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The Luxurious and Affordable Business Class Travel

by amit.uniyal 4. December 2014 07:24

The frequent fliers especially on long-haul flights tend to choose business class. The benefits for the elite passengers offered in business class are worth spending your hard-earned money. Gone are the days when business class seats were highly expensive. One can find affordable business class deals with ultimate comfort. There are many exclusive privileges for business class travel that lure more and more passengers to fly in the cabin.

Check-in Privileges
Even before the flight takes off, the premium passengers start availing their benefits at the airport. They check-in separately, they are seated sooner than economy passengers and they get to wait in luxurious lounges while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi and hot meals in many airport business lounges. The lounges also offer shower rooms, sleeping rooms and private eating space.

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Business-friendly Facilities
The businessmen who travel for their meetings, conferences or business deals cannot affords to waste their precious time on long haul flights. Hence, many airlines now offer exclusive facilities for the passengers including USB ports, power chargers on each seat, satellite phones and in-flight Wi-Fi to connect their personal smart phones or tablets.

Comfortable Seating
The business class seats are extremely comfortable and not as expensive as first class. This class is perfect for anyone who likes to travel in comfort. Most of the airlines have started offering lie-flat seats with 180 degrees recline. Some of them offer Sky Sofas, Cocoon style seats or Executive pods which offer privacy as well as more space for passengers. The airlines also ensure that passengers get direct aisle access and have spacious legroom. The seats also feature massage functions and retractable tray tables for laptops. The storage is ample too with exclusive pockets for tablets, laptops and knick knacks.

Better Dining Options
Most of the airlines are focusing on the dining options that they give to the premium passengers. Top airlines offer food from Michelin starred restaurants or on-board chefs who prepare menu according to the passengers’ choice. The elite travelers also get to choose the food before boarding the flight with pre-order menu on few of the airlines’ websites.

In-Flight Entertainment
The airlines are incorporating the latest technologies in the flight for better customer experience. From 18-inch touch screens to dual screens with gaming and 100 hours of the latest video content, the airlines ensure that the travelers do not get bored during the flights. Some even offer gate to gate entertainment options.

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Travel Advice

Kid-Friendly Airports in the United States

by amit.uniyal 27. November 2014 02:34

The long-haul layovers can torment parents, let alone the kids. Keeping the little tykes occupied at the airports can be a herculean task which makes parents to consider road trips. However, there are few domestic terminals that ensure that they cater to all your children’s needs. The top 5 American airports have earned their wings for offering the best children activities.

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Orlando (MCO)
Orlando International Airport is the gateway too Disney World and it does a great job even before the theme-park vacation begins. A King of Kong video arcade, free Wi-Fi, plethora of restaurants, automated tram service to the gates and shops offering Disney, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld and Universal merchandise. The giant aquarium in the food court is magnificent.

Detroit (DTW)
The McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport offers several play areas, Motown and Henry Ford stores. Jelly sandwiches and gourmet peanut butter are sold at food concessions. Free Wi-Fi keeps the teenagers occupied while Play Port which is a soft sculpted playground at the North Terminal offers fun time for kids. There is a padded clouds slide and an aircraft.

Seattle (SEA)
The airport has four Starbucks outlets for the parents to enjoy respite. Sea-Tac International offers special playlists for teenagers that allow them to ‘Experience the City of Music’ via video screens, speakers, free Wi-Fi and a smart phone application featuring the top performers of Seattle. The younger tots can play in Children’s Play Areas located between the concourses A and B.

Minneapolis (MSP)
Minneapolis- St. Paul Airport offers two different play areas in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2; Lindburgh and Humphrey respectively. They have control towers with slides, mock airplanes and device charging outlets for adults while they wait. A statue of Snoopy at Terminal 1 is great for capturing photographs. A video arcades trio and free Wi-Fi keep the teens occupied. In case, you forgot to carry all your infant supplies, the Diaper Bag Basics vending machine in Terminal 1 has it all.

Denver (DIA)
The Denver International Airport is a treat for art lovers. 30 installations and sculptures include A Subterranean Journey and Deep Time/Deep Space. The light and sculpture installation in the inbound train tunnel at West Terminal is a mile long. DIA also offers free Wi-Fi and four scavenger hunts. You can find toys for your kids at Kazoo & Company or sports merchandise at Sports Terminal.

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Travel Advice

One-way Tickets versus Round-trip Flight Tickets

by amit.uniyal 25. November 2014 02:56

If you are a savoir-faire traveler, you must know your way around cheap airfares to a particular destination. As a rule of thumb, round trip tickets to and from any destination are usually more affordable than two one-way tickets.

An avid traveler would be familiar with these terms, but for those who are yet to board their maiden flight, one-way tickets offer an onward journey to a destination but do not include a return flight. One-way tickets can be direct or include a halt at another city airport. On the other hand, round trip tickets include a flight to the destination and return flight from that destination back to where you started from. These tickets may also have direct flights or stop over flights.

