Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best, worst airlines for in-flight connectivity

If you’re planning a trip for spring break, your summer vacation, or have a business trip in the offing, you may be interested in a new report that ranks the in-flight Wi-Fi offered (or not offered) by U.S. airlines.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

EDITORIAL: The flying public deserves an open, honest debate on airline distribution practices

By Kevin Mitchell, Founder
Business Travel Coalition

The American people deserve to know the facts on pricing practices of one of the most expensive services – air travel – that they buy. Legislation from U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine will provide that opportunity and should be enacted into law.>

Monday, March 19, 2018

Alaska State Ferries: Deal or No Deal?

Ever since I moved to Seattle in 1983, people have been telling me that the Alaska state ferries are an economical way to see Alaska from the water. I recently decided to investigate and see exactly how economical they are.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Survey: Airline passengers unhappy with U.S. airlines

The results of a new survey show that many airline passengers are pissed off about the state of air travel in the United States.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Survey: Travelers prefer chain hotels over boutiques, Airbnb

A new survey shows that American travelers have an overwhelming preference for major chain hotels over boutique properties or accommodations like Airbnb.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Business travel leaders urge passage of legislation to help drive airline competition

Leaders from 32 prominent travel industry organizations have joined forces to press for the passage of legislation that would promote transparency and competition in the U.S. commercial air travel.

Monday, March 12, 2018

State department modernizes travel advisories

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of State kicked off 2018 by modernizing what had become an arcane and sometimes barely decipherable system of telling travelers the locations where travel was all right and where it would have been ill-advised.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hotel ratings: What do they REALLY mean?

Virtually every hotel posts a “star” rating to give potential guests a sense of how luxurious or economical their accommodations will be. Those usually range from one to five stars, but how do hotels get those ratings and how meaningful are they?

Monday, March 5, 2018


If you're looking for a little fun in the sun and surf of northern Florida, I definitely recommend the Hyatt Place in Daytona Beach Shores. As nice as it is, however, I would stop short of calling it "upscale." If that seems like an odd way to start an article, read on to understand my reasons.

Friday, March 2, 2018

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - La Fiesta

If you're in the mood for good Mexican food in the area around Daytona Beach, Florida, I unequivocally recommend La Fiesta.

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Stonewood Grill & Tavern

After spending three weeks in the Daytona Beach, Fla. area in the fall, I found one of the biggest challenges was getting a good meal in upscale surroundings. Fortunately, Stonewood Grill & Tavern offered such an experience.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Delta updates requirements for service and support animals

Effective March 1, Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines instituted updated requirements for passengers traveling with service or support animals.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - New Smyrna Beach Brat House

After a disappointing experience at a German restaurant north of Daytona Beach, I turned to social media and found The Brat House in the other direction, about two miles south of Rose Bay on N. Dixie Fwy., in New Smyrna Beach. I was very glad I did.

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - The Cracked Egg

To me, The Cracked Egg deserves no better than a solid three-star rating.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Buya Ramen

In Sarasota for business one weekend and with time to kill, I decided to drive about 45 minutes north, to St. Petersburg, to check out a restaurant I'd seen featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It turned out to be more than worth the trip!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Voting opens for 2018 Freddie Awards

Voting is now open for the 2018 Freddie Awards, where travelers decide which airlines and hotels have the best loyalty programs in the world.

SARASOTA, Fla. - Sunnyside Cafe

I will admit it up front: I am a breakfast snob. So when I discovered Sunnyside Cafe, I was ecstatic!

Monday, February 26, 2018

BEND, Ore. - joolz revisited

When we got the opportunity to take some dear friends to dinner in Bend recently, we immediately suggested joolz. Our friends enjoy Mediterranean food and quickly accepted our recommendation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BEND, Ore. - McKay Cottage revisited

During a recent visit to central Oregon, my wife and I returned to a favorite breakfast place we'd discovered about four years ago. Happily, the atmosphere was as pleasant, and the food as tasty, as we remembered them.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BEND, Ore. - Hilton Garden Inn revisited

After nearly four years since our last stay, we returned to the Hilton Garden Inn in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon for a recent weekend visit. We were as delighted with the property as when we stumbled upon it for the first time in 2014.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

jetBlue: More space, less service

As much as I travel, I had not had occasion to fly much talked-about jetBlue until late last year. Overall, I was disappointed in my experiences.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gervois Hotel Rating announces America’s most inspiring hotels for 2018

Gervois Hotel Rating, a two-year-old rating system aimed at discerning, multicultural and sophisticated hotel guests, has unveiled its list of America’s most inspiring hotels for 2018.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dining out on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix continues to recover from the devastating effects of two Category 5 hurricanes that hit the island in less than two weeks during September 2017. While it and many other Caribbean islands won’t be fully recovered for quite some time, St. Croix’s restaurant scene is reemerging.

Monday, February 12, 2018

TheTravelPro refines its focus

Since commencing publication in 2008, TheTravelPro has published over 1,400 articles ranging from travel news and commentaries to hotel, restaurant and cruise reviews to extensive guides to cities we have visited. It is now time to refine the focus.

