Early bird catches the cheaper airfare

first_imgPlanning ahead can save you big bucks, according to research, that found travellers could pay up to 116 percent more for an airfare purchased one day before travel compared to a ticket booked three weeks earlier.A FCm Travel Solutions study on tickets for the departure date of 5 July found tickets purchased 21 days before the date were at an average cost of $105, while the ticketing price for the day before departure shot up to $227.The company’s regional general manager Nick Queale said the study indicates that last minute tickets with most domestic carriers experience significant price rises and leisure travellers as well as business could benefit from booking early.“Buying tickets in advance is an important strategy for passengers to keep in mind particularly if you’re travelling in peak periods such as Christmas or school holidays when there is a higher demand for air travel,” Mr Queale advised.“For companies looking to reduce their business travel costs we recommend implementing an ‘advance purchase’ policy into staff travel guidelines to ensure maximum savings across all employee travel.”According to the study, even purchasing the ticket 11-20 days before departure can see an average 17 percent increase in cost to up to $123 while a ticket paid for two to five days before departure will rise by up to 43 percent to $150. “It’s crucial a business has access to experienced account managers that have the reporting technology and the airfare experience to know how to capture and benchmark this kind of data,” Mr Queale concluded.“Companies can use this information to improve the way they buy travel to increase savings over the long term.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

A few years later Habitat will be sold to Fujitsu

A few years later Habitat will be sold to Fujitsu

first_imgA few years later, Habitat will be sold to Fujitsu and be renamed Club Caribe. Science fiction themes and about half the digital world of the game would be roped off and made unusable. Later, the game would be reworked further and relaunched in 1995 as WorldsAway.But way back in 1986, the original Habitat remained fairly difficult to access. While Lucas ran the game, players could only login via QLink, which at the time was only available on weekends and evenings, if you can imagine such a thing. Even when it was available online, QLink charged by the hour, and a Commodore 64 using a 1200 baud modem can’t really zip through large portions of the Habitat universe without heavy delays and lots of time.About a year ago, I was put in touch with Chip Morningstar, one of the two big brains behind the game’s design. Morningstar is an engineer’s engineer, and he currently heads architecture at PayPal. Thanks to his designs, Habitat was built to withstand thousands of users at once, and it was able to contain a massive world which fit onto two 5.25-inch floppy disks. Before we begin, I should fully disclose that I am about to discuss my personal non-profit and the work we’re doing. I am extremely compromised, super invested, and heavily opinionated about my non-profit, so we’re leaving Neutral Journalism Town and heading for Bias Avenue.That being said, I have spent the past year working on the largest, strangest software project I’ve ever had the pleasure of managing. But to explain this project, I’m going to need to give y’all a history lesson first, so sit back and get in a 1980s mood.In the beginning…The year is 1986, and Lucasfilm Games has just completed the first round of development on an entirely new type of video game. The game will be hosted in a new service for home computer users known as Quantum Link, and will allow thousands of people to interact and live online in a graphical world with digital representations of people. These digital representations will come to be known as Avatars.The game is called Habitat, and from 1986 to 1988, it will be in development but available to a select number of QLink users as well. Lucasfilm will host its yearly employee meeting in Habitat, and players from around the U.S. will log in to form what has to have been the first graphics-based online game community ever.last_img read more