TravelSkills Picks

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Kayak: please return what you took away

Why is Kayak making it more difficult to search for cheap fares? (Image: Pixabay)<p>Over many years of researching and making my own reservations for …

Air Travel

Popular: Free trip to Hong Kong + Marriott cancellation + Delta A350 + Hyatt SFO + Cheeseburgers

If you win the trip to Hong Kong, don’t miss a ride on the Star Ferry! (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week</b> …

Airlines

Tallest hotel in the West opens

Breakfast overlooking LA from the 70th floor Club lounge of the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Hello from the 70th floor</b> …

Helping travelers on the worst days of their lives

Sometimes you need to call in special ops to get out of a travel bind (Image: Redpoint Resolutions)<b>It’s time. Time to unload that big bank of</b> …

Mount Everest

Contest: 2 Singapore Airlines tickets to Hong Kong!

We’re giving away a trip for two to Hong Kong this summer! Ready to go? (Image: Pixabay)<p><b>We are thrilled to announce that TravelSkills and Singapore</b> …

Fly thru SFO’s new on-airport Hyatt hotel

A brand new on-airport Grand Hyatt coming to SFO in 2019. Scroll down for fly-thru (Photo: SFO)<b>San Francisco International Airport broke ground this</b> …

Hotels

Uber app adds a tipping option

Image: Uber<p>Faced with growing pressure from its drivers and from some regulators to add a tipping function to its app, Uber this week caved in and …

Uber

Amex Platinum lands a new lounge at Reno-Tahoe

The developers of Oakland’s Escape Lounge, pictured here, are opening one in Reno, which will be part of the Amex Platinum lounge network. (Photo: K …

Airlines

Trip Report: What's a Marriott AC Hotel like?

Some but not all AC hotels are built new from the ground up, like this one in Atlanta (Chris McGinnis)<p><b>AC Hotels is one of Marriott’s newest brands.</b> …

Hotels

Seats (and suites) for sale on new Delta A350

The first new A350 with Delta livery recently came out of the paint shop. (Image: Delta)Want to be the first to fly on Delta’s new Airbus A350, which …

Airlines

Most popular: Marriott policy change + Domestic 747 + Cheeseburgers + American inch

Starting June 15 a new cancellation policy went into effect at all Marriott and Starwood properties like the Le Meridien in Atlanta (Photo: Chris …

Airlines

Marriott/Starwood confirms restrictive new cancellation policy

The Marriott Residence Inn in Portland, OR now has a 48 hour cancellation policy (Photo: Chris McGinnis)Oh, come on! You now have to cancel your …

Hospitality

Another Mideast carrier cuts U.S. service

Etihad will end its 777 flights from San Francisco to Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Peter Biaggi / SFO)<b>Could this be the latest impact of the U.S. “laptop ban”</b> …

Airlines

United adds 11 new nonstops to Hawaii

Cruising into Lihue Airport on Kauai from SFO on United will get easier with two flights per day (Chris McGinnis)<b>United is making a big grab for the</b> …

Airlines

Most popular: Delta 747 + Fare sale + New routes + Longest United flight + New Bev Hills hotel

United Airlines showing its true colors for Pride month (Image: United)<b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week (descending order):</b>1 …

Airlines

What “Do Not Disturb” really means at hotels

Just want to be left alone at the hotel? W Hotel Paris pictured (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<b>Housekeeper caught you with your pants down? It happens! But</b> …

Hospitality

Airport news: Denver, LAX, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas

Rendering of the main floor of Denver’s re-imagined Jeppeson Terminal. (Image: Denver International Airport)In the latest airport developments, …

Airlines

New: Hilton-Beverly Hills, Hyatt-NYC, Marriott-Phoenix, Westin-Milwaukee, Choice-Chicago

Guest rooms at the new Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills all have balconies. (Image: Waldorf Astoria Hotels)Recent hotel openings include a Waldorf …

Hotels

Big late summer/fall airfare sale takes off

Southwest kicks off big summer sale- we expect others airlines to match it (Image: Southwest Airlines)<b>While fares to Europe have tumbled this summer,</b> …

Air Travel

Routes: Southwest, AA, Delta, Alaska, + a new 787 route

Southwest just added several new California routes. (Image: Jim Glab)<b>In domestic route developments,</b> Southwest adds Cincinnati to its route map and …

Airlines

Airports ask Trump for a raise- but you'll pay for it

A reconstruction of New York’s JFK Airport is on the drawing boards — pending financing. (Image: New York Governor’s Office)<p>Remember the airport …

Airlines

Most popular: Cheap Rome flights + Longest Dreamliner flight + United dumps p.s. + Rare birds by the Bay

Finally! Some cheap flights from the US to Rome coming soon (Image: Pixabay)<b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week (descending …

Airlines

Add buffer days to avoid travel burnout

Using a buffer day I took a tour of the West Point campus after a business trip to NYC- this is the main dining hall where cadets wolf down meals in …

Productivity

Virgin/Alaska expands carry-on bag sizes

Alaska Airlines more generous carry on rules now apply to Virgin America flights (Photo: Boeing)<b>One of the many nice things about flying on Virgin</b> …

Airlines

Routes: Delta, Aeromexico, Finnair, Qatar, Alitalia, Norwegian, United + more

Flight from HEL: Finnair rolled out VWs and surfboards at HEL to launch its new Helsinki-San Francisco flights today (Image: Finnair / Twitter)<b>In</b> …

Airlines

United’s longest flight won’t have this

United’s new nonstop LAX-SIN will take about 18 hours (Image: United)<b>United will introduce daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and</b> …

Airlines

3 U.S. cities get cheap new nonstops to Rome

A Norwegian Air 787 Dreamliner parked at Oakland International Airport (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<b>Norwegian Air today announced it will launch flights</b> …

Airlines

Laptop ban update: yes, no and maybe

Would you go on an international flight without a laptop or tablet? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<b>UPDATE 10:30 am PT May 30:</b> Politico Europe is reporting …

Airlines