If God really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get the the airport. - George Winters
If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel. - Will Kommen
PenAir commenced service to Presque Isle, Maine (PQI), Bar Harbor, Maine (BHB), and Plattsburg, NY (PBG) in the summer 2012. The service to Bar Harbor is only during the summer with Cape Air offering service in the remainder of the year. PenAir provides service with the same type of 34 passenger aircraft (Saab 340) that was flown by Colgan Air as USAirways Express. Colgan petitioned the Department of Transportation in September 2011 to end its service between Boston and Presque Isle and also between Boston and Bar Harbor and Plattsburg , New York. PenAir is not aligned at this time with any eastcoast legacy airlines so booking out of these airports can be complicated and often more expensive than utilizing neighboring airports. However, PenAir is currently working on condeshare agreements with other airlines which may bring a return of competitive airfare to PQI, PBG and BHB.
Presque Isle serves the whole of Northern Maine, Northwest New Brunswick, and the Temiscuota region of Eastern Quebec.
USAirways started daily nonstop service between Bangor (BGR) and Washington (DCA) on March 25. The flights are on Air Wisconsin CRJ-200. There is an added daily nonstop to Philadelphia (PHL) to supplement the present three daily flights. The service is provided by USAirways partner Air Wisconsin with a 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jet aircraft. The Bangor to LaGuardia (LGA) daily nonstops no longer operate.
Passport Office: www.travel.state.gov/passport
Airport Security: www.tsa.gov
Maine Airport Websites:
Augusta - AUG: www.augustaairport.org
Bangor - BGR: www.flybangor.com
Bar Harbor - BHB: www.bhbairport.com
Portland - PWM: www.portlandjetport.org
Presque Isle - PQI: www.flypresqueisle.com
- Flying out of a smaller local airport can save on the extra cost of parking and lodging. Consider the time involved driving to and from a larger hub versus leaving from a local airport when booking your air transportation.
- Book your flight as soon as you find the best deal. It could be gone within hours as other travelers will take advantage of the low cost and you could be left with having to pay the higher asking price for the same flights.
- Make a printout of your reservations, including the airline confirmation number. to bring with you to the airport. You will need this to be able to check in for your flights.
- Some airlines offer you the opportunity to print out your seat assignments prior to getting to the airport. Do this and avoid long lines at check-in.
- Prepay for your extra luggage to avoid long lines to this at the airport.
- Airlines customarily offer only a few seats at reduced prices. Book early to grab these before they're gone.
- Waiting to book at the last minute for a cheap ticket could backfire if the flights are nearly full and the airlines see no need to reduce tickets to a lower fare.
- Some airlines may accommodate your request for a rebate if you initially bought your ticket from their website and the cost has gone down since the purchase.
- Be flexible. Leaving or returning a day or two earlier or later could save substantially on airfare.
- Scheduling for the middle of the week rather than on weekends could potentially be more economical.
- Several airlines serving the same airport may have different airfares for similar flights. Check on different search engines, including the individual airline websites, for hidden values.
- Consider the cost of paying extra for extra lodging, driving distance and parking when considering that reduced ticket from a larger hub. It may be more advantageous leaving from a smaller, local airport.
- Don't overlook getting airmiles for your booking or flights. You may accumulate enough miles to take another trip for free or substantially lower cost in the future. Don't overlook airmile deals from the individual airline frequent flyer sites before booking.
- Flying overnight rather than daytime can save you on airfare and lodging.
- Don't waste time waiting for hours at the airport. Look at tickets that will allow you to fly to different airports during this wait time for the same cost as your original ticket while racking up valuable frequent flyer miles.
- Sign up for different airline frequent flyer programs and benefilt from getting miles for future travel at a free or reduced price.
- Security lines may be substantially shorter at smaller airports than at hubs.
- Airlines are now charging extra to buy at the airport or through a telephone representative. Travel agents and some search engines may charge an extra fee for booking your flights. Book yourself on the internet and save over these fees.
- Use a travel agent to arrange your flights if you require complicated connections with several air carriers.
- A package deal that includes flying, driving and lodging can be more advantageous than doing the individual reservations.
- You may require fewer frequent flyer airmiles for that free trip if you are a holder of the airlines's affinity credit card. P ay your bills with that card and you will rack up substantially more miles.
- You will need to pay taxes and a possible booking fee for that "free" flight with accumulated airmiles.
- Stay up to date with the latest security requirements before you leave. Airline websites have links to these.
- Familiarize yourself ahead of time with terminal layouts and distances to gates if you are going to be making a tight connection at an airport.
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