A trip to Turkey almost ruined by the wrong visa advice

Janice Hough tells a story that a simple visa problem that became a major issue because a traveler listened to a friend rather than checking with the embassy for the proper information.
By |July 31st, 2012|Today|17 Comments|

What we’re reading: New airline rules put to the test, Sacramento to get private screeners, Arab prince threatened with taser

Airline passenger bill of rights put to the test, Sacramento International gets initial OK to use private screeners, Arab prince threatened with taser for being drunk

Don’t let travel scams hurt your vacation

Unfortunately, travel scams ruin travelers' vacations every day. Travelers must be vigilant, alert, use their "street smarts" and commonsense to avoid these scams. Ned Levi takes a look at 5 of the most common travel scams affecting travelers domestically and internationally.
By |July 30th, 2012|Columns|8 Comments|

What we’re reading: United launches Olympic ad, Dreamliner suffers engine issue, bomb joke tweeter’s sentence overturned

UA launches Olympic ad, Dreamliner suffers engine issue, bomb joke tweeter's sentence overturned

Sunday musings: Sesame Street on flight attendants, voting with our wallets, deceptive travel pricing

Sesame Street takes a look at flight attendanats (above); Spirit Airlines' profits soar on ancillary fees that customers hate; but pay; and ways that travel providers are sneaking in new costs and different prices to jack up the costs of travel.

Weekend what we’re reading: Best restaurant views, gas-guzzling mistakes, ancillary fees soar

This weekend, we take a look at restaurants with best views, gas-guzzling mistakes and at the airlines bathing in a sea of ancillary fees.

10 air-travel lessons learned the hard way

Expert traveler, Hilary Nangel, tells the story of an was easy and trouble-free trip to the UK, until the journey home. While some of these woes were her own fault, others made her realize that a bit of advance preparation goes a long way.

What we’re reading: Kid with no ticket or passport flies from Manchester to Rome, aborted 737 landing video, Heathrow and Olympic influx

11-year old flies from Manchester to Rome without passport or ticket, video shows aborted 737 landing, Heathrow to cope with Olympic influx

Should airlines change the rules after tickets are purchased?

I just faced a situation where US Airways changed elite frequent flier standby rules after I had purchased my ticket. To make matters worse, reservation agents were not aware of the change in rules and twice assured me, the day before travel, that I could stand by for an earlier flight with no problems.

What we’re reading: UK border guards call off strike, OK for full-fare airline ad rules, must have apps for hikers

UK border guards call off strike, court dismisses challenge to airline ad rules and OKs full fare advertising, must have apps for hikers