Monday, May 22, 2017

Counting the cost of a cruise (Part 1 of 5)

Calculating the cost


With the summer cruise season just underway, it seems appropriate to share a series of article that will provide a more complete understanding of the all-in cost of such an adventure.

Friday, May 19, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: No love lost between airlines and their customers

A new survey shows what many frequent air travelers have already expressed in articles, op-ed pieces and conversations at airport bars: Airline passengers feel neither valued by, nor loyal to, U.S. airlines.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alaska Airlines now selling tickets to Mexico City

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines has begun selling tickets for service that will resume later this year from California's three largest cities to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX).

Alaska to expand Seattle-area service to Snohomish County

Pending government approvals, Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines will begin scheduled commercial air service from Snohomish County in the fall of 2018, making it the first carrier to offer scheduled service from Paine Field (PAE).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Southwest Airlines tops annual reward seat ranking

A just-released survey shows budget airlines are the best when it comes time to redeem accrued miles for an award seat but, overall, fewer seats are available when using accrued miles on the world’s airlines.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WOW air to begin flights from US to Tel Aviv

No-frills carrier WOW air will begin flights connecting several of its U.S. gateway airports to Tel Aviv, Israel starting this fall.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Coming soon: First biometric bag check

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines is testing facial recognition technology and this summer plans to introduced the first biometric-based self-service bag drop in the United States.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Airline fares reverse course, decline in April CPI

Airline fares declined in April after four months of 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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Alaska Airlines inaugurates new service from Seattle to Indianapolis

Alaska Airlines began nonstop daily service between Seattle and Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday, May 11, offering the only nonstop service offered from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to IND.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Budget airlines continue to top major customer satisfaction study

Low-cost carriers continue to lead U.S. airlines in the J.D. Power 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study as overall satisfaction with the nation’s airline industry continues to increase.

Some Like It Hot: Abu Dhabi announces Summer Season line-up

If you like hot weather and are seeking something a bit more adventurous than usual for your upcoming summer vacation, a visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, could fill the bill nicely.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Marriott opens Waikoloa Ocean Club on Hawaii’s Big Island

Marriott International has opened the new Waikoloa Ocean Club overlooking ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay on the western shore of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top tips for surviving summer travel

With the start of the summer travel season just a few weeks away, travel experts are offering their advice on how to stay safe while traveling.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Forty percent of travelers affected by electronics ban - survey

A new survey confirms the recent ban on electronics, including laptops and tablets, on flights to the U.S. from targeted airports in the Middle East and North Africa regions will affect in-flight activities for many business and leisure travelers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Consumer group tells Congress: Fix US airlines

Consumer and worker advocacy organization the National Consumers League is calling on the Senate to take immediate action to address the lack of competition among U.S. airlines.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

EL AL to begin non-stop service from MIA to Tel Aviv

EL AL Israel Airlines, the flag carrier of Israel, will begin non-stop service in November with three weekly round-trip flights connecting Miami International Airport and Tel Aviv.

Royal Caribbean adds sailings from the Gulf Coast in 2018

Royal Caribbean cruise lines has announced ship changes and repositionings that will mean new and resumed sailings from two cities on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico during the 2018-2019 winter sailing season.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

U.S. Bank introduces new upmarket travel card

Carrying what may be the longest name of any credit card on the market, U.S. Bank has introduced the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Credit Card, targeting busy professionals who “live life on the go and value little touches of luxury.”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Holland America kicks off 70th Alaska cruise season

Two ships from Holland America Line arrived in Seattle over the weekend of April 29 and 30, making them the first two ships to arrive for the start of the city’s 2017 Alaska cruise season, and the line’s 70th season serving The Last Frontier.

2017 Freddie Awards name best airline, hotel loyalty programs

More than four million travelers had their say and named their favorite airline and hotel loyalty programs in the 2017 Freddie Awards.

Best credit cards for international travel

Experienced travelers know that a credit card that does not charge a foreign transaction fee is an excellent traveling companion. But there are other factors to consider when choosing the best card for overseas sojourns.

Friday, April 28, 2017

United settles with ejected passenger, promises to do better

United Airlines has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger forcibly removed from a United Express flight earlier this month, has issued a public apology for the incident and outlined some changes it hopes will keep similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Relaxing or active vacation? 'Relaxing' by almost 2:1 - survey

Despite the increasing popularity of adventure travel, results of a just-released survey shows that nearly twice as many people prefer relaxing get-aways to active vacations.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Roadwork restricts access to Arches National Park

Nighttime road work is restricting access to the Arches at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah but local tourism organizations are providing visitors with ways to overcome those temporary limitations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Low-cost airlines both lead and trail in customer satisfaction

According to a just-released survey, your best and your worst bet for a satisfying travel experience is with a low-cost airline. Whether you end up singing their praises or cursing their canine lineage will depend on which one you choose.

