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Tips to find cheap flights

Frequent flier and points expert Gilbert Ott knows something about finding a good flight deal.As owner of air miles site God Save the Points, he spends his time travelling the world in first class, writing about the latest trends in the travel industry. He even once did a free ride on a private jet.

In a blog , he shares about the mistakes airlines and travel companies make where they make a flight available for much cheaper than intended.Using a mistake fare, he booked a business class flight with Qatar Airways from Amsterdam to Tokyo — via Doha — for just $640 (£473) roundtrip.

"That felt like the best deal I'd ever seen, and then ANA just went and offered $630 (£466) roundtrip business class between Vancouver and Sydney!" he wrote in his blog post. "Yes, Australia in business class for less than people pay for coach. These are just two examples of the insane deals you want to tune in for — error fares."

So how do error fares happen?

"Unlike the old days, airlines file airfares constantly,Often, they involve humans or computers, both of which are known to make mistakes, or fail!"

"An error fare could be someone forgetting a digit, like $700 (£517) instead of $7000 (£5,178) (whoops), or offering a deal to unintended cities, amongst many others. These days however, airlines love tempting us into booking extra trips – just because – so some fares that seem too good to be true may not even be an error at all. Just a super limited time deal."

There are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with error fares.

1. Firstly, you need to know where to find them.

"If this was easy, everyone would do it," Ott wrote.

He suggests following the God Save The Points Facebook page for updates on flight deals, as well as forums where most deals originate first: The Flyertalk Premium Fare Deal forum, "the place for business class deals," and the Mileage Run forum, "where most economy deals can be found."

Business Insider has also written about DealRay, a members-only travel app that sends real-time alerts and push notifications whenever it detects massive price drops, error fares, or flash sales.

2. Set up alerts that come to you.

"Why incessantly click around all day, when you could just have deals pushed to you?" Ott wrote.

"Our Google Flights tricks show you how to set alerts for all your favorite bucket list flights, so you may even beat 'the blogs' to finding an incredible deal."

You can also choose to get notifications from God Save The Points' Facebook page. "You can do the same for other great deal sites, and also get email alerts when new fares pop up in the two Flyertalk forums we mentioned. Sure, this requires some legwork, but how much is an unimaginably luxurious trip — without the price tag — worth?"

3. Act fast, because fares don't last.

"These are the fares of peoples dreams, and they happen in all cabins," he wrote. "Whether it's $100 round the world economy tickets or $600 for 40+ hours in flat bed business class, people want in! As such, when word spreads, they don't last. Most fares last mere hours, if that. The key is getting in early, getting in fast, and asking questions later — oh, and don't call the airline."

4. Wait at least 24 hours after booking to contact the airline.

"If you'd love friends or family to join and they don't get back to you quickly, you gotta cut em' loose. Available dates dry up in seconds, and it really is a race against time. Find something you believe works, do your best to make it work and book ASAP. Once you've booked, don't call the airline or hotel to ask if it is going to be honored. At least not for 24 hours, until others have a chance to book as well, and until the dust settles."

5. Know that it may not work.

"Our biggest fear in publicising error fares, versus just great deals, is that error fares are not always honored," Ott wrote. "That can mean a purchase you made will take up to 14 days to be refunded. For some, that can be quite a game changer.

Back in 2015, travellers went into an online buying frenzy after finding a way to get return flights with United Airlines from London to Newark for as little as £50 (about $75).

United Airlines suspended sales from its Denmark website where the issue originated, but not before thousands of people purchased tickets for a bargain price. However, the airline said it would not honour the tickets due to a software error.

"Know that when you book an error fare, you shouldn't book any other travel plans for at least a few days, until the airline or hotel agrees to honor the deal or not. If you can't afford to potentially have the money waiting in limbo, you may want to opt out, but if they don't honor, you'll always receive a refund. For sure."

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The Top 100 Airlines of 2016

