Can a hotel room cure sick travelers? And why has Walt Disney World suddenly become a boozier place? We tackle the tough questions in our weekly roundup of travel news.
Would You Fly American?
That's the topic of the week on one of our favorite travel blogs, The Cranky Flier. Last week, we reported that some analysts were warning flyers not to book with American, since the airline's been suffering from a spate of cancellations and delays. Travelers have since been sounding off on the subject on The Cranky Flier, sharing their experiences and arguing for and against the legacy airline; it makes for an interesting read....read more»
Following is our regular summary of the best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car-rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
Between September 26 and December 31, Hilton HHonors members can earn up to 15,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club bonus miles for Hilton stays....read more»
"Speed up the boarding process by installing seats in which the aisle seats slide over the middle seats to widen the aisle from a typical 19 inches to 43 inches." That's the pitch Molon Labe Designs is making to airlines for its new Slider Seat.
The idea makes sense: Boarding a flight can take up a lot of time, and Molon Labe Designs claims its innovative seat can cut that time in half. And shorter boarding times mean quicker turn-arounds at airports, so an airplane equipped with Slider Seats can fly an additional two hours each day....read more»
Where you rent a car really influences what you pay. A recent survey from CheapCarRental reports a spread from a low of $28 a day in Columbus, Ohio to an outrageous $95 a day in Anchorage.
Other high-cost cities in which to rent a car include Honolulu at $94 a day, Washington, D.C. at $81, Denver at $79, New York at $78, and Boston at $74. Other low-cost cities include Milwaukee at $29, Albuquerque at $30, Ft. Lauderdale at $31, Las Vegas at $32, Los Angeles at $35, and Phoenix, San Diego, and Salt Lake City at $34.
The data's based on the average cost of the cheapest available rental, with airport pick-up and return, during the June-through-August period. You can take a look at the full report at CheapCarRental....read more»
The airlines made a record profit in baggage fees this year. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) confirms that airline income from extra fees is increasing dramatically: Baggage fees hauled in $1.7 billion for the first half of 2012. Is this cause for concern?
Probably not. These extra revenues pale to the income—not included in the BTS data—from selling frequent-flyer miles, mainly to banks that issue credit cards. The only airline to report gross revenue from sale of miles last year was United, for some $3 billion, so the industry's total income from sale of miles was probably around $10 billion yearly or more than $2.5 billion in the second quarter....read more»
Members of airline loyalty programs often enjoy access to elite expedited security lines at the airport. And now, for the first time ever, members of a hotel's loyalty program can cash in on a similar perk.
Loews Hotels & Resorts is offering frequent guests a first-of-its-kind reward: complimentary admission to expedited airport security programs. The hotel chain has teamed up with offices in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to offer discounted access to the Trusted Traveler Network's Global Entry and PreCheck programs....read more»
Traveling abroad "can be a wonderful experience—until you have an accident." So says Judge Thomas A. Dickerson in his latest paper entitled "Travel Abroad, Sue at Home." Dickerson literally "wrote the book" on travel law. His basic point is that U.S. residents traveling abroad, whether on airlines, cruise ships, or tours, face severe and inconsistent obstacles to obtaining legal recourse in foreign countries. "Travel Abroad, Sue at Home" states the obvious best case, but it also points out two big barriers to successful law actions against travel suppliers while you're at home—even some travel suppliers located in the United States. ...read more»
With Christmas and New Year's days falling on Tuesdays, many of you will also be taking the two Mondays off from work, meaning two successive four-day weekends and an 11-day period with only three working days. A vacation clearly beckons. But travel suppliers can also look at the calendar, and many hike their rates for what they expect to be top-demand times. ...read more»