Great Low Priced Airfares – How To Get Them

Constantly increasing fuel prices and the worldwide threat of terrorism makes it more and more difficult for people to find low priced airfares. I do not have any difficulty with airfares flights increasing to meet the cost of heightened security both at airports and onboard aircraft. But, as a result of the host of factors which are included in determining prices on just about everything nowadays, it seems that the low priced airfares which we once saw do not exist anymore. Today, you need to look around for what are considered to be the new brand of low airfares that reflect the unpredictability of the modern world.

Happily, there are a host of online sites which can assist you to track down cheap airfares. You might be familiar with many of them such as Travelocity and Hotwire to name just a couple. Although just about all of these Internet sites will claim to offer the cheapest airfare price, I have found that their discount airfares flights are normally very close to one another. In point of fact, most of the websites will be offering seats on the same flights as their competitor sites. So, can they really offer lower airfares? Perhaps. I can tell you that if you book your flight with the airline directly or through their website then you could end up paying more. Travel websites may be in a position to offer low cost airfares because of the competition within the travel industry.

One thing that I am simply at a loss to realize is just why last minute flights are so expensive. When there are empty seats on an airplane then the airline isn’t making a single cent on those seats and, if someone appears looking for a seat, they will quite often try to charge them almost twice what the cost would have been if they had made their booking in advance. No matter what they charge for the seat the airline is be making a profit, so why they can’t offer inexpensive seats for last minute travelers will always remain a mystery to me.

Talking to a travel agent may be of assistance in getting some low priced airfares flights as they might well be able to advise you on the best airlines to choose and will generally have access to information that in not available to members of the public. Additionally, if you can vary your schedule, you are much more likely to find a lower airline ticket. On specific days of the week it might be more expensive to fly to some locations. If you are prepared to be reasonably flexible and to do a little bit of investigation, you will find that there are low prices airfares to be found. Unfortunately, rising energy costs and the requirement for tighter security have ensured that the days of inexpensive flights tickets are without doubt in the past.

I love to stand in the check-in line at airports and listen to other people protesting about the long lines and the stricter security checks. I am absolutely amazed that people are so irritated and so thoughtless about just what is going on in the world today. It is definitely a shame that society has to be subjected to tighter security checks and it saddens me that my daughter will never know just what our world was like before the events of September 11th, 2001.

When you are looking to get low priced airfares then try to follow the hints given here. Seek the help of your travel agent or do a little homework on your own and, provided you are able to be adaptable, you might well be able to locate some cheap air fares.

How to Get Low-Priced Airline Tickets, Save Money and Get Cash Back

Most of us like to travel whether it is just a couple hundred miles in the car for a weekend getaway, or clear across the globe for a summer in Italy. Naturally, when we venture far from home we must turn to air travel unless you are a person who is scared to fly. So, the search begins for low-priced airline tickets. Sometimes, I can not help but wonder if there truly is such a thing. Even after scouring the web, I often came up empty handed. I used to think to myself; please tell me this is not just a dilemma exclusive to me. No offense to the “deal sites,” but sometimes they just didn’t seem to come through.

There were so many like travelocity.com, orbitz.com, priceline.com, cheaptickets.com, etc… I can not even begin to try to name them all. Now, the goal of these websites is to provide folks like you and me with low-priced airline tickets. Or at least I thought that was the goal. They tell you to name your price? Well, that routine just did not seem to work for me. Oh I name my price alright, but it never let me purchase airline tickets for price I wanted. And I am not saying that I use to punch in something ridiculous like two dollars. I think I put in a fair price, but it was always rejected. I began to think maybe it was me. Maybe, I just chose the wrong times to look.

In all honesty, I am surprised that airline tickets are as high as they are these days. They were low for a while after 911, but then the shot back up. Now, they are claiming that the reason for the higher prices is because of the rising price of fuel. Ugh!

Considering all the hassles of flying now, I’d think airlines would cut us a few deals. I am not too crazy about that x-ray machine that basically strips you nude. Although I do see the purpose behind them, I think they should work to come up with an alternative machine, one that allows us a little dignity when flying.

There are prudent times and bad times to purchase airline tickets. Anyone who is currently scrambling to get airline tickets within 14 days of a trip might as well forget it. Well, that is unless you want to be charged an arm and a leg. The beaches are already packed and hotels are booked. Trust me on this one. Purchasing airline tickets to hot spots should be done far in advance. The same goes for lodging reservations. Then, just maybe one of those “deal sites” will actually have a deal for you.

Finally, I was introduced to the Ayopah Market place. I needed to find away to get to California within a week. A friend told me about Ayopah . He told me to look into the travel section and go to Kayak.com. So, I did. When I got there, I found all of these testimonials from very creditable newspapers like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune etc… They all were claiming how Kayak was the best on the Internet for low vacation fairs. So, I took a chance.

I added my itinerary. And, to my surprised, I got the price that I wanted. This site is amazing. I saved nearly two hundred dollars going through Kayak.com. I became a customer for life.

