10 Ways To Save Money On Flight Tickets

1. Have patience. It does take effort to get a good price on flights. Now, don’t let that deter you, because saving $100+ on flights can mean having more money to spend on sight-seeing, hotel, dining out, tours, etc. This means that if you want to travel in Spring, you should start checking prices in the late Fall or Winter. Sometimes there are last minute deals, but more often than not, you will find the best deals at least 21 days before your departure date.

First thing in the morning (around 9:00am, and in the evening, after 6:00pm) I like to browse travel websites to see if there are any deals being offered that day. I also like to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel websites and airlines will remember your search and this might cause prices to actually increase.

My favourite website is Skyscanner. One of the great features about this website is that you can check to see what the best price for the day is for travel worldwide from the airport of your preference. For example, I live in Toronto, so I will enter flights from Toronto (YYZ) to Everywhere. This is a great feature because it will tell me where on that day, which date, month, etc. is cheapest for me to fly anywhere in the world. [I used this site recently to help me get tickets for my trip to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines were charging $1,000-$1,500+ for flights to Seoul, but Delta was having a promotion and I was able to get round trip flights for only $850 CAD / $770 USD with the exchange rate.]

Another great feature on Skyscanner, is that you can put in your destination and dates of travel and sign up for “Price Alerts” so they will email you if the price goes up or down for your specified dates of travel. [My sister just used this feature to help her get a flight to Edmonton, Alberta for travel in May. Prices for one-way tickets were around $300-$400 and she was able to get it for $269 CAD.]

Another website I like to use is Expedia. Everyday they will shows travel deals available to the top domestic and international tourist destinations. They will also include deals packages for “Flight + Hotel”. This helps me get a feel for what the average cost is for example, a 4 night trip to Las Vegas. Let’s say the price for flight and hotel to Vegas for 4 nights on the Strip is $500-$600 per person from Toronto, I like to try and keep an eye out for deals that are equal to or below this price – that’s how I know I am saving money and getting the best price.

One thing about Expedia however is that the price advertised is not always available. If I am looking on their flight deals for last minute getaways, I might see round trip tickets to Miami for $250 CAD (departing from Toronto), but once I click on the deal, it may say the price has increased to $350 CAD instead. This isn’t always the case, but it does happen sometimes which is something to keep in mind.

Other websites that I like to use are: Kayak, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog.

2. Check the airline’s direct website. While these third party travel websites can be great, sometimes the best unadvertised deals are found directly through the airline’s website. I recommend signing up for email promotions offered through your preferred airline. For example, since I live in Canada, I am signed up for Air Canada’s travel promotions. This let’s me see special offers available as soon as they go live on the Air Canada website.

I really wanted to do a weekend trip to NYC with my sister this past February to celebrate her 21st birthday. In addition to checking third party websites, I would also play around with dates by entering the travel in Air Canada. They did not advertise this deal, but I was able to find direct round trip flights from YYZ to LGA for $199 CAD. This was a great deal that I was so happy to find through Air Canada. Sometimes the Airline’s website will offer promotion codes as well, so it is worthwhile to take a look.

3. Check departures/ arrivals from alternative airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes a lot of major cities have more than one airport or have another airport within close proximity to them in another city. For Toronto residents, we have Pearson Airport that offers domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport that offers select flights within Canada and the USA. There is also the option of driving across the border and flying out of Buffalo Airport too. It is almost always cheaper to fly out of Buffalo airport than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But the downside is most, (if not all flights) are not direct and you will have to pay for parking since most people leave their car at the airport while travelling. Flying out of Buffalo is always a last resort for me, because it is a 90 minute drive from Toronto (you have to consider gas charges) and depending on how long your trip is, parking costs may bring that discounted flight up to or around the same cost as the flight would have been if it had departed from YYZ or YTZ. However, sometimes there are significant savings to be had when flying out of Buffalo, which will definitely make it worth your while. [When I handled the company corporate travel at my previous job, last minute trips happened often and if a group of 2 or more needed to travel to the USA, flying out of Buffalo saved the company upwards of $300-$600 + per flight ticket.]

This can also be said of not just the departure airport that you choose, but also the arrival airport. For example, when flying to NYC, there are essentially three airports that you can choose to arrive in: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes you can get a better price when arriving at one airport over the other. One thing to keep in mind however is the travel from the airport to your hotel. If you are taking public transit, you can get to Manhattan from LGA for as little as $2.50 when taking the bus and subway train. However it is a bit more pricey when getting to Manhattan from EWR because you have to take New Jersey transit, then switch onto the Manhattan transit system. If you are taking a taxi, prices to get from each airport into Manhattan can vary. This is an important point to keep in mind and I recommend you conduct your own research before traveling.