  1. Emirates
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. ANAs
  6. Etihad Airways
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. EVA Air
  9. Qantas Airways
  10. Lufthansa
  11. Garuda Indonesia
  12. Hainan Airlines
  13. Thai Airways
  14. Air France
  15. Swiss Int’l Air Lines
  16. Asiana Airlines
  17. Air New Zealand
  18. Virgin Australia
  19. Austrian
  20. Bangkok Airways
  21. Japan Airlines
  22. Dragonair
  23. AirAsia
  24. KLM
  25. Virgin America
  26. British Airways
  27. Finnair
  28. Virgin Atlantic
  29. Hong Kong Airlines
  30. Norwegian
  31. Air Canada
  32. China Southern
  33. Aegean Airlines
  34. Malaysia Airlines
  35. Delta Air Lines
  36. Korean Air
  37. China Airlines
  38. easyJet
  39. SilkAir
  40. Aeroflot
  41. South African Airways
  42. Oman Air
  43. Air Astana
  44. Vietnam Airlines
  45. LAN Airlines
  46. Jetstar Airways
  47. Porter Airlines
  48. AirAsiaX
  49. Aer Lingus
  50. WestJet
  51. Indigo
  52. Iberia
  53. jetBlue Airways
  54. Jetstar Asia
  55. Azul Airlines
  56. Avianca
  57. TAM Airlines
  58. Alitalia
  59. Brussels Airlines
  60. Alaska Airlines
  61. Scoot
  62. SAS Scandinavian
  63. Air Seychelles
  64. TAP Air Portugal
  65. Thomson Airways
  66. Southwest Airlines
  67. SriLankan Airlines
  68. United Airlines
  69. Copa Airlines
  70. Azerbaijan Airlines
  71. Jet Airways
  72. Hawaiian Airlines
  73. Air Mauritius
  74. Air Berlin
  75. Eurowings
  76. Ethiopian Airlines
  77. American Airlines
  78. Peach
  79. China Eastern
  80. Gulf Air
  81. Icelandair
  82. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  83. Philippine Airlines
  84. American Eagle
  85. Kenya Airways
  86. TAAG Angola
  87. Air China
  88. Air Transat
  89. Air Nostrum
  90. Juneyao Airlines
  91. Fiji Airways
  92. LOT Polish
  93. Kulula
  94. Aeromexico
  95. Royal Brunei Airlines
  96. Tianjin Airlines
  97. Tiger Airways
  98. Mango
  99. Royal Jordanian
  100. SpiceJet
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The World’s Top 100 Airports – 2017

The world’s Top 100 Airports for 2017, voted for by international air travellers around the world during the 2016/2017 survey period.

The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry, and a global benchmark of airport excellence known as the Passengers Choice Awards.

1 2016 Rating
1 Singapore Changi 1
2 Tokyo Intl Haneda 4
3 Incheon Intl Airport 2
4 Munich Airport 3
5 Hong Kong Intl Airport 5
6 Hamad Intl Airport 10
7 Centrair Nagoya 6
8 Zurich Airport 7
9 Heathrow Airport 8
10 Frankfurt Airport 12
11 Amsterdam Schiphol 13
12 Kansai Intl Airport 9
13 Vancouver Airport 14
14 Narita Airport 11
15 Copenhagen Airport 18
16 Brisbane Airport 17
17 Helsinki Airport 15
18 Shanghai Hongqiao 34
19 Cape Town Airport 22
20 Dubai Airport 26
21 Taiwan Taoyuan Airport 20
22 Auckland Airport 21
23 Sydney Airport 23
24 Vienna Airport 29
25 Beijing Capital Airport 16
26 Cincinnati/Kentucky 32
27 Hamburg Airport 40
28 Denver Airport 28
29 Cologne / Bonn Airport 19
30 Melbourne Airport 25
31 Madrid-Barajas Airport 31
32 Paris Cdg Airport 33
33 Barcelona Airport 27
34 Kuala Lumpur Airport 24
35 King Shaka Airport 35
36 London City Airport 41
37 Johannesburg 30
38 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 36
39 San Francisco Airport 37
40 Dusseldorf Airport 39
41 Hartsfield-Jackson 43
42 Bogota Airport 46
43 Toronto Pearson Airport 44
44 Soekarno-Hatta Airport 63
45 Xi’an Airport 48
46 Dallas/Fort Worth 58
47 Gimpo Airport 42
48 Haikou Meilan Airport 52
49 Abu Dhabi Airport 38
50 Gold Coast Airport 55
51 Gatwick Airport 45
52 Quito Airport 62
53 Athens Airport 60
54 Houston IAH 71
55 Lima Airport 49
56 Chengdu Airport 50
57 Bahrain Airport 47
58 Seattle-Tacoma Airport 54
59 Oslo Airport 56
60 Delhi Airport 66
61 Christchurch Airport 51
62 Stockholm Arlanda 67
63 New York JFK Airport 59
64 Mumbai Airport 64
65 Halifax Stanfield Airport 61
66 Guayaquil Airport 65
67 Bengaluru Airport 74
68 Lisbon Airport 57
69 Hyderabad Airport 68
70 Baku Airport 105
71 Perth Airport 73
72 Minneapolis-St Paul 75
73 Adelaide Airport 69
74 Moscow Domodedovo 53
75 Porto Airport 70
76 Shenzhen Airport 77
77 Dublin Airport 80
78 Sanya Airport 81
79 Malta Airport 92
80 Montréal Airport 88
81 Moscow Sheremetyevo 78
82 Billund Airport 79
83 Hanoi Noi Bai Airport 82
84 Budapest Airport 76
85 Birmingham Airport 87
86 Los Angeles Airport 91
87 Guangzhou Airport 85
88 Phoenix Airport 106
89 Boston Logan Airport 97
90 Panama Tocumen 86
91 Brussels Airport 83
92 Nice Airport 84
93 Medina Airport 111
94 Detroit Metropolitan 89
95 Raleigh-Durham 104
96 Prague Airport 93
97 Keflavik Airport 72
98 Kazan Airport 100
99 Warsaw Airport 112
100 Shanghai Pudong 103
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Airlines Sidestep Electronics Ban, Offer Passengers Free In-Flight Laptops and Wi-Fi !!!

After a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule went into effect March 23, prohibiting travelers on selected flights from Middle Eastern and North African airports from bringing electronics bigger than a cellphone into the aircraft cabin, several airlines have come up with creative ways to work around it. Qatar Airways is the latest to come up with a clever plan: The Doha-based airline will offer passengers a laptop loan service.

The complimentary PC laptops will be available to business class passengers traveling on all U.S.-bound flights from the affected airports starting next week. The airline will also offer one hour of free Wi-Fi for all passengers, a special $5 Wi-Fi package to stay connected for the duration of the flight, and a service at the gate for all passengers, where any prohibited electronics will be collected before boarding and securely packaged, tagged, loaded as check-in baggage, and returned upon arrival to the U.S.

“We truly appreciate the importance of being able to work onboard our aircraft, and that is why I have insisted on offering only the best possible solution for our customers,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in an email statement. “Providing this laptop loan service, we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the U.S. can continue to work while on board.”

Qatar Airways is just the latest airline to find a way around the inconvenient ban. Emirates's president told Bloomberg on March 29 that the Dubai-based airline was exploring the idea of offering approved laptops to passengers and, along with Turkish Airlines, lets passengers check their electronics at the gate using secure padded cases. Etihad revealed similar plans: The Abu Dhabi-based airline will provide first and business class passengers on all flights to the U.S. loaner iPads and free Wi-Fi starting April 2.

Royal Jordanian Airlines went straight cheeky after the new ban was announced. Last week, the airline tweeted a list of  12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet. Some suggestions included "analyze the meaning of life" and "engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era."

We’re sure to see even more clever ways around the ban, which was rolled out by the U.S. The U.S. ban affects flights out of airports in Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Doha, Qatar. The U.K. followed with its own version of the ban, but didn’t target Persian Gulf transportation hubs. As of now, no U.S. airline is affected, but companies such as British Airways and easyJet were hit by restrictions after the U.K. enacted its own prohibition.

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This is the best airports in the world …

airports

First of all, the best airports in the world is Singapore's Shangi.
Its the fifth consecutive year Shangi airport preserves the first place in the award for the airport in the list of global Sky tracks.Shangi airport is the one of the best and most environment-friendly airports in Singapore.Greenery everywhere.This is where Singapore's largest indoor garden. The main terminal building is in ball-shaped. It spacious malls, is running Steakhouse restorents with tasty foods in different countries. The airport's main attraction is the 40-meter-high eddy located in the middle.
They arranged three passenger terminals and modern facilities.24 hours blockbuster sports movies and theaters Roof Top, two terminals which are displayed the coolest swimming pool and Butterfly Gardens for free.The fourth terminal will start operation in the second half of this year. Installation is pretty raindrop dancing Main Hall. It also has a children's spacious park. Passengers in front of the metro station enable inside
Most of the ten best airports in the world

1.Shangi Airport,Singapore
2.Tokyo's international airport 
3.Incheon International Airport, South Korea 
4.Munich airport, Germany
5.Hong Kong International Airport
6.Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar 
7.Sentair Chubu Nagoya airport, Japan 
8. Zurich airport, Switzerland
9.London Heathrow airport
10. Frankfurt airport, Germany.

Hamad airport,Qatar is the only airport placed in first of ten from GCC. South Korean Incheon InternationalAirport was ranked second last year. However, the two steps up to the Tokyo International Airport, the second this year.
Qatar Hamad airport has secured the sixth position last year, was tenth up to four degrees.
2015-Hamad airport to the 22-th position. Frankfurt airport, Germany's top ten for the first time

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Emirates Airlines clarifies Etihad Airways merger reports

Emirates Airline has denied reports that it was considering a coalition with Etihad Airways.

"There is no truth to the report Emirates and Etihad are planing a merger or have been in talks for the same," an Emirates Airline spokesperson said in a statement.

Earlier last week, Emirates President Tim Clark had rubbished reports about merger plans between UAE's two major airlines Emirates and Etihad.

Talking at the ITB tourism fair, the aviation industry veteran commented on popularity of low-cost airlines, Trump's travel ban and Emirates-Etihad merger gossips.

Commenting on the merger of Dubai carrier Emirates Airlines and national carrier Etihad Airways PJSC, he described reports that the ruling families of UAE - who own the two airlines - arediscussing a merger as 'nonsense' " Bloomberg reported.

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