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Major Airlines Acting Like Low Cost Carriers Without the Low Costs

Rewind just a few years and it was pretty easy to tell a low cost air carrier from a full-service traditional airline. In the US, the “full service” traditional airlines had decent legroom in economy, allowed full size carry-on bags, didn’t charge for advanced seat assignments, allowed you to earn miles on all of your purchased tickets, and had decent frequent flyer programs that you actually wanted to utilize. In contrast, the low cost carriers had smaller seats, less legroom,…

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Flying With a Lap Baby Does Not Make You a Bad Parent

In the wake of last weekend’s Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok where the plane encountered severe and unexpected turbulence resulting in injuries to a couple of dozen passengers including at least three young children, I want to put on my ‘internet armor’ and talk for a minute about lap babies. My goal in doing this isn’t to start an internet riot (though lap baby ranks up there as being at least as controversial a topic as babies in first class…

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20 Airline Stroller Policies Around the World

The events of the recent American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas where a mom of young twins had her stroller taken from her on-board the aircraft set off a chain reaction that ended with a yelling flight attendant, the mom in tears, the baby narrowly being missed by the stroller, and much more. The initial reaction of many, even frequent flyers, was that the mom should have known better than to bring a stroller on-board the aircraft in…

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AA 591: Are We at a Tipping Point for Air Travel?

Tempers are high, patience is short, cell phones are out, planes are full, and the tension is palpable. Recent incidents including yesterday’s American flight 591 where a passenger and a flight attendant had a run in over a stroller seem to be systematic of what looks like a larger problem. Are we now at a tipping point for air travel in this country…

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Fly to Scotland for Less Than $500 From Houston and Atlanta

Right now you can book tickets on a mix of British Airways and American Airlines operated flights from Houston or Atlanta to Edinburgh, Scotland from about $490 round trip! I know those in some parts of the country have gotten used to sub-$500 flash sales to Europe, but here in Houston we often aren’t included in those great deals, or at least we can’t usually use those sales to get to the United Kingdom. I found the low fares bookable…

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Finding Saver Awards With American AAdvantage Miles

A few months ago I shared that I thought American Airlines AAdvantage miles had overall become worse than Delta SkyMiles, which is to say they had fallen to the bottom spot of the major US based airline loyalty programs. My dissatisfaction with American AAdvantage was based largely on the reality that saver awards, even just for pretty ordinary domestic hops, were simply not available…or were very, very barely available, and then only on non-logical itineraries where it took three flights at…

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Final Call for Spirit Airlines Service to Cuba

Just a few months after starting up service, Spirit Airlines has decided to end their flights to Cuba effective May 31, 2017. Spirit is currently operating one to two daily flights from Ft. Lauderdale – Havana, depending on the date of travel until June 1st. Some dates that Spirit had planned on operating two daily round trips will be going down to one, so your travel plans on may be impacted even if your reservation is before June 1st.   Similar to what Frontier and Silver cited when…

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We Can All Do Better Than United 3411

I don’t know if it is the weather, the time of the year, just me, or what, but I feel a little on the verge of a Jerry Maguire flip out. You can’t fire up Facebook or turn on the TV without seeing and hearing about truly heart-wrenching catastrophes both close to home and on the other side of the globe. It sometimes seems like people have just lost their minds. Then there is the travel world, which is decidedly a part of the…

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Unbelievable and Avoidable: Man Dragged Off United Flight

The proliferation of smart phones in almost every pocket is both a blessing and a curse, but there is no denying that their ability to record video anywhere and everywhere shows the world things that otherwise seem unbelievable…or at the very least seem exaggerated. And unbelievable is the only way to describe the video from yesterday evening’s United Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville. The flight was full, United needed to get crew on board to position them to Louisville, and it seems that…

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Lap Babies Eligible for £250 EU Delay Compensation Awards!

If you have flown to or in Europe you are probably at least somewhat familiar with the EU Regulations that provide for monetary payments if you arrive at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours, as long as the delay wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances such as political instability, air traffic control, weather, or security situations. For those not familiar with how this compensation works, we aren’t talking about getting a small airline voucher for your troubles, we are…

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