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What’s Holding Up Merger Of Alaska Airlines & Virgin America?

Alaska Airlines’ proposed $4 billion merger with Virgin America is taking longer than either airline anticipated. Days after the companies’ targeted merger completion date passed, federal regulators continue to probe the validity and affect the merger would have on competition.  [More]

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Expedia Apologizes After Customer Says Employee Left “F—k You” Message In Her Itinerary

An Expedia customer in Los Angeles was surprised to find that her New Year’s travel reservation had suddenly been canceled — and, adding insult to injury, a nasty message from an employee on her itinerary. [More]


Samsung Setting Up Note 7 Exchange Booths At Airports Around The World

You’re walking toward airport security when suddenly, you remember that you haven’t exchanged your recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — and you aren’t allowed to bring it on your flight due to a new federal ban prohibiting the devices on all planes, lest they catch fire. What’s a traveler to do? [More]


Southwest, Virgin America, JetBlue Online Bookings Back To Normal After Systems Glitch

Another week, another glitch disrupting airlines from going about their business: this time, it was a disruption in Sabre’s computer systems affecting Southwest, Virgin America, and JetBlue’s online bookings. [More]

Google Flights Will Now Alert Users When Airfares Are About To Expire

Google Flights Will Now Alert Users When Airfares Are About To Expire

When you spot an enticing airfare online, it can be hard to walk away from it, only to find when you return even just a day later that the price has skyrocketed. Google Flights is attempting to help travelers avoid that from happening with a new system that notifies them when a good deal on airfare is about to disappear. [More]

No More Wearing Glasses To Look Smart In Your Passport Photo


Some folks wear glasses so frequently that they look like a different person when they aren’t bespectacled, so it would seem to make sense that they should be wearing eyeglasses when getting their passport photos taken. Not so, says the State Department, which is reminding people that come Nov. 1, your specs are probably not welcome in new passport pics. [More]


Get Excited: U.S. Airlines Will Probably Raise Ticket Prices Next Year

Now that we’ve all gotten used to cheaper flights amid low fuel prices over the last few years, it’s time for the the airline industry to do its best to tick everyone off again by sending fare prices upwards once again. [More]

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CheapAir Is The First U.S. Online Company To Sell Scheduled Flights To Cuba

Now that U.S. airlines can finally fly regularly scheduled flights to and from Cuba, at least one stateside online booking company is joining in the fun. [More]


TripAdvisor No Longer Selling Tickets To Hundreds Of Animal Attractions

While experiencing wildlife up close may be a huge draw for some travelers, one of the world’s largest travel websites won’t be selling tickets to hundreds of attractions where humans come into contact with wild animals: TripAdvisor, and its booking service Viator, says it’s done selling tickets to those kinds of experiences. [More]


Florida Airports Closing, More Than 1,300 Flights Cancelled As Hurricane Approaches

Things are about to get very, very nasty in Florida and the southeast, with Hurricane Matthew — one of the strongest seen in the U.S. in many years — bearing down rapidly on the coast. And that means if you’ve got travel plans in the coming days that are supposed to take you to or through many big, busy airports… think again. [More]

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Airlines Offering Travel Waivers Ahead Of Hurricane Matthew

Travelers who were planning on flying this week to or from areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, which is currently in the Caribbean and heading toward the U.S. East Coast, may find themselves changing their plans, and some airlines are ready to help by issuing travel waivers. [More]

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Moving Walkways Were Around Long Before Airports Started Using Them To Move People

While moving walkways have become ubiquitous at airports around the country — along with the rage that comes from getting stuck behind the person who chooses to stand still and block everyone else from walking on them — conveyor belts that shuttled people around were invented long before air travel became the norm. [More]


Woman’s Lawyer Explains Why Dead Husband’s Entrails Were In Her Checked Baggage

Of all the things one might expect customs officials to find in a traveler’s luggage, preserved intestines might not be your everyday occurrence. That’s why airport workers in Graz, Austria wanted to check in with the police when they found the entrails of a woman’s dead husband in her checked baggage. [More]


Air Rage Incidents Reported By Airlines On The Rise

They drink too much, bang on cockpit doors, smoke in the bathroom, light blankets on fire, and break things. It seems like we’re constantly reporting on disruptive passengers interfering with commercial flights, and there’s good reason: air rage incident reports from airlines are up worldwide, according to a new report. [More]


Traveler Sues Emirates Because He Was Seated Next To Obese Man For 9-Hour Flight

We all like to have as much space to ourselves as possible while flying, but sometimes that’s just not the reality. Close quarters on a nine-hour Emirates flight led to a lawsuit from one passenger who claims his trip was ruined because of the “spillover” from the obese man seated next to him. [More]


Travelers Just Want To Know What A Flight Will Cost Upfront

There are all kinds of annoyances involved in flying, whether it’s that jerk in front of you who slammed his seat back into your knees or the fees you pay to check a bag and select your seat. But one of the most infuriating things for passengers these days? Not knowing how much your airfare will cost by the time all is said and done.


Using Uber Outside The U.S.? Make Sure You Don’t Pay $146 For An $11 Ride

Using Uber Outside The U.S.? Make Sure You Don’t Pay $146 For An $11 Ride

One of the conveniences of Uber is that, rather than trying to figure out to flag down a taxi in every possible language and culture, you can use the same service to hail a ride in dozens of countries on every non-Antarctica continent. However, if you’re using Uber abroad, be sure to check your bank statement afterward to make sure that you’re not getting taken for a ride financially. [More]


American Airlines Diverts Flight After Disruptive Passenger Bangs On Cockpit Door

An American Airlines flight heading to Dallas/Fort Worth from Ontario, CA made an unscheduled stop in Lubbock this morning because of an unruly passenger who reportedly banged on the cockpit’s door. [More]