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Ryanair Business Class: Oxymoron?

August 27, 2014 |

Is Ryanair business class an oxymoron? We’ll soon know.

Today, “Europe’s favourite low cost airline” (Ryanair’s self-description) rolled out Ryanair Business Plus, what it’s calling “a tailored suite of travel benefits.”

Predictably, nowhere in that “suite” is anything resembling a … Read More

Citi Cards Add New Transfer Partner: Flying Blue

August 27, 2014 | 1

Just last month, Citi gave its ThankYou rewards program a significant lift with the addition of eight new airline programs that ThankYou points may be transferred into at a 1:1 ratio.

Unfortunately for U.S.-based travelers, all eight programs are hosted … Read More

American Pulls Fares from Orbitz

August 26, 2014 | 2

Want to book a flight on American Airlines? Fine, just don’t plan to buy your ticket from Orbitz. According to American: “American Airlines has withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz, effective immediately.”

US Airways fares will be … Read More

Alaska Air Discounts Fall Award Flights

August 26, 2014 | 1

Over the past few years, Alaska has been among the most prolific award discounters. That isn’t saying much, as there’s been little in the way of award discounting among other airlines. Still, at least Alaska was trying.

With this latest … Read More

American Targets Kids for More Fees

August 25, 2014 |

Nuisance fees sometimes can be downright nasty. For example: when they target children.

A case in point is American’s just-announced change to the fees it charges for children traveling alone.

Today, children between the ages of five and 11 are … Read More

Win a 5-Night Trip for 2 to the Florida Keys

August 25, 2014 |

Enter the Monroe County Tourist Council “Release Your Inner Wild” sweepstakes by September 19, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a five-night trip to the Florida Keys for two, including air, hotel, rental car, some meals, and … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

August 22, 2014 |

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can … Read More

Uber Poised to Dominate the Car-Share Space

August 22, 2014 | 2

Bigger isn’t always better. But it’s usually better than being smaller. And in business, a key measure of size is ubiquity.

There are plenty of other online payment apps out there, but PayPal rules. It’s not inherently superior to the … Read More

The Beginning of the End for JetBlue as We Know It

August 21, 2014 | 9

As of earlier this week, JetBlue’s share price had soared 49 percent for the year. According to TheStreet, that outsized spike was largely attributable to institutional investors’ and analysts’ faith that Dave Barger, the airline’s CEO, will soon be replaced … Read More

National’s ‘One-Two-Free’ Promotion Is Back

August 21, 2014 |

For the fourth straight year, National Car Rental is running its “One-Two-Free” promotion.

In this case, repetition is a good thing.

Offer Details

Between August 20, 2014, and January 31, 2015, members of National’s Emerald Club will earn 600 points … Read More

Is Perfume the Antidote to Stinky Air Travel?

August 20, 2014 | 7

In what is being characterized as a move to make air travel appealing to all the senses, Iberia is introducing a custom-designed scent into its aircraft cabins.

The aroma, dubbed Mediterraneo, has three layers, according to a report by Skift: … Read More

The World’s 7 Most Entertaining Airports

August 20, 2014 | 1

Refreshingly, TravelAge West’s “7 Top Airports Around the World” doesn’t purport to reveal a scientific truth. No surveys were conducted, no numbers were crunched.

Rather, it’s the publication’s own take on what a few airports have done to distinguish themselves … Read More