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Airline Credit Cards

April 18th, 2014

With all of the different types of credit card reward programs out there, how can you tell which ones are really worth participating in. Airline credit cards make up some of the more popular types of credit card reward programs where consumers can save money or earn points to be redeemed for goods or services.

Before deciding on a particular airline credit card program, it’s worth doing a little bit of research. Some reward programs and special credit cards have higher interest rates than typical credit cards.

For the most part airline credit cards are simply not for those who carry a balance on their credit card(s) from month to month. That said, these can be an excellent way to save money on airfare for those that travel frequently.

The British Airways Visa card is affiliated with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. This card offers a 15,000 bonus mile reward for the first purchase made with the Visa card. Though the interest rate son this particular airline credit card is somewhat lower than many of their competitors, rates have risen some in the last year. After the five month long introductory period Chase Bank USA charges a variable 16.74% APR for all unpaid card balances. This card also carries an annual fee of $75 and is not open to non-US citizens.

The Delta American Express SkyMiles card has an annual fee of $55, though the first year is free. The APR is 17.24% and users earn a 10,000 mile reward upon completion of their first purchase using the card. One drawback to this card is that American Express is not accepted I nearly as many common places as Visa or Mastercard. Users receive double miles rewards for all purchases from Delta.

Northwest Visa is one of the most popular airline credit cards, with different strata of membership. This card has both ‘signature’ and ‘platinum’ programs. With either program users receive 10,000 miles when they make their first purchase. The APR is 17.5%. The most unique thing about this card is that users can earn miles beyond $10,000 per month.

The Citi platinum Select American Airlines AAdvantage World Mastercard is a more recent program that teams the huge banking giant with one of North America’s biggest airlines. Users get 15,00 miles when they make their first purchase. The ‘Platinum Select’ has an APR of 17.5%.

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Airline Network: The UK’s Leading Independent Travel Company

March 15th, 2014

So you want to find an awesome deal on airline tickets? If you live in the UK, why not try out the services of Airline Network. Airline Network has become one of the most well known internet travel companies in the United Kingdom.

Network Airline’s home base is located in Preston, Lancashire and has more than six hundred employees. Airline Network was established in 1992 and is also known by the consumer brand of Gold Medal Travel. Airline Network is publicly traded under several brand names, including Get Packing.

Airline Network offers access to more than 135 of the world’s top airlines at discount prices. Their website has received awards for its ease of use and clean site structure, as well as their superb online security.

In addition to stellar internet customer service, Airline Network also offers complete phone customer service for everything from phone ticket booking to personal trip planning services.

Whether you need flight information and tickets for a short trip or require comprehensive multi-stop trip planning, the folks are Airline Network are pleased to provide everything that your next airline travel experience may require.

At the Airline Network website you can browse through the current best deals or use the flight search tool to see all the flights that meet your criteria. Right up there with Expedia, Airline Network has simply tons of flight deals, flight and accommodation, as well as flight, accommodations and car rental deals every day.

Not only does Airline Network offer some of the best deals on airline tickets and hotel stays, but they also offer pretty comprehensive detail of airport parking structures and airport layouts in general. This can certainly come in handy for making your way around an unfamiliar airport much easier.

Also, Airline Network offers a premium program that allows frequent users to receive even greater discounts on flights and other travel related services and merchandise. For more information visit their website at http://airline-network.co.uk .

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Airline Reservations

February 20th, 2014

There are all kinds of websites on the internet where you can find good deals on airline tickets, as well as make hotel, car rental and airline reservations. So which one is the best to use? The truth is that most of the huge online travel agencies, such as Expedia or Orbitz, are likely to have just about the same prices for airline reservations.

If you’re willing to dig a little deeper using an internet search engine, then you can find some lesser known airline reservations sites that will have somewhat better discounts on airline reservations. But, many people don’t have the time or patience to find out which of these travel agency websites have the best ticket prices.

There are also comparative airline reservations websites where you can see airline ticket prices from many different airlines and even other travel agencies. Adding search terms such as “compare prices” to your airline reservations search of the internet will help you find some of these comparison shopping sites.

If you’re really looking for a bargain and have some time before your next trip to bargain shop, you may wish to check out some of the travel oriented auction services, such as Priceline. Sometimes you can have very low bids accepted for hotel, car and airline tickets as well, and save several hundreds of dollars on your next leisure or business trip.

