Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
With the holidays upon us, people have begun asking and answering that time-honored question, “What do you want for Christmas?” (or the winter holiday of your choice). If the answer is, “Travel” or “A vacation,” there are ways to go about fulfilling that request … and ways to avoid.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of State will no longer add additional visa pages to U.S. passports that have become too full to accommodate additional entries.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Delta Air Lines will launch five daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning June 1, 2016.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Airline fares, which fell 0.1 percent in September, reversed course and rose in October 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.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will make Delta Comfort+ available for direct purchase, alongside main cabin and first class, for flights departing on or after May 16, 2016, within the U.S. and Canada.
Resulting entity will be world's biggest hospitality enterprise
The boards of directors for Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have unanimously approved a $12bn merger agreement under which the companies will create the world’s largest hotel company.
Starting Nov. 16, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will operate four weekly round trip flights from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Charleston International Airport (CHS) in South Carolina.
Friday, November 13, 2015
When I read the news release announcing that a company had “found an airfare hack that can save passengers 20% or more on flights (in our case 29%)”, I was dubious. As it turns out, my Spidey Sense was spot on and I had good reason to be wary.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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 upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas travels, if not exactly “smooth,” at least smoother.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will become the only U.S. airline to serve Iceland when it launches service to Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in early 2016.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Once again, I have been pleasantly surprised by how efficiently a government program is being run. This time, it was my experience applying for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program, which gives people identified as “Trusted Travelers” expedited clearance through Customs when returning to the United States.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
You’ve probably experienced the phenomenon yourself: You’re packing for a trip and everything is coming together well. All your garments are fitting nicely into a single suitcase … until it comes time to add your shoes. Then, everything changes as you scramble to repack.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Airline VIP lounges can be a welcome respite from the cacophony of the airport concourse but they come in all shapes and sizes, and the amenities they offer vary fairly widely.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
In case you’ve missed it, award-winning actor Jennifer Aniston has signed a $5 million contract to be the new face of the Dubai-based airline Emirates.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines has announced it will terminate its flights between Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Dubai (DXB) effective Feb. 11, 2016.
Travelers accustomed to presenting their driver’s licenses as identification at U.S. airports may be surprised to learn that plain, old driver’s licenses may not be sufficient for that purpose much longer.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Following reports of potential abuses of automatic gratuities, South Florida restaurateurs are being told to educate both their employees and their customers about tipping policies.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Dallas-Ft. Worth-based American Airlines has declared that its merger with US Airways has been completed and the two are now operating as a single entity.
Once again, United Airlines has shown how little regard it has for its passengers, this time through the arcane rules of its MileagePlus frequent flier program.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Luggage manufacturer Andiamo is seeking crowd-funding to bring the latest smart suitcase to market.
Global airline alliance SkyTeam has opened the fourth in a growing offering of SkyTeam-branded lounges around the world with the unveiling of its Exclusive Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Once a decade or so, it becomes necessary for those of us who travel outside the borders of the United States to renew our passports. Having just gone through the passport process for the fourth time, I’d like to share some tips about how to make the process go more smoothly.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Online travel purveyor Expedia, Inc. has upgraded its web sites to make it easier for users to determine the all-in price of the airline tickets before they click the “purchase” button.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Upstart rental car company Silvercar recently became the first rental car company outside the “Big 3” of Hertz, Avis and Enterprise to be named North America’s “Leading Car Rental Company.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Among four key hotels brands’ loyalty programs, Marriott Hotels’ Marriott Rewards program provides more bang for the buck than the Hilton HHonors program, the IHG Rewards Club or the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will launch four daily flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the schedule for increased non-stop flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and Shanghai, China.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Princess Cruise Lines has become the latest cruise line to announce it will increase the amount of automatic daily gratuities for sailings. The line will increase the tip amounts by approximately 15 percent for sailings departing on or after Jan. 1, 2016.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach opened its shores to guests in September, making it the newest 5-star hotel on Seychelles largest island. In that brief time, the property has already earned the honor of being named the Number 1 hotel in the Beau Vallon area of the island of Mahe.
A report by travel and expense management software provider Certify shows that ridesharing, which tied taxis for business transportation in 1Q15 and passed them in the second quarter is now gaining on rental cars as the most popular form of business transportation.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
With October designated National Plan a Cruise month by the CLIA, the Cruise Line Industry Association, many cruise lines are offering specials to encourage would-be cruisers to take the plunge.
Either out of ignorance or malice, workers at some restaurants in the area of Miami Beach, Fla., are misrepresenting a common area policy of automatically adding a gratuity, to the frustration of many restaurant customers and the consternation of industry and state officials.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Whether working for a major national publication or broadcast network or writing for one’s own blog, journalists receive an almost amazing number of book “pitches.” Some of the publications pitched are worth reading, a few are worth keeping, but many aren’t fit for fireplace fodder.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
American Cruise Lines has announced the new name for the ship that will move from its current route on the Mississippi River and join The Queen of the West on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in 2016.
Upon learning of American Cruise Lines’ decision to rename the Queen of the Mississippi the American Pride before moving it to the Pacific Northwest, I drafted the following email to Charles A. Robinson, Chairman of the Board and CEO of ACL. Because several emails were returned as undeliverable, I am publishing it here as an open letter.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
If you're traveling to Miami Beach, Florida, you may find it helpful to know that most of the bars and restaurants in the area add an automatic gratuity (tip) to their checks. The establishment's tip policy is usually noted somewhere on the menu and, if an automatic gratuity is included, it will be indicated on the bill by the word "gratuity," "service," "service charge" or something similar.
Monday, October 5, 2015
As part of its ongoing aggressive expansion, Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will add several new nonstop flights to Europe for the summer of 2016.
Since taking over Chicago-headquartered United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) on Sept. 8, the airline’s new CEO has been saying some of the right things but, as my late mother was fond of saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” So far, his actions haven’t measured up.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Starting today, first class international passengers arriving on All Nippon Airways (ANA) flights from three major world gateways will be able to get around Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) in style.