How to use (and not use) one-way airfares

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Have you ever tried to book a one-way airfare? Depending on which market you’re looking to travel in, your results likely have been mixed. (more…)

Etihad announces a new airline alliance (sort of)

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Do we finally have a fourth global airline alliance? Only in an embryonic state. This will take a little background and explanation to make sense.

Over the last 15-20 years, many of the world’s major airlines have partnered into three global airline alliances: Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance. (more…)

What’s the difference between business and first class?

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Airlines don’t go out of their way to make things clear, and the confusion surrounding how they name their cabins is a prime example of this. Why are some international flights only economy and business? Why do two-cabin domestic flights have a first class? (more…)

How to fly standby

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It’s Murphy’s Law of Travel: the one time you arrive early for a flight, you end up checked in and through security in less than ten minutes, leaving you hours to sit around the airport. You check your flight’s status on the departure board, and notice that there’s an earlier flight to your destination leaving in 45 minutes. Excitedly, you open up Expert Flyer to see if there are any seats available, and there are! You make a run for the earlier flight’s gate, walk up and ask the agent if she can get you on the earlier departure.

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