Another interesting and creative approach for those of you who have some time to plan and find good deals on airline tickets, is to use one of the trading websites, such as Craig’s List. At these types of websites you can place ads for things to be sold or wanted and others respond with their offers. This can also be really fun and rewarding, helping others to get what they’re looking for while finding just what you need simultaneously.

Either way you decide to go, of course the sooner you start looking for airline tickets, the better your chances are of finding reasonably priced tickets and accommodations. If you wait until the last minute there really aren’t too many options better than making airline reservations directly with the airline you will be using.

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American Airlines: An Overview

January 15th, 2014

In terms of fleet size and the total number of passengers transported, American Airlines is the largest airline in the world. In terms of total operating profits, American Airlines comes in second worldwide, right after Air France-KLM.

The headquarters of American Airlines is Fort Worth, Texas, and is located right next to DFW; the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. This airline carries out scheduled flights all around the United States, as well as to Latin America, Canada, Western Europe, the Caribbean, Western Europe, China, Japan and India.

American Airlines has five major hubs that include Dallas / Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, St. Louis, Miami and San Juan. At American’s home base of Dallas / Fort Worth, the airline operates about eighty-four percent of all flights at the DFW airport.

American Airlines is very strong in the transcontinental market. American Airlines serves 172 cities and works with a fleet of 709 aircraft, as of May 2006. More than any other airline, American flies more passengers between Latin America and the United States than any other airline.

In 1930 American Airlines was incorporated as a singular company that was originally made up of 82 small airlines. These original 82 airlines were acquired by American Airlines through reorganizations and acquisitions. Originally, the term ‘American Airways’ was utilized as a common branding by several independent air carriers.

In cooperation with IBM, American Airlines started the first electronic ticket booking system, called Sabre. Before this electronic ticket sales and management system was invented, American employed a manual system involving a round and rotating file. It would take anywhere from 90 minutes up to three hours to look up a flight, book tickets and make out the customer’s paper ticket. The manual file system worked fine until growth made the system obsolete.

In the 1980s American Airlines changed their system to what’s known as a hub-and-spoke system. The San Jose International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport were added to American Airlines collection of hub airports to accommodate north-south travel in the United States.

In 2005 American Airlines suffered losses from both the merger with TWA as well as the September 11 attacks. Then in July of 2005 the company reported the first quarterly profit in seventeen quarters. The company continues to do well and showed the best recovery after the 9/11 incidents.

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Early Airline Development in the United States

December 18th, 2013

Airlines are companies that provide air transport services for freight, passengers or chartered flights. Airlines own or lease the aircraft that are used to carry out one or more of the aforementioned services. An airline may also form an alliance or partnership with another airline or airlines to benefit mutually.

The demand and pricing for air travel services depends on a number of factors, including leisure passenger needs, business passenger needs, demand for business cargo shipments and all of these are of course influenced by overall economic activity of a given area or region.

Overall, the demand for air travel services has risen rather consistently. While annual growth rates during the 80s and 90s ranged between 5-6%, this was a drastic 15% in earlier days of aviation during the 1950s and 1960s.

Growth rates are certainly not consistent across the board and differ from area to area. In areas where deregulation provided greater pricing independence and so competition, the results were lower fares and sometimes very dramatic spikes in overall growth.

After World War I the U.S. was inundated with aviators. Many of these aviators opted to use their war surplus planes to perform various barnstorming programs for passengers and spectators.

In 1918 the United States Postal Service began to use airplanes to experiment with air mail service. They used aircraft gotten from the United States Army. After the Army flew many air mail missions, the Post Office decided to start their own air mail network, as the Army proved to be unreliable.

Though the 1920s brought passenger airlines, many of these companies still dealt primarily with transporting mail. Then in the year 1925, Ford bought the Stout Aircraft Company as well as started construction on an all-metal aircraft that became the first American passenger airliner.

Pan American World Airways was the first American airline to go international, and was the only U.S. airline to do so before the 1940s. Even during the depression the American airline industry was profitable for most airlines and continued to be so until the start of World War II, when the U.S. saw much better airline profits than war-torn Europe. Around this time the airline industry really took off with advances in technology as well as manufacturing of aircraft.

