American Airlines announced plans to add seats to more than half of its planes, most likely shrinking the already modest amount of space in coach.
American will add seats to Boeing 737 and MD-80 planes, which make up more than 60 percent of the airline's fleet. The exact number of seats to be added to the aircraft is yet to be determined. But virtually any amount of extra seats added to a plane's interior will cause a reduction in seat pitch. ... read more»
Guest blogger Gena Schwam was born and raised in New York City and grew up in the major museums there. She went on to have a career as a museum professional and earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has had a decade-long career working as a museum Registrar, Curator and Director. She also spent two years working for the American Museum of Natural History, where she traveled the world installing the museum's traveling exhibitions.
Seattle? A summer vacation destination? You might be asking yourself why I'd recommend Seattle as a top vacation getaway this summer. After all, the Emerald City is best known for its dreary skies and rainy days. As someone who lived in Seattle for four years, I can tell you, however, that the summers there are some of the best and beautiful I've experienced anywhere in the U.S. (and I have lived all over). With clear, sunny days for most of July and August and temperatures hovering in the mid-70's-low 80's, the city's infamous climate certainly redeems itself during the summer months. There is plenty to do year-round in this beautiful city, and aside from the always hip music and arts scene in the Pacific Northwest, there are also some wonderful hidden gems and natural features that just beg for a visit. Below are some of my very favorites, in no particular order: ... read more»
Last week, PEOPLExpress bypassed a lot of regulatory hurdles by buying out an existing airline rather than starting from scratch. XTRA Airways, which PEOPLExpress acquired, is a small airline that has previously focused on a variety of charter flights, including jaunts to gambling centers in Nevada. Although, as far as I can tell, XTRA has only two planes—both 737-400s—it has the necessary certificates to fly scheduled domestic and international routes, and PEOPLExpress can buy up a handful of older 737s pretty quickly.
But what the reborn PEOPLExpress—no connection to the original People Express airline other than the name—intends to do with its newly acquired authority isn't at all clear. When I last covered PEOPLExpress, I noted that the new airline plans to fly from a hub at Newport News Virginia to a handful of cities in the eastern U.S. at extremely low fares. And therein lies a potential problem: Obviously, Newport News or even the nearby Norfolk area isn't a big enough business or vacation center to serve as an airline's major origin or destination point. So the airline's plan is likely to run a hub-and-spoke system there, and so far, low-fare airlines have had a tough time sustaining a business model that relies on connecting flights for most of its business. ... read more»
Enter the Wyndham Rewards Million Miles sweepstakes by August 26 for a chance to win the grand prize: 1 million American AAdvantage miles. Bi-weekly prizes of 1,000 miles each will also be awarded.
To participate, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes webpage and press "enter." Time required to enter: under 30 seconds. ... read more»
May I suggest a trip to Amsterdam? The canal-carved Dutch capital city is hot this year, with milestone anniversaries, newsworthy museum openings, and some pretty decent travel deals. Then there are also the standard reasons to love Amsterdam always, whether you travel there for the esteemed cultural instructions, the magnificent 17th-century landscape, or the cheese. (Dutch Gouda has no equal.)
It's High Season
I very much enjoyed visiting Amsterdam during winter. But late spring through early fall is high season for travel to the city and, accordingly, it's the best time to go if you're not averse to crowds. Warm weather and long days beget the perfect conditions for dreamy canal-ring walks, cruises on the Amstel, and lazy afternoons at outdoor cafes. ... read more»
A company that treats its employees well is more likely to treat its customers well.
I can't recall whether that chestnut came to me from the street or academia, but it's a correlation I've always assumed to exist. So when I come across studies of employee satisfaction, especially in the travel industry, I take note.
For all the talk of merging American and US Airways, the reality was always that the tie-up was more like a hostile takeover than a marriage between willing partners. US Airways' chief Doug Parker wanted American—which was an unwilling partner until the outcome was all but inevitable—and he was cunning and audacious enough to get a deal done.
The majority of those travelers polled in February were opposed to the merger, presumably because they saw US Airways as the inferior carrier and feared that combining the two airlines would amount to a downgrade for American.
We're a long way from the actual integration of the two operations. But today the airlines published a list of the senior executives from each company who will play key roles in the merged airlines' future. It provides a glimpse into the new company's DNA and confirms the fears of many travelers that the new American will be more like US Airways than the old American. ... read more»
Guest blogger Jenny Johnston is a Nashville native who now calls Montana "home". She has deep passions for travel, food, music, and adventure. Her explorations have included Thailand, China, France, Spain, Belize, Canada, the Bahamas, and so many different destinations right here in our own diverse United States. Currently, she helps travelers explore the world at Adventure Life.
Where is Belize on a map? Ask this question and many people could probably only point in the general area. This Central American country is frequently overseen or not even considered when thinking of a destination to visit. Here, visitors can discover spider monkeys, snorkel on one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, wander through Mayan ruins and dine on fresh ceviche by the ocean. Belize is a country exploding with nature, diversity, kind people, history, and so many active adventures to be had! ... read more»