Air Travel News 7.16.10

Air, Air Travel News, Budget Travel, Leaving & Coming Home — By on July 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

Don’t Expect Them to Pick Up the Tab

It’s aggravating enough when your airline travel is delayed.  It’s especially annoying when the delay turns into an overnight one.  A reasonable person might expect that the airline responsible for the delay would also be responsible for providing overnight accommodation.  A few years ago this would probably have been the case.  In today’s world airlines are all too quick to deflect the blame in order to avoid paying for your hotel.

Source:  NYTimes

No Last Minute Deals

With commercial flights filled to capacity and fares up 21% over last year, don’t expect to get a great last minute airfare.  Air travelers are putting off purchasing their tickets hoping for a bargain, but it may not be likely to be had.  Start doing your homework as soon as you know you’ll be traveling.   And get used to the idea of having someone in the middle seat.

Source:  USA Today

New Ways Around the Globe

A plethora of new airline routes will be arriving to an airport near you within the next year.  North to south, east to west and everywhere in between, there will be new ways to get almost anywhere.  Of particular note are the slots given to Delta, American and Hawaiian airlines to Haneda airport in Tokyo…much more convenient to the city than Narita airport.

Source:  Jaunted

The Bottom Line May Be Higher Than You Think

Economy airfare is harder and harder to come by.  The cost of the ticket alone could be just a fraction of your total cost.  While some of these add-on fees may be disclosed ahead of time, they may not all be.  Depending on the airline, flight route and class of service you could end up paying up to 82% more than your base fare!  Do your research before buying that ticket!

Source:  PR Newswire

Photo credit:  Jack Brodus/flickr

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