Travel News: Jan. 11-17

Here is a round-up of this weeks travel news, from wrong landings, free in-flight TV, to the safest and most on-time airlines. Enjoy!

TV Flies Free

Southwest extends its “TV Flies Free” promotion with DISH. The program, which began July last year, will now run through the end of December 2014. This is good news for fliers with iOS, Android and other Internet-ready devices, as the Southwest-DISH partnership allows passengers to access nearly 20 live TV channels and 75 on-demand shows for free during their flight.

Destination Weddings Get a Price Break from Airlines

Planning a destination wedding? The folks at Jaunted have you covered, with a list of airlines that offer discounts for group travel, weddings and getting a dispersed crowd to the same destination.

How does a plane mistakenly land at the wrong airport?

This was the question that many travelers were asking themselves after Southwest Airlines Flight 4031 landed at Taney County instead of Branson Airport, Missouri last Sunday. Conde Nast Traveler takes a look at how it happened.

Top 10 On-Time Airlines for November

U.S. airlines got most of their passengers to their destinations on time in November, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Hawaiian Airlines tops the list with a 93.9% on-time arrival rate.

World Airlines Get Safer

2013 was a banner year for airline safety, according to Aviation Safety Network. The improved safety record is attributed to the efforts of international aviation groups to impose safety guidelines on airlines around the world. For a list of the 10 safest world airlines, click here.

Airfares Rise, Outpacing Inflation in 2013

According to Associated Press analysis of fare data, airfares have risen nearly 12 percent since the recessionary low in 2009 and were up 2 percent last year. With more airline fees on the horizon for this year, it is now more important than ever to make sure you are finding the very best ticket price. Use’s Fare Calendars or Today’s Best Fares tool to find the lowest fares for your travel. in the News

A London vacation for under $1000 (MarketWatch) reports that cheap carriers include Aer Lingus and Icelandair. Traveling between some cities in Europe., meanwhile, is very cheap via airlines like easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, Flybe and Thomas Cook Airlines, says Warren Chang, vice president and general manager of Ryanair offers one-way flights to Dublin for around $50, for example.

Last-minute travel deals to the Winter Olympics (MarketWatch)

Warren Chang, vice president and general manager of, says that while flights from some U.S. cities to Sochi cost $5,000 to $7,000, flights of New York and Los Angeles can be significantly cheaper.


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