4. Follow airlines and third party travel websites on Twitter (social media) and sign up for their mailing list. One of the great features about social media is that airlines can use this to advertise special travel promotions through certain social media outlets. Sometimes an airline will offer a special promotion code through their Twitter or Facebook page that isn’t advertised on other websites. West Jet offers Blue Tag Thursdays, which is a special promotion that is offered only Thursday afternoons (unless they have another special running during this time). You can find this on their website, or watch for it advertised on their Twitter or Facebook page. When signing up to third party or airline website’s mailing lists, they will sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers that give you secret access to their sale.

5. Don’t be afraid to book your flight and hotel separately. Sometimes you can get a great deal on sites like Expedia when you bundle your vacation and book flights and hotel at the same time, but this is not always the case. If you see an exceptional deal on a flight, book it now, don’t wait! You may be able to find a better price on the hotel later. I also recommend that if you do in fact see a great deal on a flight, please book it now, rather than wait until later that same day. Let’s say you see a great deal on a flight to San Francisco in the morning, but wait until you get home from work to purchase the tickets, this may not work to your advantage.

I will give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco and was looking for flights to go back and visit (this was back in October 2012), but they were around $600 and I wanted to wait for a better price. A few weeks later, Delta had a sale and was offering flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $437 CAD. This was an unbelievable price, considering all I was seeing was $600+ in the previous weeks, so I didn’t wait around and purchased the tickets immediately. I checked later that afternoon to see if the deal was still live and the price had shot back up to $600. I highly recommend booking when you see a price you feel is a great deal, because it may disappear sooner than you think.

Sometimes if you are booking multi-city flights, it may be more cost effective to book them separately than go with the same airline. For example, last summer (June 2013) I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally from Los Angeles back home to Toronto. I spent about a month and a half checking prices daily to get the best deal. I was eventually able to get a sale through Air Canada for the flights from Toronto to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles back to Toronto. I waited on booking the USA domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Air Canada obviously didn’t offer this and prices were around $100 USD for this one-way flight at the time. About a week later, I was on Southwest.com and I saw they had a “Getaway” deal for $49 USD for the flight I needed from LAS to LAX. This was a great deal, so of course I booked right away. My entire multi-city airfare ended up costing $515 altogether. [YYZ to LAS and LAX to YYZ cost me $466 CAD and the Southwest flight from LAS to LAX cost $49 USD].

6. Know what time of year and which days are cheapest for flying. Travelling on Tuesday and Wednesday are generally cheaper than any other day of the week. (Generally, searching mid-week for flights produces the best deals too). From experience, I also find that Thursday and Saturday can offer the best price sometimes as well. Of course doesn’t happen all the time and you will have to experiment with dates, which is why Skyscanner is great for deciphering which day is cheapest to depart and return. Days that tend to be most expensive are Monday, Friday and sometimes Sunday. Airlines know that most business trips take place Monday – Friday, which is why it tends to be more expensive to depart Monday and return on Friday. However, business travelers have started to fly out on Sunday instead of Monday in hopes to get a more affordable fare, but this doesn’t always work. Getting the cheapest departure date of the week of course is dependent on the flexibility of your travel dates.

The time of year also helps. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off-season and shoulder seasons (late fall, winter and early spring). Last year (2013) my parents traveled to Paris in April with direct round trip flights with Air Transat from Toronto for $671 CAD each. This isn’t the best price I have seen, but it was definitely the best deal at the time for non-stop round trip flights. Traveling during the off or shoulder season isn’t always negative. Sometimes due to poor weather, you will not want to travel during the off-season, but generally the off-season is less crowded and offers better prices.

I find that right now (early Spring) it is a bit more expensive to fly to Las Vegas (around $400-$500 CAD) because most people like to go there during the Spring time before the weather gets too hot in the Summer months. [I am comparing this to flight deals I saw this past winter for around $350 CAD.] It’s always wise to check out what events are happening during the dates you want to travel to a particular destination. Sometimes a holiday or big conference meeting could jack up the fares. I always suggest scoping out the average price for flights to your preferred destination, then keeping an eye on how the price fluctuates.

7. Save money on your baggage. Most airlines now charge you $25 each way to check your luggage. And they will charge you extra if your luggage goes over the airline weight limit. You can avoid this by packing light and making sure that your luggage does not go over the limit (check the airline to confirm the weight limit and for prices on checked luggage). Also, if you are going on a short trip, consider sharing one checked luggage bag with your travel partner(s). This can save you $50 on travel costs, since it costs $25 each way to check your luggage.

