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The Best Time to Buy Holiday Flights? It's Now. DO IT NOW.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

There are exactly 48 days 'til Christmas. If you plan to travel for the end-of-year holidays, now might be a good time to buy your plane tickets, according to a study released by travel search engine Momondo.  Analyzing 13.2 billion airfares across the 100 routes most frequently searched by American users of the site, Momondo's study found that you can save an average of 28% on Christmas a...

Are Conditions on Flights Leaving Passengers Vulnerable to Sexual Assault?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2016, 4:00 AM

The accusations from 11 women who say that Donald Trump kissed or touched them sexually without their consent have brought renewed national attention to the issue of sexual assault. And that includes incidents on airplanes; one of the accusers, Jessica Leeds, alleges that Trump groped her during a flight in 1979 (for the record, he says she's lying).  In an article in the New York Times, s...

New Communication System for Pilots and Air-Traffic Controllers Will Make Flights Faster and Safer, FAA Says

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/20/2016, 4:00 AM

Federal Aviation Administration officials say that a new communication system used by pilots and air-traffic controllers is helping flights move with more speed and safety.  The system, called DataComm, sends text messages and computer file transfers about flight routes, traffic, and weather directly to the cockpit, replacing back-and-forth radio conversations between pilots and controller...

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...

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