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Delta Airlines: A Major U.S. Airline

June 18th, 2013

In December 2006 Delta Airlines will begin making non-stop flights to Accra, Ghana and  Dakar, Senegal, from which point direct flights will continue on to Johannesburg, South Africa. This will make Delta Air Lines the only major United States airline to offer flight services to that continent.

Delta Airlines has been a pioneer in the commercial aviation industry since its inception in 1924 when it became the world’s very first crop dusting company. In the following year the company moved to Monroe, Louisiana where it was purchased by C.E. Woolman and gained the title Delta Air Services.

Named after the Mississippi Delta, this early incarnation of Delta Airlines had its major routes connecting Jackson, Mississippi to Dallas, Texas, Monroe and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Around the same time Delta Air started carrying mail back and forth between Fort Worth and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Atlanta, Georgia and various other cities in Georgia.

In the year 1941 Delta changed headquarter location to Atlanta, Georgia. This move marks the beginning of a major growth spurt in both national commercial aviation as well as substantial company growth as Delta connected to other major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago and New Orleans and a little later, cities in Ohio and Florida.

In the 19070s Delta bought Northeast Airlines and then Western Airlines of Los Angeles in 1987. This latter move encapsulated the massive hub cities of Los Angeles and Slat Lake City, making Delta the fourth largest American air carrier and the world’s fifth largest carrier.

Delta was a partner in the formation of Orbitz, the online travel website and even carried the Olympic Torch to Los Angeles for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and remained lit from Athens, Greece to Los Angeles.

Though Delta Air Lines continued to grow and expand through codesharing plans with other major airlines, thus increasing their destination points, the juggernaut finally declared it would seek bankruptcy permission from the courts to terminate the pilot pension plan in an attempt to successfully restructure the company. According to projected profitability, Delta Airlines show a returning profitability by the end of 2007.

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My Search For Cheap Airline Tickets

May 31st, 2013

My search for cheap airline tickets began like most other internet searching adventures. I was full of hope and excitement, ready to embark on a several hours long excursion, if need be, to find out once and for all who had the best and cheapest airline tickets.

With the cost of fuel continuing to rise, all travel is affected. Most of the major United States airlines are still struggling to recover from lacking sales after the September 11th tragedies several years back and, naturally, these increased costs of operation are passed on to us, the consumer.

My first intuition was that the largest travel agency websites would be my best bet, as the volume of sales seemed to mean I’d have the best chance of finding the lowest ticket prices. While I did find some small discounts on nearly all flights I looked up, it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for and decided to keep looking.

After a few more hours went by and I’d searched for flights at seemingly dozens of travel websites, it seems all I’d discovered was just how much work a person could put into saving only a few bucks on their next airline tickets purchase.

That’s when I decided to try something completely different. I went to the local section of Craig’s List for my area of the world. I browsed around for a while to determine which category would be best to post in, as well as to read some of the other travel related ads.

I saw a couple of ads where people wanted to rent out their homes for short periods of time –one person had a three bedroom house to rent for two weeks and another a hi-rise apartment for one month. Didn’t I have a nice home that I would not be using for the month I’d be away?

So I made an ad, offering rental of my Vancouver home for the month I was away. I received many inquiries and was able to choose someone that belonged to the same activism group as I. Everything worked out very well. I was able to offset the cost of my trip by more than $1200 and helped someone else have a nice and reasonably priced place to stay too. I recommend this type of online trading to anyone looking to benefit and help others too.

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How To Find Cheap Airline Tickets

April 18th, 2013

Okay, so if you’re even pondering the concept of using the net to search for cheap airline tickets you’ve heard of Orbitz, or perhaps Travelocity, Expedia or Priceline. Before you go running off to the online travel agency with the most expansive commercial campaigns, take a moment to see what the second tier of online travel agencies have to offer.

I was trying to plan a trip to Seattle, Washington and thought I would simply swing by Orbitz and find the cheapest airline tickets possible. I mean the prices must be nearly the same at all the big online travel agency sites, right?

I searched throw possible flights and connections, then did the same at a few other of the hugest airline ticket websites on the net. And yes, the prices were nearly identical. Though the extra fees and some other minor flight details were different, the prices and itinerary were pretty much the same.

I was less than impressed with the results of these so-called bargain airline tickets sites. I mean I’m used to being able to find the best bargains on the web and sincerely thought I would have turned up a better airline ticket deal in the two or three hours I spent pouring over the biggies like Expedia. The thing that irked me is that the prices weren’t that much lower than buying them directly from the airlines no matter how far in advance I tried to book flight.

