Holiday Travel: What to Know Before Booking Flights This Year

“We expect significant movement in November and December capacity to be adjusted lower in the coming weeks,” Helane Becker, an aviation analyst at Cowen investment bank, wrote in a memo on Tuesday. Carriers like United, JetBlue, Alaska, and Delta are taking “a more aggressive approach by reducing capacity early to limit cash burn,” Becker said.

But some airlines, including Southwest, American, and Spirit, are making such adjustments closer to the day of travel, Becker says. Southwest, for instance, has been combining flights and adding layovers to numerous routes during the holiday season.

“We recently adjusted our flight schedule for November and December to reflect the demand we’re seeing for travel, a process we’ve been continually undertaking throughout this year,” a Southwest spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We’ve worked hard to keep service in all of our cities and to provide flights that are in highest demand. We realize that

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Cheap flights abound due to COVID-19

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Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines have all joined United Airlines in ditching change fees for flights within the U.S.

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Anyone who has checked the prices of flights online lately may be shocked at what they are seeing. 

Here are some sample Halloween weekend getaways from Google Flights, as seen on the site Monday, for flights leaving Thursday, Oct. 28, and returning Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Los Angeles to Chicago: $125 round trip on United Airlines
  • Minneapolis to Orlando, Florida: $147 round trip on Sun Country Airlines
  • Cleveland to Miami: $150 round trip on American Airlines
  • Seattle to Denver: $107 round trip on Delta Air Lines

It’s not just those dates or that platform. Choose any.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some airfares appear so low that they look like the airlines might have posted them by mistake. Yet the screaming bargains can also be viewed

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Airlines Offering ‘Flights to Nowhere’ Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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How are people who love travel coping during a pandemic that has left a lot of us stuck at home, a lot of borders closed. Right? Well, they are coping not well. Some airlines in Asia are trying to offer a solution – flights to nowhere. Seriously, these flights start and end at the exact same airport. A skeptical Michael Sullivan investigated.

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MICHAEL SULLIVAN, BYLINE: It’s late afternoon, and I’m standing in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport waiting to board my flight home to Chiang Rai. It’s about an hour north. The airport is about half full. The Thai government still isn’t allowing foreign flights in due to COVID, but people here can get where they need to go in Thailand as long as they wear masks. And if the weather’s good,

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Air New Zealand offers 140,000 flights for under $60

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The fares are available for travel in the second half of November through to the first half of February 2021. Photo / file

Air New Zealand is selling more than 140,000 domestic fares for under $60 in the hope Kiwis will travel domestically during the summer.

The $60 fares are for one-way travel between the second half of November through to the first half of February next year.

Whether Kiwis are looking to check out a place they’re yet to explore in New Zealand or planning a catch up with friends and family, this is their chance to fly at a fantastic price,” Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said.

“The school holidays brought a big boost to domestic tourism and we hope these fares will encourage New Zealanders to keep travelling and take advantage of

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International Flights: Air India Announces Additional Flights to Canada From Oct 25, Booking Begins



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International Flights: Amid the rising demands for international flights, National carrier Air India has announced that it will operate additional flights between India and Canada from October 25 to 27 March 2021. Bookings for the flights have started. Flyers can book their tickets on the airline’s official website, booking offices, call centres or travel agents. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been allowed since July under the bilateral air bubble pacts formed by India with around 16 countries, including Canada.

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International Flights: Air India Announces Flights to Nairobi Under Vande Bharat Mission on These Dates



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International Flights: National carrier Air India has announced international flights to/from India and Nairobi (Capital of Kenya) on October 14 and 15 under sixth phase of Vande Bharat Mission. All those who want to book their flights are requested to visit the official website of Air India at airindia.in. It must be noted that scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, India has established Air Bubble arrangements with many countries including Kenya, Bhutan, US, the UK, Canada, the UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, Maldives, Japan, Iraq, Germany etc. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international passenger flights can be operated by their airlines into each other’s territories under restrictive conditions.
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Flights To Europe Now Start From $79 One Way, But Should You Book?

At the start of the pandemic, flight prices soared as people tried to return home from trips abroad before borders were closed. Now that travel restrictions have eased in many places, incredible bargains are appearing as airlines desperately scrabble to get their hands on cash funds.

Airlines are in a dire situation between border closures, travel requirements such as PCR COVID tests, and people’s fearfulness of traveling. Most are fighting a losing battle to stay solvent. German airline Lufthansa recently announced that it had processed requests for $3.6 billion (€3.2 billion) of refunds. Obviously, with that cash flow level out of the business and empty flights, companies are desperate to get cash back by stimulating bookings. If you lower the price enough, many people will book on speculation for next year.

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Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays

In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans — and yet to buy airline tickets — may not be forced to pay for their delay.

The usual rise in holiday airfare prices may look more like a bunny hill than a black-diamond peak this year.

“Airlines are not being as punitive with fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s. Fares are higher, depending on days you fly on, but not as egregious as it has been in years past,” said Kyle Potter, executive editor at Thrifty Traveler.

In addition to the generally lower fares for the upcoming holidays, airlines might not hike prices as high as is typical for those who make flight arrangements late.

Potter said that for years, airlines have penalized customers who book three to

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Southwest Airlines Announces $49 Flights To, From Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, CA — Southwest Airlines Co. on Thursday announced deals on flights in and out of Palm Springs after announcing last month it would begin offering service in the desert.

According to the company, ticket prices will drop as low as $49 on nonstop flights in and out of Palm Springs International Airport starting Nov. 15:

  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Palm Springs and Oakland (twice daily in each direction)

  • As low as $49 one-way nonstop between Palm Springs and Phoenix (three times daily in each direction)

  • As low as $79 one-way nonstop between Palm Springs and Denver (once daily in each direction)

“For years our residents and visitors have expressed how much they desire Southwest Airlines at Palm Springs International Airport and their imminent arrival will greatly enhance Palm Springs as a major tourism destination,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “We thank Southwest for investing

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Virgin Australia Is Slinging $129 Flights To Hamilton Island From Brisbane

Virgin Australia has just dropped some simply massive bargains, including a deal for the lucky chooks up in Brissy to travel straight to Hamilton Island for an absolute steal.

Planning a holiday at the end of the year is always a glorious time, but thanks to Miss Rona it doesn’t look like many of us will be ditching our home turfs this year when summer hits. We all truly deserve a big ass break when this hellscape of a year finally carks it, so thankfully there are still flights going around.

Virgin Australia has just revealed an exclusive app fare, where customers can now acquire some cheapo flights to their favourite leisure destination in Australia, as well as a Hamilton Island sale fare.

Essentially anyone can hop onto the app to make the most of this brand new sale, and instantly get a sweet 20% off towards a selection of

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