Monday, October 2, 2017

TheTravelPro on indefinite hiatus

In response to the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, I have joined the disaster relief efforts, suspended my personal travels and placed TheTravelPro on indefinite hiatus.

Friday, September 29, 2017

US airlines assist in disaster relief efforts

The damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and earthquakes in Mexico have motivated many to take action, including the Big Three U.S. airlines which have added flights and taken other steps to aid those in need.

FRIDAY FRUMP: Some people will never make it as a writer

It seems that lots of people want to be travel writers. Why not? See some of the world, enjoy some discounts and freebies, and all they have to do is write about it.

And there it is. For many, like today's object lesson, that last point is the most difficult nut to crack.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Israel tourism seeing rapid upswing

Tourism professionals in Israel used the occasion of World Tourism Day, Sept. 27, to publicize a rapid upswing in Israel’s tourism numbers.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Turkish Airlines wins accolades, named “Five-Star Global Airline”

Turkish Airlines has been named a “Five-Star Global Airline” in the official airline ratings recently issued by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

Monday, September 25, 2017

Despite two hurricanes, resorts extends deals to attract guests

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, an all-inclusive resort chain in the Caribbean, has extended a campaign offering specials and deep discounts for its properties in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches annual PFD sale for Alaska residents

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced its annual Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) sale, offering bargains for travel within, or to and from, the 49th state exclusively for Alaska residents.

Friday, September 22, 2017

GAO study: Airlines fleecing customers with nickel-and-dime charges

New government data flies in the face of airline industry claims that it’s never been a better time to fly, the National Consumers League (NCL) said in a statement released on Sept. 22.

Delta adds trans-Atlantic routes in early to mid-2018

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will add eight new nonstop routes to Europe from several U.S. gateways beginning during the spring and summer of 2018.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches non-stop flights between SFO, NOLA

Alaska Airlines on Sept. 21 launched nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ANALYSIS: US airlines’ opposition to ‘passenger facility charge’ rings hollow

By Kevin Mitchell, Founder
Business Travel Coalition

The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) is calling on the U.S. Senate to reject airlines’ arguments that increasing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) would harm demand for travel.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Delta adds extra flights, caps fares & waives fees as Hurricane Maria approaches

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines is finalizing operational plans as yet another hurricane, expected to bring devastating to catastrophic impacts, bears down on the Caribbean.

REPORT: Ancillary revenue for 66 airlines reaches $44.6bn

The world’s airlines continue to reap an ever-larger windfall from the constantly increasing range of ancillary services they sell their customers. In fact, a new report shows the 66 airlines that provide financial data related to those à la carte charges raked in $44.6bn last year.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Most fun cities in the US

When planning your next trip, especially if you’re on a budget, you might want to consider this study, which looked at 150 cities across the U.S. to determine where you’re likely to have the most fun.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Figuring Out Foreign Finances

Among the challenges of traveling to other countries is figuring out your finances. There's more to consider than just converting currencies and calculating exchange rates. Here are some helpful tips.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Airline fares decline in August CPI

Airline fares resumed their string of monthly declines in August, 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Leipzig prepares for year of major musical milestones

Leipzig, the city of music where Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Schumann, and many other musical greats lived and worked, is tuning up for a momentous year celebrating its celebrated composers.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MIA resumes limited operations

Passenger and cargo flights at Miami International Airport (MIA) resumed Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, although on a limited basis.

Delta Air Lines makes major contributions for Irma relief

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines has announced contributions totaling $1.1 million to help aid the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record.

Monday, September 11, 2017

UPDATE: Delta cancels 800 flights; braces for ATL impact of Irma

Officials at Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines have decided to cancel about 800 flights Monday as Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the hub at Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport (ATL) strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft.

Friday, September 8, 2017

UPDATE: Delta adds 5,000 seats to flights leaving Florida

Updated at 10 a.m. PDT, Sept. 8

Although downgraded to a Category 4, Hurricane Irma continues to roar through the Caribbean toward Florida. In response, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has added more than 5,000 extra seats and 24 extra flights in Florida, the Caribbean and the Bahamas to help customers leave those areas.

UPDATE: Hurricane Irma continues to affect flights at MIA

Updated at 6:30 a.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 8

Hurricane Irma, which is bearing down on south Florida, continues to affect operations at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Delta to begin first nonstop flights from Indy to Europe

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will begin nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) beginning in May of 2018, making it the first carrier ever to offer a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight from Indiana’s capital city.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Multi-platinum group Il Divo to set sail on four-night Caribbean cruise

Fans of the classical crossover group Il Divo will have a chance to hear and see the group – and even meet the members personally – on a four-day Caribbean cruise this fall aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Two Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships retain unmatched ratings

Luxury cruise ships MS Europa and the MS Europa 2 have retained the distinction of being the only ships to receive the rating of “five-stars-plus” by Berlitz Cruise Guide.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Holiday hiatus

Barring any urgent, breaking travel news, TheTravelPro will be on hiatus for the U.S. Labor Day holiday and will resume publication on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Safe and pleasant travels!

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