Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tracking Air Fares: Elaborate Algorithms Predict Ticket Prices

Common wisdom is wrong ... and other insights from the founder of Farecast.

Check the article for more airfare travel tips.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Like I said, you can't fix stupid

Joe Brancatelli predicts that American Airline's new checked bag policy, will end up costing more money than it makes.

Guide to extra fees charged by airlines

Our featured travel search engine, Kayak, has just created a handy little airline fee table to help you figure out the true cost of your airline ticket. This is very important. Because the airlines have chosen to low ball the fare that you see on the list of fare results search, fully realizing that once you are committed to that purchase it, they can then add a whole "Heinz 57" list to fees and charges to the ticketed passengers. For example, an American Airline fare of $303.00 is not really $303.00 because of the $15.00 checked bag fee. And considering what has to be a rather unpleasant situation as fellow passengers vie for overhead luggage space because no one wanted to pay the extra $15.00 fee and delaying you flight because they had to hand check the baggage that won't fit. But more on the stupidity of the checked bag fee later.