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Codeshares — good for the airlines, not so good for consumers?

Airlines love code-shares. They allow carriers to market and sell and advertise flights to destinations to which they don't actually fly. From a consumer point of view, there aren't many benefits. But airlines are more likely to help out with a delay or missed connection if all flights are on one ticket. On the other hand, a codeshare flight can lull passengers into a false sense of security and have real disadvantages.
By |July 30th, 2013|Today|8 Comments|

5 tips about weather delays that could save your trip

As I write this post, it's not a great weather day for San Francisco International Airport — to put it mildly. It's a cool, very cloudy day, and with the airport's parallel runway configuration, that means they can only use one runway at a time.
By |June 25th, 2013|Today|10 Comments|

Coming anti-consumer “interline” baggage rules — worse than baggage fees

US Airways and Delta Air Lines are moving to eliminate transferring baggage from their flights to connection flights of other airlines. This will present consumers with a major hassle, especially for international flights.
By |November 8th, 2012|Today|14 Comments|

International flight connection? Beware starting with a short hop

International nonstops flights are great, but they aren't available to most destinations. When planning travel, many travelers go for the shortest total time, however, the connection point can often be a more important factor.
By |July 26th, 2011|Today|15 Comments|

Trying to book a direct flight? Why “CHG” can be a four letter word

When there are no non-stop flights, one of the next best alternatives for many fliers is a direct flight — a flight that stops, without a connection. But, there are dangers here too.
By |July 19th, 2011|Today|17 Comments|

6 immutable luggage rules I always follow

Lost luggage is the bane of the traveler, happening far too often. Ned Levi offers some tips and his own personal rules to help you prevent your luggage from being lost, and minimize the impact if it is.
By |June 7th, 2010|Columns|29 Comments|

5 important connecting flight considerations

In an ideal travel world, all fights would be non-stop. But realistically, that isn’t going to happen. If anything, airline cost-cutting and cutbacks mean less and less of those non-stops. Especially as airlines reduce their presence at one-time hubs. St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Cincinnati all come to mind as airports with reduced non-stop options. But there are many others.

So if a connection is the only option, or the only reasonably priced option, how do you make it as painless as possible? Here are a few suggestions ranging from what may seem obvious, to more complicated issues.

By |April 5th, 2010|Today|8 Comments|

Four times you actually might want a middle seat

OK, no one actually books a flight saying, "Aisle or window? No thanks, I prefer the middle." Well, other than certified masochists.
By |August 5th, 2009|Today|4 Comments|