Don’t do this before you take off

It’s the complainers that make travelers such as Randall Kessler complain — specifically, the folks who shuffle around the airport waiting area, griping about something over which neither they nor their airline has any control. Read more “Don’t do this before you take off”

In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette

It’s the season of the squeeze.

That should require absolutely no explanation, but just in case: Picture thousands of stressed-out holiday travelers in airport terminals, train stations and bus terminals, bundled up in winter clothing, all piling into a claustrophobia-inducing cattle-class cabin.

With luggage. Read more “In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette”

♬ It’s the most frustrating time of the year — to fly♪

The flying experience is worse than it was five years ago, and the worst time of the year to fly is now, according to a new survey.

But you probably didn’t need a survey to tell you that. And yet, here we are with a new Morning Consult research, commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, a trade association that almost never says a bad word about airlines.

Merry Christmas, indeed. Read more “♬ It’s the most frustrating time of the year — to fly♪”

‘Tis the season for minimalist travel

It’s that time of year when an already tight space on a plane, train or automobile seems even tighter, thanks to those extra holiday presents or layers of bulky winter clothing you’re wearing. Maybe it just feels worse because of the airspace intrusion of an oversized seatmate or a yapping emotional-support poodle. Read more “‘Tis the season for minimalist travel”

Holiday airfare strategies: Does waiting longer ever work?

When it comes to planning your holiday travel, sooner is better. Or is it? Read more “Holiday airfare strategies: Does waiting longer ever work?”

Holiday air travelers coming home today — here’s what to expect

Today is, by some estimates, the busiest air travel day of the year. Here’s what to expect if you’re flying.

No significant delays have been reported yet, although there are a few potential challenges that you should know about.
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