Monday, April 23, 2018

Congress needs to side with consumers, not US airlines

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider a six-year FAA reauthorization bill this week, and consumer advocates are petitioning both the House and the Senate to put the interests of consumers ahead of those of the airlines, which would benefit from several proposed amendments to the bill.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Alaska Air Group tightens rules for support animals

Effective May 1, the three airlines of Alaska Air Group will tighten the rules for guests flying with emotional support and psychiatric service animals.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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. What then?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Airline fares rise for second consecutive month in March CPI

Airline fares rose 0.6 percent in March 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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

50 destinations to consider for your bucket list

The Canadian online travel agency FlightNetwork has just released The World's Ultimate Bucket List of 50 travel destinations, many of which should be on your bucket list if they aren’t already.

Friday, April 13, 2018

FRIDAY FRUMP: The best airlines in 2018, Part 2

Yet another survey has been released, purporting to name the World’s Best Airlines. This time, the assessment comes from the readers of TripAdvisor.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

When flying 'First Class' isn't enough

For those who insist upon a higher level of upmarket air travel than is available in the so-called “first class” cabins of domestic airliners, travel aboard a private jet may provide precisely the right experience.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Getting new luggage for your summer travels? Read this!

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?

Monday, April 9, 2018

The best US airlines in 2018

Everyone wants to know: Who is the best? As far as U.S. airlines go, the clear answer is…

Friday, April 6, 2018

Driver's licenses now valid for air travel until 2020

This article, originally published on Dec. 24, 2016, was updated April 6, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has delayed the date when it will stop accepting some states' standard-issue driver’s licenses as valid identification at U.S. airports.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OPINION: Disney was right to deny pregnant mom a cruise

By now, you may have heard about the St. Louis mom who wasn't allowed to take a Disney cruise because she was 25 weeks pregnant. Cry me a river, sweetheart. You've got to play by the rules.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

EDITORIAL: Mr. President, 'open skies' should stay oepn

The following is an open letter to President Donald Trump from the Business Travel Coalition regarding the "Open Skies" agreement currently in place between the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which has come under fire from the Big Three U.S. airlines.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Time to re-regulate U.S. airlines

At a time when the airlines are pushing for the repeal of a variety of consumer-protection measures, it is high time we travelers joined forces and pushed back with a firm, “Hell, no!” I travel frequently for both business and leisure, and I believe the U.S. airline industry needs more regulation, not less.

Friday, March 30, 2018

FRIDAY FRUMP: 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 about where they place their patrons.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Marriott Rancho Cordova

Nice, but overrated

For a recent trip to the Sacramento area, I booked a three-night stay at the Marriott Rancho Cordova. While it is a pleasant property with attentive personnel, there are some things to note before choosing this particular hotel.

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).