Air Travel News 12.14.10

Air, Air Travel News, Finances & Savings, Getting There Deals — By on December 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

Two-Timing

In an attempt to save money, or even streamline the travel day, air travelers sometimes purchase back-to-back flights on different airlines.  Works great in some cases, but when it doesn’t , it really doesn’t.  Some of the pitfalls include lost luggage, lack of insurance coverage and missed connections among other problems.  Bottom line is:  if you need to do this, leave yourself a large time buffer between the two flights.    Source:  USAToday

To Recline or Not To Recline

It seems that there are two different schools of thought when it comes to the airline seat you rent for the duration of your flight.  Those who feel that reclining your seat while inflight is a right that comes with the cost of the seat fall in to one camp.  Those who feel that the reclining feature is not to be used represent the opposing point of view.  Most of us just put up with it and deal, but some just can’t take the pressure and blow up.    Source:  CNN

What’s your opinion?  I have long legs myself.  I strongly feel that if my seat is recline-able, I’m going to recline if I need to.  I understand that the person in back of me may be less comfortable, but hey, that’s the way it is when you fly today.  If it’s that bad, spring for a business or first class ticket.

Difference of Opinion

Yet another pat-down in the news.  Much was made this week of the security measures performed on Meera Shankar, the Indian ambassador to the US.  The Indian governments insists that it was inappropriate and unnecessary.  The US Department of Homeland Security maintains that it followed proper guidelines.  Looks like next time she’ll opt to take advantage of the special dignitary process available to her.    Source:  Airwise

Multiple Benefits for Whom?

American Airlines has made it easier for you to up your frequent flier mileage.  It’s called the Mileage Multiplier tool, and check the fine print.  It can get kind of pricey.  You’re basically buying extra frequent flyer miles for a flight on which you’re already accumulating miles.  But if you’re close to a travel award milestone, it might be worth it.    Source:  AOL

Quickies:

That Flight Attendant Looks Familiar…

If you happen to recognize a hunky British flight attendant on your AirAsia X flight next year, here’s why:    Source:  Virgin

New Routes

This week’s new routes include Condor, Frontier, Air Tran to Bermuda, Cathay Pacific and Alaska Airlines heading south rather than north.    Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  Hunter-Desportes, david_shankbone/flickr


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