About two weeks later, I got a call from my friend saying, “thank you for shopping in my mall.”. I said “what?” “You have a mall?.” He said, “yes” “I have an online mall.” I was totally confused. He went on to tell me about the Ayopah Market Place. He informed me that he could give me a free mall for myself. So, I could not only save money shopping online, but he told me that he could get cash back. I thought he was crazy.

He went on to explain that if I were a member when I purchased my tickets, I could have received additional cash back. He told me that a company named Escape International was providing free malls to its representatives and all I had to do was sign up for free and to shop in my own mall.

He told me that if had my own mall at the time that I was purchasing my airline tickets I could have gotten cash back. He sent me to Ayopah.com to sign up so that I could get my own mall link. Now, when I shop in my own mall, Escape International sends them a check each month that their commissions total $25.00 or more.

I now, do all of my shopping online for airline tickets, clothing, household appliance, shoes jewelry, everything. And I get cash back for all of my purchase. In addition, when I give others a free mall I earn a commission from everything that they buy though their mall.

Made in China – The High Cost Behind the Low Price Tag

Admit it or not, we take many things for granted.

About 90 percent of the clothes we wear everyday are made in China. Not to mention the other things we purchase on daily basis – tools, toys, furniture, electronics, and home appliances. Behind the glamorous ads, sexy displays, and shiny products in the shopping centers around us, there are millions of Chinese workers, who make the goods that we consume every day, living in a world that most of us could hardly imagine and probably would not cherish. Yet, few of us would ever know, or even care about, their life and their pain.

Among them, the biggest group is migrant workers.

Every year, hundreds of millions of migrant workers from China’s impoverished regions search for work in the more prosperous coastal regions, such as Shanghai and Canton. According to the Chinese government statistics, the current number of migrant workers in China is estimated at 150 million, approximately 11% of the population. They are at the absolute bottom of the society. Poorly educated, inadequately trained and overworked, the workers never had enough protection when they find work from unscrupulous employers who flout work safety rules and withhold salaries. According to a most recent study, only 31 percent of polled workers regularly received their full salary on time, while nearly two-thirds lacked disability insurance.

In addition to work-place abuses, migrant workers are regularly stigmatized by city dwellers who blame them for everything from crowded buses to street crime. Yet, they are the most hardworking group who shed sweat and blood in exchange for the minimum wage (on average they make less than $200 per month), and who built the foundation of China’s modern infrastructure and exporting business. Not to exaggerate, they are the pedestal of today’s global image of China as an emerging superpower or a proud dragon on fire. There’s a recent documentary movie “Last Train Home”, directed by a Canadian Chinese named Lixin Fan, showing the world for the first time in history the real life of a Chinese migrant worker family. Yet, what you’d see in the movie is only a fraction of what’s happening to the migrant workers in China.

Spring Festival is the most important festival to Chinese families. Regardless distance, family members manage to travel home and celebrate it together. To many migrant workers who have to work 12 hours or more every single day, the two weeks family gathering is the only vacation they have in the whole year. Desperate to see their parents, wives/husbands and children, they have to join an unimaginable crowd struggling to catch the train home, before the lunar New Year bell chimes. And, when the vacation ends, they have to fight again to catch the train back to work, before they lose their low-pay jobs. [Note: Similar to many other developing countries, riding a train is the cheapest way to travel in China]. If you have got a chance to witness the around-Spring-Festival rush hours at railway stations in China’s major cities, you probably would agree with me the rush hour here in North America is nothing.

In the wake of thousands of heartbreaking accidents, inhuman abuses, and years of appeals from families of migrant workers, the Chinese government finally passed a labor law in 2007 giving greater protection to workers’ rights. Social groups and organizations emerged in recent years to help migrant workers not just find work but protect their interests and exercise their rights. Things are getting better. Despite the global and domestic economy downturn, over 97% migrant workers found jobs in 2009 and, compared to 2008, 1 million some more workers signed up for disability insurance, according to the official statistics. However, the workers’ living condition and social status are far from what they deserve. Behind the low priced made-in-China products, the migrant workers are still paying a high cost in their lives.

What should we do about this problem? Last Train Home, living up to its billing as “An emotionally wrenching portrait of migrant workers in China”, would surely help you understand China behind its supersonic economic growth. However, to solve the problem and improve the life quality of China’s migrant workers, we need to put in more thinking. Some say, “Why don’t we just boycott Chinese goods?” Well, it’s never that easy. Bear in mind, the poor workers would very likely lose their jobs for what you choose to do – a classic backfire. In fact, the power to make a difference is really in the Chinese government’s hand and our job is to give it a push.

The Chinese government, although never having a nice image on human right issues, is taking its steps and measures to make the migrant workers’ life a bit easier. That we know. The officials are proactively looking for solutions, including learning from developed countries such as Britain which had about 400 years of experience handling migrant worker issues, to improve the situation. That we know, too. But compared to the many other tasks, the migrant workers’ life quality has never been a real priority. They can certainly do better than that. The international community has been pressing China to advance on the matter and I believe, when more people like you join the force, the voice will be louder and stronger. And better chance the migrant workers will have an improved life sooner.

At least one thing you can do from today – never take the low price tags attached to made-in-China products for granted.