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Delta Introduces Mobile Baggage Tracking

Let's face it - no matter what the circumstances, losing your bag sucks. Worry about the possibility of losing your bag also isn't fun, especially if you off on a long trip. Fortunately, Delta has recently made some exciting changes it its mobile application to help put travelers' minds at ...

American’s Bankruptcy – What You Need to Know

The biggest news in airline land this week (and probably all year) is American Airlines' announcement that it will be going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While this process will certainly have dramatic effects on American's long-term future, the good news is that your AAdvantage miles are safe, and you don't ...

United Announces Some Product Upgrades

United announced some interesting product upgrades this week...and I think it's worth mentioning some of the highlights. Some of what United was promoting in its press release has been known for awhile (like United's popular Economy Plus option coming to Continental), but here were some more recent pieces of news ...

Say Hello to American’s Shiny New IFE

American Airlines is the first airline to unveil a new offering in the inflight entertainment (IFE) space - streaming video. The service, Gogo Vision, uses a server onboard the aircraft to stream television shows and movies to portable devices through a Wi-Fi network. The concept, of course, sounds very exciting, but unfortunately ...

I Now Love Mobile Boarding Passes

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had a couple of opportunities to give mobile boarding passes a try - and I love them! The concept has been around for a couple of years now, but I'm a relatively new smartphone user and the airline I often fly the most ...

A Quick Look at Spirit’s Latest Fees

I think it's fair to say that most people out there aren't exactly big fans of airline fees. Unfortunately, Spirit Airlines is piling on with a new check-in/boarding pass fee. Of course, this should shock no one. Spirit is the same airline that now charges for carry-on luggage. Ancillary revenue is ...

Airports Like Fees, Too

While airline fees have gotten plenty of press over the past three or so years, there are fees that airports charge as well. Unlike many airline fees (i.e. Wi-Fi), however, airport fees often aren't optional. Like any other business, an airport needs to generate revenues to cover its operating expenses. First, ...

Pick of the Week – Hipmunk

It's been awhile since I recommended a travel tool/app, but I'm back with the website hipmunk. The relatively-new website offers some interesting features when selecting an itinerary. Having an adorable chipmunk on the homepage doesn't hurt, either. The homepage is simple, yet elegant. Text forms that are larger than other travel ...

Continental Dumps Free Snacks in Economy

Last week, news broke out that free snacks will no longer be served in economy on Continental Airlines flights. First of all, this isn't really shocking. Continental is busy merging with United, who doesn't offer any free refreshments to economy passengers other than soft drinks. Note that this only applies ...

And Easy Way to Pick up Some American Miles

American Airlines loyalty program, AAdvantage, recently joined the social media sphere with new pages on Twitter and Facebook. The airline decided to promote that latter with a "Mystery Miles" promotion - just "like" the AAdvantage page on Facebook, and you'll receive somewhere between 100 and 100,000 free miles. (Sadly, my ...

Some Interesting SkyMiles Changes from Delta

There have been a bunch of interesting changes to Delta's SkyMiles loyalty program over the past couple of weeks, so let's take a look. First off, the airline announced that SkyMiles would no longer expire. Honestly, this probably isn't a huge perk for even semi-frequent travelers who flew often enough to ...