Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Smart Tips And How to Book Cheap Flights With Perfect Destination for Families

Summer’s just around the corner! Here are a few down and dirty tips for getting the best  price  on  airfare. so if you're planning late summer or early fall trip, now is a great time to check fares. You'll have to act fast and grab a good fare today while the sales are hot. 

#1 The Early Bird Still Gets the Worm
If you have been eyeing June for your planning, you might be a little concerned at this point. And for good reason. Though it’s still possible to get cheaper fares in June today, there may not be as many options available as there were when you started searching in, say, January. Our best advice if you’re locked in on dates and see prices spiking now? Book now. Summer is very popular, it’s closing in and it’s not a great gamble to hope for a sale.
If you have the date flexibility, we’d suggest moving your search closer to the end of the summer where the bulk of the deals still exist. In June, for example, a flight from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) on the weekend will set you back $373 on average. If you can take that same trip in the last weekend of August all the way through the end of summer, you can expect to pay about $300. A savings of $73 per ticket will save a family of four almost $300! Buy early! We can’t say it enough.
#2 Put on Your Realist Big Boy (or Girl) Pants
When shopping for the 4th of July or Labor Day weekend, you’re not going to get the same prices as you would if your trip was mid-week in February. Summer flights are priced at a premium out of the gate! You should plan on spending a bit more for flights if your heart is set on summer travel, and put your energy into finding cheap accommodation (you can nearly always find good, budget accommodation even very last minute)!
#3 Mixing and Matching Flights is a Great Idea
One of our secret weapons for snagging the best airfares pricing is offering our customers a more “mix and match” experience. You might choose one flight on the outbound on JetBlue and catch the return on Alaska Air for the best price. Because we offer this option, we can often get deals for customers that no one else is promoting. There’s really no downside to going this route – unless you’re loyal to one airline. That’s cool too! Being loyal is awesome! Just know that the biggest savings might not come across your radar.
#4 Pay for Your Bags In Advance
Okay guys. On this point, we must be sticklers. These days, the airlines are selling everything a la carte, and at different price levels depending on where you are in the sales process. This means to get the best prices for an Economy fare on many airlines these days, you should plan to pay for your bags up front, when you’re buying the ticket sitting in front of your computer
You’ll pay a higher price for your luggage if you wait until later to buy online (after you’ve sorted out your wardrobe choices), and you’ll pay even more if you wait until you get to the airport. Under NO circumstances should you wait to pay for your bags until your travel day at the airport. They will make you pay for that bag. And it will be painful. For example, the carry-on fee for one bag with Spirit is $35 if you book it when you pay for your ticket. If you wait until you’re boarding to tell the airline you’re carrying on, they’ll charge you a massive $100.
#5 Monthly Installments are Available
For pricier itineraries, you might consider our monthly payments option. We’ve partnered with Affirm to bring you this awesome way to finance your trip. You can pay off the tickets over 3,6 and 12 months, and in some cases, this might help customers who are on a budget and still saving for very expensive tickets. If you come across a deal before you’re ready to pay in full, monthly options can lock down the fare for you, not hold up your trip and allow you to make manageable payments over the following months.
#6 Cheat on Your Favorite Airport
It’s not always possible to search for alternate airports, but if you are in a metropolitan area where more than one airport is an option you should definitely search all available departure points. If you’re willing to depart from an alternative airport, you can often find better savings than if you insist on your favorite airport. We know, we know. Not all airports are created equal. And we’re not advocating sacrificing convenience for a few bucks. But what if you can save big time? Flexibility can pay off!
#7 Be Ready to Buy
This tip is another one we can’t stress enough. We do not advocate torturing yourself by watching airfares fluctuate for even one minute before you have the money to buy and/or are in a position to buy (see tip #5 if this sounds like you). We’ve been in the airfare business for a long time and if there’s one thing we’ve learned its that good prices do not last. The Internet has made it even easier for people to track fares, so rest assured. When a low fare pops up for your itinerary it will not stick around for long. People will come in and snap those low fares up quickly. Don’t hesitate!
#8 Flexibility with Dates = Game-changer
You’d be surprised how much you can sometimes save if you have a little wiggle room with your travel dates. Sometimes a day earlier or later can return substantial savings. We always recommend keeping as much flexibility as possible in the planning stages so you can hop on these deals as they arise.
#9 Avoid Weekend Travel for the Biggest Savings
This tip is one we cling to, though sometimes it feels like a losing battle. The difference in fares with Tuesday and Wednesday departures and returns compared to weekend departures and returns are usually fairly substantial, but it doesn’t much matter. People like to travel on the weekend for a variety of reasons – if you go on the weekend you can maximize vacation time without touching your vacation days at work. There are events like concerts and festivals on the weekend. 
Sometimes people just psychologically prefer leisure time on the weekend when other people are out enjoying the weather as well. But we like to go against the grain, and avoid the crowds and high hotel prices. To us (and lots of other people who have figured it out), mid-week travel is just more relaxing. And a lot cheaper for just about everything——including flights. Check out the calendar view of economy fare prices on our Summer Flights page. It’s illuminating. Try mid-week travel. We think you’ll like it.
#10 Use Our Insurance Policy
We have a nifty little feature called Price Drop Payback. If your flight price goes down after you buy – Price Drop Payback eliminates that buyer’s remorse. We will reimburse you up to $100 in the form of a credit for future travel if your ticket price goes down. It’s simple. No more stress. Click here to get $719 & Up -- Cancun 4-Night All Inclusive Vacation with Flights.    NOWWe love summer vacation! Tell us where you’re going this year summer holiday or share your tips for grabbing cheap airfare! Search and book your summer hotel online Now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Air OOCORP Blog: Summer Holiday And How Technology Made Long Flight...

