For many travelers, the most prized benefit of frequent flier programs is not free tickets, but the chance to escape the cattle-car that the back of the plane has become and sit in first or business. When an upgrade is available at time of booking, that’s wonderful. Here are 5 reasons why upgrades disappear.
Determining “Minimum connecting time,” the legal minimum at which an airline will book a connection, is in reality a rather inexact science. And, as most frequent travelers will attest, it is often very unrealistic.
We’ve all been on bumpy flights. And, most frequent fliers have at least one flight memory of a trip that went beyond bumpy. But short of anything involving an actual emergency landing, this friend’s Virgin America story is one of the scariest I’ve heard.
Would a additional cockpit door be more security theater or would it be a worthwhile investment in public aviation safety? Sound off in the comments.
We all know how airline fees are going straight up. It’s getting to be an axiom that if an airline can charge a fee, it will. Increasingly, in the “misery loves company department,” the fees are not just for travelers themselves anymore — they are spreading the pain. Airlines have always charged travel agents for […]
Here are seven rules to follow that will lead to a smoother trip when using online booking engines for travel. It’s amazing how much difference a piece of paper can make.
The most irritating fees are the fees for the trip not taken. Fees beyond the nonrefundable ticket itself, which can at least partially, in some cases, be used for a future credit, less a penalty. Fees like preferred boarding, priority access and more.
In the “Should you or should you not use a travel agent?” debate, one argument used by the anti-agent side is that travel agents are biased and will push some products over others. The argument goes that agents will sell products that maximize their profits, as opposed to those that are best for the consumer. That’s not usually the case.
Few topics stir up airline passengers like seat assignments. The days of “first-come, first-served” are long gone, as the best seats
generally go to frequent fliers or those who have paid extra. Of course this doesn’t stop some passengers for pleading their case at the gate or with fellow travelers.