Getting first-class upgrades is almost impossible these days. But, airlines are now offering new “first-class products” that appear to be first class, however, don’t have all the perks and benefits.
If you fly enough, delays and cancellations are inevitable. Ned Levi has suggestions on how to cope with them.
Interline agreements make possible transfers of passengers from one airline to another when there are “irregular operations” and allow airlines to transfer baggage between different carriers. They are an important part of the transportation fabric.
Thanks to technology, travel can be booked with a few quick swipes and clicks. For most people, it means the process is much faster. It also means more mistakes.
Ned Levi discusses the implications of airlines cramming in more seats into the economy cabin, using new seat designs, questionable airline seat maintenance and deficient cabin servicing performance due to shrinking times allotted between flights.
Amtrak makes changes to their Guest Rewards program that brings earning points into line with most airline programs. Those who spend more will get bigger and better rewards. But , the program is still a good value.
A wise boss once told me, if you don’t have time to do something, you really don’t have time to do it over. That goes double for working on itineraries while traveling. A date mixed up or a flight time copies wrong can have serious consequences. Slow down.
Long-haul flights can be very difficult if you’re not prepared for them and take care of yourself while aloft. Ned Levi has 10 tips for coping when you fly for 10+ hours.
Fuel surcharges aren’t subject to corporate discounts, travel agency commissions or government oversight. When oil prices go down and stay down, the profits keep piling into airline coffers.
Beware, while your passport may have a valid expiration date date by the time you return from your next international trip, the country you’re visiting still may not accept it.