United Airlines Will Now Automatically Hold Some Connecting Flights for Late Passengers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2019, 6:00 PM

Thanks to new technology, United Airlines will automatically hold some flights for passengers trying to make tight connections—and those passengers don't have to do anything extra beyond, of course, hightailing it to the gate. The new tool, called ConnectionSaver, was introduced at Denver International Airport in February and later expanded to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, two of United's...

The Worldwide Airline Ranking Is Out. Can You Guess Where U.S. Airlines Place?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2019, 5:45 PM

If you have been aboard a flight operated by a U.S.-based airline lately—where the conditions are cramped and the only mood settings are anxious and angry—you will not be surprised to learn that U.S. carriers didn't do so great on the annual ranking of worldwide airlines released by Skytrax, a research firm that keeps tabs on 300 carriers across the globe. U.S. airlines didn't crack the top 10. ...

Our Travel Podcasts: Travel Bans and Flight Plans

By Ben Appel

Posted on 06/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Last week, the Trump Administration surprised Americans—and the travel industry—by banning all educational and cultural tours, known as "people-to-people" trips, as well as a...

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London Airport Soon to Let You Keep Liquids and Laptops in Carry-Ons

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2019, 7:30 AM

If all goes as planned, travelers at London's Heathrow Airport will soon get to keep liquids and laptops in carry-on bags while passing through security checkpoints.  The airport announced that it can make that change thanks to new 3D scanners equipped with high-tech CT technology to provide a clearer-than-ever picture of what, exactly, you've got in your hand luggage—no removal of makeup-packed ...

The Aviation Industry is Asked to Do Something About Emissions, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/06/2019, 7:00 AM

If humankind is to survive into the next century, something will have to be done about the drastic climate change currently experienced on earth.     Though narrow-minded politicians may find it easy to call such reports a “hoax,” hundreds of eminent scientists are virtually unanimous in urgently drawing attention to that danger.   Other irresponsible people claim that the problem is o...

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

Do Travelers Lose Their Moral Compasses on the Road? A Surprising Study

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2019, 7:00 AM

My friend Deborah "borrowed" her favorite wool blanket from a hotel when she went on a business trip. Shannon, another pal, put her able-bodied daughter in an airport wheelchair to jump to the front of a Southwest Airlines boarding line so they could snag seats together. And Dave, a charming guy I know from college, owns a cane for the sole purpose of limping into airports so he can plausibly c...

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Don’t Have Elite Status? Fake It and Get Free Upgrades with These Tips

By Ramsey Qubein

Don't travel enough to have awards status? There are still some strategies you can use to make your next trip more comfortable.

Arthur Frommer: Travel in Europe is Getting Harder, Yet Still We Must

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2019, 9:00 AM

Let’s be frank: Traveling to Europe this summer will be more difficult than in recent years.  Which is all the more reason to consider, and then overcome, a number of obstacles.   What has resulted in these problems? First, the initial cost of flying to various European capitals will undoubtedly be higher than before.     That major champion of low-cost transatlantic air travel, WOW Ai...

How Families Can Sit Together on Airplanes

By Candyce H. Stapen

Paid seat reservations have turned airline cabins into competitive arenas. If you want to make sure you sit next to your children, you need a survival guide for the battle.

This Spring, It Will Never Be Cheaper to Fly to Hawaii, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2019, 9:00 AM

The biggest news in travel is the recent start-up by price-cutting Southwest Airlines of a massive number of flights from the U.S. west coast to the islands of Hawaii.  Travel to those popular resorts will never be the same again. For several decades, the airlines serving Hawaii have zealously maintained the highest possible price level for flights there.   Vacationers paid as much as $60...

When Should You Book Airfare and Hotels? A Huge Study Reveals the Current Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/03/2019, 1:00 PM

The Airlines Reporting Corporation’s annual Travel Pricing Outlook study (conducted in partnership with Expedia) arrived with very little fanfare this year. Which is odd—and not so odd. Odd because it is, by a factor of a gazillion, the largest study of the year, for the size of the numbers being crunched. And not so odd because this 2019 study, the fifth annual one, doesn’t really break much n...

