Ismail Elshareef

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Why Your Airplane Ticket is So Expensive Nowadays

A few months ago, I was speaking with a representative of Singapore Airlines, and we ended up talking about the public perception of airfare costs. …

Alaska Airlines' new seats have power outlets but less cushion

Alaska Airlines has begun to install seats with slimmer seat-back cushions, enabling the company to squeeze two or three more rows of seats onto most of its planes.<p>But the airline is trying to put the focus on the seats’ other features, such as power outlets for every passenger.<p>Alaska joins …

Frontier Airlines to charge for drinks, carry-on bags

Frontier Airlines has announced it will begin charging extra fees for such in-flight comforts as coffee and soda --and charge customers for carry-on bags if they don't book directly through the airline.<p>The Denver-based carrier said Wednesday that it will require a fee of $25-100 per carry-on bag by …

Five Travel Annoyances and How to Deal With Them

Travel is a wonderful experience, but that doesn’t always mean it’s always easy. Here are some typical travel annoyances and how to resolve them.<p><b>1.</b> …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

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Insatiable longing

Two new books probe the limits of capitalism<p><b>How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life.</b> By Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky. <i>Other Press; 243</i> …