Friday, August 18, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Booking multi-city airline tickets could be a costly mistake

When planning a trip last year that would include booking a multi-city flight itinerary, I learned of a nefarious twist being employed by major U.S. airlines to wring more dollars out of the traveling public. Recently, I decided to revisit the topic to see if things have changed.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

OPINION: Are Duty-Free Shops Past Their Time?

Experiences during my recent trips have caused me to wonder: Have duty-free shops outlived their usefulness?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eating economically in Dubai

Whether on a business expense account or using personal funds, prudent travelers want to keep expenses under control. The upmarket AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel has just introduced a special lunch offering that will help when it comes time to dine.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Norwegian to bring more bargain choices to Seattle

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, which operates as Norwegian, will begin service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and London-Gatwick (LGW) on Sept. 17, providing another low-cost alternative for frugal travelers in the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, August 14, 2017

New international arrivals hall coming to SEA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which serves the Puget Sound area, is about to get a new international arrivals hall to replace the current, outdated facility which entered service in 1973.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Airline fares rise in July CPI

Airline fares rose 0.7 percent in July, ending a three-month run of price declines according to the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

ANA debuts Star Wars kids’ lounge at HND

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) opened the doors to its “STAR WARS ANA Kids LOUNGE” located in Terminal 2 of Tokoy’s Haneda Airport (HND).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Don't tease me; answer your email

I'll never understand why businesses -- particularly those in the hospitality industry -- provide an email address as an option for contacting them, but then apparently never check that mailbox. That lack of responsiveness certainly costs them business.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

U.S. News names best airline, hotel loyalty programs

U.S. News and World Report has named what it judges to be the best loyalty programs among U.S. airlines and hotel chains.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service from SFO, LAX to Mexico City

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines on Aug. 8 launched service to Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) from the major California hubs of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Delta to commence Orlando to Amsterdam nonstop Mar. 30

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will begin offering a direct link from central Florida to The Netherlands when it commences nonstop service linking Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) on March 30.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Omni Hotels offer end-of-summer bargains

One of my favorite hotel chains, Omni Hotels & Resorts, is offering some tremendous deals as we approach the end of the summer travel season.

Friday, August 4, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: When in Rome…

Among the reasons we travel to countries not our own is to experience their culture. And yet, a startling number of people have apparently never heard the proverb, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

OPINION: Myths and facts about US airlines' opposition to Gulf carriers

By Kevin Mitchell, Founder
Business Travel Coalition

In their ranting campaign to eliminate competitive choice offered by Persian Gulf carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, the Big Three U.S. carriers have deployed a famous strategy espoused by Carl Sandburg.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rock me on the water: Rock Legends Cruise finalizes artist line-up

Attention, Baby Boomers! The artists’ line-up has been finalized for the sixth annual Rock Legends Cruise, which departs from Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 15, 2018.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers discounts on distinctive voyages

Norwegian Cruise Lines has launched a promotion it calls Distinctive Voyages, a portfolio of incentives for passengers who book new cruises over the weeks and months ahead.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Appeals court orders FAA to consider setting minimum seat size standards

There may be a glimmer of hope for those of us who are tired of squeezing into ever-smaller airline seats. On Friday, July 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to review seat size and pitch with an eye toward placing limits on the 'Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.'

Read more in this article from Bloomberg.

OPINION: Hotels should offer 'adults-only' accommodations

Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, can be exhausting enough. And when you share the floor with fellow guests who are less than considerate, it’s all the worse. It’s time hotels became more selective when placing their guests.

Friday, July 28, 2017

K-9 officers mean safer skies

With the summer travel season in full swing, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and many local police departments are using explosive-sniffing dogs to help patrol U.S. airports.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ride-hailing services gain ever-larger share of business travel - report

After slowing to a near standstill in the first quarter, ride-hailing leader Uber picked up two percent to claim a commanding 55 percent of ground transportation overall in the second quarter of 2017, according to travel and entertainment expense management software provider Certify.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TSA announces tighter security measures for carry-on electronics

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures that will result in closer scrutiny of all carry-on electronic items larger than a cellphone.

Norwegian dramatically expanding service from US

Low-fare carrier Norwegian is adding numerous non-stop flights to Europe and the Caribbean from a dozen major U.S. cities starting July 31.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts named DR’s Hotel Chain of the Year

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, an operator of upscale, all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, has been named 2017’s Hotel Chain of the Year by the Dominican Association of Tour Operators and Dominican Republic’s Popular Bank.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Accessing airport clubs economically

At the height of the summer travel season when airports are at their busiest, it is a good time to look into those havens from the cacophony of the concourse known as airport lounges and how to access those oases without breaking the bank.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Win a walking tour of Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Travel and reference book publisher DK, in conjunction with One Foot Abroad travels, is offering a chance to win an eight-day walking tour for two of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Friday, July 21, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Let Qatar be Qatar

