Testing French bee’s cheap flights from New York to Paris

Although buying a Premium ticket bumps the price closer to competing rates, there are few options that can compete with French Bee’s Basic and Smart ticket prices. Premium, while higher in cost, adds in comfort that you would give up in an economy class while staying within the price range of other airlines’ economy tickets. Regardless of where you sit, there are few frills on French Bee, but it is a direct, clean and price-conscious way to make it to Paris. The three flight rotations per week can, in theory, be limiting for planning purposes, but if you don’t anticipate needing to change the dates of your flight while on your trip, the times aren’t too confining.

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101 Budget Britain Travel Tip is stupid cheap on Amazon right now. — Anglotopia Community

Amazon has hugely discounted our guidebook 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips. Normally $19.99, they’re charging $7.23 right now (we get paid the same no matter what). Not sure how long it will last!

Lots of great tips for planning your trips to Britain this year! We updated the book last year so lots of great new advice!

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Cheap Covid travel insurance tips from Martin Lewis – ‘super cheap’ | Travel News | Travel

Martin said that travel insurance policies were finally starting to emerge for Covid. Many travellers have had issues due to travel bans.

Martin said: “If you are booking a holiday, you need to get insurance ASAB (as soon as you book).

“Every year, I get to the summer and someone sends me a message, forgive me for saying this, with something like ‘I just got cancer, I’m going to need chemotherapy in two or three months time, I’m having to cancel my holiday, I can’t get a refund on my flights or my holiday, what are my rights?’

“And the answer is you don’t have any! The flight’s still going ahead, there’s nothing wrong with your ticket.

“And I ask if they’ve got travel insurance and they say ‘I was going to get it before I went’.

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“No! You have your travel insurance as soon as you book because so many of the things you can claim for can happen before the holiday so ASAB.”

Martin then looked at cheap ‘no frills’ policies for under 65s with no existing medical conditions.

He said: “They start at £9 per week for an individual in Europe. Now what will they cover you Covid wise?

“If you can’t travel because you’ve tested positive or the NHS have told you to isolate, most will usually cover you.


“Equally if you catch it abroad, have to stay longer, have knock on accommodation costs, most will usually cover you.

“I call these no frills because they’re super cheap. They all meet the minimum claim levels, cover levels for claiming but the service level and how they handle claims, I just don’t know.

“I can’t vouch for it. They’re very cheap policies so no frills. Remember if you have a problem with a claim you can take it to the ombudsman if you think you’ve been dealt with unfairly.

“But nothing is straightforward in this game. The price depends on age and location and vaxxed.

“That’s not actually about the price. Some of these won’t accept you if you’re not vaccinated, that’s how it works.”

Martin said: “If you go away more than two times in a year, annual policies are cheaper.

“Two times includes UK pre booked holidays for more than two days by the way.

“You’ll find it much cheaper to get an annual policy that covers all the trips. Winter sports add ons are available, so if you’re hitting the slopes you’ll need that.”

He added that having travel insurance is now compulsory in Italy for any tourist going on a ski holiday.

Martin said: “There are policies that will cover you now if the UK lockdowns or the Foreign Office advises you against travel.

“They’ll usually cover you. There are no overseas policies that will cover you if the overseas country won’t let you as far as I’m aware.

“None that will cover you if it’s not safe to go or you’re worried you’d have to quarantine when you come back, you won’t get cover for that.”

He added: “Always when you’re booking travel now, try to make sure you get cancellation with it.

“Make sure cancellation is allowed or at least it’s flexible so you can move it to a different date.”

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10 Cheap Worldwide Travel Destinations To Consider for 2022

To Kevin Mercier, a travel blogger, India is the place to visit in 2022.

“I believe India is one of the countries more travelers need to start researching in 2022,” he said. “Travelers can find everything from the beautiful mountains, beaches, wildlife tours, to culinary delights and delicious local drinks here. India is also one of the best yet cheapest locations for a romantic vacation.”

How affordable? Right now, very affordable given the favorable exchange rate from rupees to dollars.

