Apparently unfazed by the current congressional proposal to undo its earlier airline passenger protection rules, the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a set of new, additional consumer protections. The most important deals with fees: DOT proposes that airlines and ticket sellers be required to disclose fees for four "basic airline services" at all points of sale: one checked bag, a second checked bag, a carry-on bag, and an advance seat assignment. DOT certainly knows that these specific fees are truly optional: You can fly without checking a bag, taking a carry-on bag, or getting your seat in advance. But the apparent idea is that these options are so widely used that consumers should be notified of their costs throughout the search and purchase processes. ...read more»
Enter the Container Store "Transatlantic Crossing" sweepstakes by June 22, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a Queen Mary 2 cruise between New York and Hamburg for two, including five nights' hotel in Hamburg, business-class airfare from Hamburg back to New York, and an Eagle Creek luggage package.
To enter, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page. Press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 30 seconds....read more»
England's Cotswolds villages—while just a couple of hours' drive away from London—feel like a world apart. This tidy little region of characteristic old towns and gentle green hills is perfect for travelers looking to balance urban Britain with some thatched cuteness.
Each of Europe's famously quaint regions has a historical basis for its present-day charm. For the Cotswolds, it's a combination of old sheep wealth, which produced big fancy manor houses, gorgeous churches, and stately market towns—all paid for by wool—and isolation from the rest of England, both economically and physically. ...read more»
It's official: AirTran's final flight will be on December 28, between Atlanta and Tampa.
Thereafter, all remaining AirTran flights will be given Southwest flight numbers. That doesn't mean you won't still be seeing the occasional AirTran plane—it will take several months to repaint the AirTran fleet in Southwest's colors.
The final-flight announcement is just the latest publicized milestone in the slow-motion consolidation of Southwest and AirTran, following their merger in 2011. Earlier this month, Southwest announced that AirTran's A+ Rewards program would be folded into the Rapid Rewards program on November 2....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.
For United's pilots, the airline's first-quarter loss of $609 million was apparently the last straw. They're calling for the company's CEO to lead or leave. ...read more»
AAA's Memorial Day travel forecast is here, and it looks like it's going to be a busy one.
The organization predicts a post-winter travel high—in both number of travelers and price levels—for the upcoming holiday weekend.
According to AAA, more than 36 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles away from home from May 22 through May 26—the second highest volume of Memorial Day travelers since 2000. Most of those folks will be hitting the road: About 88 percent will travel by car....read more»
At her sun-filled workshop in Vienna's 6th district, Adelheid Horvath invited me to sit down and chat about the cookies laid out before us: dozens of classic Austrian confections tucked inside boxes and a handful of chocolate-dipped Florentines elegantly displayed under a glass cloche. As she settled in to tell me her story—about who she is as a chef—she lovingly poured a bit of dark red liquor into a small cordial glass. She handed it to me and explained (in German), "I make my own brandies from local fruits like cherries and quince. This one is raspberry."
It didn't take long for me to understand that everything in her kitchen is handmade with the utmost care, and that if you were to blend together warmth, tradition, and sustainability, you'd get her confection company, Adelheid....read more»
For United's pilots, the airline's first-quarter loss of $609 million was apparently the last straw.
In a strongly worded letter to members of the Washington chapter of the Airline Pilots Association, leaders of the pilots union alluded to "a strategic plan to force our leadership team to lead," according to a report by TheStreet.
Details of the plan weren't disclosed, but they're less important than the aggressively adversarial tone of the pilots' message to the company's management team....read more»