Upcoming changes in Turkish Airlines’ baggage policy

  1. Free baggage allowance remains same as two (2) pieces.
  2. 01 Feb 2009 the weight of the free baggage for the economy class will be 23 kilos (50lbs). Business class weight limit remains the same as 32kilos (70lbs)
  3. Starting 01 Feb 2009 the excess baggage fee of USD80.—will be collected in case the bags weigh between 23-32kilos (50-70lbs)
  4. Bags weighing more than 32 kilos (70lbs) will not be accepted to our flights.

British Airways is offering a great deal on flights from the US and Canada. Purchase a round-trip ticket in most classes of service( except non-refundable fares) between now and Dec. 31 2008 (travel for the qualifying ticket must be completed by Dec 31 2008) and receive a voucher by email for a Free companion ticket.

Note: You must be a British Airways "Executive Club" member to take advantage of this special.If you are not a member you can sign up very easily by clicking here.

After signing in as an Executive Club member, you must also REGISTER for this offer as well by clicking here and then going to "Register for offer".

Here is how it works:

1) Buy a round-trip ticket at qualifying World Traveler Fares that must be used by Dec 31, 2008.See British Airways site for details.

2) Get your E-voucher or regular voucher. Takes 6-8 weeks by email and 8 weeks for regular mail.

3) Book a ticket from Jan 5, 2009 until Jun 30, 2009 for travel from Jan 15, 2009 until Dec 15, 2009.Member and companion must book all flights and classes of service together and travel together on all segments.Get companion ticket Free excluding taxes.

Please see British Airways , scroll down and click "Show full terms and conditions" for complete details.

European Union airlines will this week be banned from hiding taxes and extra charges when advertising their flights, the EU's executive said on Thursday.

The European Commission also said its new regulations on air services, which come into force on Saturday, gives European nations extra powers to prevent airline bankruptcies, which often leave passengers stranded.

"Airlines will be required to include all taxes and charges in the final price of the ticket... and this from the moment of publicising the prices," a Commission spokesman told a daily briefing.

"That means no hidden charges, no hidden fees or taxes, full transparency and the possibility of informed choices," he added.

The rules also prevent carriers from charging different prices for the same flight if booked from different national web sites.

And to reduce the risk of airline start-ups going bankrupt they will have to provide more information about their financial resources to national authorities.

"If an air carrier can no longer meet its actual and potential obligations for a 12 month period, the authority shall suspend or revoke the operating license," said a statement.

The new rules come into force as airlines struggle with a cocktail of high fuel costs, slowing consumer demand and the impact of the credit crisis on banking liquidity.

Over 30 airlines have failed worldwide so far this year and a similar number are expected to collapse in coming months, as travel slows in the northern hemisphere winter.

The EU's new rules include emergency procedures for the replacement of airlines that fail while serving a remote region or island that depends on the air link for economic survival.


Most airlines in the U.S. have reduced their fares during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

In the worst slump seen since 2005, carriers are likely seeing the price reductions as necessary as the weak economy could seriously affect both leisure and business travel over the coming weeks and months. Industry experts are saying that these types of fare reductions aren’t typically offered until much closer to the actual holiday.

On Tuesday, Northwest Airlines led the way with a broad-based holiday airfare sale, and by the following day, most other major airlines were following suit, according to farecompare.com chief executive, Rick Seaney.

“It’s by far the most broad-based fare sale we’ve tracked in at least 18 months,” Seaney commented on Thursday, adding: “and this is the earliest I’ve ever seen one.”

The chief executive at the discount travel site bestfares.com, Tom Parsons, noted that there are still even better deals to be found by consumers considering alternate airports, and also by shopping around.

“I’ve been looking for this sale for two or three weeks,” said Parsons. “When I finally saw it, it was kind of a letdown.”

According to Parsons, the reduced fares offered by the major carriers were up to 25 per cent off on tickets purchased 21 or 30 in advance. He indicated that air travelers who considered using secondary airports will likely get larger price breaks.


German airline Lufthansa has announced that it will launch service connecting Inverness, in Scotland with Dusseldorf, Germany, beginning in the summer of 2009.The flight will operate on Saturdays during the June-September period.The airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), has commented that the new flights were welcome news for the local economy.Lufthansa’s announcement of the new service follows in the wake of Icelandair cancelling scheduled flights between Glasgow and Reykjavik until next March.

Shrish Pandey


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