Airlines certainly know that they have a captive audience on-board—flyers can't exactly run out for snacks at 30,000 feet. It seems that the airlines are pricing their in-flight snacks accordingly, and marking them up by as much as 4,400 percent reveals a new study by Travel Supermarket ...read more»
When several travel blogs reported that the current head of AAdvantage, Suzanne Rubin, would continue in that position following the American-US Airways merger, there was a collective sigh of relief from the frequent flyer community. The future of the world's first modern mileage program, and one of the most consistently innovative and dependable, was assured.
Say you find a good airfare deal at $49 each way, so you start to buy four round-trip tickets for your family—$392 total. But when you see the final price, the bill has ballooned to $460. What happened? The airline added a charge of $8.50 per person per flight to process your credit-card payment. And that gouge is legal—in Australia. So far, no U.S. travel suppliers have gone that far, but recent rulings give sellers the opportunity to add "checkout fees" to credit card transactions if they choose. ...read more»
PreCheck is now more inclusive than ever. On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that its expedited-security program, which was previously accessible to a select group of qualified travelers, will be open to all—that is, all who are willing to pay an $85 application fee and submit to a very thorough screening process.
For now, travelers eligible for PreCheck must have either a special invitation from an airline or membership in Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry or NEXUS (these can cost as much as $100). But starting this fall, all U.S. travelers will be able to pay an $85 fee and apply for expedited security.
The considerable expansion of PreCheck is a good sign for the U.S. airport security system as a whole, which could see improvements in speed and performance if the program takes off. In a press release from the agency, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said, "PreCheck enables us to focus on the travelers we know the least about, adding efficiency and effectiveness to the screening process." The assumption is that the agency can better focus on possible threats passing through airport security (those travelers about which the least is known) if a greater number of flyers has already been carefully screened....read more»
Gogo is by far the largest supplier of inflight Wi-Fi to U.S. airlines, counting among their clients American, Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, US Airways, and Virgin America. So the company has plenty of data concerning Wi-Fi use.
Its most recent parsing of its own business data shows which airports were used by the most and least flyers who, after take off, used Gogo inflight Wi-Fi on their flights. To rank the airports, Gogo calculated the percentage of flyers using their service, not the absolute numbers, which would favor busier airports....read more»
If you haven't already locked in your summer foreign travel, try to fly back to the U.S. through Atlanta or Seattle. Peak-period customs waiting times there, at 25-40 minutes, are lowest among the biggest U.S. airports; that's according to a report prepared by the Gateway Alliance, based on data from the Customs and Border Protection Bureau.
A 40-minute wait is bad enough, but if you're unlucky enough to have to enter the country at JFK's Terminal Four during peak arrival periods, you could spend more than an hour and a half going through the lines. Miami is next worst, at more than 70 minutes, followed by Dallas-Ft. Worth at 67 minutes, and Chicago O'Hare at 64 minutes. The other big international gateways come in at under an hour, but not by much....read more»
US Airways customers can now pay to have their bags delivered to their destination, whether that's home, a hotel, or work.
With Bags VIP, travelers can order the service online, up to one hour prior to their flight departure time. Bags are then checked at the airport. And because they are checked, baggage fees may apply. Bags will be delivered within four to six hours of the flight's arrival.
No need to stop at the baggage carousel to retrieve your luggage!...read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and 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.
Through March 1, 2014, Starwood Preferred Guest members can book award stays at any of seven Starwood resorts for 35 percent fewer points. Bora Bora, anyone?
Following Delta and Starwood, United and Marriott have partnered to offer RewardsPlus, a package of reciprocal benefits for members of the two companies' programs.
Guest blogger Michaela Price likes to travel but she'd rather drive than fly. When she's not organizing her next getaway she writes for Vacation Home Rentals about places to stay in Florida.
When people think of the Southeast U.S. it's usually somehow related to jumbo shrimp and humid weather. While these two ideas are surely at the top of the ingredient label for this region of America, they're not the main reasons that people flock annually to the area.
There are certain big name attractions (Disney World) that are worth a glance, but to really experience the Southeast U.S., there are some incredibly special places that people need to strongly consider. These locations are listed below, along with the main reasons why they made the list....read more»