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Kudos to Hyatt for not playing games with free WiFi

It's about time. Hyatt Hotels makes it simple — Free WiFi at all Hyatt Hotels, worldwide, period, no matter how or by whom the reservation is booked.

Air travel security: guns, explosives, and hidden weapons

The number of weapons being attempted to be illegally brought on-board planes in carry-on bags has ballooned in recent years. Ned Levi discusses this problem which is causing passengers major inconvenience and delays.
By |January 26th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

One reason why airline fuel surcharges are still sky high

When airlines apply discounts and commissions to airfares, it behooves them to keep the fare low and raise the surcharges. That way they keep more money on discounts and pay less commissions on sales.

Is Marriott’s Wi-Fi hotspot U-turn a hollow victory?

Marriott announced they will no longer block guests' personal Web hotspots but a close look at their release reveals this reprieve may be a short-lived.
By |January 19th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

Planes versus high speed trains in the US

Most people who fly in the economy section of US airlines are uncomfortable, unhappy about extra fees, and/or feel hassled at the airport. Ned Levi discusses why northeastern US travelers often choose America's only high speed rail, Acela, over flying.
By |January 12th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    5 issues with hidden-city ticketing — should United & Orbitz have let a sleeping website lie?

5 issues with hidden-city ticketing — should United & Orbitz have let a sleeping website lie?

Hidden-city tickets has been around for decades. The latest United/Orbitz suit against a website highlighting the savings may end up backfiring and causing more problems for both airlines and passengers trying to game the system.

9 hotel housekeeping myths — fact or fiction

Hotel housekeeping myths have been built up by travelers over the years due to a variety of reasons. This week, Ned Levi confirms or dispels many of those myths.
By |January 5th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

Top travel searches from Google 2014

Budget Travel takes a close look at Google's top questions about travel and leisure. Here is their annotated list with links back to Budget Travel stories and blog posts.
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    How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

With baggage fees a given these days, one would think that there should be some minimum level of service for delivery of checked baggage at destinations. Alas, no such rules exist, resulting in random wait-times at baggage carousels.
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    Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

When Marriott blocked guest MIFI units at one of their hotels to ostensively protect guests from hackers, guests complained. The FCC found indiscriminate illegal MIFI blocking by Marriott, and fined them. Now Marriott has petitioned the FCC to legally let them block guests' MIFI despite the law.
By |December 29th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|