Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ANA expands Japan-China flights

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) began selling tickets Tuesday, August 4, for new and expanded flight schedules from Japan to China.

Delta Air Lines stops shipping hunting trophies

Bowing to pressure from a variety of organizations and individuals, Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has agreed to stop transporting the trophies acquired by big-game hunters.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Pearl Seas seeks to sail to Cuba

Pearl Seas Cruises, which offers sailings to the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes, New England, Caribbean and Panama Canal, plans to add a series of seven- to 10-night cultural voyages to Cuba during the spring of 2016.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Overheard at National Airport

Next time you're at an airport or on an airplane, stop to listen and you'll hear some of the most ridiculous uses of the English language.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lessons learned from a lost wallet

Losing a wallet or purse can be stressful enough. But when it happens on vacation, particularly when outside of one’s home country, the stress can go absolutely off the charts. Recently, I was party to just such an event, and I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the lessons learned.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quality connectivity vital to business travel

When I saw the headline of the New York Times’ article, “What do travelers really want? Free hotel Wi-Fi,” I uttered the scatological equivalent of, “Well, duh!” But the article missed an important facet of what travelers – especially business travelers – both want and need: robust Internet connectivity.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New law to open more ground transportation options in France

A new law designed to modernize France’s economy, speed up growth and deregulate many industries is expected to open up more ground transportation options between smaller hubs, resulting in more options for tourists visiting France.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alaska Air Group reports record profits

2Q15 profits are company's highest ever

Alaska Air Group, parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, reported record financial performance during the second quarter of 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Getting the Most out of Social Media

Social media -- including sites like Twitter, Yelp!, TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, and blogs like this one -- are perhaps today's most popular ways to gather information about things to do, places to see, restaurants to experience, hotels to stay. But the dirty little secret about social media is this: Using it effectively takes work.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

An offbeat destination for winter snow sports

Even if you don’t ski (and I don’t), you’ll recognize the names of the top ski resorts in North America: Whistler, Aspen, Whiteface and Smuggler’s Notch, to name but four. Now, an upmarket travel company wants to add the name “Dizin” to that list.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Spirit supporter fires back

A supporter of Spirit Airlines and its “unbundled” pricing took issue with my July 20 article calling the carrier to task for its practices.

Monday, July 20, 2015

OPINION: Spirit Airlines, seriously?

Spirit Airlines, the carrier notorious for its bare-bones approach to ticket pricing, has gone on the offensive and is encouraging passengers of other airlines to ask for a refund of amounts they were allegedly overcharged for "bundled" services they didn't use.

ANA to begin Tokyo-Sydney non-stops

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its footprint in the Oceania region with the addition of non-stop flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) to Sydney (SYD).

Friday, July 17, 2015

a dogs-eye view of manzanita, oregon

by millie

i hate suitcases. suitcases mean mom and dad are going away. they start whispering to each other while they put their clothes there and they ask each other if they left the money for lesley and say things like don’t let on to millie. it means i have to stay at home. i love lesley but I hate being left behind.

Airline fares up in June CPI but down from June '14

Airline fares, which jumped 5.7 percent in May rose a more modest 2.0 percent in June according to the latest figures on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Report: Uber eclipses taxis for business transportation

A report by travel and expense management software provider Certify shows that ridesharing service Uber has, for the first time, eclipsed taxis for business transportation.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hilton completes deal, takes over Radisson Aruba

A deal that had been rumored for several months, if not years, has finally been consummated with Hilton Hotels & Resorts taking over the 355-room Radisson Aruba and reflagging the property the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

Group IST adds new upmarket tours of Cuba

Group travel provider Group IST (International Specialty Travel) is adding more sailing dates to its upmarket Havana to Cienfuegos people-to-people program beginning in December 2015.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Viking Ocean Cruises celebrates float out of Viking Sea

A little more than a month after Viking Star was christened, Viking Ocean Cruises celebrated the float out of its second ship, the Viking Sea.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Airlines’ ancillary revenue skyrockets 21 percent in 2014

Carriers earned more than $38bn from sale of ancillary services and à la carte items

For the eighth consecutive year, airline revenue derived from the sale of so-called ancillary services continued to rise, leaping more than 21 percent to more than $38bn in 2014, according to a newly released report.

Emirates refutes US carriers' contentions of unfair subsidies

Emirates, one of three Persian Gulf airlines that have incurred the wrath of U.S. airline executives, has published a rebuttal to the American carriers’ claims that it is one of three Gulf carriers being subsidized by their governments and which are therefore engaging in unfair competition in the U.S. markets they serve.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Emirates continues US expansion

Emirates, the world’s largest international air carrier, has added a second nonstop flight between Seattle and Dubai and will commence daily service between Orlando, Fla., and Dubai in September.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Greek crisis dampens enthusiasm of many – but not all – potential tourists

Europeans less affected by recent economic crisis more deterred by Greece’s troubles

Greek’s current economic crisis and political situation is dampening the enthusiasm for visiting the country among many new potential visitors as well as those who have visited Greece in the past five years but is simultaneously causing others to consider that this may be precisely the right time to visit.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

La Quinta Inn upgrades facilities in 'Sideways' country

The La Quinta Inn and Suites in the wine country town of Paso Robles, California will soon open some upmarket accommodations that could be just the thing for vacationing vinophiles.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What travelers want in a vacation

Survey shows what travelers prefer, how they behave

Lodging provider Wyndham Worldwide has declared July National Vacation Rental Month and recently released results of a survey that shows what travelers who prefer vacation rentals want in a vacation.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Coral Gables, Fla. named top US city for foodies

Annual list identifies and ranks America’s foodie cities 

Coral Gables, Fla., has been named the top “foodie” city in the U.S. for 2015 by the organizations Livability.com

Hapag-Lloyd offers luxury golf and cruise voyages

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering opportunities for amateur golfers to get some professional instruction, practice their game and play some of the world’s great golf courses while enjoying the luxury of a small-ship cruise.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ANA sets date for launch of Tokyo-Brussels service

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has set October 25 for the launch of its new non-stop service from Toyko’s Narita Airport (NRT) to Brussels, Belgium (BRU).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maine hotel to open world’s first hotel room … in a crypt

A boutique hotel in Lewiston, Maine has begun taking reservations for a hotel room forged from the crypt of a Catholic priest who was buried there 1907.