Last week, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) issued a statement calling on the president to force Qatar Airways to change practices SWAPA called discriminatory. Its focus on discrimination is, purely and simply, a smokescreen intended to distract from the real issue.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

First non-stop connecting Seattle to Manchester coming in '18

Leisure carrier Thomas Cook Airlines will begin new seasonal service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Manchester Airport (MAN) in the United Kingdom beginning May 27, 2018, marking the first non-stop flights connecting the two cities.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nickel-and-dime charges soar; airlines continue race to the bottom

A new study shows the 10 airlines that derived the most so-called ancillary revenue derived more in 2016 than ever before: a total of more than $28 billion, and more than 13 times the amount earned nearly 10 years ago.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

POLL: Marriott’s cancellation policy driving away business travelers

Marriott International is now requiring that guests cancel their reservations a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival or face a penalty equal to the cost of one room night. That change is not sitting well with business travelers, according to a poll conducted by the Business Travel Coalition.

Survey shows least and most expensive cities for taxi rides

British online used car dealership Carspring has just released a survey that shows which of the world’s major cities have the least expensive and most expensive cab rides.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ann Coulter v. Delta Air Lines: Seriously, Ann?

Over the weekend, political commentator Ann Coulter took to social media to bash Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines for, of all things, changing her seat.

Best and worst countries for internet connectivity

Traveling internationally this summer? A new report details which countries have the best - and the worst - Wi-Fi and internet connectivity, and the results may surprise you.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Airline fares continue to decline in June CPI

Airline fares continued to drop in June following declines in April and May, according to the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Delta takes delivery of its first Airbus A350

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the state-of-the-art Airbus A350, which will begin serving the Detroit-Tokyo route in late October.

Upscale South Beach hotel celebrates five years, five senses

In anticipation of it five-year anniversary, the upmarket SLS South Beach hotel is rolling out a property-wide exploration of all five senses.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

STUDY: Hotel guests want comfort, a favorable price, and a mobile app

Mobile apps are becoming as central to the hotel guest experience as soft pillows, extra towels and a competitive price, according to a new study by customer satisfaction survey company J.D. Power.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Laptop ban lifted for a total of six airports, airlines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lifted its laptop ban for three more of the 10 airports and airlines that serve the Middle East and north Africa and were affected by the ban that was issued in March.

Travel + Leisure names ‘Top 5 US airlines’

Well-regarded travel publication Travel + Leisure Magazine has just released its list of the top 5 U.S. airlines. If you follow the plethora of "Best of" lists, the results will come as no surprise.

Upmarket Dominican resort offers unlimited golf getaway package

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is offering an ‘Unlimited Golf Getaway’ stay-and-play package for golfers interested in any or all of its three golf courses, including the course regarded as the Caribbean’s No. 1 golf course.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A customer's praise for American Airlines

With all the recent negative press about incidents involving major U.S. airlines, it seems appropriate to offer up a story of a job well done. Granted, it’s not sensational and isn't likely to go viral, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

Friday, July 7, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: News pubs, researchers need to get it right

Earlier this week, Forbes Magazine decided to promote an article it originally published in April about a study, done by a team of students and instructors at two distinguished universities, that purported to identify "America's Best Airlines."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

British Airways launches inaugural flight from London to FLL

British Airways’ inaugural flight from London to Broward County, Florida arrived at approximately 1:45 p.m. Eastern time July 6, marking the airline’s first scheduled commercial service to south Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Laptop ban lifted for three major airlines

The ban on laptops aboard flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa has been lifted for three carriers flying to the U.S.

Win a million frequent flier miles from Star Alliance

Star Alliance, the global airline alliances made up of 28 member airlines, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a worldwide mileage competition, offering prizes that will turn several winners into mileage millionaires.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Holiday hiatus

TheTravelPro will not publish on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4, due to the U.S. Independence Day holiday. Publication will resume Wednesday, July 5.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Best credit cards for renting a car

Planning to rent a car during your summer sojourns? Depending on which credit card you use, you may be able to – safely – decline additional rental insurance.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

ANA to increase flights between LAX and Tokyo

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be increasing the number of flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Narita International (NRT) in metropolitan Tokyo.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Alaska Airlines debuts Mariners-themed 737

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines has added a specially themed plane to its fleet to mark the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Mariners as well as the two entities’ long-standing partnership.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Omni Scottsdale Resort offers three-day deal

Looking for a last-minute getaway for the Fourth or planning your Memorial Day weekend? If you love the desert, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia may have just what you seek.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Best and worst places to spend the 4th? Apparently, we don’t care.

Hot on the heels of a report detailing the most popular places to spend the Fourth of July weekend comes a study of the best and worst places to celebrate Independence Day. The differences between the two are surprising.