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Travel Tip: Booking More Comfortable Seats On Your Next Flight

Are you looking for a more comfortable seat on your next flight? It’s not just where you look for a better seat, but how. It’s not getting any easier. Many… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Trouble with Flying & Eating Too Much
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Health & Fitness

Travel Tip: The Trouble with Flying & Eating Too Much

If you’re a frequent flyer, you might not want to hear this news. But it appears that the more you fly, the fatter you get. Is it the airline food? The… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: Which Airlines Make it Easy to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles

Millions of us are members of at least one frequent flyer program and we earn our miles through our credit cards or by flying. But the real challenge—and it’s getting… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Airports Try to Calm Tensions With Therapy Animals

Let’s face it: most of us don’t relish going to the airport. We don’t want to shop there, eat there, or relax there. We just want to get through the… Read More…

Travel Tip: Do Recent Air Travel Incidents Reflect Airline Values?
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Do Recent Air Travel Incidents Reflect Airline Values?

In the last two months we’ve seen the same situation—or at least the same issues—repeated half a dozen times on at least five separate airlines. I’m talking about passengers versus… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Banks & Airlines Impact Your Frequent Flyer Miles
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Travel Tip: How Banks & Airlines Impact Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Would you believe that some airlines make as much money selling miles to credit card companies as they do selling seats to passengers? It’s true. A little-known fact is that… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: When Travelers Are Kicked Off Flights

Getting kicked off planes. First, it was United Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville when the doctor was dragged off the plane. Then, it was the American Airlines flight with… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: How Rules Could Change After Recent Airline Incidents

Powerful cell phone videos of passenger mistreatment by airlines go viral. The result? Bipartisan angry reactions by members of Congress—and hearings on passenger rights in Washington, D.C. So does that… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Long TSA Lines Mean for You
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Travel Tip: What Long TSA Lines Mean for You

The warnings have already been issued: it’s going to be a tough summer at security checkpoints in many U.S. airports. The TSA is understaffed at a critical time during the… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Issue With Checking Luggage at the Gate
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: The Issue With Checking Luggage at the Gate

Since just about every airline charges for checked luggage, passengers have been trying to avoid the charges. How? If their bags can somehow squeeze through the carry-on security conveyor belts,… Read More…

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
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

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
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

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
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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
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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…