“Unless you’re looking to stay at a five-star hotel or resort, you’ll find it hard to spend $50 a day here. You can get by on around $30 in most Indian cities by staying at cheap guest houses instead of hotels. The average price for a single person for accommodation in India is around 1,120 rupees ($15).”

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Cheap flights with Avelo Airlines: Are they worth it?


BURBANK, Calif. — The sun wasn’t up when boarding began for Avelo Airlines Flight 117 to Eugene, Oregon.

But I was alert enough to notice a familiar sight on the Boeing 737: rows of royal blue seats.

It felt like stepping onto a Southwest Airlines plane.

It wasn’t a mirage: Avelo bought the plane from Southwest during the pandemic, the flight attendant told me.

Avelo is one of three budget airlines to debut this year despite the continuing toll the pandemic has taken on the travel industry. Avelo, Breeze Airways and Aha, have all taken advantage of cheap prices for planes and zeroed in on nonstop routes they say major airlines have ignored, luring travelers with bargain fares.

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Most people haven’t heard of Avelo, let alone know how to pronounce it (sounds like hello). The airline, founded by the former president of budget airline pioneer Allegiant Air, has just six planes and until early November only flew on the West Coast. It has infrequent flights and mostly serves tiny airports, like Hollywood Burbank Airport near Los Angeles, Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California, and Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut.

Avelo’s target customers include travelers like Rosalinda Gutierrez, who lives closer to Burbank than Los Angeles International Airport but usually drives 45 minutes to LAX to catch a flight to see family in Pasco, Washington. Her sister-in-law heard about Avelo and snagged a last-minute roundtrip ticket for Gutierrez for $98. The price of Gutierrez’s last flight out of LAX to Pasco was $278, and it required a connection.

“It’s so cheap,” she said.

To give travelers an idea of what to expect, I booked four Avelo flights in and out of California in October and stopped at Tweed New Haven Airport on Avelo’s first day of operations there in November.

The full itinerary: Burbank to Eugene, Oregon, and Eugene to Burbank; Burbank to Santa Rosa, California; and Santa Rosa to Las Vegas. USA TODAY paid for the flights and Avelo wasn’t notified about the trip. 

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1. Avelo can’t take you to most places and has infrequent flights to the cities on its ever-changing route map. 

If you don’t live in California, Connecticut or Florida, you’re largely out of luck – for now. Avelo’s flights are concentrated on the coasts and it only offers a total of 102 weekly flights in 16 cities. For comparison, Southwest offers more flights in a single day from many cities in its network.

The airline, like Allegiant and Breeze, only operates most routes a few days a week. Want to nab that $39 flight from Burbank to Eugene, Oregon? Your options in January are a single morning flight on Wednesday, Friday or Monday. 

Avelo has daily flights from New Haven to some popular major Florida destinations including Orlando and Fort Lauderdale this winter but it only flies just a few times a week between others, such as Sarasota.

Travelers shouldn’t get wed to Avelo’s routes. The airline is quick to shake up its flight schedule if bookings are weak. The airline started flying in late April and has already abandoned some of its initial destinations, including Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport outside Phoenix; Bozeman, Montana; and Grand Junction, Colorado. Avelo CEO Andrew Levy admits the route map has already changed dramatically.

“We’re a for profit business and we have to have things that work,” he said. “As an early-stage business, our patience is pretty thin because we just can’t take huge risks.”

The airline is growing, with plans to add more than nine planes by the end of 2022.

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2. Tickets are cheap, even with added fees. But bag fees are rising sharply in 2022.

Three of my four one-way flights, all booked last minute on the airline’s website, were $70 or less, including a $25 fee for a carry-on bag. (That’s the prepaid price; the airline charges $35 at the airport, so pay for bags when you book to save money.) My priciest flight was $104 with a bag because it was a Friday flight to Las Vegas from Santa Rosa, California. 

Avelo’s bag fees are about to spike, though. Beginning Jan. 12, carry on bag fees will jump $10, to $35 when paid in advance and $45 at the airport. The first checked bag fee is also rising, to $30 from $20. And that’s just for West Coast flights. Bag fees on Avelo flights to and from New Haven already have those higher prices.