New flights and (maybe) a free checked bag on Alaska Airlines

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines commenced new service from Seattle and Portland, announced new routes from Los Angeles, Seattle and Boise, Idaho and will offer holders of its credit card a free checked bag.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Most expensive world cities ranked by the price of their beer

The 2015 Beer Price Index, just issued by travel cost comparison site GoEuro.com, ranks Geneva, Switzerland as the world’s most expensive city to visit based on the price of its beer.

Survey: What business travelers prefer

Employees on company dime practical and health-conscious

A survey of business travelers by travel and expense management software provider Certify reveals what travelers prefer and includes some surprises about the way those travelers behave while on the road.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Delta to expand service on two busiest cross-country routes

Transcontinental expansion complements significant investments at JFK, LAX airports 

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines plans to add additional and upgraded transcontinental service on the routes between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), two of the busiest routes in the United States.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Outrigger to add Blue Note music venue to Waikiki Beach Resort

I have been a jazz fan for most of my life. The month I came of age, I spent a great deal of time and almost half of my monthly salary listening to jazz greats including Cannonball Adderley, Big Joe Williams, Ahmad Jamal and others perform at a month-long jazz festival at the Phoenix Playboy Club. So I was quite pleased to learn that Outrigger Resorts has partnered with the Blue Note Entertainment Group to put a Blue Note club in the Waikiki Beach Resort.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OPINION: US airline execs barking up the wrong tree

The heads of the major U.S. airlines have been making a fair bit of noise lately about an “unfair advantage” enjoyed by Persian Gulf airlines and are urging the Obama administration to freeze new flights by those carriers into the United States. The problem is, they are missing -- or perhaps not admitting -- an important point.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Unique upmarket tour of Greece

Perhaps because a friend of mine is Greek and grew up literally in the shadow of the Parthenon and the Acropolis, this intimate, upmarket tour immediately grabbed my attention and piqued my interest.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hainan Airlines launches Seattle-Shanghai service

To the accompaniment of a string quartet playing traditional Chinese melodies as well as a rendition of “God Bless America,” dignitaries from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Port of Seattle, the Washington State China Relations Council and Hainan Airlines celebrated Hainan’s inaugural non-stop flight from Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai, China June 22.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Single? Save on river cruises!

Cruise lines that ply the rivers of Europe, Asia and elsewhere are, in increasing numbers, offering solo travelers the opportunity to sail without paying a “single supplement.”

Friday, June 19, 2015

El Al flight attendants, get over yourselves

I have delayed writing about this story because I consider it more a “labor and employment” story than a travel story, but because repeated references to it keep cropping up, here goes.

The rules of the sky

With the summer travel season upon us, it is appropriate to share an open letter to those with whom we will be sharing the skies.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Airline fares up sharply in May CPI

Airline fares, which declined for the fifth time in six months in April, reversed course in May and rose 5.7 percent  according to the latest figures on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Qatar Airways named World’s Best Airline in 2015 Skytrax Awards

Virgin America highest-ranked U.S. airline at No. 26

Qatar Airways has received the honor of being named the World’s Best Airline in the 2015 World Airline Awards announced June 16 at the Paris Air Show at Le Bouget in metropolitan Paris.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flight Attendant Faux Pas

Every time I fly, I hear flight attendants using words in ways that no doubt cause my freshman English teacher Mrs. Prosser to turn over in her grave.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Alaska Airlines to receive new RJs

Utah-based SkyWest Airlines will purchase eight new two-class Embraer E175 regional jets that will replace eight older aircraft the company currently operates for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.

Friday, June 12, 2015

ANA launches Houston-Narita flights

Japans All Nippon Airways (ANA) on June 12 commenced service on its newest route, from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Toyko’s Narita Airport (NRT).

Tips for smooth(er) summer air travel

With one of the busiest times of the year for air travel upon us, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips to make your summer travels, if not exactly “smooth,” at least smoother.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alaska Airlines launches fare sale for Costa Rica flights

Tickets went on sale June 11 for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines’ newly announced routes between Los Angeles and Costa Rica's two major international airports.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

EVs: Not ready for the open road

Pure electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf and others are becoming increasingly common on the roads of many major North American cities. The EV charging stations vital to keeping those cars “fueled” are also becoming a more prominent feature of the driving landscape, showing up at major corporate headquarters, shopping malls, mom-and-pop grocery stores and parking garages.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

22 fun flight facts

Berlin-based flightright, a company that helps passengers get the compensation they're due when their flight to, from, or within Europe is delayed or cancelled, has compiled some interesting factoids from around the world.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Record crowds flock to the Big Easy

Tourist visits to New Orleans and the state of Louisiana as a whole reached record levels in 2014, thanks in part to Hollywood’s current fascination with those areas of the South.