Avoiding Hidden Airline Fees

Laura Martone is more accustomed to talking cross-country travel by road and not air, but in this piece she goes over some tips and tricks for making a flight more affordable.

Taking Sweet, Sustainable Flight

Brazil is a notorious pioneer in the development and use of renewable biofuels. Veteran travel writer Michael Sommers discusses recent efforts to develop a sustainable alternative for airplane fuel.

Costa Rica Giveaway Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Moon Costa Rica giveaway. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

Catherine Whitfield of Chattanooga, Tenn. is the winner of the $500 Continental Airlines gift certificate. The two runners up are Adam Jonas of Lexington, Ky. and Maricela Bravo of Los Angeles, Calif. Both will receive a copy of the new edition of Moon Costa Rica.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Keep reading Moon.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for information on our future giveaways.

Enter to Win a $500 Continental Airlines Gift Card from Moon

To celebrate the release of the new edition of our popular Moon Costa Rica guidebook by Costa Rica travel expert Christopher P. Baker, Moon Travel Guides is giving away a $500 Continental Airlines gift card to one lucky winner. Two runners-up will receive a copy of Moon Costa Rica.

For a chance to win, simply visit our giveaway page and submit your entry. Only one entry per person is allowed. The name of the winner will be announced on the Moon Staff Blog and the Moon Facebook and Twitter pages on or after Dec. 15th 2011. Employees of the Perseus Books Group, the parent company of Avalon Travel & Moon Travel Guides, are not eligible to win.

We look forward to helping to send you on your way to beautiful Costa Rica. For in-depth Costa Rica travel ideas and trip information, visit our Costa Rica travel page or the Moon Costa Rica book page.

Best of luck!

Clouds of Consolidation Threaten Brazil’s Open Skies

In recent years, both Brazilians and foreigners traveling around Brazil have rejoiced in the emergence of a number of top-notch, budget airlines such as Trip, Webjet, Azul, and Avianca (formerly Ocean Air). Giving the two dominant giants of the Brazilian skies – TAM and Gol – a run for their money, these efficient start-ups have played a major role in opening up new routes and, more importantly, in making prices much more competitive to the increasingly large number of passengers who are taking to the Brazilian skies.

The Missed Flight

In which author Michael Sommers does something he had never done in his 40-something years of traveling. He misses his flight.

Novos Turistas

everal weeks ago I wrote a post about the new Open Skies commercial aviation agreement that was signed between Brazil and the United States. The agreement removes restrictions on all flights between the two nations, which should result in an increased number of flights between the two largest airline markets in the Americas as well […]