5 Must Have Travel Apps

Molly Lombardo

Posted on May 18, 2017

 

SEAT GURU

Time is money; why waist your time searching for the cheapest ticket option when a app can do all of the work for you? Try Seat Guru to compare ticket prices. The app provides email and text messages to alert you when your airfare tickets are the best price. This free app is also extremely user friendly; The home screen consists of three simple tabs.Simply just type in your information and the lowest deals will pop up. Recently the app created high resolution seat maps with amenity information.

5 AFFORDABLE TRAVEL ITEMS FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

Molly Lombardo

Posted on May 17, 2017

Whether you are traveling to a beautiful island for vacation or making a business trip to a big city, below lists some affordable traveling must haves for your next trip!

External Power Station

Technology is growing within the airline industry; You can do so much with your smart phone! You can sign into your hotel, access transportation, and check flights. It is important to have your devices charged. An external power station will keep your devices charged all day.

WHY AIRLINES OVERBOOK FLIGHTS

Molly Lombardo

Posted on May 17, 2017

If you travel enough, chances are you’ve heard a desperate gate agent attempted to lure paid passengers off their plane with a travel voucher. Usually, the price for that voucher starts at $200 (hardly worth the time and trouble of rebooking, especially if you have to stay the night). Its not uncommon to hear them make an offer of $400 or $600.

The airlines are not in the business of running a sweepstakes at the gate, they are giving travel vouchers because they overbooked their flight.

Overbooking aircraft is a popular practice in the air travel industry. However, after the recent United Airlines debacle, some airlines have vowed to stop the practice of overbooking (kudos to Southwest for ending their practice of overbooking).

The airline industry operates on small margins, so they came they need to overbook to squeeze the most they can out of their programs. Here is a quick breakdown of why the airline overbook flights.

The two most popular passengers are Business and Leisure travelers.

Imagine you are on a business trip, attempting to finalize a lucrative deal that hinged on successful meetings and pitches. Business travelers account for a big chunk of the pie of an airline’s business. 12 percent of the plane’s passengers are business travelers. Since you are a successful business passenger, you are 60 percent of the planes revenue.

As you are negotiating for your company; a meeting that was supposed to be just a few hours quickly turned into 2 a two day event. You become frantic because you missed your flight home! However, the airlines predicted this to happened and created something called flexible tickets.

While flexible tickets are more expensive, airlines are aware of the business world and understand if you miss a flight. Some airlines offer free of charge tickets for late arrival and missing connection flights.

The truth is 5 percent of passengers miss their flight. This puts the airlines in a tricky situation. Ultimately, it’s expensive to fly a plane from point A to point B; especially a plane that is half empty. If airlines sell a large amount of flexible flights it only makes sense to overbook flights.

As a leisure traveler imagine that you scored tickets to the Super Bowl and booked a flight. You have been looking forward to this trip all year and plan to get to the airport as early as possible to fly away to your destination!

Since airlines have created different classifications of tickets; it becomes the traveler’s responsibility to select the level of risk they would like to pick.  This means that you and your significant other can purchase less expensive tickets that will charge a fee if you miss the flight.

When airlines observe that people are buying these cheaper tickets with the large fee attached, they can predict the future. Ultimately, they will be careful with overbooking that flight. Airlines also tend to under-book for large holidays and big events happening throughout the U.S.

Now when you travel for business or leisure you can help the airlines predict the future with the variety of flight options that airlines provide!

THE EVOLUTION OF LEG ROOM IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY

Molly Lombardo

Posted on May 17, 2017

During the “Golden Age of Flying”, traveling seemed lavish.  Men wore their nicest suites and drank on champagne as they kicked back their feet and relaxed as the plane took off. The average leg room in the 1950’s and 60’s was 6 times larger than the average leg room today. What went wrong? Do we blame it on technology, plane engineering, or the economy?

As the culture of our world shifts, so does the airlines industry. It’s crucial to remember that people want things fast, easy, and affordable. To price flights at cheaper rates, the airlines believe adding more seats while provide cheaper rates.

The thrill of flying has decreased tremendously; is this a positive or a negative? While flights are more affordable, in the food and beverage department, realistically we are paying double the price for prepackaged sandwiches and pretzels. Not to mention, customer service has become a low priority in the airlines industry. The comfort and happiness of passengers seems to not be a concern. Several news outlets are expressing their anger in the airlines industry. From the CEO to the flight attendant, the airlines must get back to their roots and start respecting their clients.

Let’s take a glimpse at the chart below to see the reduction of seat leg room:

Airline Seat pitch Seat width
Frontier 30-31″ 17-18″
Hawaiian Airlines 30-32″ 17-18″
JetBlue 30-34″ 17-18.25″
Southwest 31-33″ 17″

 

The most recent buzz is American Airlines economy seating’s leg room decrease. In perspective, they are reducing their seating down to match low economy airlines like Spirit airlines. Why are they doing this?! The answer is simple! They believe reducing this leg room will result in more seats on the plane. Ultimately, this will result in a reduction of price!

Now it’s your chance to speak up! Do you like the way the airlines industry is shifting or do you believe the era of luxurious flights should come back? Comment below how you feel about the customer service in the airlines industry.

TOP 5 STUDENT TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on May 16, 2017

“It’s better to see something once, than hear about it a thousand times.” This old Asian proverb couldn’t ring more true. Each year, thousands of students all over the country travel both domestically and internationally, taking in new experiences. The world is full of amazing places, and with so many options out there, we thought we’d give you our short list! Consider these cities when planning your next student travel experience.