| Jan 14, 2014
Well, you could call at least some of the changes "benefits." But the departure of US Airways from the Star Alliance leaves a big gap for some transatlantic travelers that remains at least temporarily unfilled.
First, the actual benefits. Although both...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:28 PM
STOWE, Vt. — The secret to happiness is perspective, and that's particularly true when skiing.
For instance, should you be intimately familiar with the mighty mountains of the American West, East Coast skiing might seem tame, if not short, icy and...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:30 AM
If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 7:45 AM
If you're a Kayak user like me, you're always looking for new ways to use the travel search engine to find good deals.
Kayak this week revamped a tool that makes it easier to compare the price of airfare-hotel vacation packages from a variety of...
| Dec 10, 2013
Airport Security. The TSA has opened up enrollment in its "Precheck" DHS Trusted Traveler program to anyone who wants to join -- and pay the $85 fee for five years participation. As a Trusted Traveler, you are eligible to use the presumably-shorter...
| Nov 19, 2013
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice essentially caved on its attempt to block the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. It extracted a few face-saving concessions, declared victory and then folded its tent. The merger will now almost...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Storms that hit the Midwest and East Coast last month were to blame for 49,000 canceled flights, the highest number for any January in the last five years.
An additional 300,000 flights were delayed last month by U.S. airlines.
| Dec 3, 2013
Earlier this year, a reader had a six-hour cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. After discharge, he was still quite weak and asked his airline to provide wheelchair service at Rochester, his connecting airport, and his final destination....
| Apr 8, 2014
What airlines look on fondly as "ancillary revenue" hits you in the form of pesky -- and often outrageous -- fees and charges. A new report from the meticulous folks at IdeaWorks tells airline industry professionals what they need to know about...
| Mar 25, 2014
A few of you might actually prefer red-eye schedules on long intercontinental flights -- they avoid the cost of a hotel night and maximize your available time at your destination. And you may tolerate them as the inevitable penalty you have to pay for a...
| Dec 3, 2013
Although the big Thanksgiving storm didn't disrupt air travel as much as many expected, a lot of travelers were still inconvenienced -- some seriously, some only slightly. And although that storm is history, winter is just beginning, and you may well face...