With summer travel just around the corner, now is the time many families and individuals are looking for ways to save money on air travel.
Here’s AAA’s best tips:
Book early: Air carriers want to fill every seat on the plane. They base their rates on supply and demand. Prices will be higher on flights with few available seats. Conversely, when empty seats are in high supply, the prices are adjusted to entice travelers to book.
As many prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging international travelers to do their research to make their trip a healthy one.
European travel demand remains strong, especially to Rome and London; Orlando retains the top spot for domestic travel.
SPECIAL– AAA summer travel bookings show that Rome and London are at the top of many international travelers’ itineraries this summer as Europe continues to show great allure. Americans are also flocking to warm-weather destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, and increasingly traveling to Canada to take advantage of favorable exchange rates.
The top international summer destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings for travel June 1 through August 15, are:
• Rome, Italy (4)
• London, England (3)
• Cancun, Mexico (1)
• Vancouver, Canada (8)
• Paris, France (7)
• Dublin, Ireland (6)
• Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2)
• Montego Bay, Jamaica (5)
• Calgary, Canada
• Amsterdam, Netherlands
(The number in parentheses indicates last summer’s ranking.)
DALLAS (AP) – Airlines now get one-fourth of their revenue from sources other than fares – mostly fees – and one of the biggest is a charge of up to $200 to change or cancel a ticket.
The fee galls consumers who find themselves with an unexpected need to change their travel plans. In some cases, the fee is more than the price they paid for the ticket.
When all the receipts are counted, it is likely that consumers paid the airlines more than $3 billion in fees to cancel or change a flight in 2015. That is triple what they paid in change fees in 2007.
Avoiding these hefty fees will take a bit of planning before you book your flight. Once you pay for the ticket, you’re at the mercy of the airline. Experts have some tips: