Finnair is offering its customers five new ticket types in a bid to simplify the purchasing of airline tickets, improve clarity in ticket pricing and offer suitable fares to all customers. Finnair will also begin checking in passengers automatically and sending boarding passes to their mobile phones.

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This is a fact-packed, beautifully illustrated and profusely photographed, history-based guide of 254 pages that provides a fresh and intriguing look at New York City and the surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, the Delaware River and Delaware.

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Beginning Monday, August 6, American Airlines customers who purchase the new Baggage Delivery Service can bypass the airport baggage claim upon arrival and have their bags delivered to their office, home, hotel or wherever else their final destination may be.

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Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via AA.com on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business partner of American on transpacific routes.

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From July 1, members of JetBlue Airways’ customer loyalty program TrueBlue will be able to earn TrueBlue points across Emirates’ network of more than 120 destinations worldwide. Emirates’ Skywards members will be able to earn Skywards Miles throughout JetBlue’s network.

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Residents of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be able to travel on Megabus.com buses to Austin, Texas; Norman, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; and New Orleans, at fares beginning at $1. Megabus.com service in Texas will begin June 19.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has appointed the four members of a new committee that will advise the Secretary on measures to protect the rights of air travelers in the United States.

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SkyTeam’s new Go Russia Pass is available to passengers traveling on flights originating outside Russia with any of SkyTeam’s 15 member airlines, or on a Go Round the World ticket. The pass includes more than 30 destinations from Aeroflot’s hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

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Members of Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways’ A+ Rewards frequent-flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two programs. This will allow members to combine rewards from the two airlines’ frequent-flyer programs.

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The pass is available to business and leisure travelers flying with any of SkyTeam’s 15 member airlines on an intercontinental round-trip to Africa or a Go Round the World ticket.

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In an open online forum, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is asking Canadians, “In an ad, what would help you to easily determine the total price of an airline ticket?” This is so Canadians can have a say in new regulations that will establish how airfares and airline fees are advertised in Canada.

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Here’s a terrific, free idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, even if belated: Scandinavian Airlines has published the eighth edition of the SAS Crew Guide, its annual travel guidebook. The guide is mainly available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

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Under this program, Chinese citizens with valid U.S. visas who are in direct transit through Vancouver International Airport on their way to and from the United States are no longer required to obtain a Canadian Temporary Residence Permit.

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For sports fans who can be in Britain this year but can’t get to the Olympic or Paralympic Games, England – which is home to most of the venues which will be used for the Games – offers plenty of less-conventional competitive activities.

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Now airlines and ticket agents must include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares and they must disclose baggage fees to consumers buying tickets. Passengers will also be able to hold a reservation without payment, or cancel a booking without penalty for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if they book a week or more before departure date.

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A year after the debut of its Greyhound Express service, Greyhound Lines, Inc. is expanding the premium service to Florida by adding routes from its Atlanta hub to Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Greyhound also is adding an Express stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Otherwise known for the excellence of its service, Virgin America ranks a distant last in a study released today which reveals how quickly the call centers of the 13 largest U.S. airlines have been responding to customer calls during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

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American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are expanding their long-standing relationship by offering additional reciprocal benefits to elite-status members of American’s AAdvantage Program and Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan.

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