Safety video competition — United, Virgin America, New Zealand, Aeroflot

Airlines seem to have an ongoing competition over safety videos. Which one of these four do you like best? Remember to vote at the bottom of this post. United Safety Video Virgin America Dancing Safety Video Aeroflot Slow-motion Safety Video New Zealand Swimsuit Safety Video

Drive-in movie theaters, Delta changes SkyBonus, redesigned cabin = more room

TripAdvisor shines its headlights on America’s top drive-in movie theaters Some of our readers may remember taking their spouse, family, girlfriend, or boyfriend to a drive-in. TripAdvisor announced the top 10 drive-in movie theaters. Skyway Drive-In Theatre, Fish Creek, Wisconsin (4.5 out of 5 bubbles, 76 reviews) Since 1950, this family-owned theater has welcomed motorized […]

Are travelers giving up on loyalty programs?

It’s finally happening. After years of putting up with blackout dates, broken promises and bait-and-switch games, American travelers — particularly air travelers — are saying “Enough!” They’re refusing to play the loyalty program game, jettisoning blind brand allegiance in favor of a more pragmatic view of travel. Price and convenience are trumping mindless devotion to […]

Delta’s new in-flight entertainment, Virgin America IPO, FAA wants lower buildings

Delta introduces new in-flight entertainment options If you’ll be traveling on Delta in first class, Economy Comfort, or internationally, you’ll have a new in-flight entertainment option. Delta Studio’s options include a choice of 300 movies, over 2,500 songs, and 18 live satellite TV channels on select flights, and specific options may vary according to aircraft […]

Booking connecting flights online — how it could cost you

These days, travelers have seemingly as many ways to book airline tickets as there are airlines. And, plenty of ways to make booking mistakes. For those who love to research online, there are often some seriously good deals out there. On the other hand, for travelers with connecting flights, especially with different airlines, those good […]

What we’re reading: Bombardier regional service, airspace safety, crazy hot dogs

Can Bombardier’s Q400 save regional air service in the US? Regional airlines are currently using 50-seat CRJs and Embraer E-145s. However, with the pilot shortage due to the FAA’s 1500-hour rule and rising fuel costs, airlines are looking at alternative aircraft. Some are looking at Bombardier’s Q400. The Q400 has a maximum range of just […]

When Congressmen swallow bald-faced airline lies, consumers lose

Today, ignominiously, the entire House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Orwellian-named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 under suspension of rules and with no consumer input or any debate on its merits. Worse, the vote is scheduled on “fly-in day,” when representatives are returning from weekend meetings with constituents. The bill is step […]

Can fully automated self-serve passenger check-in systems make travel easier?

This month, Canada’s Halifax Stanfield International Airport became the first airport in North America to offer a complete self-serve check-in system for all air travelers. With the new system, all passengers can check in, select seats, print their boarding passes and luggage tags, and check in their luggage without airline assistance or intervention via an […]

Become part of Travelers United and enjoy new travel deals

We are more than travelers helping travelers — we also let you help yourself to a growing collection of travel deals that can help you save when you travel. These are member-only deals negotiated with companies which have customer service in their DNA. Here’s a look at Travelers United current discounts: • MedJet Assist – […]

Consumer Traveler Newsletter – July 23, 2014

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler’s weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. What you need to know this week Become a founding member of Travelers United, a new membership organization built on the principle of travelers helping travelers. For $20 a year, you will become part of an organization that is […]