Airlines will foot some of the bill if your baggage goes missing, but what if it's not enough? Here is a list of the best credit cards with baggage insurance.
New York City has everything. You can order sushi at 3am, take a water taxi to IKEA and the people watching is unmatched by any other city. The one thing it doesn’t have is free Wi-Fi in its airports.
Mint is what JetBlue calls its premium cabin, launched with much fanfare on June 16th with fares starting at $599 each way, far less than what United, Delta, Virgin America and American charge for their trans-con routes in business or first class (I was not invited to the launch ceremony or other events so I just used 35,000 TrueBlue points to write this review). JetBlue doesn’t call their new cabin business or first class, heavens no. That would sound too un-Jetblue-like.
As George Clooney’s frequent flier miles-hoarding character says in “Up in the Air,” “The miles are the goal.” But for real-life travelers accustomed to racking up as many miles as possible to earn heavily discounted (or completely free) fares, that goal is getting far more elusive. Last week United Airlines announced that starting next year, it will calculate loyalty rewards points, or miles, based on how much fliers pay per ticket, instead of how many actual miles they fly. Delta recently announced a similar change to its program. “It’s a net loss for consumers,” says Brian Kelly, founder of the travel blog, The Points Guy.
In Yahoo Travel’s Airport Review series, we dissect everything you need to know—from check-in to take off to landing. The Good: As the saying goes: if you want to fly anywhere, you will probably connect through Atlanta. The breadth of destinations served by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is staggering, including 60 international cities in 45 countries.
The airlines may be cracking down on carry-on bags, as Yahoo Travel reported earlier this week in a story on new baggage restrictions from Airfare Watchdog. The San Francisco Chronicle travel editor has launched a hashtag campaign #CarryOnShame, which has gone viral. As someone who follows the rules (and usually checks her bags), I applaud Hilton’s campaign and chimed in on Good Morning America, which ran a report on his clever campaign.
International travel is up 8 percentage points this year. More people are flying than they did last year, and uncomfortable seats are their biggest complaint, according to TripAdvisor’s sixth annual air travel survey, released Thursday.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your questions on Twitter or Facebook. Today’s question comes from Maria Verel on Facebook: Is there a website where you can combine and redeem your frequent-flyer miles?
Air travel mishaps misconnections, delays, lost bags happen every day, and although there’s travel insurance to protect you against some things, and government regulations or airline policies offer compensation for certain problems like lost bags and involuntary bumping, for many scenarios you’re on your own. For example, there’s no government or airline compensation if you suffer a long tarmac delay or a misconnection (the airline might get fined if they don’t offer to deplane you after three hours, but none of that sees its way into your pocket). Travel insurance may cover you in certain scenarios, but there are loopholes large enough to fly a 777 through, and if you collect something for your trouble, there are daily or absolute compensation limits that are usually inadequate, forms to fill out, and denied claims.
AirHelp, a US-based website and mobile app, will do the legal legwork to find out what, if anything, you’re owed from the airline that kicked you off. For domestic flights, awards can add up to $1,300. For flights in the European Union, travelers can get up to $800 returned. “We want to make the parts of travel that can be painful less painful,” AirHelp co-founder Nicolas Michaelsen told Yahoo Travel.