Air travel is known for speed, efficiency and comfort. Not only is it the fastest mode of travel, even booking a ticket or making travel plans around flight bookings is one of the easiest things. A number of airlines and online travel portals offers convenient bookings options – just specify your travel dates and destinations and a complete list of all air connection between the two is displayed. Choose the one that suits your schedule and budget, complete the payment process and you are ready to fly. It really is that simple.
The airlines also offer a number of different facilities to make your travel easier. Besides online booking, they also offer web or telephonic check-in. Things are simplified to such an extent that passengers just have to reach the airport and from that point on someone is on hand to assist then on every step of the journey.
With the high level of competition between airlines, exceptional service is just one of the criteria they have to attract passengers. The other, sometimes more effective method is to offer exciting deals on fares. In fact, the airlines plan some of their best deals in time for the summer holidays. From the multiple options on offer, choose one that matches your requirement and get the best deal for your trip.
Airlines have been known to offer such unbelievable offers like book a return ticket to Europe and win a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the US! But check the fine print, such offers come with a number of different terms and conditions. For example, this free round-trip offer may be available only for First Class passengers. People who use the premium services of an airline are often entitled to special privileges. First Class passengers may be gifted a certificate entitling them to a free round-trip to any number of cities. Such certificates can be redeemed at any time too.
In the interest of their most frequent customers, airlines also offer special Frequent Flyer programs. For any number of miles earned, their regular customers can earn free tickets or upgrades, or even get gifts from partner brands or hotels.
A new long haul travel feature that is likely to be on offer soon is the availability of triple-decker bungs on international airlines.
In order to make air travel more convenient and comfortable, some airliners in Europe are also planning to launch triple Decker bunks. Once such a facility is offered then for the first time ever economy class travelers will have the luxury of catching some much-needed sleep on a private bunk. The economy class bunks would be set on a herringbone pattern – parallel rows that converge along a spine. With bunks on offer, economy class travelers can also enjoy some comforts that were hitherto reserved for Business and First Class alone.
There is some airline-related good news for pet owners amongst us as well, albeit only for those residing in the US and Canada. A new airline, aptly called Pet Airways has started offering air travel facilities for the beloved dogs and cats and other creatures that have to be left at home when the family heads for a vacation or have to suffer long drives in packed cars.
Comfortable as the world of airline travel is, it has not been immune from the credit crunch afflicting the rest of the world. Over the last years, millions of travelers have cancelled or postponed their travel plans. This development has affected the airlines very badly. One drastic consequence of this downturn has been the scaling down of airlines operations. Several airlines are now rationalizing the routes they fly or even bringing down the frequency of flights. Another factor in the current state of disarray of international airlines has been the devaluation of the Pound (GBP) against the Euro. Finally realizing the sheer scope of the crunch, some national airlines have even had to consider mergers, such as in the case of British Airways and Iberia. Still others are on the lookout for government-backed bail-out plans, much like the banks were before.
Of late, the condition has been improving. The passengers are coming back and the demand for tickets is surging again. Airlines are now offering low fares and other deals to get more travelers out. Even full service airlines are offering low fare deals.
Passengers are now coming back, and in large numbers. It would seem the low fares and offers advertised by the airlines are working. The lure of easy online booking, quick and comfortable travel, all at value-for-money prices are all proving effective in enticing the recession-weary traveler out and setting him off on new travels.