Round Trip Flights

If a ticket offers better flexibility, it will be more expensive than a ticket that offers limited options. For example, a one-way ticket does not include minimum or maximum stay restrictions or open jaw restrictions. Open jaw trips are applicable for roundtrip tickets wherein the passenger does not land at the departure city or does not board a flight from the arrival city. For instance, a traveler can fly from New York to Birmingham, travel from Birmingham to London and fly back home from London to New York. However, this option is not available in one-way ticket. These kind of round-trip tickets are beneficial for those who want to explore different cities in a country and head back home on the return date with cheaper airfares. Round trip tickets in general have restrictions due to which you get lower prices.

For others who are not sure of the duration of their stay at a particular destination, like in the case of students studying abroad or visiting a sick relative, buying cheap round trip tickets would not help since one cannot commit to a return date. If you happen to buy a round trip ticket, you would have to pay the change fee. For these travelers, open tickets are an option with a flexible return date usually within a year of the departure date, but they are rather expensive than one-way or round trip tickets.

A good way around more affordable one-way tickets is to check prices for different airlines since you have an option of choosing a different airline for your return journey. Airlines also offer cheaper one-way airfares for the frequent fliers. So, if you like the service of a particular airline and it goes to your destination of journey, you should stick to it for starting journey.

Another way to get cheaper one-way tickets is to look for red-eye flights, early morning flights and flights on certain days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Airfares are usually expensive on Fridays and Sundays which are the busy travel days. So it is advisable to plan your journey with a return flight on weekdays. Another point to note is that tickets are usually cheaper within four to six weeks of departure date and are expensive around two weeks from departure date. So, the best way to go about it is observing the flights on various websites well in advance and finding the most affordable one-way or round trip depending as per your needs.

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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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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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Travel Advice

Finding cheap Thanksgiving flights – A few tips!

by amit.uniyal 14. November 2014 05:31

Thanksgiving is round the corner. Have you made plans to spend the 12-day-long holiday with your family and friends? Finding cheap Thanksgiving flights might prove to be difficult if you haven’t booked it well in advance. Here are some valuable tips on how to book cheap flights for Thanksgiving and save money.

Being flexible is absolutely one of the best ways to find cheap airfares for your holidays. Flexibility, after all, is the key to get the best deal. Holidays are always the expensive and busiest time for travel. You need to be alert and book your tickets in advance or else be flexible with your dates in order to save on your tickets.

Thanksgivings

The time of day is yet another significant factor to determine whether you will be able to get cheap tickets or not. Flying during the peak business travel hours from 8 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7 pm can be most expensive. If you want to save on your tickets consider departing quite early in the morning between 5 am to 7 am. You may even consider late evening flights after 8 pm. These also tend to be cheaper.

Flying nonstop can be expensive. So, why not book a flight with a stopover. It will be cheaper and help you save some money. But you must be alert at the same time and avoid connections at the airports having poor on-time track record.

Searching and comparing for cheaper flights is surely the best way to save money. For this you will need to constantly browse multiple websites to get the best deals. If however you don’t want to spend time to search manually, then consider signing up for fare alerts.

These are some of the ways to adopt in order to land the best deals for your Thanksgiving holiday.

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Is Travel better with Wearable Technology?

by amit.uniyal 16. October 2014 06:31

Recent technological advances in air travel have streamlined the checking-in and checking-out process.
Air passengers are also getting accustomed with wearable technology for boarding flights in the most convenient way possible. A recent market survey depicted that 77% of more than 6000 passengers would be comfortable with use of wearable technology like Google Glass or smart Watch to make their journey pleasant.

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Among the fliers assessed, 97% of them carry a laptop, smartphone or a tablet while flying and one out of five carry all three. Passengers are eager to stay connected even during flight with over 76% using the airline applications. 53% of the passengers want alerts about flight delays on their phones while 57% want airport terminal directions and maps. The demand for in-flight connectivity is drastic. 56% of the travelers want to be able to stay connected on their laptop or tablet for entertainment purposes during their flight.

The huge demand of customers worldwide has encouraged innovative minds to develop technology that helps you throughout your journey. Miami International Airport, for instance, is the first ever airport to deploy iBeacon technology covering the check-in point, baggage and parking areas across the airport.

The passengers are given relevant information related to boarding gate, directions and boarding time on their phones through the use of Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has released an update of iOS and Android devices featuring a Voice Concierge.

AirBerlin, Iberia and Vueling, and have also recently unveiled smart watch boarding pass for owners of Pebble Steel, Samsung Gear 2 and Sony Smartwatch 2. With just a shake of a wrist, the devices scan the watch like a digital boarding ticket on a phone.

Well, these dapper gadgets will certainly help you board your flight on time and have a fun flight.

