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March 13, 2014

United has started cracking down on the size of bags allowed on board as carry-ons. Expect other airlines to follow this lead. One more reason to pack lighter. Sooner or later, the airlines were going to start enforcing the regulations governing the size of carry-on bags. If you’ve ever seen t.../ ➝

March 7, 2014

Authorities say they have lost contact with Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 from Malaysia Airlines inbound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew. The plane departed Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 12:41am local time for the 2,745-mile flight to Beijing (PEK). Air traffic controllers lost co.../ ➝

March 4, 2014

Delta is the latest airline to award miles based on money spent instead of miles flown. It points to the airline pushing the bargain-seeking leisure traveler out of the picture. If you’ve had the feeling for the last several years that the airline industry would love to get you out of the freq.../ ➝

February 28, 2014

The king of super-cheap European airlines says it can offer trans-Atlantic flight for $10 or 10 euros, as soon as it gets the right airplanes. Bombshell, bait-and-switch or BS publicity stunt? Color me skeptical. Among your traveling friends, you may hear some buzz about this: Ireland-based Ryanair,.../ ➝

January 28, 2014

There’s new help for your frequent-flyer miles on the AIRFARES page. Are you one of those folks who has just enough frequent-flyer miles, hotel or credit card loyalty points to make you think about travel, but not enough to actually take you anywhere? Help is not coming. It’s already her.../ ➝

January 22, 2014

Preparations are underway for the Soul Train Cruse 2014 next month out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You’ll find contact information in the IBIT Travel Calendar over in the left sidebar. If you missed the fall STC 2013 out of San Diego, you won’t want to miss this one. People from as far away a.../ ➝

December 2, 2013

For today only, Southwest Airlines drops one-way fares to $100 for Christmas holiday travel. Up to now, I’ve avoided the Black Friday-Cyber Monday-Shop Til You Tase Somebody madness. But for this Cyber Monday sale, I couldn’t help but make an exception. Southwest Airlines is holding a on.../ ➝

September 14, 2013

If you have a travel agency or organization with trips in the works, you want to get the word out about your trips — and we’re here to help. The IBIT TRAVEL CALENDAR is a listing in the sidebar by month and year of upcoming major trips and travel events, with special emphasis on black-or.../ ➝

August 26, 2013

Airlines will now deliver your luggage to your destination for you — for a price, of course. Still, it beats paying something for nothing, which is what we’re doing now with airline baggage fees. Airline baggage fees. Travelers hate them, and for good reason. You now pay for a service th.../ ➝

July 10, 2013

Is it really necessary for airlines to conduct training flights with paying passengers on board? The investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is in full swing. As much as we’ve learned so far from the National Transportation Safety Board about this incident — and they&#.../ ➝