The airlines that earn billions from booking fees and baggage charges

Costly baggage charges and overpriced in-flight food and drink helped the world’s biggest airlines rake in an extra $US26bn ($A34bn) last year, it has been revealed – with Qantas and Jetstar among the top earners from revenue other than airfares. According to an annual report by Idea Works, an aviation industry analyst, United collected the most in “ancillary” revenue (defined as everything not included in the airfare) in 2015: a whopping $US6.2bn, followed by American $US4.7bn and Delta $US3.8bn. Ryanair, despite recent efforts to upgrade its reputation for extra charges,…

Most Advanced Way to Find the Cheapest Airline Tickets

Searching for availability using the ITA Matrix (the publicly available airfare search site from ITA Software, owned by Google) the fare appeared to be available only for Saturday departures: However searching metasearch site Momondo I was coming up with the fare most days during the months it’s available (and for a bit less money). This seemed like an odd result, but The Flight Deal offered that it seemed to be an ITA glitch. ITA does a great job searching published inventory and constructing fares, but it isn’t perfect. They noted…

11 Insane Perks Of Being An Emirates Flight Attendant

Emirates Airlines is one of the most, if not the most, luxurious airliners in the world. The beautiful aircrafts provide cocktail bars, humongous seats, and the world’s only in-flight shower spa! It is extravagance at its finest, and definitely the way to fly long distances if you have to. This affluent airline also boasts the record for the most passengers on a regularly-scheduled passenger flight with its shiny new 615-seat A380 jet, the latest addition to its fancy fleet. So it makes sense that the best of the best should also be…

Air travel: the next big things for 2017

AIRCRAFT STRETCHING THEIR LEGS Bragging rights for the world’s longest scheduled commercial flight belong to Emirates with its daily A380 service between Christchurch and Dubai. Scheduled to begin on October 30, the new flight will shade the current record holder, Emirates’ 14,193 kilometre service between Auckland and Dubai. Flight time from Christchurch to Dubai, which is longer than the opposite leg, will be a mere 19 hours. In the never-ending poker game that goes on between airlines, on February 2, 2017, Qatar Airways will steal the record when it begins nonstop…

10 Ways to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Hearing about a recent IndependentTraveler.com staff discussion concerning the world’s longest flights made me remember my first true long-haul flight to Sydney, Australia, for the 2000 Summer Olympics. About six hours into the 15-hour flight, I was feeling strong and confident. I clearly remember thinking, “Six hours down, nine to go. No sweat, I got this.” Four long, boring hours later, it was a different story; you could have poured me into a bucket. “Five hours to go? I don’t got this.” But get there I did. Unfortunately, that meant…

After the Vietnam War, America Flew Planes Full of Babies Back to the U.S.

The image is common enough: A passenger plane with human cargo belted snugly into their seats. But look for another second and you’ll see that every passenger is a child, and each one has been bundled up inside an identical cardboard box. Most of them are babies, but some are older and their limbs spill over the edges of their makeshift bassinets. They appear marooned without any adults in the shot. The image is one of many taken during the chaotic end of the Vietnam War when the United States undertook…

The Mobile Passport App Lets You Bypass Airport Lines Completely Free

High on the list above crying babies and crappy airplane food, there’s one thing that we despise more than anything else while traveling: the many lines we encounter at the airport. High flyers are likely aware that by paying $100 to sign up for the Global Entry Program , there is a way to skip the normally lengthy line, however there’s now a way to get through the departures gate just as quickly, and get this — it’s completely free. For this genius innovation, you can thank a brilliant new application…

How much do people drink when traveling?

If it’s free drink it up. Otherwise, most fliers pass on the alcohol. That’s what travel website CheapFlights.com found in its latest study that centers on the drinking habits of stressed-out travelers walking through airports around the world. The website queried over 1,000 travelers about their drinking habits in various stages of walking through an airport or flying on an airplane. What they found is that the experience, good or bad, can definitely drive many to imbibe. For example, the study found that 39 percent of those polled admit that they will pop…

Flight attendants reveal 9 ‘behind the scenes’ secrets – which most passengers don’t know about

Flying has never been easier – but make sure you pay attention to these lot before you take your next flight Once upon a time, jetting off on an airplane used to be the preserve of the super-wealthy. Nowadays, thanks to relatively recent rise of budget airlines, increasingly competitive airfares and more flight paths, experiencing an overseas holiday has never been easier. As a result, many of us probably think we know exactly what to do at check-in , as well as what to expect at 35,000 feet. But as…

More than 70,000 American Airlines workers to debut new uniforms

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY – You’ll soon notice a new look for American Airlines employees. The frontline workers at the world’s biggest airline are switching to a long-anticipated new uniform, the first in nearly three decades. The switch will put more than 70,000 workers – all of the company’s pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and airline club workers – into new duds starting with their first shifts Tuesday morning. The uniforms will sport a “slate gray, cobalt and crisp white” color scheme, part of an effort by American to give its…