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Emirates Airlines Will Fly the Longest Route on the Planet: Tips on Surviving 17.5 Hours in a Plane

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2015, 6:00 PM

17.5 hours. That’s the length of the new longest flight on the planet, which will soon be offered by Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Panama City.   Convenient? Certainly. But is being cooped on a plane for that many hours a nightmare scenario for many travelers? Most definitely. I turned to a number of frequent long-haul flyers to find out how they make long flights bearable...

Which Frequent Flyer Program Is the Best for Actually Redeeming Miles? A Massive New Study Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2015, 2:30 PM

We have to give thanks to Consumer Reports, which has done the heavy lifting on this one, completing a study of some 70 million passenger in the last year has yielded important data on which frequent flyer program actually is allowing flyers to bag free flights. The study looked at the 25 most popular "award routes" and also came up with a value for seats on those flights, airline by airline. ...

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...

Passenger Detained by FBI for Wearing a Speedo: Watch

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/03/2014, 5:30 PM

Jerome Jarre is a celebrity of sorts. Some 7.5 million people follow his mini-videos on the app called Vine, where he has made a name by gallivanting around city streets doing wacky things in an effort to get people to smile—tickle a stranger here, kiss a stranger there. Jarre, a French national who lives in the United States, has gained enough notice for his relentlessly goofy positive en...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Airport and Airplane Etiquette: An Interview with "Mister Manners" Himself

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/03/2014, 5:15 PM

In the hopes of restoring some decorum to air travel I decided to interview “Mister Manners”, Thomas Farley. Farley is the author of “Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces” and helms the website Whatmannersmost.com. After an appropriately gracious greeting, I grilled him with the following questions. Pauline Frommer: Why are manners particularly important when w...

A Quick Round of Tips for Travelers Stranded by the Polar Vortex (Or In Any Weather-Related Delay)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2014, 3:45 PM

Its ugly at the airports of America this week with tens of thousands of travelers stranded. If you're one of them, or are scheduled to travel later today or tomorrow,  here are some tips: -Keep checking your airline's website; it will be near impossible to get through be phone in many cases. And many airlines are now allowing passengers to check where the plane is coming from, so clic...

Polar Vortex Grounds 18,000 Flights! Here's Why That's a Good Thing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/07/2014, 2:45 AM

It's very cold in America right now. The average temperature in the Lower 48 is lower than 48—it's just north of 23 degrees. As weather reports of the Polar Vortex came out, many airlines announced contingency plans. Many of them cancelled flights to make sure their equipment ended up where it needed to be to resume normal operations later in the week. But only one of them, JetBlu...

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...

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