Archive for the ‘airline websites’ Category

Airport City Codes

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Be sure to check our companion site  AirportCityCodes.com for Airport Codes, Airlines Codes, and our amazing flight distance calculator which will figure the flight miles from almost any two airports in the world.

As a reminder come to QuickAid.com for Airport News,  Airport City Codes.com for Airport and Airline data,  and TravelandHistory.com for a freewheeling blog about travel.    But wait, there’s MORE…..

 

 

Google buys ITA Flight Search Software.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Google’s aquisition of ITA software, a powerful flight price comparison engine, may eventually add a huge new twist to the flight search space although Google’s current position is that they won’t enter this market as a competitor, rather as a more helpful and user friendly search routine for flights.   It remains to be seen how Google will implement this tool over time, but it’s probably bad news for what in QuickAid’s view is the best current player in this market, Kayak.com.    We’re not sure but believe that  ITA already powers Kayak’s search.

This from Google:

On July 1, 2010, Google announced an agreement to acquire ITA Software, a Cambridge, Massachusetts flight information software company, for $700 million, subject to adjustments.

  • Google’s acquisition of ITA Software will create a new, easier way for users to find better flight information online, which should encourage more users to make their flight purchases online.
  • The acquisition will benefit passengers, airlines and online travel agencies by making it easier for users to comparison shop for flights and airfares and by driving more potential customers to airlines’ and online travel agencies’ websites. Google won’t be setting airfare prices and has no plans to sell airline tickets to consumers.
  • Because Google doesn’t currently compete against ITA Software, the deal will not change existing market shares. We are very excited about ITA Software’s QPX business, and we’re looking forward to working with current and future customers. Google will honor all existing agreements, and we’re also enthusiastic about adding new partners.

 

Google Press Release and Video on the ITA Aquistion: http://www.google.com/press/ita/

British Airways Miles tips from “The Points Guy”

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Brian Kelley is “The Points Guy“, a frequent flyer who helps others get the best from their credit card frequent flyer deals and other travel offers out there.

In an excellent and detailed series of articles linked below, Kelley offers a lot of advice on the British Airways points system, which based on my limited experience offers some challenges in terms of fuel surcharges and other added on fees.   After signing up for new cards my wife and I now have over 200,000 miles to use, but I’m concerned that the “free trips” to London I thought we’d score from this are fading away fast, though it appears BA may allow us to combine several segments – a promising development.   I’ll be reading Kelley’s advice carefully to try to maximize the benefits of the British Airways Frequent Flyer Program.

 

British Airways Frequent Flyer Travel Tips from “The Points Guy” Brian Kelley:

General tipsPost 1 – Booking BA Awards, Post 2 – Booking Partner Awards, Post 3 – Oneworld Alliance, Post 4 – Taxes and Fees, Post 5 – Household Accounts, Post 6 – Companion Ticket, Post 7 – Using ExpertFlyer for Partner Award Availability, Post 8 – The Art of the Stopover, Post 9 – Leveraging Miles and Cash Redemptions, and Post 10– Using Qantas.com to Find Oneworld Award Availability. Also, be sure to check out my post on the credit card deal itself and the lengthy Q&A in the comments section.

FAA Flight Delay Map

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The FAA Website provides a nice quick map check of general flight delays around the USA.   The FAA USA flight delay  map is here. For detailed information it is generally best to consult your airline rather than this map or even Airport information which seems to sometimes lag the Airline website reports by many minutes or even hours.     Also, this map is only about general delays that affect the airports – there will also be specific airline/flight related delays that do not show up here.

Contacting your airline for delay information is especially important if you are travelling on international flights to or from the USA when the delays can be longer and of more  inconvenience to you.

Airline Phone Numbers and Airline Websites

A neat trick to find quick flight information is to use Google’s search box shortcut.       Typing in  Airline NameFlight Number  at Google will give you  flight schedule / arrival / delay information.

For an example click here:    United Airline 22

You can even abbreviate the airline to it’s two letter code as in    “UA 22”    for United Airlines flight 22.

Airport Codes for US Airports, Canadian Airports, and International Airports

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The rumors are true – The QuickAid.com Airport Directory has added a very robust list of Airport Codes from around the world divided into Airports from the USA, Canada, and International Aiports.    Click below or in the page menu above for the lists of codes or for Airline Phone Numbers and Websites.

US Airport Codes | International Airport Codes | Canada Airport Codes | Airport Directory

Airline Phone Numbers and Airline Websites

If you are shopping for flight travel bargains consider starting your search with the big “consolidator” websites Kayak.com and  Orbitz.com  (Kayak often lists Orbitz flights so I usually just use Kayak).       Try to use the “matrix” or “flexible dates” features to expand your search to 3 days before and after your preferred departures.   Small adjustments in times and dates often yield large savings.

