Top 10 in Travel News: Week of January 28, 2015

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: FAA warns of fire danger caused by e-cigarettes on planes SkyMall files for bankruptcy Virgin Australia dropping fuel surcharges for US flights Chicago’s O’Hare regains title of world’s busiest airport Orbitz Gives In, Hires Bankers to Find a Buyer British Airways announces big changes to its Executive […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Another Uber Tip (+ a Holiday Message)

DCA at Christmas

Another Uber Tip (+ a Holiday Message) Building off of yesterday’s tip: One way to get Uber to pick you up at airports that prohibit the service (i.e. LAX) is to hop on the first hotel shuttle that arrives and then Google/GPS the address of the destination. Then, plug that address into Uber on the way, […]

Travel Website of the Week: FlightAware Misery Map

Misery Map

Since I’m feeling so miserable after my lip surgery, now seems like the appropriate time to feature FlightAware’s new Misery Map. FlightAware has been around for a while and in fact I use their flight tracking feature every time I fly or have to pick up a loved one up since it’s usually much more […]

Travel App of the Week: B4 You Board

B4 You Board

Airport food is getting better and better, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to grab a bite to eat before a flight. Still, you don’t want to risk the airline not having any food onboard, left over (by the time they get to you) or it being inedible—so what do you do? For those […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Be Careful when Speaking about Sensitive Business

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Be Careful when Speaking about Sensitive Business It still astounds me to hear people speaking really loudly about sensitive business on the phone or to a colleague on a plane, in a club room, at the gate, on a train, or wherever—in any public place. You have no idea who’s listening and in this day and age […]

Travel App of the Week: Salk’s Airport Transit Guide

Airport guide

Salk’s Airport Transit Guide recently got my attention when business travel writer Joe Brancatelli called it “an absolutely essential app that improves the quality of life on the road…the bible for travelers…[that] will save them dollars from day one, as it has for me.” For more than 30 years Airport Transit Guide has been the guide that […]

Travel Product of the Week: Airport Throw Pillows

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Are you an aviation lover like me? If so, I bet you’ll love these Airportag airport throw pillows (and tote bags and mugs) that use IATA codes—the three-letter codes that designate many airports around the world as defined by the International Air Transport Association—as the main design element. Their bestseller is LHR (London Heathrow), and I’m not surprised […]

Travel Video of the Week: Insane Landing in Sint Maarten

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I’ve only been to Sint Maarten once and it was just to transfer by boat to Anguilla. I’m sorry now that I didn’t know how popular Maho Beach is among tourists, plane-spotters and AV geeks, who crowd here to watch the incoming planes land. It’s ridiculously scary how close the planes and people come to each […]