Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?

Here’s a question that’s crossed every airline passenger’s mind at least once: Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?

Beth Shadur wants to know. She doesn’t like the aisle seat. So when she flew from Chicago to New York recently, her husband, an elite-level frequent flier, tried to find her a window seat. Read more “Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?”

The mystery of bait-and-switch airfares

John Angarano isn’t just tired of bait-and-switch airfares. He’s also skeptical about the excuses airlines and online booking sites give for displaying an initial low price then switching it out later with a higher fare.
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Stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class — can I get a refund?

If Jody Clark’s recent United Airlines flight from Houston to Vancouver had been a scene in a movie, it probably would be the one where the protagonist is finally pushed to the brink of a nervous breakdown. She says she was stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class no less, and she wants a refund. Read more “Stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class — can I get a refund?”

Get out of my store! What to do when you’re denied service

When Arlene Morzinsky tried to check in for her recent JetBlue Airways flight to New Orleans, the airline told her that her business wasn’t welcome. Read more “Get out of my store! What to do when you’re denied service”

Aspire to travel the world? Read this before you go

Nothing changes you like travel does.

I know, because after 26 years of suburban stability, I recently sold my house, pulled up my stakes and hit the road. I’m a different person because of it. Read more “Aspire to travel the world? Read this before you go”

Should you tip your flight attendant?

Should you tip your flight attendant? For such a commonly asked question, the answer is anything but simple. Read more “Should you tip your flight attendant?”

You’ve never heard of these people, but they’ve changed the way you fly

Their advocacy results in big, embarrassing airline fines. They’ve helped create federal agencies that make air travel safer. And they’ve brought competition and transparency to the skies. Read more “You’ve never heard of these people, but they’ve changed the way you fly”

Don’t let them ignore your travel complaint. Here’s how.

It’s complaints season in the travel industry, as Adeodata Czink will tell you. Read more “Don’t let them ignore your travel complaint. Here’s how.”

They were a “no show” for their flight home — should I keep pushing for a refund?

I prefer to stay out of the crossfire in my line of work. Yet I find myself in that situation with some regularity, including this frustrating refund case involving British Airways.

The airline insists Patti Naji and her husband were no-shows for their flight from Athens to London, the second leg of their return trip to Philadelphia.
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