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Spirit Airlines Quietly Ditches Its 800 Number, Domestic Airfares Are Down to Many Popular Destinations, and More Airline News

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

What's the difference between 800 and 801? The first is a toll-free call, and the second is an area code in Utah. Which does Spirit Airlines use for its reservations number? The one that has customers footing the bill, of course. I have to give thanks for that bit of intel to a Florida reader who alerted me the change. (I don't know when it happened). And you have to give chutzpah points t...

Don't Get Taken for a Ride in Las Vegas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 11:15 AM

15 to 20 minutes. That's about how long it should take a passenger to get from the Las Vegas Airport to their Strip hotel in Las Vegas, most times of the day. Heck, you can see the Strip right under you as you land in the plane (it's one of the great sights in aviation). The two are not far apart. And yet, according to industry news publication Travel Weekly, some 22.5% of passengers a...

What's SUP? Perhaps the Hottest Vacation Activity on Water

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2013, 8:00 PM

  Is stand-up paddle boarding, also known by the surfer-dude friendly acronym SUP (as in “wassup”), the fastest growing watersport in the world? Search engines lists everything from kite surfing to dragon boat racing as having that distinction. But proponents of this relatively new pastime—based on the ancient Polynesian boating method hoe he’e nalu, which involves a sailor standing on a f...

Haven't Booked a Summer Cruise Yet? That May Work In Your Favor This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2013, 7:30 PM

During “Wave Season” this year, a tsunami hit. Let me translate. “Wave Season” is the period from January from March during which  the cruise lines try to pin down the majority of their yearly bookings. They do so by ramping up advertising campaigns and offering incentives to passengers and travel agents.  But not even the sassiest TV ad could distract would-be travelers from the unfol...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

The Bad News About Flights That Arrive Early

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 1:30 AM

Did your latest flight arrive early? Mine did and that's not necessarily a good thing. As a recent analysis in USAToday showed, airlines are padding their flight times to improve on-time stats. That means on-time and early arrivals, yes, but also more time spent just sitting on the darn plane. In fact, USA Today found that 93% of flights are now longer than they were in 1995.  So we'r...

The Bad News About Flights That Arrive Early

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 1:30 AM

Did your latest flight arrive early? Mine did and that's not necessarily a good thing. As a recent analysis in USAToday showed, airlines are padding their flight times to improve on-time stats. That means on-time and early arrivals, yes, but also more time spent just sitting on the darn plane. In fact, USA Today found that 93% of flights are now longer than they were in 1995.  So we'r...

It's Going to Be A Bumpy Ride: The Effect of Global Climate Change on Airplane Turbulence

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

Here's an odd, and disturbing, bit of news. Scientists are predicting that as carbon dioxide levels rise, so will air turbulence for transatlantic flights. The bumpiness will be caused by the jet stream moving ever farther north, and disrupting flights. According to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change both the frequency of turbulence and its strength will increase ...

It's Going to Be A Bumpy Ride: The Effect of Global Climate Change on Airplane Turbulence

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

Here's an odd, and disturbing, bit of news. Scientists are predicting that as carbon dioxide levels rise, so will air turbulence for transatlantic flights. The bumpiness will be caused by the jet stream moving ever farther north, and disrupting flights. According to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change both the frequency of turbulence and its strength will increase ...

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