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Travel Tip: Airlines Introduce New Seats for Traveling Families
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Airlines Introduce New Seats for Traveling Families

Don’t expect U.S. airlines to make their coach aircraft seats any wider or more comfortable. In fact, not only have airlines reduced width and pitch—the distance between the back of… Read More…

Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity
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Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity

Many of you may have read the news that Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America last year. These are two great (but very different) airlines, with different route structures and different… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights
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Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights

There are two lessons to be learned in the wake of the United Airlines overbooking incident. One is all about denied boarding compensation, and it’s all about bumping. It goes… Read More…

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight

In the immediate aftermath of the United Airlines fiasco—I can’t call it anything else—when a passenger was dragged off the plane in Chicago, most folks wanted to learn about rights… Read More…

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban

The recent security rule banning gadgets larger than cell phones in passenger cabins on flights from countries in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf has created a growing backlash with… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You

As travelers, we’re all in constant competition for that coveted seat upgrade. For years, you got an upgrade if you had enough miles. Or, if you’d achieved a high frequent… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Is It Legal for Customs to Inspect Your Electronics?

A growing number of U.S. citizens returning from trips abroad are being stopped at entry points by customs and immigration officers, and are being asked to surrender their cell phones,… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720

Consider this scenario: you buy a nonrefundable airline ticket but you don’t use it. What happens to the taxes and fees you paid on a ticket you never used? Shouldn’t… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience

The recent laptop rule targeting a number of destinations in the Middle East and Persian Gulf prohibits passengers from bringing their laptops in passenger cabins as carry-on items. These items… Read More…

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Travel News / The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports

Travel Detective Blog: What the United Flight Incident Means for You

What were they thinking? The incident on the United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, when a passenger was forcibly removed from the overbooked flight, went viral. It poses a… Read More…

Travel Tip: Two Domestic Airlines Add More Routes to Smaller Airports
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Two Domestic Airlines Add More Routes to Smaller Airports

For a number of years, many U.S. airlines have been cutting back their domestic routes and shrinking their capacity. As a result, a number of U.S. cities have seen their… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Airline On-Time Performance is Measured
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: How Airline On-Time Performance is Measured

How is airline on-time performance measured or determined? The answer might surprise or even anger you. If a plane pushes back within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure time, it’s… Read More…

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Travel Tip: International Travel Continues to Drop After Travel Ban

Many of you have seen or heard reports about the drop in travel from foreign visitors to the U.S. since President Trump signed the first executive order on immigration and… Read More…

Travel Tip: How the Leggings Ban is a Reminder of Airline Dress Code
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Etiquette

Travel Tip: How the Leggings Ban is a Reminder of Airline Dress Code

Many of you might have seen the story about the two passengers on the United flight who were denied boarding because they were wearing leggings. The attire apparently violated an… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: New Ways You Can Claim Compensation When Things Go Wrong

There are now some sophisticated apps and services to help you claim compensation when things go wrong. Is your flight delayed? Did your bags go missing? Were you bumped? Was… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel

Travel Tip: Best & Worst Food in Domestic Airports

A recent study revealed the nation’s best and worst airport food. Guess who came in last? LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark sat at the bottom of the list. What was the… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why the TSA Has Been Very Busy Lately
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Why the TSA Has Been Very Busy Lately

The TSA has been very busy lately. One day in February, the agency discovered 21 firearms at U.S. airports—the most weapons ever seized in a single day. The firearms were… Read More…

Travel Tip: Monarch Airlines is Offering Perks to Nice Travelers
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Travel Tip: Monarch Airlines is Offering Perks to Nice Travelers

Do nice guys finish last? Not necessarily. British-based Monarch Airlines has decided to launch a new year-long promotional campaign to highlight traditional values and basic good manners for its passengers…. Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: New Airlines & Routes Make Airfares More Affordable

Almost every week, a new airline seems to be flying long-haul nonstop—and discounted—service to America. Last week, Hainan Airlines announced new routes from China to Los Angeles. Norwegian Air Shuttle… Read More…