and competition among rival carriers increases. This is also the best time of the month to get a good flight deal.

Good months to book flights
If you are particular about saving money on your tickets, then there are at least two good months when booking flights would be the cheapest and best. The months of July and November are considered to be the best for getting cheap airfares. During these months people seldom plan for their holidays and the demand for airline tickets is low and therefore the airfares also tend to be low. However, avoid booking tickets during September and January as the demand is high and so are the prices.

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Emirates App for iPhone launched, Android version on the cards

by amit.uniyal 21. November 2014 01:11

Emirates Airline has finally launched its iPhone app on iOS. The airline’s customers possessing iPhones will now be able to check-in as well as download their boarding passes directly on their phones.

The Emirates App for iPhone can now be procured from the App Store. The app will be prominently featuring push notifications for check-in, baggage belt numbers, gate changes and flight boarding. The customers will receive their boarding passes on their Passbook.

Iphone

The app has other features as well. This includes chauffeur drive alerts, managing Emirates Skywards accounts, selecting meals and seats, and ability to book flights. The app will store the customer’s credit card information, personal flight details, and service and product information. The app will also allow customers to view these details even when offline.

Boutros Boutros, Emirates Airline’s Divisional Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Marketing and Branding, said that the mobile app has first been launched on the iOS platform because most of the mobile traffic to its website in through iPhone users.

He also stated that work on an Android version is also currently underway, while simultaneously exploring new features for the airline’s iPhone and iPad app.

The introduction of Emirates App for iPhone follows the earlier launch of a similar Emirates App for iPad early this year.

According to the airline, the new mobile app will be beneficial for frequent flyers as they would be able to manage all their bookings and keep track of all their future trips as well.

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Lufthansa will fly nonstop from Tampa to Frankfurt come fall 2015

by amit.uniyal 20. November 2014 01:57

Lufthansa will fly nonstop from Tampa to Frankfurt in the fall 2015. This city in the west coast of Florida is the third destination on which it will use Airbus A340-300 since the airlines already flies to Orlando and Miami. The German carrier will deploy four wintertime flights in a week starting from September 25, 2015. In the summers, it will add more flight on the route.

The reconfigured A340 aircraft will have 298 seats with no first class, 18 new lie-flat business class seats, 280 economy seats out of which 19 are Premium Economy. Tampa will be the first destination to use this reconfigured aircraft.

Lufthansa

Karl Ulrich Garnadt, CEO of Lufthansa expressed delight that the airline’s customers will be able to board nonstop comfortable flights from Tampa to Frankfurt. He also anticipates that this direct connection will be in huge demand among leisure and corporate travelers.

Carsten Spohr, the Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Group holding company said in a statement that the number of premium seats will be reduced to 18 in business class whereas the economy and premium economy seats will be increased to 280. He also added that this will allow the airline to focus on leisure destinations which have less demand for premium class seats.

Tampa International also spoke highly of Lufthansa and its CEO Joe Lopano said that this new Tampa-Frankfurt route is a big win for Tampa Bay. Lufthansa is one the most lucrative airlines in the aviation industry; this new route is the testimony of the global impact of air travel industry in the city.

The airline also mentioned that the connection to Frankfurt will link it to one of the busiest hubs where Lufthansa flies to 145 destinations in Asia, Africa and Europe.

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The Transformer Seat that Converts Economy to Business Class

by amit.uniyal 19. November 2014 01:44

Now, a newly proposed design for airline seating would let an airline transform the economy seats into a plush and comfortable business class seat with a side couch. The seat and side couch can be later converted to form a private bed.

The design is created by James S.H. Lee who is the CEO of Paperclip, an industrial design firm. Fabled as The Butterfly Seating Solution, the design gives the airline to adjust the configuration of the cabin to efficiently use the cabin space. The Butterfly design has won the esteemed Crystal Cabin Award. It also attained the top position at the International Air Transport Association’s Passenger Innovation Awards championship.

Business Class Seats

The staggered seat design wherein inboard seat is positioned at a slight diagonal angle in front of the aisle seat provides for two seats in premium-economy. The armrest width is up to 21 inches allowing the passengers to use both the armrests comfortably. The reclined seat pitch in premium economy is 44 inches which usually ranges between 37 and 42 inches. The premium economy seat also features seat pockets on the side, large cocktail trays and an adjustable ottoman.

The Butterfly can be used as a single-passenger business class seat with a private bed. Double the space of premium economy and direct aisle access are the added advantages. The adjacent seat can be flipped down to form a flat surface. The passenger will have a private suite with a seat and side couch. When the business class passenger wants to take a siesta, the aisle seat can be folded over to form a 77 inches long and 44 inches wide bed which is the largest in the industry. The seat has a 44 inch pitch. The middle armrest which is also a storage compartment becomes locked when the seat transforms into a bed. It allows the passengers to store their valuable items while they rest.

