Airline tickets have not been this cheap since 2009

Airline tickets have not been this cheap since 2009

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In this week’s travel news: Why the cost of living is rising and plane tickets are relatively cheap, the best countries for expats in 2024, and big movie stars face trouble in the US and Europe.

If you’re looking for the bright side, look to the clouds. While the cost of living is skyrocketing and groceries and other daily costs are taking a hit, plane ticket prices are at their lowest levels in 15 years – in the United States at least. The average price of a plane ticket is nearly a quarter lower than it was before the pandemic, and in fact, “it hasn’t been this cheap since 2009,” travel expert Katie Nastro told CNN Business.

This is the first full “normal” year for travel since Covid rocked our world, and while Nastro doesn’t expect prices to rise significantly anytime soon, it does sound one note of caution.

“The biggest factor why we see cheap flights is competition,” Nastro says. “We want (budget) carriers in the mix because it actually puts downward pressure on legacy carriers” and keeps rates low. Airline mergers could affect this, meaning less competition and possibly higher prices. But this week, a federal judge blocked the JetBlue-Spirit Airlines merger.

If you’re tempted by new visa programs and tax incentives to encourage digital nomads, investors and families to start a new life abroad, our guide to the best countries for expats will help you get started.

Portugal’s Golden Visa program has been a favorite for many years, and the cost of living is generally less expensive than elsewhere in Europe. Katie Mayer moved from California to the Portuguese seaside resort of Cascais in 2021, but she admits she finds some things frustrating.

Mexico has long been a popular retirement destination for Americans, but it is now attracting more families and working crowds in remote areas. If you’re going on a reconnaissance mission to investigate moving to areas like Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, or Playa del Carmen, our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned guide to product reviews and recommendations, have compiled this list of everything to pack for your vacation Mexican.

Film legend and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was detained at Munich airport this week, and now faces criminal tax proceedings for not advertising a luxury watch from Swiss brand Audemars Piguet.

He’s the second celebrity to find themselves in hot water recently – and thankfully only figuratively. Earlier this month, veteran actor Pierce Brosnan pleaded not guilty to hiking in thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. Hot springs and geysers are known to reach temperatures of up to 200°F (93°C) and have already claimed dozens of lives.

Hoi polloi was also against the law. A U.S. airline passenger allegedly bit an All Nippon Airways cabin crew mid-flight on Tuesday, forcing a Seattle-bound flight to return to Tokyo. The flight attendant sustained minor injuries.

Amike Oosthuizen

South African influencer Amike Oosthuizen is one of the passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise ship.

A nine-month Caribbean cruise has turned into an unexpected online hit, with millions tuning into what has become a “reality show” for TikTok users. Fans tell CNN why they love watching this “huge adventure” where “anything can happen.”

It’s been 15 years since the Miracle on the Hudson, when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed an A320 in the New York River without loss of life.

Here’s how passengers are doing now.

Cassadaga, Florida is full of people who say they can communicate with the dead.

If you want to know where your grandfather left his TV remote, read on.

A live snake was discovered in an overhead bin on a Thai flight.

The airline said it was a “very rare incident.”

One of the coldest cities in the world is holding a new snow and ice festival.

A world record has already been set.

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