#SummerHolidaySavings Technology has made long-distance travel a lot easier to bear. Most long-haul carriers offer in-flight Summer Entertainments, and some even offer back-of-the-headrest entertainment devices in every single seat. Read more...Air OOCORP Blog: Summer Holiday And How Technology Made Long Flight...: How Book In-Flight Entertainment

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Disneyland's Adventure Park Preparing for Holiday Season With Season of Light

The holiday season is approaching fast, and the Disneyland Resort is preparing to usher in the most wonderful time of the year with the return of several favorite holiday experiences starting on November 10. Dubbed the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, visitors will be treated to events such as the Festival of Holidays, World of Color – Season of Light and the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular.

At the Disney California Adventure Park, guests will be treated to the popular World of Color – Season of Light nighttime spectacular and the Festival of Holidays celebrations, but there will be so much more this year.

Santa Claus will be appearing at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail; Cars Land and Bug’s Land will undergo festive makeovers; and a 50-foot Christmas tree will be positioned at Carthay Circle.
As for the Disneyland theme park itself, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle returns with night-time snowfall moments that culminate in the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular.
At the Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., a 60-foot tree with nearly 1,800 ornaments will be the backdrop of the holiday fun.

Disneyland will also host the Christmas Fantasy parade, which will feature Disney characters, floats, music, marching tin soldiers and holiday cheer. There will be seasonal transformations of popular park attractions, including It's a Small World and the Haunted Mansion.

The shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney, as well as the various hotels on the property, will be adorned with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. The events run through January 7, 2018.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Americans Most Popular Summer Destinations Statistics

Summer travel plans statistics from the past revealed that Orlando, Florida, and Cancun, Mexico, topped the lists of travelers taking a vacation between May 29 and Sept. 4. In fact, domestic results showed that nearly 9 percent of Americans are traveling to Orlando during the summer. Las Vegas was the second-most popular destination, followed by Honolulu, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Maui, Boston, Denver and Fort Lauderdale.
A review of Americans’ summer travel plans by Allianz Global Assistance found U.S. travelers are keen to sink their toes in the sand and seek the thrills of theme parks. This is perfectly in line with statistics from summers past. 
Orlando, Florida, and Cancun, Mexico, topped the lists of travelers taking a vacation between May 29 and Sept. 4. In fact, domestic results showed that nearly 9 percent of Americans are traveling to Orlando during the summer. 
Las Vegas was the second-most popular destination, followed by Honolulu, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Maui, Boston, Denver and Fort Lauderdale. 

Internationally, travelers are most likely headed to Mexico and the Caribbean. According to the Allianz survey, eight out of the top 10 destinations abroad are south of the border. Cancun topped the list with nearly 17 percent of travelers saying they were taking a summer vacation there. With its popularity growing by leaps and bounds, it’s no surprise to find that Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is the number-two spot for summer vacations.  There are just two European destinations on the international list: London and Paris. 

Rounding out the top 10 in order of popularity are Los Cabos, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Aruba Island, Aruba; London, England; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Nassau, Bahamas; and Paris, France. In line with summer travel trends, the research also shows that most planned trips to top destinations such as Orlando and Cancun are for groups of two or more, indicating that families and multigenerational groups are using the summer months to travel together. 

“Our statistics showed that Americans are more likely to travel in groups this summer and, for those traveling with children, family travel insurance is worth considering,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. 
When you are traveling with kids, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. 

“Traveling can be unpredictable, especially with little ones. Insuring vacation costs for a party of five, six or seven can offer financial relief and peace of mind when travel plans go awry.”

