John Marc Leffler

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LaGuardia's construction project is causing a travel nightmare

Travelers navigating the Grand Central Parkway is now a common sight, as construction has brought traffic entering the airport to a standstill, according to the New York Times.<p>The Transportation Security Administration now warns to arrive at La Guardia "a minimum of 2-2 ½ hours" before takeoff. …

Surprise! Delta Increases Award Rates Without Notice

Ever since Delta deleted their award charts overnight they’ve taken a rather opaque approach to award pricing. In news that will surprise absolutely …

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of …

These are the 2 most ominous threats facing hotels, according to the CEO of a trendy chain

In April, shareholders voted to approve a deal for Marriott International to pay about $12.4 billion to acquire Starwood Hotels, effectively creating the biggest hotel company in the world.<p>Traditional hotel groups are coming up with new strategies to combat the rise of new travel technologies and …

For Real? UK Airlines May Charge If You Complain About Flight Issues

A post shared by British Airways (@british_airways) on Jun 10, 2016 at 8:29am PDT<p>Are you the type of person who lives on Yelp or uses their Twitter …

No, Budget Cuts Aren't Why You're Waiting Hours To Get Through Airport Security

<b>Bureaucracy:</b> Air travelers are in for a long hot summer. News reports show airport security lines stretching across airports and tell of passengers …

Flying

Best hotel loyalty program promotions for spring

Hotels offer seasonal promotions to spice up business in slower periods of the year or to encourage people to stay more often with a particular brand in hopes that they will become loyal followers. Here are some of this spring’s best offers to help you top up those loyalty program balances.<p><b>Two</b> …

The 10 best airports in North America, ranked

Leading aviation reviewer Skytrax just released the results of its annual World Airport Awards, which includes a list of the best airports in North America. The Skytrax annual rankings are based on the impressions of over 13 million fliers from 106 countries. More than 550 airports were included in …

Top 3 Differences Between Business and First Class | Investopedia

Envision a pilot in the cockpit making his welcome-aboard announcement to the passengers saying, “The flight time today is five hours in first class …

Iron Maiden's Boeing 747 Got Shredded in an Airport Towing Accident

The band's on the hunt for a new Ed Force One.<p>Iron Maiden loves heavy metal on the ground and in the sky. The band travels on its tours aboard a jet called Ed Force One, flown by lead singer and pilot Bruce Dickinson and just upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747-400 to ferry equipment, …

13 of the world's best airports for customer service, according to passengers

Thankfully, the Airports Council International has announced the winners of its 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards so you can take to the skies with confidence.<p>The air passenger service surveyed over 550,000 travellers at more than 300 airports in 80 countries around the world to find out which …

Boeing’s original 727 makes one final flight

Short, but glorious. At 10:51 a.m. Wednesday morning, Boeing’s first 727 took off for its final flight from Paine Field in Everett and landed safely …

United Airlines

Airport lounges: Competing airlines improve ground game | CNN Travel

(CNN) — There's a new front line in the battle of the airline carriers -- the airport lounge.<p>From the opulent and exclusive to the innovative and inclusive, lounges are now more than just a place to relax and have a snack before a flight.<p>With airports ever more crowded, airlines are realizing the …

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7 ways to rack up enough qualifying frequent-flier miles to achieve elite status

After spending the last year flying tens of thousands of miles, frequent fliers might feel as though they have just crossed the airline elite-status finish line.<p>That's the line that gets you to extra perks, including upgrades and fee waivers.<p>Those miles aren't always easy to come by. When you fly, …

United Airlines Will Refund Travelers With Tickets to Zika-Affected Areas

The virus has spread to at least 23 countries.<p>United Airlines will refund passengers with tickets to places affected by the Zika virus, or allow them …

Public Health

The World's Oldest Hotel Has Been a Family Business for 1,300 Years

That family business in your town that has been passed down for four generations can’t hold a candle to Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan.<p>For roughly …

5 ways to get a flight upgrade

But that doesn't mean snagging one is impossible. From surefire tactics to (strategic!) gambles, we've rounded up our top five ways to score a business- or first-class seat.<p>Airlines will often sell unfilled first class seats for a fraction of their original cost once it gets close to take-off, but …

AAdvantage Changes for 2016: What You Need to Know

American Airlines’ AAdvantage program is introducing major changes in 2016 that will affect how members achieve elite status and accrue awards for …

What Are Your Rights If Downgraded On A Flight?

Reader <b>Liamlpa</b> asked the following question in the “Ask Lucky” forum (it’s long but, poses an interesting question):<p>Lucky: <b>Do passengers booked on</b> …

When traveling, little things make a difference

In the travel industry, little things can make a big difference.<p>The zipper on your suitcase, for example. Traditionally, airlines have excluded …

How to score the best seat on the plane

To say H. Robert Harrison's recent flight from Philadelphia to Barcelona was uncomfortable might be something of an understatement.<p>Harrison, a physician from Hilton Head, S.C., managed to squeeze his 5-foot-6, 148-pound frame into a narrow aisle seat. But whenever he dozed off, his left elbow slid …

American Airlines

The coolest airplane seat ever

Pretty much everything about flying stinks, including those dinky little screens that airlines glue to the back of the seat in front of you.<p>In today's world of tablets with HD displays, phones with giant screens and PCs with beautiful touchscreens, the video displays on planes don't really cut it …

In-flight Entertainment

Insiders Reveal: 7 Travel Tricks They Learned in Hotel School

Ever wondered how much your college degree <i>actually</i> paid off? Well, if you majored in hospitality and tourism, every time you hop on a plane or check …

Are Airlines Creating a Class of Spoiled, Entitled Brats?

<i>Some air travelers are letting their “elite” status go to their heads. (Illustration: iStock)</i><p>To many air passengers, frequent flyer programs are like …

Silvercar raises $28M from Audi and others for a car-rental company that doesn’t make you wait

Silvercar, a next-generation car rental company that aims to provide better service than the existing conglomerates, has raised $28 million for further expansion.<p>Austin, Texas-based Silvercar uses valet-style greeters to meet you at the airport with your car. You no longer have to take a shuttle …

10 of the best travel apps … that you'll actually use

No one needs a smartphone full of gimmicky apps. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best tools for the digital-savvy traveller<p><b>’</b><b>Appy days: Tell us your favourite travel app in the comments below</b><p>For a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport network a …

Apps

New Orleans' new $807M airport terminal ready for groundbreaking

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Work on a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong International Airport will begin in early January. The $807 million project is being hailed as the most important construction job for the city since the Louisiana Superdome in 1975.<p>On Monday, the New Orleans Aviation Board approved …

Prosciutto Standing Rib Roast with Figs

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and arrange a rack in the lower third.<p>Combine 1 tablespoon of the oil, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, rosemary, and 2 …