KLM Royal Dutch Airlines claims to be the first airline in the world to create a payment method which allows customers to pay via social media channels.

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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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The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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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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