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First look deep inside a Delta 747-400

The Delta 747 Experience as seen from the road near Delta HQ (Chris McGinnis)<p><b>This week Delta opened a fantastic new exhibit near runways at</b> …

Airlines

Deal: $500 roundtrip Oakland-London on British Airways

British Airways will fly nonstop between Oakland and London-Gatwick using a Boeing 777-200ER (Photo: British Airways)<p><b>Brexit does not seem to be</b> …

Airlines

Popular: LAX mess + Virgin fate + Spaceship + Ban + Cheap spring

Every now and then even TravelSkills ventures beyond the curtain. Seat 40D SFO>ATL on a Delta 757. Not bad! (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10</b> …

Airlines

Delta, JetBlue lay on more lie-flat seats, but...

Rendering of Delta’s lie flat seating on transcon 757s. (Image: Delta)<p>Last week, we reported that more airlines are bringing front cabins with …

My most jaw-dropping window seat view...ever

I took a ride in a Virgin America jet for one of the first looks at Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 over Marin County in 2011. Scroll down to see video …

Airlines

Richard Branson bids good-bye to Virgin America

Image: Virgin America<p>Although Sir Richard Branson never owned a majority stake in Virgin America, he always considered it an integral part of his …

Airlines

Mineta San Jose Airport: New transcon routes and more

San Jose getting even more new nonstops to East Coast! (Photo: SJC)<p><b>Bay Area business travelers are seeing new flights at all three major airports in</b> …

Airlines

LOL: The lighter side the electronics ban

A nice meal and my laptop in business class (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>The electronics banned imposed this week is serious business and bound to have a …

Airlines

Alaska Airlines reveals fate of Virgin America

Alaska Airlines light blue mood lighting will replace Virgin’s deep purple (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>After months of speculation about the fate of the …

Airlines

Ugly aircraft noise, beautifully displayed

Aircraft noise patterns in the Bay Area. (Image: DOT)<p><b>As you sit back in your seat watching the ground drop away, did you ever stop to think about the</b> …

Airlines

Multi-airline mega-move at LAX just weeks away

Delta’s move to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX will give it 23 gates- Delta’s old home at T5 in background. (Image: Delta)<p><b>When Delta announced plans last</b> …

Airlines

Electronics ban spreads: Advice & alternative explanations

Working on your laptop inflight no impossible on some airlines (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>Today the Department of Homeland Security announced that …

Airlines

Routes: Norwegian/BA at Oakland, Alaska/Condor, China Eastern, KLM, Air Canada, Volaris

British Airways will fly nonstop between Oakland and London-Gatwick using a Boeing 777-200ER (Photo: British Airways)<p>In international route …

Airlines

What travelers need to know about spring 2017

Spring has sprung along California’s western edge- Devil’s Slide, 30 mins south of SF. Regrettably, heavy winter rains have shut down parts of the …

Airlines

Most Popular: New deck + Cheap Europe + United B777 + Lie-flat + Delta 747

Dublin, Ireland was awash in smiles and greenery this week for St Patrick’s Day. With the euro low ($1.07), it’s a great time to go! (Photo: Chris …

Airlines

New $149 California-Spain flights – and it’s not Norwegian

Level will fly A330s from Oakland and Los Angeles. (Image: IAG)<p>British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group (IAG) is making good on its …

Airlines

Marriott upgrades some United frequent flyers

Marriott has a new way to achieve United MileagePlus Gold status. (Image: Jim Glab)<p><b>For a few years now, Marriott Rewards has offered United</b> …

Alaska Airlines 6 more California nonstops

Alaska will deploy three-class E175s on new San Diego routes. (Image: Alaska Airlines)<p><b>Just a week after announcing 13 new nonstop routes from the Bay</b> …

Airlines

SFO gets public outdoor viewing platform

SFO’s old tower coming down to make room for new public viewing platform with expansive views (Photo: Monte Deignan)<p><b>Starting this month, the old air</b> …

Rare business class fare war erupts

A rare summer business class fare sale! Pictured: Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo in Barcelona (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>There’s a rare fare war brewing for</b> …

Airlines

Reader Report: United Economy Plus on new B777-300ER

United’s Economy Plus on the new Boeing 777-300ER packs ’em in at 10-abreast (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>United has done a great job promoting the posh</b> …

Airlines

Popular: Alaska invasion + Amex changes + Airport lounges + Nowhere flight + Cathay Pacific

What will happen to fares when Alaska moves in? Listen to what Chris said on CBS5 (Image: CBS5)<p><b>TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week</b> …

Airlines

Game over for American Express card gamers?

Card gamers and churners under fire by American Express (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>As the credit card wars heat up between American Express Platinum and …

Credit Cards

13 new nonstops with Alaska Airlines' big Bay Area bump

Alaska Airlines will use A320-family aircraft for new SFO routes- but fate of Virgin brand still in question. (Image: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Now that Alaska</b> …

Airlines

5 key reasons to try new Lyft Premier

en_US<p>article<p>Lyft Premier: a new upscale option for airport runs<p>http://travelskills.com/2017/03/09/5-reasons-lyft-premier/<p>TravelSkills

Uber

Are airport lounges getting too crowded?

Waiting in line at the entry to United’s new Club at SFO Terminal 3 (Chris McGinnis)<p><b>Frequent travelers love airport lounges, but do we love them too</b> …

Airlines

Atlanta, LAX, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando

SuperShuttle’s vans no longer serve Atlanta’s airport. (Image: SuperShuttle)<p>In U.S., airport developments, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson loses a ground …

Airports

Most popular: United 747s + WOW review + Amex Platinum + Trump + Boarding rules

I used my new Navdy device to help find the way to Carmel this weekend. Wow! Winter in California’s pretty nice! (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p><b>TravelSkills’</b> …

Airlines

Getting easier to fly to Mexico City

Alaska Airlines will use 737-900s for new Mexico City flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles (Photo: Chris McGinnis)<p>The U.S. Transportation …

Airlines