Airlines

By Marc Kristal Nothing makes you feel more pampered, somehow, than a properly done first-class airport lounge. By which I don’t mean one of those tired-looking, afterthought kind of spaces with a couple of slow-moving computers, a few half-filled liquor bottles beside a bucket of melted ice, and carrot and

By Everett Potter The major American airport that delivers the most seamless experience isn’t on any coast. It wins over fliers with shopping and dining options, the ease of check-in and security, and the friendliness typical of its city hub. So breathe a sigh of relief if you’ve booked a

  By Everett Potter Tired fliers often think about how nice it would be to stretch out across a whole row of economy-class seats and take a nap. But let’s face it: airline seats were simply not designed for napping. That is, until Air New Zealand introduced its “Sky Couch,”

By Everett Potter I’m not sure how you would define a good flight across the Atlantic, but I know what makes me happy. A spacious seat that converts into a lounger and, in due time, transforms itself with the push of a button into a lie-flat bed that’s six feet

  By Everett Potter There are tarmac delays and then there are tarmac delays—just ask the Air Canada passengers who sat on a Vancouver runway for 12 hours a couple years ago. Food and water were rationed, and the cabin air was stifling. Even more torturous, the footbridge was still

  By Everett Potter First, the bad news. After more than a year of falling ticket prices, the cost of flying is now rising. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average domestic airfare jumped 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same

British Airways A-318 Elite: Lie Flat and WiFi Ready. Everett Potter So there I was, somewhere close to Newfoundland, reclining in a generous seat that would eventually lie flat. I had eaten the roast halibut fillet with lemon caper sauce and new potatoes, sipped a bit of Chablis, and was

  How did Continental stack up? By Everett Potter Remember last year’s flight-delay horror stories about passengers kept waiting for agonizing hours on the runway before takeoff? Well, get ready for a new kind of airport nightmare: increased flight cancellations. Read my full story on cancellations at Travel + Leisure

Here’s a new search engine site that you may just have to bookmark. It’s called InsideTrip and it claims to be the most “advanced flight rating technology for consumers.” It’s been in beta for two years and it finally launched on May 20, offering what they call “TripQualitySM.” What that

  Zurich Airport. By Ed Wetschler It's a good thing Zurich is such a swell town: If you're a world traveler, you inevitably spend time here. For starters, its airport and railroad hubs make it a gateway to other places in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, and the Austrian Alps, which —