Florida Democrats back airline executives over consumers

In an astounding letter, Democrats from Florida wrote to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asking her to withdraw support for the DOJ’s lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Reps. Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Frederica Wilson, Lois Frankel, Joe Garcia and Patrick Murphy all went on the record as siding with the airline and its employees and against consumers who will be faced with severe loss of competition.

US Congress needs to tackle transportation funding…for real

The US Highway Trust fund, funding highways and mass transit in the US is quickly going broke, and is expected to run out of money in fiscal 2014. Ned Levi examines road travel, the US Highway Trust Fund, and the problems of financing the fund, and therefore the important projects it funds for the nation’s roads and transit infrastructure.

7 of the world’s best islands to live

When you ask folks who live on an island what drew them to life on a curio of clay, they tend to respond by saying things like, “I can live simply without much interference.” Or “Here I’m part of a community that’s like a big small town.” Or they simply look at you in flip-flop-clad incredulity and ask, “Have you seen my view?”

Touting service when there is none — except for the elites

When did American become the land of the elites? When did the common man begin to be treated like a second-class citizen? What has happened to our publicly-supported airports and airlines that receive so many perks and operate on an infrastructure provided by the public? Why are 70-plus percent of the travelers treated worse than dogs?

What to do when your river cruise turns into a bus tour

It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime for Pat and James Frost — a river cruise in France on the Viking Europe, from Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saône. The retired couple from Concord, Ohio, even added three days in Paris to round off their bucket-list getaway. But when they arrived at the port, a cruise line representative informed them of a change in plans. Flooding along the Rhône and Saône rivers had made the waterways impassable, and their cruise tour had turned into a bus tour.

5 reasons you may no longer be getting that upgrade

For many travelers, the most prized benefit of frequent flier programs is not free tickets, but the chance to escape the cattle-car that the back of the plane has become and sit in first or business. When an upgrade is available at time of booking, that’s wonderful. Here are 5 reasons why upgrades disappear.