Any airline or seat manufacturer has not acquired the seat design but considering its practical advantage, the Butterfly may as well revolutionize the aviation industry.

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Larger Boeing 747 Aircraft to Serve DIA-LHR nonstop route

by amit.uniyal 18. November 2014 01:23

Denver International Airport (DIA) recently revealed a great piece of news for first class passengers that British Airways will add more seats on the daily nonstop service between Denver International Airport and London Heathrow Airport by March 2015. This will increase the flight’s capacity by 23 percent. At present, Boeing 777-200 aircraft serves this route. The deployment of Boeing 747-400 will add 62 more seats with a total of 337 seats. The airline will now fly first class to Denver along with Club World, World Traveler Plus and World Traveler.

Boeing

According to an analysis done by Denver Airport, the airline’ service between Denver and Gatwick Airport was the first daily transatlantic flight which served the two airports year-round since the airport’s inauguration in 2005. This service has had a great impact of more than $2.2 billion on the state’s economy since September 1, 1998. In 2002, the flight route was switched to London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Between September 1998 and August 2014, more than 2.5 million passengers have traveled on this route and the airline expects a greater number in the future.
 
The Mayor of the city, Michael B. Hancock expressed delight and said that the airline has been a major contributor to Denver’s aviation industry for over 15 years. This capacity increase will strengthen the global reach of Denver to London as well as other destinations in the world.
 
CEO of DIA, Kim Day also commented on the increased capacity of the route and said that the airline has continued to invest in Denver for the last 15 years owing to the strong partnership of DIA and British Airways’ hub at LHR. She also added that London is the largest market in Europe for DIA and adding the first class service will only fortify the global connectivity.

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LATAM get new home at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport

by amit.uniyal 17. November 2014 01:32

LATAM has now got a new abode at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. TAM and LAN Airlines, both operating under LATAM Group, would henceforth be conducting their international operations from the new Terminal 3 at the airport.

TAM, which was conducting its domestic operations from Terminal 1, has now moved to Terminal 2 and will be operating domestic flights out of here. The airport authorities said that the move is aimed at providing more convenience and greater comfort to the passengers.
 
The move is also aimed at making Guarulhos International Airport as the LATAM Airlines Group’s biggest and prominent international hub.

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A spokesperson of the LATAM Airlines Group said that both TAM and LAN Airlines carefully planned their transitions without bringing inconvenience to the passengers or disturbing their scheduled arrivals and departures.

During the first stage, the long-haul flights operations to/from North America and Europe were transferred from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. The second phase involved shifting of short-haul flights operations to/from South American destinations. The last leg saw TAM transferring its domestic flight operations from Terminal 1 to Wing D of Terminal 2.

The transition process included shifting of entire back-office structure, self-service totems, stores for rescheduling and purchasing tickets, and baggage and check-in operations. The recheck-in area has now been shifted to Terminal 2 and also in Terminal 3 (lower level).

Passengers of both the airlines will now find it easier to get access to the airport because the car park will be directly connecting to the new terminal.

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The Travel Restband is perfect for a sound sleep during flights

by amit.uniyal 15. November 2014 05:46

Would you blindfold yourself by choice and strap your head to the airplane seat to sleep better? If yes, then this gadget is your perfect travel mate.

Restband

Relax Ally is a travel Restband with a sleeping eye mask that helps you to fall asleep and relaxes the muscles without the passengers leaning or drooling on the fellow passengers. It fastens the head to the seat firmly and the ergonomic position prevents micro trauma to the neck and shoulder muscles. A company from Finland called Active Ally Oy has launched an upgrade of the previous Restband which now includes an eye mask and earplugs. The Restband is adjustable and costs €31($39) on the Relax Ally website. It also saves from the embarrassing moment of waking up with your head on a stranger’s shoulder.

During the launch of this 3 in 1 restband, CEO, Active Ally Oy commented that the people have accepted our solution to this big traveling problem. The company strategically launched a video campaign in the Halloween week, talking about travel nightmares that people can avoid by using this product.

The Relax Ally 3 in 1 Travel Restband has a sleeping mask to keep light out, a restband for an ergonomic position and earplugs to isolate noise placed in a pocket on one side of the restband. After having sold the product in over twenty countries, the company intends to get more equity investors through a crowd funding platform called FundedByMe.

The company strives to grow globally and FundedByMe platform will help the company unlock up to €300,000 ($378600) by contributing an amount of €100,000. This will reinforce global development of the company in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The crowd funding campaign ends in 40 days and the company has raise 15 percent of the total amount.

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