Giant 3-day airfare sale kicks off with $49 fares each way

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Southwest Airlines launched its bi-annual fare sale which has certain flights as low as $98 roundtrip. This sale only applies to travel between August 20 and December 18 and does not allow travel around major holidays. Traditionally, the lowest fares are mostly available on flights Monday through Wednesday. 

This sale usually begins a price war with all airlines, causing traveler’s wallets to be a little thinner than they normally would be after booking their trips. Don’t wait! Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, June 6. Book your fall trips now to save some money. For help navigating the sale, reach out to the friendly travel advisors at Executive Travel by calling 402-435-8888.

 

Airlines working hard to make your frequent flyer miles worth less – 

Recently Lufthansa Airlines (Germany) announced they were converting their Miles and More frequent flyer loyalty program from a tiered pricing model to dynamic pricing or selling award seats related to the retail market price. They are following Delta and United who announced previously that they were doing the same. Basically what this new change means is that your frequent flyer miles are rapidly becoming worth less and less. In essence, they are devaluing your miles so it takes a lot more miles to redeem for free tickets. Delta Air Lines was the first to launch dynamic pricing and the cost to redeem miles for free tickets has skyrocketed. The rule of thumb used to be that a frequent flyer mile was worth about 2 cents. With this new dynamic system, I think your miles are worth about 1 cent each. This is really a sad thing to happen to the airlines’ best customers.

 

World’s shortest flight on the world’s largest airplane is only 211 miles – 

Emirates Airlines recently announced they are launching their shortest flight using the jumbo double-decker Airbus A380 airplane. The new flight will fly from Dubai to Muscat, Oman which is only a 211-mile flight.  Starting July 1 the 500 plus passenger plane will have two daily flights. Even though the flight is only 211 miles by the time the plane pushes back from the gate it takes about one hour and 10 minutes from gate to gate. Having a flight this short makes no sense for local travelers as they could drive from Dubai to Oman in about 3 hours. That is a lot shorter than the time to drive to the airport and arrive 2 hours before flight time. My guess this is for people who are connecting in Dubai that want a premium first class and business class experience that only the A380 can give. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

TSA approves flying high with hemp product CBD –

Travelers who use Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, can now take them on their flights according to a recent ruling by TSA. Select forms of medical marijuana are also now permitted to be taken on flights. I guess this is what they call flying high.READ HERE for more

 

American Airlines is spreading its wings by adding 9 new seasonal flights to Europe this summer –

The world’s largest airline is adding a bunch of new flights beyond the bread and butter hubs of Europe. American is adding to its Philadelphia hub with nonstop service to Berlin, Germany, Bologna, Italy, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Edinburgh, Scotland. AA will also add service from Chicago to Athens, Greece. The Dallas hub for AA will add service to Munich, Germany and Dublin, Ireland. The Charlotte hub will add a flight to Munich while the PHX hub has added a flight to London. That’s a lot of new seasonal flights.  To find out more CLICK HERE.

 

More than three out of ten hotel rooms go empty each night – 

Recent figures show that the occupancy rate for hotels is about 67% this year. This means that 33% of all hotel rooms in the United States sit empty on average. Ever wonder why there are all these ads for hotel web sites everywhere? Basically, they are trying to fill the millions of empty rooms available every night. For the past ten years, we have seen a hotel building boom because of low-interest rates and also an increase in hotel demand that outpaced supply. This caused room prices to increase almost every year for the last ten years. Prices are starting to moderate this year and I hope we will see very low increases in 2020.

 

Attend our Israel and Jordan Travel Night tonight! – 

Please attend our free and informative Travel Night tonight at 6 PM at Cornhusker Bank, 8310 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Learn all about our exceptional journey to Israel and Jordan this September 11-22. CLICK HERE to RSVP. Call our friendly Group Department (402-435-8888) to receive a tour brochure or see the detailed program HERE. See you tonight!

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