Reality check: Most of us (me included) are just talking about cars. We don’t have the money for a new vehicle, and even if we did, we’re reluctant to take on another burden. But for those of us who need a new set of wheels, there’s a right way to do it. The perfect summer road trip cars, it turns out, have a few things in common.
A survey conducted by the National Association of Career Travel Agents suggests the term “travel agent” is close to obsolete. Roughly half of the respondents want to be called “travel consultant.” About a quarter said they liked “travel professional,” and only 13% went with “travel agent.” The best travel agents do more than book airline tickets or rental cars. They find lost IDs for their clients, ensure your favorite chair is in your hotel room, and even lobby for laws that benefit you. When was the last time your travel site did that for you?
Who is sending Katherine Johnson’s daughter parking tickets? The Miami Parking Authority’s citations, usually for $42 apiece, have arrived in the mail intermittently since 2014 […]
It didn’t take the latest string of viral videos to convince Cynthia O’Leary. There was no need to see the near-riot at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or the passengers brawling on a flight at Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
If you rent a car in Europe this summer, you might notice a few new rental car rules. Pay attention to them. They could be coming to America soon. Rental prices now include every mandatory fee. Optional extras and insurance are more clearly explained in plain language. There’s also a new, more streamlined pre-rental vehicle inspection process, to prevent erroneous damage claims.
Airline etiquette comes with many issues. Sometimes being a good, considerate neighbor comes with unintended consequences. What is proper? Shoes on? Seat reclined? Snoring seatmate? Talking over passengers? Armrest sharing? There is a lot to consider on plane, buses and trains.
Don’t fall for rental agent car rental come-ons Does anyone not have a car rental horror story like Dave Dzurick’s? When Dzurick, a project manager […]
This was a denied boarding fiasco. Inquiring minds want to know why four members of the crew for another flight were trying to board a flight that was already full and otherwise ready to depart? Why was the airline willing to remove paying passengers to make room for the deadheading crew? Did the airline have the legal right to remove a paying passenger who has already been given a boarding pass and seated? Who called the police? And, what authority did the airport police have in this situation.
This is the time of year when emptier airport terminals are making a lot of passengers question the conventional wisdom about check-in times. And no, this isn’t a frivolous, first-world problem. Vacations have been ruined because of it. Marriages have ended. So let’s settle this question once and for all. There’s a simple answer — and a complicated one. The simple answer: Two hours for domestic flight, three hours for international flights. More or less.
Like many stories that go viral, the United Airlines leggings story was not as simple as it first seemed. Yes, United denied boarding to girls who were either pre-teens or young teenagers because the girls were wearing leggings, not allowed by the United dress code. And yes, other passengers were upset. This brouhaha shows the importance of social media and the need for good training.