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What’s wrong with U.S. airlines’ economy class?

Ranking the world's best economy class cabins<p>The annual World Airline Awards conferred by the U.K.’s Skytrax – based on input this year from almost 20 million participating global travelers – have something notably missing from their list of the world’s best economy class.<p>The list of the Top 20 …

Airlines

5 best ways to redeem your Delta SkyMiles

Here are a few bright spots when it comes to redeeming your Delta SkyMiles (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>The Delta SkyMiles program is known for being …

Airlines

Hyatt tightens its cancellation policy

Downtown Denver’s new dual-branded Hyatt Place/House is near the convention center. (Image: Hyatt)<p>Hyatt has joined other major hotel groups in …

Air Travel

5 eye-rolling city nicknames- are there more?

Chicago: Don’t call it “Chi-town!” (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Last time I was in Chi-Town I nearly froze to death and wished I were in Hotlanta. I had</b> …

La La Land

Hilton offers winter bonus points

Hilton’s DoubleTree in Hilo, Hawaii. (Image: Hilton)<p>A day after Marriott/Starwood came out with a winter bonus points plan, Hilton has unveiled its …

Hospitality

New winter promotion from Marriott & Starwood

Starwood’s Westin San Diego is a participant in the Great Weeks, Grand Weekends promotion. (Image: Jim Glab)<p><b>Marriott International has rolled out a</b> …

Hospitality

6 things frequent travelers must check by Dec 31

Here’s another list to tick so you don’t miss out on important benefits (Photo United B777 at LAX: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>With the end of the year rapidly</b> …

Personal Finance

Popular: United to South Seas + Delta cancels final 747 + New Australia nonstop + Merge PreCheck, Global Entry?

San Francisco International all lit up for the holidays! Pretty! (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week</b> …

Airlines

So long, Bob Hope. Hello Hollywood Burbank!

Burbank Airport got a new identity this week. (Image: Hollywood-Burbank Airport)<p>Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport is no more.<p><b>Well, the airport is still</b> …

Deadline looms for Virgin America flyers

Alaska Airlines is bringing an end to Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty program. (Image: Alaska Airlines)<p>A reminder for members of Virgin America’s …

Is now the time to get the new Uber Visa card?

When I flew into LAX, I was picked me up in this specially wrapped Suburban (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Uber, Visa and Barclays recently hosted an event</b> …

United adds new nonstops to Tahiti

Tahiti’s overwater bungalows will soon be accessible via nonstops from SFO (Image: Pixabay)<p><b>Today United announced that it will fly between San</b> …

Gogo accelerates shift to higher-speed Wi-Fi

The external antennas for Gogo’s 2Ku satellite Wi-Fi should reduce drag on the aircraft. (Image: Gogo)<p>As passengers demand more broadband capacity …

San Jose gets another NYC non-stop

Headed to NYC? San Jose flyers will get new JFK non-stops from Delta. (Image: Jim Glab)<p>A year and a half ago, only one airline offered Silicon Valley …

SFO car share, LGA terminal shuffle + Oakland, O’Hare, Toronto

In airport news, a Bay Area car-sharing service has added a presence at San Francisco International; six airlines relocated operations at New York …

Will TSA PreCheck and Global Entry be merged?

Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry kiosks speed up the arrivals process. (Image: CBP)<p>There’s already considerable overlap between …

Here comes the travel crunch for the holidays – and beyond

Ah, the holidays –long lines and overcrowded airports. (Image: Jim Glab)<p>Are you flying somewhere over the holidays? You’ll have plenty of company: …

Routes: Hawaiian, Alaska to Hawaii + American, JetBlue, Spirit

First class cabin on Hawaiian’s A321neo, coming to a new San Diego-Maui route in 2018. (Image: Hawaiian)<p>In domestic route news, Hawaiian Airlines …

Airlines’ new safety target: Passengers’ ‘smart bags’

Smart bags are the latest generation of high-tech luggage. (Image: Bluesmart Luggage)<p>Savvy business travelers always try to carry on everything …

Routes: Air Canada to SFO/Sacramento, AA, Aer Lingus, Norwegian, WOW, Copa + more

Air Canada Express will add new U.S. routes with regional jets. (Image: Air Canada/Skyregional)<p>In international route news, Air Canada and American …

A middle seat to love on Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s new business class design includes some extra-wide single middle seats. Calling Captain Kirk! (Image: Lufthansa)<p>Lufthansa won’t start …

American Airlines glitch: "Never mind"

Don’t worry about your American Airlines flight this December (Image: American)<p>I guess we should not be surprised by yesterday’s breathless, …

How to be a holiday travel pro

Washington Reagan National airport decked out for the holiday travel season (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>Most air travelers sailed through the busy …

Even more cheap flights to Europe coming in 2018

Level operates two-class A330s to Europe. (Image: IAG)<p>Europe just keeps getting cheaper. British Airways/Iberia’s low-cost Level affiliate will …

Mexico or Hawaii this winter? Both super-cheap right now

The European style Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City is dotted with several elegant roundabouts (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>It looks like this winter’s …

AA's Miami flagship + LAX security + Kansas City revamp + SkyTeam Vancouver + Burger joints

The new SkyTeam lounge at Vancouver International (Image: Delta)<p>In recent airport news, Delta’s SkyTeam alliance opens a new lounge at Vancouver; …

Popular: Hawaii sale + More United + Real ID + Delta first class + Cathay A350 + SFO-Tahiti

Fares to Honolulu take a dive on Virgin America & other airlines (Photo: Chris McGinnis<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week</b> …

Fare sale to Hawaii - $337 roundtrip from 7 cities

Fares for winter trips to Hawaii dip below $350 roundtrip…again (Photo of Hanalei Pier, Chris McGinnis)<p><b>If you are thinking about a dive down to the</b> …

Frequent flyers may need a new driver’s license – but when?

Current compliance map for compliance with Real ID standards (Image: TSA)<p>There’s been a lot of coverage recently about states with driver’s licenses …