Regardless of where you are traveling to this summer—a crowded beach or an exotic jungle—it’s good to be prepared and protected.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Finland] is The Safest Destination Globally - World Economic Forum Travel & Tour Tourism Competitiveness Index

Still looking for some summer travel inspiration?   You should put Finland on your list while the booking is good. The World Economic Forum releases the Travel & Tour Tourism Competitiveness Index, which is an in-depth analysis of tourism in countries around the world. One of its most important rankings is the safety of the countries, and Finland has topped the list this year. 

"[Finland] remains the safest destination globally, despite rising concerns in most [of] Europe, including Finland, regarding terrorism," the report reads.

The report collected data from a total of 136 countries, looking specifically at "sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country." With terrorism woes on the rise around the globe, it’s nice to know this destination that poses little-to-no threat.

What's more, Finland has a lot to offer travelers who land on its shores. 
For instance, not long ago, its national airline, FinnAir, made it easy to book a stopover in the country for travelers flying to a variety of destinations in Europe and Asia. Travelers can spend the day in Helsinki or go farther afield to the Lapland or on a Northern Lights journey. 
In fact, for those who are looking to chase the Northern Lights, it’s not just a winter thing in Finland: The lights are viewable on more than 200 nights per year in the country.

Other reasons to visit Finland: 39 stunning national parks, designers such as Marimekko, a “wild” food culture, clean air, warm locals, a calendar chock full of events and more.

If you aren’t sold yet, let the country’s sauna culture further woo you with the promise of ultimate relaxation.

Take, for example, the newly renovated Allas Sea Pool, which just rejoined the Finnish sauna scene. Without even leaving the capital city of Helsinki, guests are immersed in this Finnish tradition. The complex combines swimming, sauna, urban culture and tradition while revitalizing the sauna ritual year-round for visitors and locals alike. Read more...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Augustine Tops MONEY's 'Best in Travel' List

Enjoying an out-of-town vacation in 2017 doesn’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, says MONEY magazine, there are plenty of destinations that marry quality, cost and value for a “terrific travel experience.’
St. Augustine, Florida
Take St. Augustine, Florida, MONEY’s top domestic pick in its annual “Best in Travel” survey. A week-long trip for two in America’s oldest city, including airfare, will cost around $2,507.
“Relative to other Florida Atlantic beach destinations, St.Augustine is a bargain,” said MONEY. In addition to the value it offers, the destination was cited for its beaches, golf and restaurants.
Estes Park, Colorado
In second place, MONEY picked Estes Park, Colorado. Located in the shadow the Rocky Mountains, the destination provides an “authentic” mountain adventure, and it does so to the tune of about $2,698 for a one-week vacation for two. In addition to adventure activities, the magazine recommends the city for its Rooftop Rodeo, held every July,  it says is one of the best small rodeos in America.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Lobster isn’t the only compelling reason to visit Bar Harbor, Maine. The city, which is located near Acadia National Park, is known for its scenery, its history and its wide variety of on-the-water activities. According to MONEY, a weeklong trip, including airfare, will cost about $2,914.
Fort Worth, Texas
If you’re looking to get your cowboy on, MONEY recommends Fort Worth, Texas. Daily cattle drives and live music are just some of the attractions found in the city’s Stockyard’s National Historic District or get a dose of culture at five area museums, located in The Cultural District. Or take in an opera or ballet or the symphony at Bass Performance Hall. A weeklong trip to Fort Worth will run about $2,281.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
History, culture and inexpensive dining options are part of what makes Albuquerque so compelling. More than 100 art galleries are located in the city as well as an “impressive” variety of street art. And, of course, the annual hot air balloon festival makes this a must-see city. For a week’s vacation, expect to pay $2,194.
Other domestic cities making MONEY’s best-of-list include Williamsburg, Virginia; Las Vegas, Nevada; Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; Gulf Shores, Alabama; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Hanoi, Vietnam
Internationally, MONEY picked Hanoi, Vietnam as its top choice. The dynamic blend of contemporary high-rises and nineteenth-century architecture helped propel Hanoi onto the top of the list. And with hotels averaging about 566 a night and mid-range meals costing less than $20 for two, the city’s value is unbeatable. An average trip for two, including airfare will cost about $2,600 in Hanoi.
Bali, Indonesia
Rates have been dropping on Bali, thanks in part to favorable exchange rates, which means hotel prices are down by 22 percent over last year. Whether you prefer a sleepy getaway or a bustling city, Bali is sure to offer something for you, including an exciting culture scene. Expect to spend about $2,579 for a trip for two.
Crete, Greece
At 3,200 square miles, there’s a lot of Crete to explore, including hundreds of attractions. In particular, outdoor activities and beachside locales are well worth the visit. Airfares have dropped in the past year, as have hotel rates, so 2017 should be the ideal time to visit. A one-week getaway for two should cost about $3,642.
MONEY’s other top international picks include Cuzco, Peru; Paris, France; and Marrakesh, Morocco.  Find destinations by searching for relevant keywords.