Category: Travel issues

Get out of line at the airport

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We’ve all been there, especially during holiday travel: very long – seemingly endless, in fact – lines for checking in, checking your bag and clearing security. I have personally witnessed lines out the door and beyond the terminal in several U.S. airports.

There are a couple reasons for this. (more…)

5 tips for smooth holiday travel

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Holiday travel is upon us. Flying near the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays is the travel equivalent of shopping on Black Friday. And with big winter storms affecting large parts of the United States this week, disruptions are inevitable.

Airlines refer to these travel disruptions as irregular operations. As unpleasant as this can be, there are some proven strategies that will help you manage delayed and cancelled fights, reroutings and other problems. (more…)

Understanding codeshare flights

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Have you ever booked a flight with an airline, only to find out later that the flight was operated by a different airline?  This is called a codeshare, where one airline puts its airline code and flight number on a flight operated by another airline. (more…)

Airfare rules: An airline’s fine print

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When you purchase an airline ticket, the transaction creates a contract between you and the airline.  The airline agrees to transport you, and you agree to pay for that transportation, and also agree to things like security checks and baggage limits.  Part of this contract between a passenger and an airline is the specific rules set forth in the fare purchased.  Inexpensive (or “discount”) fares typically have lots of rules.  They’re usually not refundable, have hefty fees for making changes to the ticket, and may earn limited or no frequent flyer miles.  Expensive (or “full”) fares don’t have these restrictions.  You’re paying extra money for the flexibility that comes with these more expensive tickets. (more…)