If you are going on an even shorter trip (weekend trip), consider only bringing carry on luggage and forget about the checked bag. Most airlines will let you bring a small amount of liquids on board the plane. If you are just going for a quick weekend trip, you might be able to get away with just a carry on bag. I did this for my trip last month to NYC. I went to my local dollar store and bought a small travel pouch of clear plastic containers. This allowed me to bring shampoo, conditioner, face wash, night/ day cream, foundation, etc. It also included sticker labels so I knew what everything was. I do realize that this is not practical for everyone, but for a 2 night trip, I would much rather spend $1 for the travel pouch at Dollarama then $50 for a checked bag. It also saves me the hassle of waiting to retrieve my checked bag at Baggage Claim.

8. Shop around for travel / health insurance. I always recommend getting travel or (extra) health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you are not getting the best price when you select the insurance package offered through the airline when you book your flights. Usually your work insurance will offer some type of travel or health coverage when traveling. Talk to HR about this if you are unsure. You can also buy insurance through your bank – that’s where I tend to find the best prices. This will also be cost efficient in the long run in you plan and traveling multiple times during the year. [Rather than pay for insurance each time you book a flight, you can get covered through your bank or alternative place for the year for a set fee.] If you are over 40 years old (or have a history of health issues), I recommend purchasing extra health coverage (even you already are covered through work). Unfortunately we can never predict what might happen while traveling, and if, heaven forbid, anything did happen, you will be happy that you purchased the extra health insurance. This is something that is unique to each person, so I cannot tell you what the best option is, that is something that you need to discuss with HR, your bank and family in order to see what the best choice is for you.

9. Avoid paying for seat selection (if you can). Some airlines ask for an extra fee to make advance seat selection, sometimes it is included in the price – if that’s the case then great, but if you have to pay $20 or so to make an advance seat selection, I would pass. You can usually check in early (24 hours before flight departure) and make the seat selection for free. You may be able to get the seats that you wanted, or you may not. It’s a hit or miss. If you don’t have a preference on where you sit, or willing to take the risk, then avoid paying the additional fee for advance seat selection.

10. Take advantage of travel reward programs. There is so much competition between airlines and credit cards today, so sign up for their travel reward programs. Talk to your bank and see what travel reward credit card works best for your needs. A lot of them allow you to collect points on your everyday spending so you can redeem them for free flights. Some of these credit cards do have stipulations, such as you can only book the flights through your bank, or there are black out dates for travel. However, due to the vast amount of travel reward credit cards being offered today, they are getting better and you can find one that does not contain any of these stipulations. That means you can use your points to redeem flights anytime, anywhere. Sometimes these cards do come with a slight annual membership fee, but the rewards alone are worth it.

The same goes for airline frequent flyer programs. The more you fly with one airline, the more frequent flyer points you will collect. This works great for business travelers because while their company pays for their trips, they are be able to collect frequent flyer points so they can redeem for their personal holiday travels. Some companies even allow employees to book their own flights, then submit the receipts for reimbursement. This allows the employee to get points on their travel reward credit card in addition to frequent flyer points.

I hope these tips will help you when booking your next vacation or trip. Please note that these tips have worked in my own experience, but may not work for everyone. The main thing to keep in mind is that the key to getting the best deal on your flights is to have patience and be flexible with your travel dates.

Check This Out Before Purchasing a Travel Club Membership

When it comes to selecting a Travel Club Membership there are many different options available. Today I would like to spend some time helping you determine which one is best for the long term travel needs for you and your family.

1. The first thing to look for is how long has the provider of the Travel Club Membership been in business? Generally it is best to be at least a little skeptical if they have only been in business for only a few years or less. If they have been around for a decade or more it generally means they have many satisfied clients. In either case you can check out their reputation by going to rip-offreport.com and put their name in the search box. Also their local BBB should be able to help you out.

2. What is the initial investment and what are the fees you will pay in the future? It doesn’t make sense to select a discount travel club membership that you won’t be able to afford in the future. Some will have hidden fees you must pay even if you don’t use your travel club. It is best to select a plan that only require you to pay when you travel.

3. What types of trade associations does the re-seller belong to? I.E. Do they belong to reputable associations like CARE (Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers) and ARDA (American Resort Development Association)?

4. How many locations will be available to you when you use your discount travel club membership? Some only offer a dozen or so while others offer thousands of world-wide destinations. If you enjoy variety you will want to select a travel club that has a large inventory.

