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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Where are we going for the Fourth of July?

In just about a week, many Americans will begin enjoying their four-day Independence Day weekends. Where are those travelers headed? The answer may surprise you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Condor begins seasonal flights between Seattle, Munich

Travelers intent on attending Oktoberfest in Germany now have a convenient nonstop flight option from the West Coast to Munich, the home of that famous festival.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

World’s least – and most – expensive beaches

Planning on soaking up some rays this summer? Before you slather on the sunscreen, check out the 2017 Beach Price Index that details the cost of spending a day at more than 300 seaside locations in 70 countries around the world.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Qatar Airways named World's Best Airline in 2017 SKYTRAX Awards

Delta Air Lines becomes highest-ranked U.S. airline

Qatar Airways has received the honor of being named the World’s Best Airline in the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, bestowing upon it the title of "World's Best" for six of the past eight years.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Delta begins selling Delta One suites and Premium Select seats

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines has begun selling its Delta One suites and Premium Select seats for flights from the U.S. to Asia that will begin this fall.

OPINION: Airline business model must be overhauled

A corporate governance expert is the latest to add her voice to the growing chorus of those calling for a complete overhaul of the airline industry.

Upmarket Lisbon hotel invites families to summer in Portugal

Travelers planning to visit Portugal with their kids or grandkids this summer will want to consider a new, upmarket family property located in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: US airlines’ manipulative marketing

The purpose of marketing is to gain customers, and it is common practice to tell prospective customers why your business is better than the competition. While that often involves accentuating the positive, the marketing proffered by most U.S. airlines has, at one time or another, crossed the line and played fast and loose with the facts.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New small ship to join Pacific Northwest cruise fleet

American Cruise Lines’ newest ship, American Constellation, will be heading to the West Coast in 2018, the result of increased demand for the line’s popular Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage, and Puget Sound itineraries.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Airline fares dip in May CPI

Airline fares continued to decline in May following an April decline that halted a four-month run of fare increases, 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Award-winning tour operator offers sailings along Italy’s Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Italy. Now, expedition tour operator Peter Sommer Travels is offering travelers the opportunity to explore the area by yacht this September with two new sailings in the popular destination.

Monday, June 12, 2017

More Americans planning to take a summer vacation, but duration and budgets decline

After a dip in 2016, more travelers from the U.S. and Europe will be packing their bags and heading on a vacation this summer, according to an annual consumer survey conducted by travel insurance provider Generali Global Assistance.

Friday, June 9, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Fun with fotos in flight

This recap of airline photo policies has been updated to reflect the current policies as we enter the summer of 2017.

If you are among the millions of people who will be taking to the skies during the summer travel season that is just getting underway, it is a good idea to review your airline's policy about photography before heading to the airport, lest you find yourself kicked off the plane and sent back to the terminal.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Study shows most, least expensive cities for overnight accommodations

A new study by online booking platform reveals the cities and areas in which travelers can expect to find bargains and which will test the limits of the budget when it comes to a place to lay your weary head.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My experience with Alaska’s “BEYOND” Entertainment system

Many airlines tout the wonderfulness of their in-flight entertainment systems, and Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines is among them. The carrier’s news releases refer to, “Alaska Beyond Entertainment [which] offers free movies direct to customers' own devices.” Maybe. Or perhaps not.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cruise prices increase for upmarket accommodations; drop for others

A study of cruise prices shows that the price of upmarket suite accommodations are up compared to the 2016 sailing season while average prices for balcony staterooms and ocean view cabins have fallen from last year.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Delta launches new flight connecting Atlanta, Seoul

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has launched new daily service connecting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ever wonder what happens to lost luggage? It ends up here.

It is every traveler’s worst nightmare: the airline has lost your luggage. While most bags are merely delayed or misdirected and are eventually reunited with their owners, there is a small percentage that never make it back. Many of those end up at a facility in Alabama, where their contents are inventoried, then put up for sale.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WOW Air offers $55 fares from U.S. to Europe

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Iceland's ultra-low fare airline WOW air began offering $55 one-way fares to eleven European cities from three of its American gateway airports this morning. That’s a great deal if you can get them, and if you’re willing to look beyond the headline.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

VICTORIA, BC: Revisiting the Magnolia Hotel & Spa

By Carl and Jamie Dombek 

As frequent visitors to Victoria, B.C., we find ourselves returning to the Magnolia Hotel time after time. Because the property and staff are so warm and welcoming, it feels like we are visiting the “old neighborhood” and reconnecting with old friends.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Win a trip a year ... for life!

A Canadian tour operator is offering a contest it claims to be the first of its kind: a chance for participants to win a trip a year for life.

OPINION: Mr. President, US airlines MUST be held to account

An open letter to President Donald Trump recounts themes that are common among members of the U.S. flying public: The quality of service aboard U.S. airlines is abysmal, and something must be done to fix it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Holiday hiatus

TheTravelPro will not publish on Monday, May 29, due to the U.S. Memorial Day holiday. Publication will resume Tuesday, May 30.

Visit my main page at for more news, reviews, and personal observations on the world of upmarket travel.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Counting the cost of a cruise (Part 5 of 5)

Wherein we add up the figures and hit ‘total’ 

As we have been examining all week, the total cost of a cruise on many, if not most, cruise lines serving North America will certainly be more than the price of passage and, depending on personal choices, could be considerably more. In our final installment, TheTravelPro will look at the all-in numbers.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Counting the cost of cruise (Part 4 of 5)

Abundant options can bloat the bottom line

Considering cruising? In advance of our first real cruise last summer, TheTravelPro did a fair bit of research into the all-in cost of that journey. This week, we are examining many of the expenses that go beyond the price of the ticket, taxes, fees and port charges.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Counting the cost of a cruise (Part 3 of 5)

Dining and sightseeing options: At what cost?

The all-in cost of a cruise will almost certainly be greater than the price of the fare. In some cases, it can be significantly greater than the price of the ticket, taxes, fees and port charges. All this week, TheTravelPro is examining many of the options that add to the all-in cost.