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Travel Tip: More Airlines Try to Fit Even More People on Airplanes
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Travel Tip: More Airlines Try to Fit Even More People on Airplanes

Just when you thought your coach seat couldn’t get more uncomfortable, think again. A number of airlines are quietly trying to squeeze more seats into the back of the plane…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Will Your Flight Be On Time? Check the Type of Aircraft
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Travel Tip: Will Your Flight Be On Time? Check the Type of Aircraft

The next time you want to know if your flight will be on time, it might not be enough to check the departure board or the weather at your departing… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Stories Behind Three Travel Industry Lawsuits
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Travel Tip: The Stories Behind Three Travel Industry Lawsuits

Welcome to the brave new world of litigious airline passengers. A Canadian man sued an airline because it advertised a champagne toast for passengers on board. It’s affectionately called The… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Security Measures for Flights to the United States
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Travel Tip: New Security Measures for Flights to the United States

Do you like to travel overseas? If you have a passport, leaving the country is easy. But what many travelers don’t realize is that coming back could be more difficult… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why There are Still Ashtrays on Airplanes
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Travel Tip: Why There are Still Ashtrays on Airplanes

I was on a flight the other day and happened to look down at my armrest. Much to my surprise, there was still an ashtray. Smoking has been banned on… Read More…

Travel Tip: Will the Southwest Effect Reach Hawaii?
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Travel Tip: Will the Southwest Effect Reach Hawaii?

In the airline business, it’s called the Southwest Effect. Since the 1990s, whenever Southwest Airlines enters a new market, airfares tend to drop. In some cases, that price fall is… Read More…

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Travel Tip: New Rules for Driver’s Licenses at Airports

If you’re like most U.S. travelers going through airport security, you show what you think is a government-issued ID—your driver’s license. But starting early next year, you may be in… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Know What Your Bag Tag Code Means
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Travel Tip: Why You Should Know What Your Bag Tag Code Means

The next time you check your bags, pay particular attention to the three-letter code the counter agent puts on those bag tags. MAD does not mean Madison, Wisconsin. It means… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Airfares May Be Low, But Don’t Forget About Ancillary Fees

Many airlines will argue that—when adjusted for inflation—the airfares you’re paying today for domestic flights are a lot lower than they were 40 years ago, before the deregulation of the… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines & Hotels Make Off Your Added Fees
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Travel Tip: How Much Airlines & Hotels Make Off Your Added Fees

It’s a safe bet to describe our airline and hotel experience as living in the home of the brave and the land of the fee. The latest numbers are out,… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Watch Out For This Wheelchair Scam at Airports

It’s become one of the larger travel scams out there. It’s about requesting wheelchairs at the airport. If you have a mobility issue, you can legitimately request a wheelchair to… Read More…

Travel Tip: Watch Out For These New Airline Fees
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Travel Tip: Watch Out For These New Airline Fees

Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee. Just when you thought all those extra airline charges had reached a saturation point, think again. Consider this:… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline On-Time Performance
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Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline On-Time Performance

If your airline tells you your flight is on time, are they telling you the truth? Well, not exactly. It all comes down to how on-time performance is calculated—and the… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Fight Continues for Uber & Taxis at Airports
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Travel Tip: The Fight Continues for Uber & Taxis at Airports

The fight between Uber and local city taxis at airports continues. Should Uber be banned entirely, or restricted to certain pickup areas at the airports—or certain pickup times? There’s no… Read More…

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Travel Tip: The Possible Return of High Speed Air Travel

When the supersonic Concorde stopped flying nearly 15 years ago, most folks thought a new supersonic transport would never be commercially viable. The cost of fuel coupled with noise restrictions… Read More…

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Travel Tip: How Discount Airlines Have an Impact on Airfare

In the airline business, it’s called the Southwest Effect. What happens to airline ticket prices when Southwest enters a particular market? Do the fares drop across the board with other… Read More…

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Travel Tip: New Rules for Airline Priority Boarding

For many airlines, boarding a flight has become tantamount to a performance art play. In the old days, airlines boarded families and those with a physical disability first, then first… Read More…

Travel Tip: One Way You Can Track Your Checked Luggage
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Travel Tip: One Way You Can Track Your Checked Luggage

The next time you check your bags for a flight and the airline gives you a baggage tag, don’t assume anything. Specifically, don’t assume it was tagged correctly. Definitely don’t… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Want to Save Time & Money? Consider Flying Through Canada

Looking to take an international flight from the U.S.? Instead of thinking point to point (e.g., Los Angeles to London), find a flight with one stop through an unexpected hub…. Read More…