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Travel Tip: The Benefits of Booking Unconventional Flight Routes
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Benefits of Booking Unconventional Flight Routes

It’s time to be a contrarian traveler, especially when it comes to booking your flights and picking your flight routes. Want to fly from New York to Australia? If you’re… Read More…

Travel Tip: When You Can’t Find the Airplane Seat You Want
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: When You Can’t Find the Airplane Seat You Want

If you’re trying to book a ticket online, the hard part is often finding an available airplane seat that doesn’t require you to pay more than the base fare. Inevitably,… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Problem With Ticket Change Fees
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Problem With Ticket Change Fees

Few things are as frustrating—and costly—as airline ticket change fees. On many flights it’s about $200, and in some cases, that’s more than the cost of the original ticket itself…. Read More…

Travel Tip: When One Flight Has Too Many Boarding Groups
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: When One Flight Has Too Many Boarding Groups

It’s become quite a circus at airport departure gates across the U.S.—the passenger boarding protocols have gotten a little silly. On one recent commuter flight on a plane that held… Read More…

Ways You Can Make the Most of Your Frequent Flyer Miles
Airlines & Airports / CBS News / Mileage & Reward Programs

Ways You Can Make the Most of Your Frequent Flyer Miles

According to one study, nearly 60 percent of Americans with frequent flyer miles admit they don’t know how airline reward programs work. The Economist estimates there are 17.5 trillion unused… Read More…

How Travel Security Could Change After Recent Terrorist Attacks
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel Safety

How Travel Security Could Change After Recent Terrorist Attacks

Recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Ankara, and today’s bombings and attacks at the Brussels airport and a metro station are harsh reminders of the world in which we live…. Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Airplane Food Might Slowly Be Getting Better

If you’re like me, you find airplane food to be an oxymoron, and you try to avoid it at all costs. And that’s presuming you’re on a flight that actually… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Safest Year in Aviation History
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Safest Year in Aviation History

Would you like to know the safest year in commercial aviation history? It was 2015. Not a single passenger fatality was recorded on a western-built jet—aside from the premeditated Germanwings… Read More…

Travel Tip: Picking A Security Line at the Airport
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Picking A Security Line at the Airport

Do you ever think about America’s love affair with…the line? Why do we always seem to end up on the slowest moving line at airport or hotel check-in, or security?… Read More…

Travel Tip: Getting the Most From Your Frequent Flyer Miles Program
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Getting the Most From Your Frequent Flyer Miles Program

It’s getting harder and harder to redeem frequent flyer miles, and for most of us, harder and harder to earn them. Most major airlines have gone to a fare-based system… Read More…

Travel Tip: Booking Stopovers & Unexpected Airline Routes
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Booking Stopovers & Unexpected Airline Routes

The next time you hear the word “stopover” when booking your flight, it might not be a bad thing. A number of airlines are offering free stopovers in second cities… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Schedule Plenty of Time for a Layover
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why You Should Schedule Plenty of Time for a Layover

An overwhelming majority of travelers don’t take nonstop flights. Most of us have to connect, and that’s where the trouble starts. If your first flight is late, you’ll miss your… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Problem With Shrinking Airline Seats
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Problem With Shrinking Airline Seats

The next time you’re squeezed into your economy airline seat and you think you’re more cramped, wedged, or stuffed than normal, it’s not your imagination. It’s real. In the last… Read More…

Travel Tip: Decoding the Letters on Your Boarding Pass
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Decoding the Letters on Your Boarding Pass

Most of you know that when you see the letter F on your boarding pass it means first class and that Y means economy. But do you have any idea… Read More…