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Travel Tip: How Much Do Airlines Pay in Penalty Fees?
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Travel Tip: How Much Do Airlines Pay in Penalty Fees?

Consider the consequences for you if you miss your flight or cancel it. You pay a penalty, and in many cases, the penalty is a higher dollar amount than the… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Less Inbound Travel Means for Americans
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Travel Tip: What Less Inbound Travel Means for Americans

The numbers are in, and if you’re in the U.S. travel industry, they are definitely not positive. In the second quarter of 2017 alone, there were 15.8 million foreign visitors… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Rushed When Booking Online
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Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Rushed When Booking Online

If you like to book your flights or hotel rooms online through an OTA (online travel agency, such as Expedia or Orbitz), then you’ve probably seen these alerts posted next… Read More…

Travel Tip: Airport Layouts That Don’t Account for the Schlep Factor
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Travel Tip: Airport Layouts That Don’t Account for the Schlep Factor

It’s the 21st century, but those who design airports seem to be living in the steamship age. There is very little understanding about the way people actually travel, as well… Read More…

Travel Tip: Discount Airlines Disrupt Seasonal Savings
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Travel Tip: Discount Airlines Disrupt Seasonal Savings

You’ve heard the terms high season and low season. But thanks to airlines like Air Asia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, WOW, and Hainan Airlines, among others, there’s very little seasonality left… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Is TSA PreCheck Faster than Regular Security Lines?

If you like short security lines, then you should be a fan of the TSA PreCheck program. It vets trusted travelers and puts them in a special security line where… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Fewer Travelers Are Bumped Off Flights

Want to hear a little good news? The airlines have gotten better at controlling and managing their inventory as well as their schedule and their passenger loads. There have also… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Effective is Airport Security Screening in the US?
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Travel Tip: How Effective is Airport Security Screening in the US?

So how good is airport security in the U.S.? The latest report shows that the TSA is sorely lacking in its core mission to intercept weapons, explosives, and ammunition. About… Read More…

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Travel Tip: How Unbundling Airline Fees Affects Plane Ticket Prices

Transparent airline pricing: does it exist? Not really. Airlines began unbundling fees and services from the airline portion of your ticket when they started charging for checked bags in 2008…. Read More…

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…