5. Check out their customer service record. Are you doing all the planning yourself or do they offer 24/7/365 concierge customer service? Now I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being pampered like a big old baby when I go on vacation!

6. Will you receive large discounts not only at the resort but also on airfare, motel stays and discount cruises? When we have a recession in the future I’m sure you’ll still want to go on a nice vacation, right?

This essentially puts a wrap on the decision making process you will need when you purchase a travel club membership. Who knows, we just may meet some day on the best beaches, cruise ships or resorts the world has to offer!

Reward Your Employees with Travel Incentives

Reward your Employees with Travel Incentives

Motivating employees, especially highly competitive employees like inside and outside salespersons and telemarketers, can be a challenge. Sure, everyone likes cash, but what if you could offer a incentive that was worth more than cash? That’s what travel incentives are all about.

What do you think would generate more excitement among your employees; offering $50 to the person who sets the most appointments in one day, or offering a 3 day and 2 nights hotel stay in Hawaii including airfare? I’ll bet that you didn’t have to think about that for too long. The Hawaii trip wins hands down.

I’ll also bet that you’re thinking “sure, I would love to give away a travel incentive deal like that, but how can I afford it?” Prepare to be shocked. You see, travel incentive coupons sell for pennies on the dollar. The key to success in offering travel incentives is their perceived value, not their actual cost to you. The truth is, most travel incentive coupons cost under $10 each. That means that instead of giving away $50 in real money, you’re spending less than $10 and giving away something that’s worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars!

Travel incentives are coupons good for real travel to desirable destinations. There are no gimmicks. The travel industry authorizes distribution of these coupons through approved brokers. Depending upon the offer, these certificates can be redeemed for air travel, cruises, hotel stays, and lots of other travel opportunities.

Hotel and airline operators know that they will rarely be booked to 100% of their capacity. Rather than have empty seats or rooms, they offer free travel deals. They know that the vacationer is going to spend more money on food, sightseeing, and other products and services during their stay, so the free travel offer isn’t a dead loss. In addition, airline and hotel management is counting on the fact that the guest will have such a good time that they will come back some other time and pay full fare.

This means that travel incentives are a triple win. The airlines win, the hotels win, and you win by offering a productivity incentive with a perceived value many times greater than the actual cost. You’ll be a hero with your employees and productivity will soar.

Where to buy travel incentives

You should only buy your travel incentives from an authorized travel incentives broker. That way you are assured of receiving genuine certificates that are good on major airlines and at quality hotels. There are a lot of inferior travel offers out there, and you don’t want to disappoint your employee by sending them to a second-rate hotel on an unknown airline.

One of the other advantages of dealing with authorized brokers is that they are able to offer you the ability to combine different travel incentive coupons to create even better packages. For example, you can combine a 3 day, 2 night, 3-star hotel package with a $500 spending certificate in some cities.

Another popular combination is to create a getaway package that includes dream vacations like a 4 or 5-star hotel package that’s combined with a free round-trip airfare travel coupon. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Stop offering boring bonuses and give your best performing employees the travel vacation of their dreams. Ordering travel incentive coupons is easy, inexpensive, and can be done 100% on-line.

Tips to Get Ready For an Air Ambulance Flight

If you are going to travel for some medical needs, such as medical tourism or medical treatment, you may consider air ambulance for safe and comfortable journey.

It can take some time to get ready for an air ambulance fight. But a reliable service provider will provide all the assistance you need throughout the process. For best care and peace of mind, we suggest that you follow the tips given below for better preparation.

Decide on Your Destination

For specialized care and fair prices, try your level best to look for the best destination. Air ambulances that travel internationally may be your best choice in this case. Aside from this, you can talk to your medical professional for recommendations.

Know More About Air Ambulance Providers

Here, it’s important to realize that the service you choose to travel is as important as the health care professional you choose for your treatment. Before you choose a service, here are some important considerations to make.

Accreditation

Good service providers are accredited by CAMTs, which is responsible for regulating and overseeing medical transport service providers.

Aircraft

Based on your travel needs, you need to choose the right aircraft.

Clinicians and providers

Patients may have health problems while they are on the way on an aircraft. So, it’s important to find out about the type of health care staff that will be on the plane on each flight. Most aircraft have respiratory therapists in addition to an experienced nurse.

Important Documents

Make sure you hand over your important medical documents to your air ambulance service. Without the documents, you may not be able to get the health care you need.

Apart from the medical files, make sure you provide your non-expired passport as well. Make sure you get these documents ready a few days ahead of the flight date to enjoy a great air ambulance experience.