This search will give you a good starting price to try to beat with other sites, which should include Expedia, Travelocity, and the actual airline websites from the best deals you’ve found so far (though going to Airline sites is often redundant as they generally have the same info that is fed into Kayak.

A problem with Kayak is that it does not have all the airlines so if – for example – you are in a market served by Allegiant you may find much better deals than will be listed in any consolidator.      Allegiant only travels to a few big locations from dozens of small rural markets, but if you are lucky enough to live in those markets and are travelling to Las Vegas, Mesa AZ, or Los Angeles California you’ll be rewarded with massive savings on the order of 1/2 to 1/3 the  normal flight costs.

For International Travel budget conscious flyers will want to work even harder, looking for flights that may not be on a daily schedule and therefore may not appear in all your searches.   Also, word of mouth is often a great way to find out some good starting points for international flights.     You may even find that a good travel agent can get better deals than you can find online since they will have the experience and knowledge that will allow them to find “hidden gems” or good promotional deals you may not become aware of.

So, as with any endeavor try to stay patient, do a few hours of searching and talking, and save yourself a bundle on flights.    Keep in mind that spending a few hours to save a few hundred dollars represents a substantial return on your time investment and puts you in better shape for your future travel needs.


Airport Websites

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Here is a condensed list of Airline websites and phone numbers. 
For a longer, more comprehensive list of Airlines see the link below


Aeroflot .................... 888-340-6400

Aeromexico .................. 800-237-6639

Air Canada .................. 888-247-2262

Air China ................... 800-982-8802

Air Europa .................. 888-238-7672

Air France .................. 800-237-2747

Air India ................... 800-223-7776

Air New Zealand ............. 800-262-1234

Air Portugal ................ 800-221-7370

AirTran Airways ............. 800-AIR-TRAN

Alaska Airlines ............. 800-426-0333

Alitalia .................... 800-223-5730

All Nippon Airways .......... 800-235-9262

Aloha Air ................... 800-367-5250

America West Airlines ....... 800-235-9292

American Airlines ........... 800-433-7300

Austrian Airlines ........... 800-843-0002

Bangkok Airways ............. 866-226-4565

British Airways ............. 800-247-9297

Cathay Pacific Airways ...... 800-233-2742

China Airlines .............. 800-227-5118
China Eastern Airlines ...... 800-200-5118
China Southern .............. 888-338-8988

Continental Airlines ........ 800-525-0280

Czech Airlines ..(east coast) 800-223-2365
Czech Airlines ...(west,mw).. 800-628-6107

Delta Air Lines ............. 800-221-1212

DHL WorldWide Express ....... 800-225-5345

Dragon Air .................. 800-842-9911

Egyptair .................... 800-334-6787

El Al Israel Airlines ....... 800-223-6700

Emirates Air ................ 800-777-3999



Frontier Airlines ........... 800-432-1359

Hawaiian Airlines ........... 800-367-5320

Hooters Air ................. 888-359-4668

Horizon Air ................. 800-547-9308

Iberia ...................... 800-772-4642

Icelandair .................. 800-223-5500

Indian Airlines .............

Interstate Jet .............. 877-359-4538

Japan Airlines .............. 800-525-3663

JetBlue Airways ............. 800-538-2583

KLM ......................... 800-374-7747

Korean Air .................. 800-438-5000

Kuwait Airways .............. 800-458-9248

Lufthansa ................... 800-645-3880

Mesa Airlines ............... 800-637-2247

Mesaba Airlines ............. 800-225-2525

Mexicana .................... 800-531-7921

Northwest Airlines .......... 800-225-2525

Pakistan Intl Airline ....... 800-221-2552

Pan Am ...................... 800-359-7262

Philippine Airlines ......... 800-435-9725

Polynesian Airlines ......... 800-644-7659

Phnom Penh Airways ..........

Qantas Airways .............. 800-227-4500

Royal Jordanian Airlines..... 800-223-0470

Ryanair.com .................

Ryan International Airlines . 800-727-0457

SAS Scandinavian Airlines ... 800-221-2350

Saudia Arabian Airlines ..... 800-472-8342

Singapore Airlines .......... 800-742-3333

Song Delta Air .............. 800-359-7664

Southwest Airlines .......... 800-435-9792

Sun Country Airlines ........ 800-752-1218

SWISS ....................... 877-359-7947

Thai Air .................... 800-426-5204

Tower Air Greece ............

Turkish Airlines ............ 800-874-8875

Ukraine Intl Airlines ....... 800-876-0114

United Airlines ............. 800-241-6522

US Airways .................. 800-428-4322

USAir Shuttle ............... 800-428-4322

Virgin Atlantic ............. 800-862-8621

Virgin Blue .................

World Airways ............... 800-967-5350

For smaller Airline Websites try this Airline websites list