On Feb. 10, bag fees for all flights will increase. Carry-on bags will start at $40, the first checked bag fee, $35, both when paid in advance.. 

Seat assignment fees are prevalent at Avelo, too – as is the case at most airlines – and the carrier touts the option when booking and during online check-in. Prices started at $6 on my flights but that price was generally for middle seats in the back of the plane. I declined to pay for a seat on each flight and had no trouble getting an aisle or window seat. One on flight I got a window seat that the airline was peddling for $14 during online check in just hours earlier. Note that most of my flights were far from full and rolling the dice might be a risky move for families traveling together or those traveling during holidays and other peak travel times.

 Pro tip: Don’t book a ticket on Avelo without searching for promo codes. The airline posts frequent offers on its website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and in marketing emails to travelers. The discount might only be $15 but that’s a significant percentage if you snag a cheap fare.

3. The airline doesn’t offer TSA Precheck and it doesn’t take American Express.

I was stunned to learn Avelo doesn’t accept American Express, a ubiquitous charge card.

CEO Levy, who got rid of American Express as a cost-saving move when he was at Allegiant, said it isn’t about money. (Allegiant brought Amex back after he left.) He said the airline had limited options for a credit card processor due to the pandemic, and the one it went with did not have the technology for American Express.

“The banks all ran away from travel. They were scared to death,” he said.

Avelo hopes to add American Express in the first quarter of 2022. The airline would also like to add options including Apple Pay and Google Pay, Levy added.

A bigger sore point for travelers: Avelo doesn’t offer TSA PreCheck, the popular fast pass through security.

The early morning security lines in Burbank were longer than I’m used to with PreCheck, but not a deal breaker given the size of the airport. (That wouldn’t be the case if you were to fly Avelo from Las Vegas or a major Florida airport like Orlando and Fort Lauderdale).

The most annoying part? Having to take off my shoes and jacket, and take out my laptop from my bag.

Levy can relate. In New Haven, he forgot to take his iPad out of his bag and his AirPods went flying when he tried to gathering his belongings after going through security.

He had hoped to have PreCheck in place by the end of November but Avelo is now targeting mid-December, spokesman Jim Olson said.

4. The “throwback” airports it serves are easy to navigate, the roomy planes are a surprise to many passengers. 

Hollywood Burbank Airport, known as Bob Hope Airport until 2017, is the kind of airport you can be dropped off at the curb an hour before your flight and have time to spare before your flight (unless the TSA checkpoint is clogged.) Don’t try that at LAX.

Flights board and deplane outside and one of the baggage claim areas is outside, too. There are just 14 gates between two connected terminals.

At Tweed New Haven Airport, you practically park your car next to the plane. Avelo is the only airline serving the airport (American stopped service earlier this year) and its ticket counter is in a temporary trailer-like structure outside the airport’s small terminal. Avelo is spending millions to expand and modernize the airport.

Small airports don’t mean small planes, though. Many Avelo passengers on my flights were surprised to be on a Boeing 737 that seat 150 or more passengers.

“I was impressed that the planes are new. And there’s lots of legroom,” said Samantha Piehoff, who flew Avelo from Santa Rosa to Las Vegas to catch a Las Vegas Raiders game with her fiance. “Normally when you fly small airlines out of smaller airports you don’t quite get those things.”

5. Inflight service is pleasant but sparse.

Avelo’s flight attendants have that new airline eagerness, with a couple of them waving to passengers when introduced during the preflight safety announcements on one of my flights, and another wishing a group of Los Angeles Rams fans well on their road trip from Eugene to Seattle.  

Avelo is currently serving a complimentary bottle of Dasani water and a package of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies on flights. Plans are to eventually add more items for sale.

With food options limited at its smaller airports, passengers should pack snacks, though most of Avelo’s flights are under 2.5 hours. 

6. Bring your own inflight power and entertainment, as long as it doesn’t require Wi-Fi.

Avelo isn’t going to wow anyone with seatback screens or in-seat power ports and there are no plans to offer internet service.

I actually liked the mini digital detox on my flights, the longest of which was about 2 hours.

