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The Airline Industry's Call for Smaller Carry-Ons Will Hit You in the Wallet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/11/2015, 2:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association, an industry group comprised of commercial airlines, has decided it's time to come up with a global standard for what size a carry-on item should be. And that size isn't large: 7.5 inches deep by 21.5 inches long by 13.5 inches wide. Those measurements, which would be voluntary for airlines to adopt, are smaller than what many U.S. airlines ...

Free Stay in Tahiti If You Go to New Zealand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2015, 2:30 PM

The thing that stops most people from going to French Polynesia is the cost. It can cost as much to fly midway across the South Pacific to Tahiti as it can to go all the way across the ocean to New Zealand or Australia. Air Tahiti Nui has announced a great deal that makes it easier: a free three-night stopover, hotel included, for passengers who book round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Auck...

After Germanwings: Are the Budget Airlines Less Safe than the Others?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2015, 6:30 PM

  On Thursday morning on ABC's The View, Michelle Collins, one of the show's revolving co-hosts, suggested that because the European cut-price airlines are tough on customers with fees and optional pricing, then it's possible that attitude contributed to the pilot-initiated crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. "I have to say this airline, Germanwings, they're a bud...

Don't Buy the Hype! $10 Flights to Europe Will Never Be a Reality, And Here's Why

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/18/2015, 9:30 PM

Anyone who has ever been on Facebook knows what click bait is. That's when some website—it used to be one you'd never heard of, but now everyone's doing it—writes a sensational headline that you just can't resist clicking.  This week, the hot-button click bait goes like this, from The Huffington Post (a common click-bait culprit): Transatlantic Flights for as Low as $10 Could Become a...

Hot Deals On Flights to Europe From the U.S. (And One Is For Business Class!)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2015, 3:15 AM

Not only is the U.S. Dollar continuing to crush the Euro, airfares across the pond are now a better value, per mile, than flights within the continental United States. Three examples: WOW Airlines quickly sold out its inaugural offer of $99 one-way fares to Iceland (including taxes!) from Boston and Washington, DC. But even its current "higher" rates are usually lower than anything you'll ...

The Luck (And Deals) Of The Irish: A Head-Turning Fare Sale from Aer Lingus to Ireland and Beyond

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2015, 3:15 AM

                                                           Head across the pond for a quick, and inexpensive, pint of Guinness The euro is currently trading at a jaw-dropping $1.12. Just a few months ago, Americans paid $1.45 or more, meaning that those who head to Europe will experience a 30% savings on the ground. The problem has been how to get to the ground in Europe inexpensively...

A Major Airline Drops the Hated Fuel Surcharge! So Why Won't the Rest of the Industry Follow?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2015, 7:45 PM

One of the greatest lies foisted upon the American public—right up there with "this won't hurt a bit" and "New Coke will be better"—was crammed down travelers' throats a half decade ago. Fuel prices were rising. The airlines put out a tear-jerking sob story in the press, appealing to our better natures to help them survive. They told us that to stay alive, they had to start tacking extra ...

The Airlines Made HOW Much on Fees?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 1:00 PM

Remember when the airlines put extra fees in place and told us that it was because fuel costs had spiked? Yeah, they lied. Fuel costs went back into line, but the extra fees remained. Now, the airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany found, the airlines are raking in cash at a record level. The airline industry will make $49.9 billion in ancillary fees this year, up 17.2% from last...

The Airlines Made HOW Much on Fees?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 1:00 PM

Remember when the airlines put extra fees in place and told us that it was because fuel costs had spiked? Yeah, they lied. Fuel costs went back into line, but the extra fees remained. Now, the airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany found, the airlines are raking in cash at a record level. The airline industry will make $49.9 billion in ancillary fees this year, up 17.2% from last...

New Scanner Debuts: You May Fly with Fluids Soon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2014, 3:00 PM

A new machine being tested in 65 of Europe's 550 airports could mean you can bring full bottles of liquid on flights again in Europe as soon as January 2016. The Cobalt Light Insight100 machine points lasers at travelers' containers of liquid to determine the chemical properties of what's inside. Each unit costs $64,000 and requires officers to place the questionable vessels inside a ...

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