Luggage

On an air ambulance, different types of medical equipment is also there to monitor patients and help health care providers deal with medical emergencies that may arise. So, there won’t be a lot of room for luggage. Therefore, be sure to take the stuff that you need.

The things you may want to pack include documents, clothing, snacks, books and other stuff that you may need for entertainment.

Ground Transportation

Last but not least, it’s important to keep in mind that an air ambulance will pick you up from one airport and land you on another. Therefore, you may want to look for a good ground transport so you can reach your destination from the airport you landed on. Often, the air ambulance provider may help you make arrangements for this transportation for you.

But make sure you talk to them ahead of time for best care possible. It may take them a while to arrange for the transport for you.

Long story short, if you are going to fly on an air ambulance for the first time, it may seem a difficult undertaking to you. However, if you have a solid plan in place, your trip can be as smooth as possible, and you won’t have to go through any trouble.

Checklist for Finding the Best Flights Around the World

Traveling is fun, especially if you are traveling thousands of miles for spending a holiday or visiting your old friend. Traveling on buses on trains is not imaginable for long distances making air travel the ultimate option. The prices of air travel differ by country and the airlines. Sometimes the difference is very large and choosing the cheaper one can save lots on costs. But low cost flights may always not be the best option. Low cost flights are relatively less furnished and provide very less facilities to the passengers. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pick the best flight to any destination.

Your nation or place of visit makes the largest difference in the flight costs. Journeying from Melbourne to New York would cost a couple of folds more than traveling from Melbourne to Sydney. If you are traveling very far, you have to work your backside off before finding the cheapest flight deal. Start looking for the cheap airlines months before your journey and book it a few weeks before because inexpensive flights get packed easily.

The airfares in general hike up in the tourist season. For example, should you wish to travel to Thailand during the summer, you will have to pay more because during summer, more holidaymakers flock to Thailand. So, if you are a budget traveler, it is ideal to travel during the off seasons. The increase in price of fuel also induces the air fare to upsurge. Airlines therefore charge much more than the regular price to meet the expenses. But the slump in oil costs can be beneficial as airlines bring down the air fare on such events. You need to understand this and if you want to travel cheap, better not purchase your tickets when the oil prices are high.

Generally, airlines offer flights at cheaper or discounted rates particularly during their anniversaries or some special occasion. Keep tabs on such announcements and get a ticket when the discount offer is still valid. Internet is the best source to keep yourself informed on them. But generally, such announcements are also made through newsprints and Televisions.

One thing that you need to understand is that the cheapest flight is not always the best flight. If you look for more luxury, economy flights typically are not the best option for you. Research online and see what other people say about an airline. Start a discussion at travel forums enquiring the pros and cons of a flight and see what other individuals say about it. On cheap flights, you by and large do not get any snacks or drinks. You will need to compromise with many things if you are traveling via inexpensive flights.

You can have the benefit of cheap flights during certain festive times of year. Like during Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, the air travel prices are down between 15 to 20 percent for long distance flights. The prices are taken down even for short distance flights but by comparatively lesser amount. Some airways offer round trip packages if you are traveling long distances and to multiple cities. They often come with a holiday package but there are individual travel packages too. If you need to make such trips, such packages may be handy and very affordable.

If you are buying your tickets from a travel agent, be heedful to check out the prices with a grateful of them. Sometimes, the price for the same flight can differ from one travel agent to another. It will cost you less to buy direct from the concerned airlines. Do proper research on the internet and you'll unquestionably find the best flight deal.

Heathrow Flight Departures – Useful Tips and Info

Heathrow Airport has always been London’s most popular airport. Flight departures from Heathrow are reputed to be amongst the busiest in the world. Did you know that what is now the world’s busiest international airport started life as a small grass airfield in 1946?

Privately owned, the Great Western Aerodrome as it was then known as was used largely for test flying. Commercial flights took off from nearby Heston and Hanworth Park airfields. London Heathrow airport handles over 67 Million passengers per year using over 90 different airlines who between them offer a choice of over 200 domestic, including far flung and European destinations.

Heathrow Airport lies some 15 miles from central London and is regarded as the hub of the aviation world.

There are 5 terminals at Heathrow Airport namely:

1. TERMINAL 1 – For airlines such as BMI, El Al and South African Airways.

2. TERMINAL 2 – Most non-UK carriers’ flights to Europe + some long haul destinations.

3. TERMINAL 3 – Long haul terminal for airlines from US, South American, Asian & Asia Pacific + most African carriers.

4. TERMINAL 4 – Qantas & KLM use this terminal together with BA for long haul and some European destinations.

5. TERMINAL 5 – New British Airways terminal. Check with BA for your correct flight terminal.

With Internet shopping available for all your travel needs, the best flight deals can be booked online and be able to save £££’s off Heathrow flight departures to destinations around the globe. Airline flight prices change every day so make sure that the best airfares need to booked immediately as these usually tend to get snapped up very quickly.

