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

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
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

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…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Think You Had a Bad Flight? These Stories Might Top It

The next time you have a complaint about an airline—or a fellow passenger—consider the following recent cases. A British jumbo jet from London’s Heathrow to San Francisco was delayed for… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: What Won’t Change About Air Travel in the Near Future

In the last months of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a consumer-friendly rule on how airlines disclose the fees they charge. The rule would require airlines… Read More…

Travel Tip: Airlines Cut Back Service Between Smaller U.S. Airports
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Airlines Cut Back Service Between Smaller U.S. Airports

A growing number of small and midsize U.S. cities are facing a crisis: air service. According to The U.S. Travel Association, 60 percent of U.S. airports have lost connectivity in… Read More…

Travel Tip: Changes for Air Service and Cruise Travel to Cuba
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Cruise Travel

Travel Tip: Changes for Air Service and Cruise Travel to Cuba

Six months ago, U.S. airlines were all jockeying for position to see who would be given permission to fly to Cuba. Many of them won the right to fly to… Read More…

Travel Tip: Common Airfare Travel Scams You Could See on the Internet
Travel Scams / Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Common Airfare Travel Scams You Could See on the Internet

You know the old saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Well, that certainly applies to travel, which is why travel scams are so widespread…. Read More…