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You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? Read more

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SATA Airlines and its parent group have been bringing travelers to the volcanic Azorean Islands, just off of Portugal, for nearly 70 years. Looking ahead to winter, the airline is now offering a special rate for round-trip flights between Boston and Sao Miguel — where travelers can enjoy thermal baths, pineapple greenhouse visits, whale watching, and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration with live music and fireworks by the harbor. Now through this Thursday, July 31, travelers can nab tickets for as low as $499 round-trip, for the itinerary departing December 30 and returning January 6, 2015*.

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For as much as the Internet empowers, there’s a dark side to your Web browser — namely in it’s ability to identify you as you. While it’s mighty convenient to allow your computer to remember your password, recall your username for login fields, and even save your address for online shopping, doing so may come back to bite you when you’re purchasing travel (and other goods and services). This phenomenon has become known as “dynamic pricing,” where online retailers adjust pricing for different shoppers based on factors like where they live and even what computers they use. It’s been around for a while, but the issue recently made its way into the limelight again thanks to Resolution 787 — a controversial proposal that could potentially further enable “customized” pricing.

So what’s a consumer to do? In general, the less the companies about you, the more likely you are to get a fair price. Here are a few tips on maintaining a higher level of secrecy, which could very well save you a few dollars on your next ticket purchase: Read more

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Regardless of length, flights can wreak havoc on your beauty routine. With inflight humidity levels as low as 10-20 percent (compared to outdoor air which is over 35 percent), the airplane environment can cause lips to chap and skin to dehydrate.

There are several TSA-friendly beauty kits that contain several skincare and beauty solutions, at prices that won’t make you wince. Here are our favorites:

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620x400_iStock_000028914764SuitCaseApplesThe carry-on bag: It’s oh-so-small, but crucial to comfortable air travel.

Make yours count by filling it with goodies that will ensure a happy and healthy flight. Whether it’s a stuffed-to-the-brim roller bag or a lightweight backpack, here are five healthy essentials to pack.

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By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel

Business-class travelers are frequent fliers who know how to get the best out of their cross-country flights. They choose airlines by which one has the best reclining seats, in-flight entertainment, and food. But the true traveler knows that the real perk of flying business class is the bag of goodies that comes along with it. (Well, and the extra legroom.)

So before you book your next flight, check out this list of the seven best business-class amenity kits.

The Business Traveler: Best In-Flight Airline Amenity Kits

(Photo: Jet Blue)

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refinery hotel new york - 620Unless you’re traveling constantly, are ultra-loyal to a single brand, or love the comfort of a big name hotel, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to cash in on a hotel loyalty program.

Whatever the reason, it’s difficult for most leisure travelers to cash in hotel points the same way they would flight miles. More often than not, we brand-hop when it comes to accommodations and end up with a few scant points scattered across a half-dozen programs.

Those are precisely the frustrations that the new Expedia+ Rewards program, just re-launched today, hopes to dispel. First and foremost, it’s set up so that members can achieve status quickly. It also lets members enjoy a host of additional perks — and offers varied ways to earn points. The revamp comes at a sensitive time, too, when airlines are devaluing miles faster than you can type Expedia.com into your browser. Here’s more on how the new program works and why it might be a good choice for you:

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Last week, Norwegian Air Shuttle launched non-stop service between New York and London, as the first budget airline to fly the route since Laker Airways in 1977. And it’s not a huge surprise — the low-cost market is the fastest growing airline sector, with other budget carriers rumored to be keen on grabbing a piece of the transatlantic market, too. This is partly due to the emergence of more fuel efficient, economically viable, long-range aircrafts. Norwegian’s new long-haul routes to the U.S., for example, will run on the airline’s new 787-8 Dreamliner.

But the all-important question remains: How competitive will travel costs on these budget carriers’ transatlantic services be?

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Southwest Southwest Airlines have been a major player in the U.S. market over the past few decades, but today it takes its first step into the big, wide world. As of July 1, Southwest has begun service to Aruba and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. In the coming months flights to the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic from other gateways will follow.

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flickr.com/claudiaregina_ccJust because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning a winter getaway. We’ve already laid out some good reasons for visiting Iceland in the winter, but here is an offer from Icelandair that might seal the deal. Read more

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We all know that long-haul flying certainly isn’t easy on the body, especially given the constraints of seating arrangements that are only getting tighter and tighter. In most cases, there’s usually not much to be done to improve matters — but we did think of a few ways to make the journey a little easier on your feet. And considering how much stress is put on them on a typical day, not to mention hours of security lines and waiting around, a little relief here can do wonders in helping you feel better over all.

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In Europe, when temperatures drop, so do the prices. Traveling to Europe outside of the summer season almost always guarantees savings — but this year you can get an even earlier start by jumping on this special offer from Lufthansa. The respected airline, a member of the Star Alliance, is offering low rates starting at $532 round-trip between the United States and a number of European cities, including Istanbul, Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, and even Moscow. Read more

Texas - Dallas - Aerial View - 620x400 - flickr nffcnnrPop quiz: flying to which of the following cities from New York costs the most, round-trip? San Juan, Puerto Rico? Dallas, Texas? Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas? Or, Phoenix, Arizona?

The answer is… Dallas. Of the four choices, air from New York to Dallas is the most expensive — and the $467 price tag, courtesy of Spirit Airlines, does not include baggage fees. Add $70 for a carry-on and $60 for a checked bag for a $587 grand total. (In case you were wondering, air to Phoenix is the next most expensive at $430 on Delta; followed by St. Thomas at $369 on JetBlue; then San Juan at $331 on JetBlue.)

If this is enough to make you scrap your Dallas travel plans (or stay home, if you’re based in Dallas), consider postponing them instead. Come fall, the price of flights to and from D-Town to major U.S. gateways will be much more competitive, thanks to the end of the Wright Amendment. This pesky federal law limited air traffic in and out of Dallas Love Field airport to interstate and neighboring state flights. Read more

baggage claim 1Lost luggage. The very idea can haunt you while you fly. Who hasn’t stepped up to the baggage carousel and felt that nagging sense of dread?  And if your bag doesn’t turn up, your vacation is off to a very stressful start.

While losing your luggage can be just a matter of bad luck – just three out of every 1,000 bags are lost, with a 98 percent return rate – there are some preventable measures you can take that will help your bags meet you when you land. Here are some ideas, along with a couple of extra tips for securing what’s flying with you.

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As avid travelers, planning future trips is a pastime. But, going beyond the usual dream destinations, there are a few less likely places that we want to visit… but just not quite yet. Here are five cities we are looking forward to visiting… a few years from now: Read more

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