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  • March 4, 2013
    Be ready to pay more if you’re a frequent flyer

    October last year saw the definition of the new standard where the airlines will be allowed to ask customers searching for airfares for their names, frequent flier numbers, contact details and other information before showing the prices. This is applicable to searches through travel agent or websites. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) calls it […]


  • January 17, 2012
    News and updates on airports and airlines

    Here are some news and updates on various airlines and airports that we didn’t post last week: El Al websites hit by hackers Hackers disrupted online access to El Al Airlines, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and three banks on Monday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel. El Al flights operated […]


  • October 20, 2011
    SilverRail introduces multi-country cross-operator rail ticketing in Europe and North America

    SilverRail Technologies has announced that its rail search and ticketing platform SilverCore integrates multiple rail connections from around the world into a single booking system. This platform removes the complexity of selling rail by allowing customers to search and buy tickets for multi-country journeys with two or more train operators in a single booking. It […]


  • October 4, 2011
    Travel highlights around the world

    Some of the travel news from all over the world. Travelzoo launches iPhone app for UK and Europe Travel deals website Travelzoo has launched its first iPhone app in the UK and Europe, allowing subscribers to access travel deals while on the go. The app also uses GPS to locate the closest deals to the […]


  • September 30, 2011
    Bing introduces maps for U.S. airports

    Bing announced today the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time. The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop. With this, you can see inside airports in order to locate terminals, check-in counters, restrooms, shops, restaurants, baggage claim […]


  • September 28, 2011
    Lonely Planet puts ten city guides on sale for World Tourism Day, until Friday

    In celebration of World Tourism Day, Lonely Planet is giving away ten bestselling City Travel Guide apps for iPhone and iPod for US$1.99 (normally US$5.99). (Sale prices in other regions: AU$1.99, UK £1.49, EU 1,59 €). The sale lasts for three days, so be sure to grab these by Friday. Sound good? Download your the […]


  • September 26, 2011
    TSA’s ‘Known Traveler’ program to kick off in four U.S. airports

    A few lucky frequent flyers will start whizzing through airport checkpoints next week under a pilot program that federal security officials hope will lead to shorter lines for most airline passengers while allowing screeners to focus on real, intelligence-based threats to aviation. In a move announced earlier this summer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will […]


  • September 14, 2011
    Australian passport to get three gender options

    Australian passports will now have three gender options – male, female and indeterminate – under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender people, the government said Thursday. Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will now be able to list their gender on passports with an ‘X’ if their choice is supported by a doctor’s […]


  • September 8, 2011
    Increase in Kenya’s park fees

    Visitors to Kenya’s national parks now pay US$80 per person, per day to enter into the prime national parks across the country, up from the discontinued low and shoulder season tariffs of US$60. “Our recovery is still ongoing; there are many factors out there which can set us back this year. We are ahead in […]


  • September 8, 2011
    TSA will soon stop making you remove shoes

    Most of us travelers have seen it over and again that it’s only at U.S. airports that one is asked to remove shoes when going through airport security. European and Asian airports allow passengers to keep ’em on. Now, at some unspecified point in the future, passengers will be able to go through airport security […]


  • August 31, 2011
    South Africa revises Yellow Fever policy

    The Department of Health has informed South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) of the following amendments in its Yellow Fever policy: The Republic of South Africa (RSA) has reviewed its yellow fever vaccination requirements policy, which will be effective from October 1, 2011. As of October 1, 2011, all travelers from Zambia will be […]


  • August 24, 2011
    New rules protecting passengers went into effect (U.S. only)

    August 23, 2011 saw the implementation of some new airline regulations meant to address hidden ticket fees, long waits on the tarmac, and compensation of bumped passengers. Here is a breakdown of the final rules that the U.S. Department of Transportation will begin enforcing this week, as outlined by USA Today: If a U.S. or […]


  • August 15, 2011
    Strategic Airlines to start services between Honolulu and Melbourne, Brisbane

    New Australian carrier, Strategic Airlines, is taking reservations for flights between Melbourne-Honolulu and Brisbane-Honolulu starting from US$499 one way. Services will commence December 14. Flights will operate up to 3 times a week on each new route. It will use Airbus A330 aircraft with a seat configuration of 30 business class and 244 economy class […]


  • August 12, 2011
    Indian state of Karnataka will host hot-air balloon festival in December

    Indian state of Karnataka will be hosting a Hot-air Ballooning Festival from December 29, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Providing details of the Festival, K Viswanatha Reddy, Director – Tourism, Karnataka said, “The Festival will be organised in three different regions: Mysore, Hampi and Bidar. About 30 hot-air balloon enthusiasts from India and abroad will […]


  • July 26, 2011
    Ryan Air to hike airfare by 12%

    Travelers in Europe will have to pay more for their airline tickets as Ryanair is expected to increase fares by 12 percent. In addition to the rise in Air Passenger Duty starting November, this message of rise in Ryanair fare comes from Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive. In late March this year, Ryanair had […]


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