Sometimes you can save money by departing either a couple of days before or after your planned dates. Local airports may also work out cheaper in some cases than international ones but for choice of destination, number of flights and competing airlines it’s pretty hard to upstage Heathrow.

If you’re preferred choice of booking Heathrow flights is to telephone the airlines or your travel agent then here’s a few quick tips to getting the best fares:

1. Telephone travel agents and airlines either as late or as early in the day as possible because they may be less busy and so have more time to look around for good deals.

2. Ask about any deals that are not yet advertised.

3. Book budget airline fares as early as you can to get the very best fares, as prices will increase with every day that goes by.

If you’re departure date is too close to buying your ticket then very rarely do budget airlines prove to be the cheaper option, you need to book budget airlines well in advance.

And don’t forget that flights priced at £1 may sound cheap but when all the taxes are added, your fare could end up being just as expensive as other published fares.

Book on line as this usually saves a few pounds. For Heathrow flight departures try this resource – it is pretty good for both cheap flights and airport information.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article and look forward to providing you with more travel resources, tips and advice.

The History of Eastern Airlines

Once considered one of the “big four” US carriers, along with American, Delta, and United, it had been innovative and highly successful, having evolved into the world’s second-largest airline during its six-decade history.

Tracing its origins to Pitcairn Aviation, which had been formed on September 15, 1927, it had inaugurated airmail service the following year between Brunswick, New Jersey, and Atlanta with open-cockpit PA-5 Mailwings.

But North American Aviation, a holding company for several fledgling carriers and aircraft manufacturers, purchased the company a year after that, and, changing its name to Eastern Air Transport, inaugurated passenger service with Ford 4-AT Trimotors on the multi-sector hop from Newark to Washington via Camden, Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond on August 18, 1930. Acquisition of the Curtiss Condor enabled it to extend the route to Atlanta.

After absorbing Ludington Air Lines three years later, it was able to incorporate a New York-Philadelphia-Washington triplet to its system.

Eastern’s growth, like that of many other carriers, was jumpstarted by the Air Mail Act of 1934, which entailed the awarding of government contracts to private companies to transport the mail, while the US Postal Service selected them based upon the bid they submitted in competition with others. Although this prompted the formation of upstart companies to operate the airmail routes in the hopes of being chosen, it equally required the separation of the then-common aircraft manufacturer-and-carrier co-ownership.

Circumventing the restriction imposed upon it as a result of its Spoils Conference involvement with General Postmaster Walter Folger Brown, Eastern Air Transport changed its name in 1934 to the one by which it would be known throughout its history, Eastern Air Lines.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, purchased the carrier from the North American Aviation holding for $800.,000 and took over the helm, implementing an aircraft modernization program.

Building its soon-famous Great Silver Fleet, he quickly replaced the slow Curtiss Condor biplanes with all-metal Douglas DC-2s, one of which became the first to land at the new Washington National Airport in 1941. Leaving its imprint on an expanding East Coast network, Eastern plied the New York-Miami sector with wider-cabin, 21-pasenger DC-3s in 1937.

Like many US airlines, whose growth was interrupted by the necessity World War II imposed on it and the requisition of its aircraft for military purposes, Eastern commenced its own military support flights in 1942, connecting the three states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas, spreading its wings to Trinidad in the Caribbean, and ultimately forming its Miami-based Military Transport Division, for which it acquired Curtiss C-46 Commandos.

The seed to its pioneer, tri-city northeast shuttle was planted two years later when the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) awarded it the New York-Boston route over American.

The technological advancements of the 1950s, expressed as range, payload, speed, comfort, and safety increases, occurred so rapidly that, by the time an aircraft was produced, its replacement was already on the drawing board.

The quad-engine DC-4 soon supplemented its 39 twin-engine DC-3s, and its network now encompassed Detroit, St. Louis, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Lockheed L-649 Constellation, inaugurated into service in 1947, yielded to the higher-capacity L-1049 Super Constellation, which plied its signature New York-Miami route as of December 17, 1951. The Martin 4-0-4s replaced the DC-3s and by the middle of the decade, the first DC-7Bs sported Eastern’s livery.

Acquisition of Colonial Airlines gave it access to New York State, New England, Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico City.