Monday, April 24, 2017

OPINION: Foreign carriers should be allowed to serve US cities

With two incidents of scuffles and kerfuffles aboard two different U.S. airlines in less than two weeks, there are increasing calls for significant changes in the country's airline industry. Some are calling for re-regulation while others are promoting a more radical, or more progressive, idea: opening U.S. skies to foreign carriers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hotel companies quietly seek government protection from Airbnb and others – analysis

By Kevin Mitchell
Chairman and founder, Business Travel Coalition

This week The New York Times published an article proving that the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is the organization funding a “grassroots movement,” AirbnbWATCH, to frustrate the competitive success of short-term residential rental companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Emirates to reduce US service; blames Trump administration actions

Dubai-headquartered Emirates airline will be reducing the number of flights to five of the 12 U.S. gateway cities it serves because of reduced demand caused by more stringent U.S. security measures and travel bans on citizens of a number of countries.

Ride-hailing gains even more popularity with business travelers – report

Ride-hailing services, which gained the majority of ground transportation dollars among business travelers in 3Q16, continue to gain in popularity, though the balance of power is shifting slightly.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Norwegian to add certified lifeguards to its ships

Norwegian Cruise Line will begin employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across its fleet starting this summer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Delta most on-time US airline during February

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines grabbed the top spot for the highest percentage of on-time arrivals in February according to a report released April 18 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Fly European airlines for greater protection in the event of flight delays

If you’re planning to fly to or within Europe this summer, you will want to know about a European law that provides specific protections for travelers whose flights are delayed or cancelled.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tips for surviving an ultra-long-haul flight

Some tips from a veteran


About a year ago, in preparation for two back-to-back ultra-long-haul flights about U.A.E.-based carrier Emirates, I gathered a fair bit of information and advice on how best to survive more than 16 hours in a pressurized aluminum tube hurtling along at Mach 0.85, 40,000 feet above the earth.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Airline fares continue to rise in March CPI

Airline fares continued to rise in March, increasing 0.4 percent following a 2.4 percent rise in February, a 2.0 percent rise in January and a 1.9 percent increase in December, 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.

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Things to do and places Baby Boomers should see in Miami

By Samuel Redding

Throughout the years, Miami, Florida has been predominantly known as a prime destination for tourists, spring breakers, and even Baby Boomers. This major U.S. city presents a fantastic combination of sun, sea, and sand along with a wonderful climate, which has left many people considering whether or not to relocate to the city.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Qatar Airways weighs in on United debacle

Qatar Airways, an airline consistently highly rated for its customer service, showed a bit of its snarky side when it weighed in on United Airlines' forcibly removing a passenger from one of its flights.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EDITORIAL: UAL denied boarding incident 'Worst PR disaster since Exxon Valdez'

By Kevin Mitchell
Chairman and founder, Business Travel Coalition

On Sunday, 69-year old David Dao, a pulmonologist, was selected for denied boarding on a United Airlines flight departing Chicago, Illinois for Louisville, Kentucky because the carrier needed seats for its crew. He was bleeding as horrified passengers watched as he was dragged down the aisle like an animal.

Tips for safer summer travels

With many people well into planning their summer vacations, it is a good time to think about ways to make your travels as safe and secure as possible.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Guide to selecting new luggage

With the summer travel season quickly approaching, there's no time like the present to take a close look at the luggage you will be using and replace or upgrade as needed. But which luggage brand is best, and which are best avoided?

Friday, April 7, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Do flight crews really have absolute authority?

As often as I fly, I was surprised to hear a subtle difference in the pre-flight announcement during a recent trip. As it turns out, the small difference I heard could be pretty important in cases where a member of a flight crew asserts their authority over certain passengers.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alaska, Virgin America add non-stops from Portland and L.A. to eastern US

Two of the airlines operated by Seattle-headquartered Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) will begin new daily non-stop service connecting Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Los Angeles International (LAX) to three major hubs in the eastern United States.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Do you travel with electronics? Then you NEED this!

Who doesn’t travel with a ton of electronic devices? Even if you only travel with a phone and tablet or laptop, multiply that by the number of people in your family and you’ll quickly see why the average hotel room or cruise ship cabin simply doesn’t have enough outlets to recharge all our electronics. However, there is a new device that offers an economical solution.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Avianca Brasil to launch service between Miami and Sao Paulo

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S.A., which does business as Avianca Brasil, will launch daily passenger service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) on June 23, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line extends Cuba cruises through 2018

Miami-headquartered Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will further extend its offering of weekly round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through 2018.

ANA’s 5-Star SKYTRAX rating reconfirmed

Airline rating agency SKYTRAX has reconfirmed the 5-star rating of Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the fifth consecutive year.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Global Entry, Pre-Check or CLEAR?

Several programs are available to help speed travelers through airport security lines. Which provides the best bang for your buck?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Airlines consider returning to 'good old days'

In a stunning reversal of an ongoing trend, several major airlines are collaborating on changes intended to make air travel more comfortable and enjoyable for the traveling public.

Friday, March 31, 2017

American Cruise Lines names newest coastal ship

Small-ship cruise company American Cruise Lines has announced the name of its latest vessel, which is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sail to the ‘Top of the World’

While I am not a fan of either adventure travel or expedition travel, this story caught my attention because, let’s admit it, there is something undeniably cool (no pun intended) about the prospect of standing at the top of the world.