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How to avoid that cramped seat

How to avoid that cramped seat

March 14, 2012 · , , ,

There you are, stuck in the middle seat again. This time you ended up in the row that doesn’t recline. The guy in front of you has leaned his seat all the way back, pushing the top of your laptop down just far enough to make it impossible to watch a video. You turn to [...]

Airlines Are Retrenching, and Alternatives Are Slim

Airlines Are Retrenching, and Alternatives Are Slim

December 27, 2011 ·

The coming year will be a time of reckoning in business travel, as airlines reduce service at many airports and prospects fade for practical alternatives to flying, including the long-term promises of high-speed rail. Consider the new realities of air travel. Competition is decreasing, fares are rising and airlines are adjusting routes (and charging extra [...]

Buy a mile on US Airways, get another mile free

Buy a mile on US Airways, get another mile free

August 12, 2011 · , , ,

Usually, we’re not so big on buying miles, since miles can be so costly. But what if your airline gives you a 100% bonus? That’s what’s happening on US Airways. Through September 15, buy 50,000 miles for $1375 and you get an additional 50,000. You only need 90,000 miles to fly to Asia round-trip from [...]

Ryanair annual profit up 26% but warns on oil costs

Ryanair annual profit up 26% but warns on oil costs

May 23, 2011 · , ,

Ryanair said on Monday that its annual net profit rose by a quarter but Europe’s biggest no-frills airline also warned of a tough outlook as high fuel costs force it to ground planes and hike fares. Ryanair said profit after tax jumped 26 percent to 401 million euros ($575 million) during the group’s financial year [...]

Customers that airlines hate the most

Customers that airlines hate the most

April 28, 2011 · , ,

It’s one of the oldest adages of the retail world: “The customer is always right.” Of course, very often the customer is wrong. Every day customers behave in ways that make the lives of waiters, cashiers, customer service reps and other retail workers miserable. And in many cases, these customers don’t even realize how annoying [...]

Excess baggage valuation chart

Excess baggage valuation chart

April 20, 2011 · , , , ,

For most people who check bags when flying, the $3300 of lost baggage coverage offered by airlines (by U.S. law) on domestic flights is enough to cover any loss or damage (keep those receipts when you buy anything expensive however, and fragile or other “valuable” items such as electronics are always excluded from coverage, so [...]

FAA suspends controller for watching movie on duty

FAA suspends controller for watching movie on duty

April 20, 2011 · ,

An air traffic controller has been suspended for watching a movie when he was supposed to be monitoring aircraft, deepening the Federal Aviation Administration’s embarrassment following at least five cases of controllers sleeping on the job. In the latest incident, the controller was watching a movie on a DVD player early Sunday morning while on [...]

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