Finally, after adding copious amounts of secondary search terms to my Google search, I found a handful of travel websites that had lower prices. I quickly determined that there existed a somewhat lesser known circle of travel websites that offered the same range of somewhat lower airline ticket prices than all the big sites.

I ended up saving a couple hundred bucks on two tickets between Houston and Seattle, roundtrip. Though this is only a fraction of what the whole trip cost, it was worth it to me. I’ll always go with one of the lesser known cheap airline tickets websites. Just keep adding search terms to your search until you quit seeing the same top travel websites in the results and before you know it you’ll find the extra cheap airline tickets you’re looking for.

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The History Of Northwest Airlines

February 20th, 2013

In 1926 Northwest Airlines was established by Colonel Lewis Brittin. The company was then known as Northwest Airways. The earliest services provided by Northwest Airways, like most of the early incarnations of the major airlines, included primarily air mail carrier service.

Northwest airline founded a mail route that stretched between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. The air mail was carried in biplanes like the Curtiss Oriole. These were open cockpit biplanes manufactured by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.

It wasn’t until 1927 that Northwest Airlines began to fly passengers. The next year, Northwest began its first international service route to Winnipeg, Canada. By the end of the same decade, Northwest Airlines was serving many smaller cities in that region of Canada and the United States.

In 1931 a landmark flight made by Anne and Charles Lindbergh was sponsored by Northwest Airlines. This pioneering flight to Japan proved that flying a route through Alaska saved up to 2,000 miles for a trip from Tokyo to or from New York City. This route became known as the Northwest Airlines Great Circle Route.

During World War II Northwest adopted its telltale red tail that remains the trademark of its fleet to this day. Originally the red on the tail section of Northwest’s planes was used as a visual aid to help spot the planes in bad weather conditions. During this era Northwest flew frequent flights to and from Alaska, carrying military personnel and equipment.

In 1947 Northwest Airlines became the first commercial passenger carrier with flight services from the United States to Japan, through Anchorage, Alaska. When such new Asian routes were added, this branch of the company named itself Northwest Orient Airlines.

During the 1990s Northwest Airlines began non-stop flights to many Asian cities and also began flying to China again, though it had flown there until 1950. Also, Northwest worked at strengthening its presence in the Southern United States and began other international routes to such destinations as Ireland, Britain, Scandinavia and Germany.

Following the United States tragedy of September 11, Northwest Airlines, like many national air carriers declared bankruptcy and has yet to announce when they are likely to pull out and show substantial profits.

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United Airlines: Dot-Com Boom To Bankruptcy To Reorganization

January 10th, 2013

Significantly boosting traffic to the San Francisco hub, United benefited hugely from the boom era of the dot-com world. When United failed to keep operational costs of their online transactions under control, and the entire dot-com industry’s bottom fell out, United Airlines struggled to remain afloat.

United Airlines lost approximately $2.14 billion on online revenues and then applied for a loan of $1.5 billion from the federal Air Transportation Stabilization Board. This government board had been established in the aftermath of the September 11 events in an attempt to help the nation’s airlines recover from lacking demand and revenues.

Though much blame is placed on September 11, United Airline’s decision to declare chapter 11 bankruptcy included many other factors that had been in place for long before September 11 and United’s money problems. Labor disputes, the rising cost of so-called low-cost carriers and problems in the management structure of the company all contributed to the financial situation of United Airlines.

After declaring bankruptcy, United continued to operate as well as to invest in new programs. In 2003 they launched a new carrier service that was intended to compete with low-cost carriers in the national coast-to-coast market including both business and high end leisure travelers.

In order to counter the rising fuel costs in 2004 and 2005, United introduced many fare increases as well as cut overall operations by fourteen percent in an attempt to reorganize and rehabilitate the airline.

Along with rate hikes United Airlines also cut many aspects of employee’s wages and benefits. The most controversial was in 2005 when United decided to cancel their pension plan. This huge blow to their employees is the largest default of its kind in United States corporate history.

Throughout 2005 and in the beginning of 2006 United kept extending terms of its bankruptcy and plans to emerge as a smaller but better run airline. Other major airlines are struggling to complete with their lower airfare. Only time will tell how successful United is at full reorganization over the coming months and years.

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