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Low Fares to Havana Now on Sale from Spirit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/02/2016, 4:00 AM

Fast on the heels of JetBlue operating the first flight in more than 50 years from the United States to Cuba, Spirit Airlines has begun offering, as of yesterday, its ultra-low fares for its own upcoming service to the Caribbean island nation. One of 10 U.S. airlines granted permission from the Department of Transportation to fly to Cuba, Spirit will be connecting Fort Lauderdale and Havan...

American Airlines Puts Responsibility for Improving Service on . . . Passengers?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

American Airlines has embarked on a novel, verging-on-shameless new marketing campaign gently reminding passengers to stay civil in the skies.  Because "great flyers make the best of their situation," the ads encourage polite behavior such as ceding armrests to the person in the middle seat and asking those in your row for permission before you raise or lower the window shade. American...

First Flight from U.S. to Cuba in More Than 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

In air travel, yesterday was one for the history books. The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years left Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little after 11 a.m.  JetBlue flight 387 marked the beginning of a new era in Caribbean travel, following decades of a tr...

Travel Site User Gets 47-Year Layover and Hilarious Customer-Service Response

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

We know it's only Wednesday, but you can stop looking for the Customer Service Rep of the Week. It's Jen from Skyscanner. The company, an airline search engine that compares flights to help you find bargains, received a post on its Facebook page from user James Lloyd, whose Skyscanner search had suggested a more than 400,000-hour layover in Bangkok during a trip from New Zealand to London....

Qatar Airport to Charge Departure Tax to All Passengers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting on December 1, if you happen to pass through Hamad International Airport near Qatar's capital city of Doha, you're going to be charged a "departure tax" of about $10 (35 Qatari riyals), even if you're only there to catch a connecting flight. The change—which applies to every single passenger flying out of the airport—is designed to boost revenue in the Persian Gulf country followi...

Baby Born on Flight Gets 1 Million Air Miles

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

A newborn named Haven just received a gift we're guessing her parents didn't register for: 1 million air miles from Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific.  How come? Because last week Haven was born on one of the airline's flights. Haven's mother went into labor—more than five weeks early—in midair somewhere between Dubai and Manila. With the help of the cabin crew and two nurses who happen...

Most Limits on U.S.-Mexico Flights Have Flown Away

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

Yesterday was a good day for price-conscious travelers in North America. As of Sunday, nearly all of the restrictions on flights between the United States and Mexico have been lifted, allowing airlines on both sides of the border to fly whatever routes they want in the other country—and at whatever prices they want to offer. Up to now, rules had limited two or three airlines from each coun...

American Airlines Makes In-Flight TV Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2016, 8:00 AM

Looks like JetBlue and Virgin America have finally forced the monolithic major carriers to up their games. A few months ago, Delta finally recognized one of the things passengers love about its competitors and announced it would make its in-flight entertainment systems free.   Now American Airlines has finally followed suit.   Previously, the airline offered a paltry compliment...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

Tourist Ordered to Pay $44K for Violent Yoga Incident on Plane

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 12:15 PM

Back in March, Korean tourist Hyongtae Pae was arrested after he became violent on an airplane when he wasn't allowed to do yoga—a story noteworthy in part because you don't often hear "violent" and "yoga" in the same sentence.  Pae, who's in his 70s, and his wife were on a United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Tokyo; the couple had just celebrated their 40th anniversary in Hawaii and we...

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