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The Mecca for Shoppers around the World – San Francisco

by amit.uniyal 8. October 2014 10:23

San Francisco is the Mecca for shoppers around the world. The city offers the best shopping experience for the tourists as well as the shopaholics. The shoppers love to browse the various shopping complexes, malls and districts in San Francisco. Westfield Centre, Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Fillmore Street, Chinatown and Union Square among many others offer an incredible style of shopping, suited to the consumer’s needs and mood. Also, contrary to the popular belief, you will find various shops where you would not have to splurge.

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Westfield San Francisco Centre
Westfield San Francisco Centre, located on Market Street, is the paragon for all the shoppers and tourists. In this splendid mall reside the top notch American brands for consumer products which include but are not limited to a two level Abercrombie & Fitch, a five storey Nordstrom's store, Bloomingdale’s, Bebe, Victoria's Secret, Kenneth Cole, Guess and Club Monaco. The mall is also home to Century Theatres multiplex and Bristol Farms greengrocery.

Union Square Shopping
The California’s Historical Landmark is a colossal collection of gift shops, fancy boutiques, supermarkets, galleries and salons, making it a prime shopping district in the United States. Marked by the Goddess of Victory statue atop the Dewey Monument, the Union Square Park is a popular tourist attraction with its history dating back to the Civil War. The square is home to leading chain stores including Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. Various fancy fashion boutiques for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Stuart Weitzman, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Marc Jacobs are also located in the shopping district surrounded by Post, Geary and Stockton Streets.
 
Chinatown Shopping
The Dragon Gates marking the entry of Chinatown lead to a different world of shopping spiced up with red hues and everything Chinese. Baroque lampposts, pagoda domes, Sing Chong Building and Bank of America in a Chinese Style Building are few of the prominent places to see in this largest Chinatown outside Asia. At every turn, you will find vibrant fabrics draping the window fronts where hawkers sell carved Buddha statues, paper lanterns, parasols perfect for decorating your house. Various apothecaries sell green tea, fragrant black tea and other refreshing beverages. For your sweet tooth and a surprise, don’t forget to check out Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley (featured in the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).

Fillmore Street Shopping
Fillmore Street is home to one of the chicest fashion and beauty retailers. You can check off your wish list for shopping with home furniture stores like Nest, Jonathan Adler and Zinc Details and beauty stores like MAC Cosmetics, BeneFit, Posh, Hats of the Fillmore and many more. For a quick break from your shopping spree and refueling your next round, pay a visit to Pizza Inferno, Fresca, Starbucks or Royal Grounds coffee. The shopping experience is a distinctive mix of elegance and vibrancy, upscale yet approachable and comfortable without being tedious. From antiques to accessories, jazz clubs to blues club, Fillmore has it all.

North Beach Shopping
North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy, is rich in Italian style and spirit that infuse every diner and fashion store. North Beach is an ultimate shopping retreat as you will shop as the Romans do while passing through murals, European antique stores and grocery stores along the oldest street of Grant Avenue. At Old Vogue, you can delve into vintage varsity jackets and everything retro. The avant garde jewelry by Peter Macchiarini designed to your specifications screams "Bellisima!"

Hayes Valley Shopping
The Hayes Valley is an ultimate blend of commerce and art located on the Hayes and Gough Street jammed with interior design boutiques, art galleries, wine bars and outdoor restaurants. Hayes Valley is an haute couture haven and famous for Scandinavian Fashion, Ver Unica for unworn vintage clothes, Mac (Modern Appeal Clothing) for Belgian custom design clothes and Dark Garden for corsets and wedding dresses. Hayes Valley is all about local artists and designers displaying their works of art to the visitors. Shoppe Unusual is one of the largest vibrant retail spaces in Hayes Valley displaying designs and art works from more than 30 local artists.

Mission Street Shopping
The Mission Street is for shoppers with liberal choice of fashion and art. It is the perfect destination to tend to eccentric desires. The Mission is a vivid neighborhood with bohemian stores. You will find anything to everything eccentric including toddler boots in snakeskin and a lot more. If you are looking for the best taquerias, dive bars and everything Latino, the Mission is for you.

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Survey says parents with screaming kids top etiquette violators

by amit.uniyal 31. December 2013 03:35

If you are a parent and traveling with kids who constantly pester and scream throughout, air travelers may not take this kindly and you will be looked upon derisively. The recent survey conducted by an air travel research firm might make you sit up and take notice, and ultimately lead to a rethink. According to the survey that was conducted recently, the parents that let their kids scream and go nuts during the flight now top the list among the most annoying etiquette violators while in the air.

The survey indicated that those parents who are traveling with loud kids are considered to be more annoying. Such passengers have left the other etiquette violators far behind. Among other etiquette violators are the passengers with nasty odors and those who kick the back of the seats. The survey pointed out that even those passengers who tend to take off their shoes and socks in the airtight cabin are considered less offensive. The study was conducted involving 1,001 U.S. travelers who fly frequently.
 
According to the survey, 41 percent of the respondents ranked the parents traveling with screaming and naughty children as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators. The survey said that 49 percent of those interviewed said that they would prefer to pay extra for being seated in a dedicated “quiet zone” that would be free of screaming kids.

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