The propjet took the form of the four-engine Lockheed L-188 Electra, which was inaugurated into service on January 12, 1959 between New York and Miami, and the pure-jet in the form of the four-engine Douglas DC-8 only a year later, soon supplemented by the smaller-capacity, but higher cruise speed Boeing 720.

Eastern was the first of the big four US carriers to operate the 727-100 tri-jet “Whisperliner”-specifically on the Philadelphia-Washington-Miami run-and the twin-jet DC-9-10.

The famous hourly New York-Boston-Washington air shuttle was launched on April 30, 1961 with the L-188 Electra, for which it advised, “No need to make a reservation. Just ‘show and go.’ All sections are with backup planes standing by to assure a seat for everybody waiting at scheduled departure time.”

One-way weekday fares were $69.00 to Boston and $42.00 to Washington, while the round-trip weekend prices were $55.00 for adults and $37.00 for children to both.

The shuttle was eventually operated by DC-9-30, 727-200, and A-300 aircraft.

Breaking its hitherto East Coast shackles at the end of the 1960s, it expanded to Seattle and Los Angeles on the West Coast, to Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas with its acquisition of Mackey Airways, and to several Caribbean islands after purchasing Caribair.

Passing the torch to another famous aerospace personality, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker relinquished control to Colonel Frank Borman, who had orbited the earth in Gemini VII in 1966 and the moon in Apollo VIII two years later.

Eastern entered the widebody era with the Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar in 1972, became the first US carrier to operate the European Airbus Industrie A-300 in 1978 when it ordered 23, and was the launch customer for the Boeing 757-200.

After acquiring Braniff International’s Latin American routes in 1982 and establishing a hub in San Juan, it became the world’s second-largest carrier in terms of annual passengers after Aeroflot, establishing hubs in New York, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, and San Juan and toting its “We have to earn our wings everyday” slogan.

But, while it may have earned its wings, it did not necessarily earn the profits to support their lift. Debt from aircraft purchases needed for its expansion and labor disputes necessitated the $615 million purchase by Texas Air Holdings, which also owned Continental, in 1986, and Eastern became a carcass of fodder. Airplanes were sold. Employees were laid off. Assets were transferred to Continental. And its image rapidly deteriorated, especially when it virtually eliminated in-flight service to reduce costs.

Declaring bankruptcy in 1989 and ceasing operations two years later, on January 19, the one-time “wings of man” became the Icarus of deregulation after a six-decade flight.

Take a Pleasant Trip to the Largest City in South Africa, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, usually referred to as “Jo’burg” is the largest and youngest city in South Africa. The city has taken very little time to develop itself into a highly commercial and wealthy region. Johannesburg boasts of having 74 percent of multinational headquarters and is the economic hub of the entire African continent.

The second largest city in Africa has inhabitants accounting to about 3 million. The city is also home to the top four conference centres, with each hosting more than 5000 people! Explore the wonders of Johannesburg and its ravishing tourist spots through Johannesburg travel packages offered by tour operators in the city. Johannesburg is very famous for its museums. There are a whole lot of museums located around the city, including the SA National Museum of Military History, sited near the Johannesburg Zoo. There are other museums like James Hall Museum of Transport in La Rochelle, SA National Railway & Steam Museum, Bensusan Museum of Photography, Bernard Price Institute Palaeontology Museum, Barnberg Fashion Museum, Madiba Freedom Museum, Museum Africa and the most popular Apartheid Museum. A visit to the historical Apartheid Museum will surely be a powerful and vivid experience. This museum is set out through its graphical portrayal of the apartheid theory including film footage, newspaper clippings, artifacts and enlarged photos. The visitors get the feel of the apartheid era as they stroll through the museum, which measures nearly 65,000 sq.ft.

The city offers a perfect retreat for adventure lovers. Once you are in Johannesburg, you can go on an African adventure tour package, which includes canoeing, river rafting, micro light flying, game viewing, bird watching, hiking, fly-fishing and mountain biking. Apart from these adventures, you can also choose to visit jewel gardens, nature trails, flora farms, animal farms, bird parks, and take country rides, game drives as well as game walks. The city has a multitude of things in store to entertain its tourists thoroughly and offer them with exciting and enthralling experiences.

Plan your trip to the city to take a break from your hectic lifestyle and have a wonderful vacation with your loved ones by exploring the exotic city of Johannesburg. Travel through cheap flights to Johannesburg and choose any travel package that seems interesting to you. Book your plane tickets online and try to find the cheapest airline ticket through travel sites. There are many airline companies that operate Johannesburg flights that connect the city to many other important cities across the world. So get set to visit Johannesburg to have superb holiday getaway and comprehensively enjoy all the special things the city has to offer and entertain all its tourists.

