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How Much Should Your Flight Cost? Consumers Misestimate The Cost of Airfare By Almost 50%

Published on February 23, 2015

Summary:

  • We surveyed over 7,000 US consumers to measure their expectations about the cost of airfare
  • A typical consumer misestimates round trip fares by more than $200 or almost 50% above or below the actual price reflecting broad uncertainty about how much to pay
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Flee The Cold For Less This Spring Break

Published on February 10, 2015
Flee The Cold For Less This Spring Break

Summary:

  • The good news: overall prices for spring break flights are down about 8% compared to 2014
  • The bad news: the airlines know you’re coming, and you’ll pay up to 40% more for the most popular travel dates and destinations
  • Follow our money-saving tips so you can splurge on ...
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How the Bunny Saves You Money

Published on January 28, 2015

Summary:

  • Nobody wants to find out their plane ticket cost twice as much as the person next to them.  Buying your ticket at the right time can save you upwards of 40%.
  • Why wait?
    • For two out of every three flight searches, the price will drop ...
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Seahawks to beat Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX according to flight demand

Published on January 15, 2015

Summary:

  • Based on relative demand from their home airports, Seahawks and Patriots fans are the most confident that their team will play in the Super Bowl, in line with oddsmakers
  • Since Seahawks fans (and indeed all NFC fans) are much more confident than Patriots ones (and ...
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How to Save Money Traveling To The Best Ski Resorts

Published on December 30, 2014

Summary:

  • The Colorado ski destinations, served by Denver, are your best bet to save money on airfare for your ski trip, with good prices from a typical US destination around $300 round trip.
  • Average round trip flight prices to Utah (SLC), Stowe, VT (BTV),  Taos (ABQ) or ...
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This Year in Flights – 2014

Published on December 15, 2014
This Year in Flights – 2014

Summary

  • Typical domestic consumer airfare rose 3% from $326 to $336 over the past year
  • Jet fuel prices, which make up about 30% of a typical airline’s operating costs, fell nearly 33% over the same period according to IATA figures
  • 2014 also saw ...
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Nearly 80 Fare Sales Occur Every Day in Popular Markets

Published on November 24, 2014

Summary

  • An average of nearly 80 significant fare sales occur every day in popular markets, but often last for only a few days or even hours
  • The most common day for airlines to launch fare sales is Tuesday, and the most popular time is between noon ...
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Get Ready For Big Crowds At The Airports This Thanksgiving

Published on November 19, 2014
Get Ready For Big Crowds At The Airports This Thanksgiving

Summary:

  • The usual suspects of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago top the list of busy airports this Thanksgiving
  • Las Vegas, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale will have the biggest influx of visitors over Thanksgiving
  • Boston, DC, and San Francisco have the largest exodus over the holidays
  • Check ...
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The Worst Airports for Winter Travel

Published on November 11, 2014

Summary

  • Avoid O’Hare in Chicago! 42% of flights are delayed at O’Hare during the winter
  • Chicago, Newark, Denver, and Fort Lauderdale have more than a third of flights delayed during winter months
  • Airports in warm areas like Florida can also be impacted by winter storm delays in other ...
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To What Extent Are Airlines Passing On Fuel Savings?

Published on November 5, 2014
To What Extent Are Airlines Passing On Fuel Savings?

Summary

  • Airfare tends to rise more and drop less than fuel prices, although there is a correlation between the two

  • Compared to October 2013, jet fuel prices are down 12%, while consumers are only seeing a 1% decrease in airfare

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