Whoa. WOW Air Collapses, Cancels All Flights—What Should Ticket Holders Do?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2019, 3:00 PM

Low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW Air abruptly announced that it has ceased operations today.  All flights have been canceled, according to a "travel alert" on the company's website, and passengers are advised to "check available flights with other airlines." Which is not very helpful at all for the estimated 10,000 people that this sudden collapse left stranded and no-doubt panicked at airports aw...

There's a Second, Smaller Commercial Airport for Seattle Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2019, 3:00 PM

As of this week, travelers have a new commercial airport option in the Seattle area.  Located about 25 miles north of the city in the town of Everett, Washington, Paine Field has been around since the Great Depression but has primarily been used, up until now, by Boeing's wide-body assembly plant. In recent years the airport was cleared for commercial flights, and on Monday, March 4, the first s...

Hey, Airlines! Maybe We Don't Want to Watch TV on Our Phones

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2019, 12:00 AM

The airlines have stripped coach passengers of nearly every vestige of dignity—our legroom, our food, our free checked bags. But they're not done yet. Now they are taking away seatback entertainment systems. Last year, Alaska Airlines took over Virgin America, one of the world's top-rated airlines for customer service. Virgin had a devoted following. Customers loved the carrier's sassy style an...

Airline Ticketing Will Include Nonbinary Gender Option

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/19/2019, 3:30 PM

The major U.S. airlines are changing their online ticketing sites so that passengers can identify gender with options other than male and female.  According to the Associated Press, American, Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue are all working on introducing selections such as "undisclosed," "unspecified," or "Mx.," a non-gendered alternative to Mr. or Ms.  Industry trade group Airlines...

Economy Classic vs. Economy Delight: What Virgin Atlantic's Cryptic Seat Categories Mean

By Jason Cochran

What do Virgin Atlantic's economy seat categories mean? Economy Classic or Economy Light or Economy Delight (Delight?!). The booking process is confusing about what you get, but we can sort it out for you.

Finally! After Years of Waiting, TWA Hotel at JFK Opens Reservations

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 02/08/2019, 10:45 PM

Booking a room at the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is off to a lovely start. On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon, reservations open for stays beginning May 15, 2019.   The grand opening is an illustrious second act for what was once known as the TWA Flight Center, a major hub during the Jet Age era. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the distinctive terminal, cons...

Flying With Wine: Packing and Legal Tips You Need to Know

By Zac Thompson

Packing wine to fly? We asked an expert about customs laws, airline policies, and avoiding luggage disasters.

How to Check TSA Wait Times Online

By Zac Thompson

Several apps promise to tell you airport security times—but are they reliable? Results vary.

Basic Economy Fares: What You Get and What You Lose, Airline by Airline

By Ramsey Qubein

United vs. American vs. Delta vs. Alaska: How to know when you'll save money using "basic economy" fares on the U.S. airlines—and when you're better off spending more for a higher fare class.

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Cheap Flights at the Last Minute: How to Find Them (And There Aren't Many)

By Jason Cochran

If you want to search for extremely cheap last-minute airfares, you should know they're not as common as they once were.

What to Do About TSA Delays Caused by Government Shutdown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2019, 12:00 PM

The U.S. government's partial shutdown, now in its fourth smash week, has started to have a negative impact on airport security lines.  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners aren't being paid during this month-long-and-counting lapse in federal productivity and rationality. On Friday, those workers missed their first paychecks since the shutdown began on December 22. As an a...

America's Most Stressful Airport Is Named, Surprising No One

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2018, 3:30 AM

New York City's much-despised LaGuardia Airport is the U.S. hub most likely to give you a stress migraine this holiday season, according to new research from travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip.  The study ranked 75 U.S. airports by their flight cancellation data for this year, and LaGuardia was found to have the worst record, canceling 4.9% of total flights. Here are InsureMyTrip's to...

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.