How one airline will make low-fare travel a nightmare

United Continental is trying to make flying on its planes even less enjoyable. The nation’s No. 3 airline has enacted new rules that limit low-fare customers to a single carry on piece of luggage. If those passengers want to check a bag — Ka-Ching! — it’ll cost them extra. The airline will also bar those who purchase the lowest-priced tickets from selecting their seats. The airline will assign those flyers their seats on the day of departure — meaning couples or families may be broken up and moms with younger…

How to cancel a flight without the hefty fee

Little-known rules give air travelers an opportunity to cancel their reservations and receive a full refund. This came about as part of a larger package of new consumer protection laws regulating the airline industry. You book a flight to your cousin’s wedding in Tampa, only to realize in horror a few hours later that you booked it for the wrong weekend. You spot a killer grab-it-now-or-lose-it-forever fare to San Francisco that would be a perfect weekend getaway for you and your sweetie, but he’s stuck in an all-day meeting at work…

15 surprising perks of being US president

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will replace Barack Obama as the president of the United States. Being the president of a superpower comes not only with a lot of responsibility, but also tonnes of perks. In addition to earning a salary of $400,000, the president will be enjoying the following privileges: 1. Flying high in Air Force One: The president flies aboard a customised Boeing 747-200B that has 4,000 square feet of floor space and sophisticated equipment necessary to serve as a command center. Since it can refuel midair,…

INCREDIBLE NEW £1.75 BILLION AIRPORT OPENS IN ASIA BUT THERE’S ONE HUGE PROBLEM

TURKMENISTAN has just unveiled its state-of-the-art airport but there’s already one big issue. The impressive design sprawls out in the capital Ashgabat and cost a staggering £1.75b to build. It’s been designed in the shape of a falcon, a tribute to the logo of the country’s national carrier Turkmenistan Airways. The impressive design houses five floors and can process a staggering 1,600 passengers every hour. But as soon as the doors were officially opened, questions were immediately raised about whether it would actually be used. Turkmenistan is the most isolated…

How Much Money Do Flight Attendants Make?

Whenever airlines advertise openings for flight attendants, the applications gush in. Southwest Airlines recently received 10,000 applications for 750 attendant positions—in about two hours. A year ago, 114,000 people sought 2,500 flight attendant spots at the airline, known for its laid-back work environment. It’s the same at other carriers: US Airways had 16,500 applicants this past January for 450 spots, and Delta Air Lines got 22,000 for 300 to 400 positions a year ago. Why such interest? “In the job market the way it is right now, who wouldn’t want…

Animated Weather on Flight Tracking Pages

The best flight tracking maps just got better! FlightAware.com now offers animated weather imagery for logged-in users and paying customers. This new feature quickly allows you to see which way a weather system is moving and can help with situational awareness, dispatch, and flight following. Simply move your mouse over the map to access controls, then click the play icon at the top of the flight tracking page. Animated weather will load shortly and then the map will continue to animate through the last hour of weather. Lots more coming…

6 tricks to book cheap flight tickets even when there’s no airline sale

Travelling must never stop, and you really don’t need to wait for that big airline sale for booking cheap flights. Just follow these simple tricks. For those who are passionate about exploring new destinations, travelling must never stop. But to be on the move at all times requires money and one of the major things that can help you save it is to cut down on your flight expenses. If you are someone who wants to travel all the time, there’s no way that you would wait for that festive…

Inside Uber’s Plan to Take Over the Skies With Flying Cars

IN LESS THAN a decade, Uber has redefined the idea of flexible labor and gutted the American taxi industry. The company launched a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. It’s on its way to becoming the most valuable startup ever. Whatever. Today, Uber is promising flying cars. Flying. Cars. Within a decade, according to a 99-page white paperreleased today, Uber will have a network—to be called “Elevate”—of on-demand, fully electric aircraft that take off and land vertically. Instead of slogging down the 101, you and a few other flyers will…

China Airlines unveils new A350 passenger jet

National carrier China Airlines (CAL) officially unveiled its Airbus A350 passenger jet, conducting a demonstration flight Friday amid great fanfare after successful completion of preparations and government certification trials. The new A350 fleet will initially fly on European routes. Next year, direct flights will commence for Taoyuan-Amsterdam, Taoyuan-Vienna, and Taoyuan-Rome. This means the carrier will be operating two direct flights everyday to Europe and a total of 16 flights per week. With the new flights, CAL will offer the most direct flights to Europe of any carrier in Taiwan. Passengers…

Why business class isn’t worth the expense: You can travel comfortably on a budget

The Independent and other media recently have been full of stories about how the slump in sterling is damaging the wallets and purses of holidaymakers: a family of four taking the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb will now pay as much as for a cheap flight from London to Australia’s biggest city. But arguably the people who deserve the most sympathy (oh, go on, just for once) are company bean-counters. The men and women who are responsible for cost control are finding that business travel costs are increasing faster than the price…