 7. In a summer of airline meltdowns, Avelo has canceled 11 flights.

One of the risks of booking tickets on an airline with a small number of planes and less-than-daily service on most routes is getting stuck when flight problems arise.

The good news for Avelo passengers, at least so far, is that the airline has had only a handful of cancellations. (My four flights, an admittedly small sample, were all on time.)

Levy said the airline has canceled just 11 out of more than 2,300 flights since it began flying. He said one of the reasons is its modest flight schedule and a big focus on operations. “We are also very focused on having a schedule that we can operate.”

He doesn’t promise there won’t be bumps ahead.

“They’ll be days when there’s bad weather or airplanes break, of course, but it’s how you deal with that that really sets you apart.”

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How to find cheap flights this fall and winter: Start now, and look abroad

Mel Dohmen, senior manager of brand marketing at Orbitz and Cheaptickets, said there is a lot of affordability out there, such as to bigger hub cities where airlines are adding more flights (e.g., Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.) This winter you’ll have more competition, and potentially higher ticket prices, if you’re heading to warm-weather or snow-sport destinations.

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How to land a cheap flight as travel restrictions relax, and why it pays to be flexible

As COVID-19 travel rules relax around the globe, more and more people are thinking about taking to the skies.

While there are traditionally fewer deals around the holiday season for air travel, travel experts say there are ways to save on your next flight if you’re flexible.

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“The number one tip if you want to save money for flights is flexibility. If you can be flexible with one thing and what I mean by that either your destination or dates you can probably get a good price,” Barry Choi of moneywehave.com.

The personal finance and travel expert says the day you fly and time of your flight can make a difference in price.

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Choi says very early morning flights or late afternoon departures are sometimes less expensive.

“Even flying a Tuesday through Thursday is traditionally cheaper than flying Friday through Monday,” Choi explained.

Travellers may also want to consider a stopover rather than a direct flight which could save you hundreds of dollars.

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A break in a flight itinerary may also be a great way to see another city.

“Let’s say you want to go to Paris. You can fly to any city in Europe and maybe take a discount carrier or possibly a train and it could save you money,” Choi said.

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“It may take you longer to get there, but at the same time that stopover is an opportunity to see more of Europe.”

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To offset higher fares, watch for Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals, he added.

“As a travel expert and travel deal hunter I always look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” Choi said.

“To me, travel is one of the best deals to be had. The thing is you have to be ready to pounce on those deals because usually they even have travel Tuesday and as soon as those deals are gone, they are gone. So if you are ready to commit, book right away.”

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Choi also recommends signing up for price alerts and joining travel related mailing lists to score deals.

Also, if you’re in the market for a new credit card, now might be a good time to apply for one.

“With travel coming back credit card companies want to entice you to sign up for their card. I’m seeing welcome bonuses that are worth hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars these days and these bonuses are the highest I’ve ever seen,” he said.

“So it’s a good time to sign up for a new credit card if you are looking for one.”

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Cheap flights tips from travel insiders including the best days to book for deals

Cheap flights booking tips from travel insiders including the best time to book if you’re looking to snap up the cheapest deals for 2021 and 2022 – and how to save money on accommodation too

Expedia’s insiders have shared their tips on booking flights for the best deals

When it comes to booking flights and holidays, there have always been some easy tricks to help you save money on your trip.

However, the pandemic completely changed the world of travel, and as travel restrictions ease and Brits’ holiday options increase, trying to unearth the best deals can be a tricky landscape to navigate.

Luckily the team at Expedia are on hand to help. In fact, the company has conducted research and unearthed useful tips including the best time to book, cheapest days to fly, and plenty of other top tips to help you get more bang for your buck.

For example, if you’re looking to treat yourself or splurge on something special, now could be the time to opt for premium economy instead of economy.

According to Expedia, tickets in Premium Economy are available at some of the cheapest prices compared to recent years. For example in 2021 premium tickets are 250% more expensive than economy – but this is down from a 380% difference pre-pandemic.