Destination Singapore

Simply one of the most exciting metropolises to visit and vacation destination beyond compare, this island country has and continues to enthrall millions across the world. A famous and thriving cosmopolitan city that it is, no wonder then that you'll find plenty of cheap flights to Singapore. Whoever referred to it as the "little red dot" probably has not seen the country in its own splendor. Overflowing with diversity as well as multiplicity of cultures, language, arts and architecture, the country offers more than just a world-class living environment.

The ubiquitous collage of myriad cultures, different ethnicities and beliefs coexisting and much more, Singapore is easily one of the places to visit in Asia. It is an inspiring nation replete with a landscape populated with skyscrapers and beautiful parks and gardens, a stunning seascape, and warm and hospitable locales. A trip is to Singapore is exciting, relaxing, enriching and juts unforgivable, all at once. If you are in Singapore for a few days, you might want to extend your stay. There's just so much to do and see here that most tourist come here well-equipped with a rather long stay. Singapore's dynamic and oh-so vibrant art scene is a feast for the senses. Take a trip to several of the art museums, general and specialist galleries, and exhibition spaces for some dekko at the works of international and local artists. Explore its vast ecosystem comprising great bounties of nature and wildlife.

Take a tour of the rainforests and wetlands for an undisturbed experience, or simply walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens and parks on the island, they are one too many here. if you happen to be visiting Singapore with family then a trip to Sentosa is a must. Offering the very best in thrilling entertainment for the young and the old alike, it is a one-in-all attraction that is ideal for a family getaway. Make merry through DUCK or HIPPO tours, thrill yourself silly by doing adventure sports, go around the man-made island atop an open-air bus, experience exotic marine life, or party by the beach after sunset. The safest place to be in, Singapore offers bright lights as company even at 2am in the morning. Sometimes you want to be where all the action is, feel like being in the middle of all the hustle-bustle is. That's exactly why places like Boat-Quay and Clark-Quay are big hits amongst nighttime revelers. A range of restaurants to choose from, a wide variety of discotheques, pubs and bars to pick from and the company of beautiful lake by your side, what more could one ask for?

Singapore is hugely popular not for the diversity in experiences that it offers but also the fact that it welcomes all kinds of tourists. You could wish a luxurious stay here or just make do with a cheap hotel and a cheaper car rental service, surround yourself with all the indulgences or be happy with stay in a bed and breakfast and all the freebies that the place has to offer. No matter what you want and how you want it, you'll find it here.

Players Choose Online Casinos for Bonuses and Promotions

Online casino players are not only interested in the quality of their games, but also in the types of promotions and bonuses offered by casinos. Wanting to get the most game-play for their buck, players increasingly choose web casinos that have generous sign-in and loyalty bonuses, and that have games like penny slots that let them stretch their dollars as far as possible.

The economy in the world is still shaky, and gas prices are high, so players are less likely to get in their car and drive to a land casino when they can go online from the comfort of their own home and get 100 plays at a penny slot machine for only a dollar. Flying out to somewhere for the weekend isn’t an option for a lot of people these days, and even for those for whom it is, taking the money they save on airfares and hotel rooms and enjoying their favorite games with it instead is becoming more popular.

Another factor increasing the popularity of online gambling is the widespread adoption of mobile handheld devices. There aren’t as many gambling apps as there are in other countries, but the apps that do exist increase the freedom that people have to play their favorite games wherever they happen to be.

There is no question that poker is one of the biggest games for online casinos enthusiasts, and college students flock to the game in droves. In fact, the World Series of Poker, which draws millions of viewers, has a number of players who got their first taste of competitive poker by playing online. For those with the skills, the moxie, and the bankroll, online poker can be a lucrative sideline.

Bonuses on slots online are another big draw to players and those elsewhere. Progressive slots tournaments are immensely exciting, as jackpots build up alongside the international excitement. Plus it’s a game that’s based on luck, so it gives the brain a break from thought-intensive games like poker and blackjack.

And speaking of blackjack, it too is one of the favorite games of players. As hot as it is in land-based casinos, it is just as hot online. Skill and luck are involved, and the game is fast-paced and exciting. Additionally, millions of people all over the world are discovering the excitement of online craps games. In fact, for those intimidated by all the hoopla that surrounds live craps tables, the online version is preferable, because you have the excitement, without the noise and the intimidation factor. Plus house edges on some craps bets are the lowest in the casino!

People in general may love their poker and slots, but there is no doubt that other games are coming on strong with players too. There are some high bonuses available out there, and these are a big part of what draws American players through the virtual doors of online casinos.