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Get ready: Busy summer ahead

Will this be the busiest summer travel season…ever? Maybe (Photo: Chris McGinnis<p>For the past three years, we’ve seen one blockbuster summer after the …

Air Travel

Planespotting: Airbus A320 family differences

Can you identify JetBlue’s newest Airbus? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><i>Pilots, planespotters and aviation buffs can quickly recognize nearly every aircraft</i> …

Aviation

Planespotting: Boeing 757, 767

A Delta 757-200 landing at Princess Juliana airport on St Maarten- note the beak & landing gear (Aero Icarus / Flickr)<p><i>Pilots, planespotters and</i> …

Aviation

Routes: Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, Delta + seaplanes to Tahoe!

Alaska Airlines will offer the first commercial service out of Paine Field next year. (Image: Alaska)<p>In domestic route developments, Alaska Airlines …

Airlines

Delta adds a SkyMiles partner

Delta has added ride-sharing company Lyft as the newest partner in its SkyMiles program. The airline said members who link their SkyMiles and Lyft …

Airlines

‘Economic tsunami’ and ‘havoc’ caused by laptop ban

A larger laptop ban could mean four-hour advance check-in at European airports. (Photo: Flughafen Munchen)<p>U.S. and European aviation and security …

Airlines

Planespotting: Boeing 737 vs Airbus A320 differences

Can you tell the difference between the A320 and the B737 in this shot? (Angelo DeSantis / Flickr)<p><i>Pilots, planespotters and aviation buffs can</i> …

Aviation

American Express Platinum adds 3 new lounges

Oakland’s new Escape Lounge boasts nice tarmac views and more! (Photo: K Taylor)<p>American Express announced today that it will add access to three …

Airlines

Marriott, Starwood, Ritz roll out big summer promotion

Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis Downtown recently had a big makeover. (Image: Marriott)<p>The Marriott lodging empire has come out with significant bonus …

Hospitality

5 top jobs for those who love to travel

The life of a frequent traveler may seem glamorous, but…. (Photo: Delta)<p><b>The world’s universities have just produced another class of smart, freshly</b> …

Public Relations

Laptop ban delayed- but for how long?

Working on your laptop inflight from Europe might, or might not be, <i>verboten</i> (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>It looks like the Department of Homeland …

Airlines

Finally: Easier, cheaper roaming options for U.S. travelers

Will your cell phone work in Cannes? How much will it cost to send a selfie? (Photo: Whitey Bluestein)<p><b>“What is the cheapest way to connect oversees?”</b> …

Telecoms

Lesson for airlines: Respond to social media

J.D. Power says airline passengers don’t like their social media posts being ignored. (Image: Jim Glab)<p><b>Airlines that don’t respond customer comments</b> …

Should airlines lock seats upright?

Life beyond the curtain. Seat 40D SFO>ATL (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>I first noticed I might be a bit claustrophobic at about eight years old.</b> Whenever I …

Airlines

Heads up: The Big Move at LAX starts

In just a few days, Delta and other airlines will be switching locations at LAX. (Image: Los Angeles World Airports)<p>We’ve advised you a couple of …

Airlines

United beefs up by the Bay to counter Alaska/Virgin

United is adding more flights and larger aircraft like this Boeing 737 on many domestic San Francisco routes. (Image: United)<p>Faced with increasing …

Airlines

U.S. Customs: Show me your phone, or else...

Customs officers are ordering some returning travelers to unlock their phones for data searches.(Image: Jim Glab)<p>Imagine returning to the U.S. from a …

Economy class legroom: How low can it go?

A 737 MAX in American Airlines livery. (Image: Boeing)<p>It’s ironic that word leaked out this week about American Airlines’ plans to reduce seat pitch …

Airlines

Russian mystery plane at SFO

A Russian-made Antonov An-124 parked at SFO (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Departing SFO last week, I peered out my window at a rare site: a gigantic Russian</b> …

Aviation

5 cushy crew rest areas: Cathay Pacific, United, Singapore, Qantas, Delta

Climb this secret staircase to see the crew rest area in a brand new United Boeing 777-300ER (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>As the crowded, busy summer …

Airlines

Airbnb business travel ready rooms now easier to find

Airbnb searches offer a new filter for business travelers. (Image: Airbnb)<p>First Airbnb teamed up with Delta, United, Virgin America and Qantas to …

Hospitality

Routes: Qatar Airways to SFO + United 787s, Delta, Copa, AA, Virgin Atlantic

en_US<p>article<p>SFO to Qatar coming soon, United switches up 787s & more route …

Airlines

Catching up on last week's travel news with TravelSkills - TravelSkills

Cruising into Lihue Airport on Kauai last week on a United 757 sitting in the exit row (Chris McGinnis)<p>Last week TravelSkills was on vacation. And it …

Travel

Most popular: Onboard fight + United's future + Emirates cuts + Hidden fare increase + Shirley

United’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER arrives at SFO for the first time (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week</b> …

Airlines

Another violent onboard altercation caught on video

A heated moment from a scene captured by Surain Adyanthaya and posted to Facebook<p><b>“Maybe you’ll get videotaped too and it will be all over the news,”</b> …

What is Thomas Cook Airlines?

Thomas Cook Airlines is expanding U.S.-U.K. service this summer. (Image: Thomas Cook Airlines)<p>We mentioned recently that Thomas Cook Airlines will …

A new fare increase for business travelers?

The view from the United Club at ATL (Chris McGinnis)<p><i>>Chris discovers that new Basic Economy fares don’t offer much of a discount at all- as a matter</i> …

Airlines

New hotels: Stunning London luxury, Hip option in LA, Design-forward in NYC + 3 more!

A studio suite at The Ned in London’s Financial District. (Image: The Ned)<p>In news of hotel openings, a hot new business hotel comes to London’s …

Emirates cuts flights to US

TravelSkills editor Chris McGinnis having fun with Emirates flight attendants during the A380 tour at SFO<p><b>Today Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced</b> …

Airlines