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7 travel tips during an airline strike — Lufthansa and American may be next

One way to be pre-emptive is to either ask a travel agent or do some online research to see if an airline you are considering is having labor problems, but often you might need to book before those problems surface. To make matters more difficult, some airlines keep their troubles under the radar until it is close to the actual dates flights could be disrupted.
By |March 29th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|

Israeli security model proposed for TSA by former nominee

General Robert Harding, former nominee to head TSA has suggested TSA increase their utilization of the Israeli security model in the US. Partly in light of General Harding's testimony before the US Senate, Ned Levi explains and examines the Israeli security model and its potential usefulness for TSA.
By |March 29th, 2010|Columns|19 Comments|

What we’re reading: AirTran vs. Southwest, LAN wants 787 sooner, expanded Open Skies deal

AirTran and Southwest in light-hearted war of advertising, LAN Airlines moves its delivery dates for the 787 up, Open Skies agreement between U.S and E.U. expanded

What’s best for traveling in Europe — train or rental car?

I spent much of my youth living in Europe as a military brat. One of the big bargains then was the Eurailpass. I clickity-clacked through Europe for months. In those days, there were few bargains as dramatic or romantic as the Eurailpass. It was once the cheapest mode of transportation short of lacing up your hiking boots or sticking out your thumb. Car rentals were rare and very expensive. However, today, Eurailpasses cost far more and have restrictions galore. Today, for many travelers (especially those traveling in a group), the best bargain is a rental car.

Weekend—What we’re reading: TSA nominee withdraws, ads on boarding passes, Travelocity goes opaque

US Airways decides to put advertisements on their boarding passes, TSA nominee withdraws leaving TSA leaderless 14 months after Obama's inauguration, Travelocity offers opaque hotel rates alongside normal rates.
By |March 27th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|

When in Rome, watch your driving

Of all the recurring complaints I get from readers, the one they find by far most vexing has nothing to do with excessive fees, surprise surcharges or surly employees. It’s about traffic tickets. In Italy.

Will British Airways break their flight attendants union?

This weekend, facing a four-day strike, BA has plans to operate 75 percent of their flights, a 25 percent increase from last weekend's efforts. The beleaguered airline has made arrangements for 18 percent of its passengers to fly on other airlines.
By |March 26th, 2010|Today|12 Comments|

The new Elysian Hotel has a solution to the gratuity issue – no tipping allowed.

The Elysian hotel in Chicago, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, eliminates all that. It is one of the few deluxe U.S. hotels with a no-tipping policy.
By |March 26th, 2010|Today|11 Comments|

How airlines fared in 2009 by the numbers

An analysis is the nine largest U.S. airlines show that the accumulated losses in 2009 was was just over $4 billion. In 2008 losses added down to a $3.5 billion loss. Predictions for 2010 show $2.7 billion of new profit.
By |March 26th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: New Air Force One, cargo screening deadline looming, JAL pilots shift to rivals

Pentagon to buy new Air Force One fleet, cargo screening deadline has everyone scrambling, Japanese rivals see opportunity