Will Southwest’s new boarding policies make customers want to get away?

Even as Southwest has followed other carriers into the add-on fee maze, the airline has largely kept it pretty simple. Until now. Their latest boarding offer has even some travel industry veterans confused.
By |January 31st, 2013|Today|9 Comments|

What we’re reading: 787 batteries, who will be chairman of AA/US, “No” to TNT/UPS merger

787 batteries replaced multiple times, Tom Horton may be chairman of merged airline, Europe says no to TNT/UPS merger

Warning! Soon, airline loyalty will cost you

How can a loyalty program make passengers feel unappreciated? Delta is the first legacy airline to tie the value of its frequent-flier program to the amount of money you spend, as opposed to the number of miles you fly. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the airline’s frequent fliers will earn “elite” status, which gives them access to upgrades and other perks, through a combination of miles or segments flown and annual spending on Delta flights.

What we’re reading: LaHood to step down, Delta’s Sky Deck, Neon Museum weddings

LaHood to step down as Secretary of Transportation, Delta's Sky Deck opens up lounges, weddings at Vegas' Neon Museum

Most unrealistic minimum connection ever? 30 minutes at JFK between different terminals!

United Airlines with their code-share partner Swiss may have come up with the best minimum connecting time, or rather, worst, I've seen — a 30-minute connection to an international flight, with two different carriers, in two different terminals, at JFK Airport.
By |January 29th, 2013|Today|15 Comments|

What we’re reading: US/AA deal soon? 787 grounded until 2014? Hop! an Air France regional

US/AA deal could come soon, Boeing 787 may be grounded until 2014 if battery solution not found, Air France to launch regional airline called Hop!

Is “expedition cruising” for you?

Are you a candidate for expedition cruising? Ned Levi looks at the difference between typical cruising and expedition cruising, examines what kind of travelers might like and not like expedition cruises, and discusses some of the characteristics of expedition cruising.
By |January 28th, 2013|Columns|2 Comments|

What we’re reading: OTAs owe Hawaii $150 million, Spirit launches DFW-New Orleans, A380 cockpit tour

OTAs owe Hawaii $150 million for back taxes, Spirit launches DFW-New Orleans service, A380 cockpit tour

Sunday musings: Italy no-nos, Two-ticket savings, Private MD-WV bridge

Today our first article to ponder is fun. It is a look at what not to do in Italy, a land of legendary excesses. We then look at how to save money by combining airline tickets on your own (or together with a travel agent) and some of the pitfalls of these money-saving maneuvers. Finally, the history of a remote privately-owned bridge connecting West Virginia and Maryland gives us pause — the crush of bureaucracy even in the remote hollows and rivers is amazing.
By |January 27th, 2013|Today|7 Comments|

BootsnAll — Top independent traveler destinations for 2013

Every year, BootnAll starts the year out with their list of "Top Indie Travel Destinations." These lists are meant to be inspirational. They allow readers to think about places they may not have considered exploring.
By |January 26th, 2013|Today|6 Comments|