United Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks For Economy Passengers

United Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks For Economy Passengers

United Airlines appears to be bringing back the glory days of flying. Okay, not the ’60s-esque glory days, but the other ones: when you didn’t have to shell out $5 (or more) for a bag of chips. The carrier announced today that it’s leveling the snacking playing field by once again offering economy passengers free nibbles.  [More]

United Airlines Offers On-Time Guarantee For Corporate Travelers, Probably Won’t Have To Actually Pay Anything

United Airlines Offers On-Time Guarantee For Corporate Travelers, Probably Won’t Have To Actually Pay Anything

With accusations that airlines have padded flight schedules to improve on-time performance stats still fresh, one carrier is hoping to prove it’s all about valuing your time — as long as you’re a big corporate client. United Airlines launched a new reliability guarantee for some business travelers, promising to get them to their destination on-time or it will provide them with credits for upgrades and fees.  [More]

Alaska Airlines Joining Premium Ticketing Bandwagon In 2016

Following the lead of other domestic carriers, Alaska Airlines will soon offer passengers a premium economy ticket option. The Premium Class section will debut in late 2016 and provide customers three to four inches of extra legroom, priority boarding and as yet unspecified “additional amenities.” The upgrade will be available to Alaska Airlines elite Mileage Plan members on a complimentary basis at booking or on the day of travel, but it was unclear how much the option will cost for other passengers. [Alaska Airlines]

(Antarctica Logistics & Expeditions)

First Commercial Passenger Flight Touches Down In Antarctica

Until now, tourists with a yearning to explore Antarctica have been much like the penguins that live there… flightless. Though cargo craft often fly to the southernmost pole with scientists and equipment for research purposes, most other visitors have had to rely on ships to carry them to the icy continent. That could all change in the future, with the landing of the first commercial passenger flight in Antarctica late last month. [More]

42 Million Drivers Likely Grateful They’ll Be Paying Lowest Thanksgiving Gas Prices Since 2008

42 Million Drivers Likely Grateful They’ll Be Paying Lowest Thanksgiving Gas Prices Since 2008

The roads are going to be crowded this Thanksgiving, with 42 million drivers expected to travel the highways and byways of the U.S. According to AAA, they’ll be enjoying the lowest prices at the gas pump for the holiday since 2008. [More]

American Airlines Apologizes To Passenger Who Said He Was Kicked Off Flight For Being Overweight

American Airlines Apologizes To Passenger Who Said He Was Kicked Off Flight For Being Overweight

American Airlines has apologized for the experience of a passenger who claims he was at first told to get off a flight because he’s overweight, and was only able to stay on the plane after he begged the crew to reconsider. [More]

All You Have To Do To Fly Free Forever Is Put A $170M Purchase On Your American Express Card

All You Have To Do To Fly Free Forever Is Put A $170M Purchase On Your American Express Card

Are you sick and tired of shelling out money every time you want to fly somewhere? If you’ve got the right credit card and an urge to spend some millions, you’ll be set: a billionaire who won a rare painting at auction for $170 million will never have to pay for a flight again when the sale goes through on the American Express card he plunked down to buy the artwork. [More]

Pack Your Car Emergency Kit For Holiday Travel

Pack Your Car Emergency Kit For Holiday Travel

I didn’t really take the idea of car emergency kits seriously until I bought a neighbor’s old car, and discovered the wealth of supplies for various emergencies that he had left in the trunk and console. Gloves for changing the tire? Check. Can of Fix-A-Flat for Urgent tire emergencies? Check. Disposable camera in case of an accident? Check. (This was before camera phones were popular.) What else should emergency kits for the discerning and slightly paranoid motorist contain? [More]

Officials: Spirit Airlines Flight Returned To Airport After Takeoff Due To Bomb Threat Onboard

Officials: Spirit Airlines Flight Returned To Airport After Takeoff Due To Bomb Threat Onboard

UPDATE: The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is now calling the incident a misunderstanding by a passenger who overheard a phone conversation. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

If Your Passport Is Full, Request Those Extra Pages Now: State Dept. Eliminating Page Inserts Jan. 1

Are you one of those jetsetters who revels in the feel of your overstuffed passport, brimming with extra pages you’ve added that are stamped with all the far-flung destinations you’ve visited? If you’re a U.S. citizen and and don’t have any more room in that thing, you’ll have to get a new passport, because the government isn’t going to sell extra page inserts anymore in the new year. [More]

(Paul Thompson)

Workers At Seven U.S. Airports Set To Strike Wednesday Night

Travelers at seven of the country’s busiest airports may experience delays or other issues tomorrow as thousands of airport workers plan to strike Wednesday night protesting poor working conditions and threats related to their efforts to unionize. [More]

(Juan Rodriguez - PMI/LEPA)

Authorities Clear Two Paris-Bound Air France Flights Diverted Over Anonymous Threats

Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. that received anonymous threats phoned in while they were in the air have been cleared by authorities and declared safe. [More]

(Holland America Line)

Jury Awards $21.5M To Cruise Passenger Struck In The Head By Ship’s Sliding-Glass Doors

While automatic doors can be very useful — especially on a cruise ship where maybe you don’t want to go around touching too many door handles — they’re not only useless when they don’t work right, but they can hurt: a federal jury has ordered cruise line Holland America to fork over $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who suffered a minor brain injury when he was struck in the head by a ship’s sliding-glass door. [More]

Report: Airbnb Gearing Up To Offer Prepaid “Experience” Credit Card For International Travelers

Report: Airbnb Gearing Up To Offer Prepaid “Experience” Credit Card For International Travelers

Traveling to a foreign country can be expensive: flights, lodging, and fees associated with currency exchanges. Airbnb is reportedly attempting to make the experience a little less costly for its customers by piloting a program that offers lodgers a prepaid reward credit card to use on their trip.  [More]

DOJ Sues To Stop United And Delta From Swapping Slots At NYC-Area Airports

DOJ Sues To Stop United And Delta From Swapping Slots At NYC-Area Airports

When two major companies decide to get along, it’s not quite so simple as exchanging friendship bracelets — each side usually sees some benefit. For example, airlines United and Delta want to get friendly, so they’ve agreed to swap slots at two New York City-area airports. One hitch, however, is that the United States Department of Justice isn’t a fan of the plan. [More]

Survey Says: Seat Kickers Are The Most Annoying Of All The Annoying Airline Passengers

Survey Says: Seat Kickers Are The Most Annoying Of All The Annoying Airline Passengers

As long as airlines continue to squeeze more seats on planes with less room per passenger, and as long as there are people out there who believe everyone in the cabin wants to smell their tuna fish sandwich, air travel is going to be annoying. Someone has to be the most annoying of all however, and according to a new survey, that person could be sitting behind you on your next flight. [More]

Airlines 4 America estimates the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday.

More Than 25M Travelers Expected To Hit The Skies This Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to fly the friendly skies in order to visit family and friends this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company in the form of nearly 25.3 million other travelers.  [More]

American Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Allegedly Made “Alarming Statements,” Refused To Sit

American Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Allegedly Made “Alarming Statements,” Refused To Sit

Every day, millions of people manage to board airplanes, sit quietly for the duration of the flight and make it to their destination with relative ease. We don’t usually hear about those folks, however. Instead, unruly, disruptive passengers — whether they act that way on purpose or not — are the ones who keep making it into our news cycle. To wit: an American Airlines flight had to be diverted recently when a passenger allegedly made “alarming statements” and refused to take his seat. [More]