Enter the Mouton Cadet "Cannes" sweepstakes by August 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-day trip for two to Cannes, France, including air, six nights hotel accommodations, and $500 spending money.
To enter, provide the requested contact information (name, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 30 seconds. ... read more»
Which airline dominates your airport?
If your hometown airport is among 40 of the country's 100 largest, it is dominated by a single carrier, according to an Associated Press analysis. And at 93 of the top-100 airports, just one or two airlines control a majority of the seats.
The situation falls short of reaching monopoly or duopoly status, but only just. It's as though the airlines had agreed to carve up the domestic route networks among themselves, allowing Airline A to dominate this market, Airline B that market, and so on. The agreed-to lack of competition results in higher airfares for consumers and higher profits overall for the airlines themselves. Of course, such agreements can't actually be entered into: That would be collusion.
However the current state of affairs came about—and industry consolidation undoubtedly played a big part—it is a reality faced by a majority of U.S. air travelers. ... read more»
Here are seven of the best tips from those who witness in-flight sleep firsthand: flight attendants. ... read more»
A spokesman for Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed to CNN that Greece defaulted to the International Monetary Fund, and that Greece's bailout agreement with Europe has expired. With Greek banks remaining closed and the country's financial future uncertain, the country's tourism industry is already suffering. If you're in Greece or have plans to go, here's what you need to know.
Bring Lots of Cash
Cash is king in Greece right now. ... 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.
If you're feeling nickel-and-dimed by the airlines, you're not alone. Air travelers were dinged for $38.1 billion in nuisance fees last year, up 21 percent over the previous year.
Yesterday, Delta published a handful of announcements that will do little to appease SkyMiles members who find the airline's new-for-2015 mileage program confusing and unrewarding.
If your passion for travel runs deep, perhaps you should consider making it your career. Good news: Southwest is now hiring 650 customer-service reps for its call centers.
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What is it: A backpack with a full-coverage laptop protective cage built-in.
- MacBook protective cage is made from a trade-marked impact-absorbing Tensaerlite material and lined with faux-fir
- Adjustable, padded shoulder straps are ergonomically designed for comfort and support
- Has an OrthoLite carry handle in case you don't want to wear it as a backpack
- Back foam panel has air-flow channels to keep you cool
- Easy access to smaller items via an exterior side zipper pocket
Designed specifically for the MacBook Pro Retina 15" and the iPad, this bag might not be the best choice for you if you have other laptops
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"Your flight is now available for boarding."
That gate-side announcement provokes a predictable response among restless would-be flyers: Dive headlong into the crush of passengers fighting for a place in the line to board, or risk being trampled by the hordes of travelers apparently in a great rush to squeeze into the airline's too-tight seats.
There is a third option, however. Remain seated, and do nothing.
In Episode 5 of its "Flight Etiquette" series on YouTube, JetBlue spends 1:39 minutes making just that point, reassuring customers that the plane won't leave without them, and reiterating the airline's boarding policy. "You can help expedite the boarding process by keeping the entryway clear until your row is called."
This being JetBlue, the lesson is delivered with wit and humor.
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When United offered a bounty of up to 1 million frequent-flyer miles for reports of software bugs on its website or mobile apps, skeptics suspected it was nothing more than a gimmick to show that the airline took online security seriously.
Not so, it turns out. Proof positive: United last week awarded the aforementioned mileage award, 1 million MileagePlus miles, to a Florida-based online security professional.
According to Threatpost, a website published by the Kapersky Lab security service, Jordan Wiens, founder of Vector 35, discovered a remote code-execution vulnerability on United's site, and brought it to the airline's attention under the bug-bounty program.
Apparently its was the real deal—a serious threat, in other words—and United awarded Wiens the full 1 million miles, the first mileage payout under the program.
Wiens figures the value of the miles at around $25,000, and is considering redeeming them for a first-class trip around the world or for 40 domestic trips.
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Yesterday, Delta posted a handful of announcements on its website that will do little to appease the many SkyMiles members who find the airline's new-for-2015 mileage program confusing and unrewarding.
First up, this:
We know your miles are important, so we want to provide the most notice possible regarding Award price changes. For travel on or after June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed will change based on destination, demand and other considerations. But most Award prices will remain unchanged. To see the best availability and deals, search at least 21 days prior to departure and use our Award Calendar by selecting "flexible days" when searching for a flight.
Related: 7 Ways to Get a Free Upgrade
So, as has been expected, SkyMiles award prices will be variable, presumably changing according to supply and demand, the way published airfares do. So for planning purposes, what should program members expect prices to be? No help there from Delta, not even a range of prices. You'll have to work through the airline's booking app to determine how many miles are needed for that award trip between Los Angeles and Seattle, on August 2, at 2 p.m.
The lack of transparency here is deeply unsettling. There's no set value-per-mile on the award side of the program, so there's no way to make a global assessment of the program's value. Delta is free to set prices however it likes, hardly a consoling prospect.
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If you're feeling nickel-and-dimed by the airlines, you're not alone. Air travelers were dinged for $38.1 billion in nuisance fees last year.
That's according to the latest report by IdeaWorks, issued this week. (Note that only 63 of the 130 airlines reviewed by IdeaWorks reported their fee revenue separately, so the actual total for the industry would be much higher.)
Last year's fees amounted to a stunning 21 percent increase of the previous year's, and were the eighth consecutive year of substantial increases.
Fees charged by ultra-low-cost carriers were especially robust, up more than 32 percent year-over year.
Of the world's airlines, U.S. carriers imposed the most fees. United was first, with a reported $5.9 billion in fees for the year, followed by American/US Airways at $4.7 billion, and Delta at $3.2 billion.
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