Check out some of their other useful tips below…

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Cheapest time to book flights abroad: Book on a Sunday and you could bag some of the best bargains. In fact, booking flights on a Sunday compared to a Friday could save you 15%.

Cheapest day to travel: If you can be flexible with your departure date you may want to consider kicking off your holiday on a Friday. Expedia research found that this could save you up to 10% off fares, compared to a Wednesday departure.

Best months to travel: September is the ideal month for cheap flights abroad, no doubt because it falls between the summer and October half term holidays. However, it’s not just about school holidays. Travellers can save almost 40% on flights when booking for a September trip compared to December.

Try and book your trip in one go: On average, Brits who book their flight and hotel together can save up to 10% on Expedia.

More travel tips

  • If you can be flexible with your hotel’s rating, it could save you money without needing to compromise on luxury. For example ‘down-starring’ from a 5* hotel to a 4* hotel could save you 50% off the price, but you’ll still be getting a great experience.
  • Renting a car? Book on a Saturday for some of the cheapest deals.
  • Loyalty schemes can be a useful tool as you can earn points and receive other perks that could help stretch your budget that little bit further. For example if you sign up to Expedia, you can access member-only discounts and earn points to spend on perks like room upgrades or spa credits.

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How to Save Money, Find Cheap Flights for 2021 Holiday Travel

  • Now is the time to book flights for 2021 holiday travel, experts say.
  • Flight cancellation policies are still lenient and deals are available to many destinations.
  • Here’s what to know and key tips, according to travel professionals.

With many holiday travel plans dashed last year, demand is greater than ever for the 2021 festive season. Experts say now is the time to book your holiday travel, whether your plans call for visiting family or a far-flung vacation.

Where you can safely and comfortably go will often depend on factors including vaccination status, but cancellation policies are far more flexible than usual.

With feedback from seasoned travel pros, here’s what to know about holiday travel before you book. 

Book your holiday flights now

With uncertainties surrounding COVID and travelers seeking low prices, some may be inclined to wait on booking any holiday travel.

But Scott’s Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes urges travelers to book holiday flights as soon as possible to get the best prices on airfare. 

“The best time to have been booking Christmas and New Year flights was three months ago. The second best time is today,” he told Insider. 

Keyes recommends avoiding booking at the last minute since airfare tends to get more expensive in the four weeks before a flight.

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Don’t wait on rental cars either if you need transportation once you land

Don’t wait on booking a rental car either if you’ll need one. A shortage in companies’ fleets sent rental car prices soaring earlier in the pandemic and severely limited availability. Now that crunch has eased a bit, but demand during peak holiday season could see a spike the prices again.

Plan to pay more for domestic flights, and less for international trips

While demand for travel soared this summer as COVID cases plunged in the US, the rise of the Delta variant has reduced traveler appetite for international travel, Keyes said. “People’s interest and demand for traveling overseas is still significantly diminished from where it was pre-pandemic,” he said. “By most estimates, it’s still down over 60 percent.”

That means if you feel comfortable traveling abroad, you’ll find good deals if you book ASAP, with the best prices around Thanksgiving.

That’s because Thanksgiving week is a time when many Americans have off from work and school, while other countries don’t observe the holiday, leading to far less pressure on prices and availability. For this reason, Keyes calls it the best-kept secret in international air travel deals. 

Before booking, check for flexible airline policies and consider travel insurance

With the rise of the Delta variant, many airlines loosened cancellation rules to lure travelers to commit. 

In general, for hotels, airlines, and other bookings across the travel industry, expect to encounter cancellation policies that are better than they were pre-COVID but are not as flexible as last year.

On major airlines like Delta and United, fees are paused as of the time of writing and, according to Keyes, it will stay that way through the holiday period.

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.

Delta and United have both paused change and cancellation fees.

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With the Delta variant, United and Delta saw new bookings take a pretty big hit. So to convince people to make travel plans, they got rid of change fees temporarily for basic economy through the end of 2021,” Keyes said. “If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s, you automatically have flexibility in basic economy so you can change your travel without having to pay any penalty.”

And if you really want to play it safe, experts recommend purchasing standalone travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay, lost luggage, and medical care.

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