A study by airline consulting firm Boyd Group International shows that U.S. airports in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the highest cost of air travel ‒ based on fares paid per mile ‒ included Dallas Love Field, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

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Conventional wisdom that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best times to shop for U.S. airline tickets may be misguided, according to researchers at Texas A&M University. Weekends offer 5 per cent lower prices on average for similar tickets, they found.

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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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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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Frontier Airlines has put into effect new fee reductions and policy changes effective for tickets purchased on or after April 13. It is also launching Frontier Express as a brand to be used for all Frontier flights operated by Embraer ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 regional jets and Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

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Due to strong consumer demand for its 17 newly announced scheduled services to Northwest Florida Regional Airport and scheduled services to other Florida airports, Vision Airlines is extending its $49 introductory fare sale to Florida from January 23 to January 31 and has allocated more $49 seats to each flight.

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Tickets for travel already purchased through Orbitz remain valid but changes must be made through American Airlines reservations by calling 1-800-433-7300.

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