Airlines

Getting to the mountains by air is usually the toughest part of any ski trip. A 10 minute lift line? A half-mile of double black diamond moguls? No sweat, compared to a snowstorm at LaGuardia, a missed connection in Minneapolis or a mechanical delay in Houston. But the good news

   1. Shop Hard for Fares I’ve been watching Christmas week fares rising, falling, rising again and then slipping back, as the airlines use their yield management programs to fill aircraft during this economic free fall. Don’t see a fare that you like? Wait 24 hours and check again, especially

With the economy in free fall and airfares stratospheric, it seemed like a good time to talk to Rick Seaney. He’s one of the founders and the CEO of FareCompare.com, one of the most enlightened search engines on the web. FareCompare’s killer app is tracking down the cheapest fares faster

It’s hardly news that flying is no fun anymore. Blame it on cramped seats, disgruntled airline workers and fellow passengers on the verge of air rage. Airports are jammed, security lines are lengthy, and onboard service is rudimentary at best. Chances are you’ll spend longer than ever on your flight

There’s no hotter travel topic, if you’ll pardon the expression, than green vacations. With global warming weighing on everyone’s mind, many travelers are suddenly examining how their habits affect the earth. But what is green travel? It’s more than just renting a hybrid car the next time you go on

How do you make the journey by air a little more bearable? By paying attention to the details. Here are five tips to make your next flight more comfortable. USE YOUR PHONE TO CHANGE YOUR TICKET What do you do if you’re in the airport and your flight is canceled

  When publicist Rob Kulat traveled from Chicago to the Paris Air Show last year, he did what he always does to combat jet lag. "I reset my internal clock several days before I left," Kulat says, "progressively going to bed earlier and earlier, and waking up earlier and earlier."

     What’s the worst part of sitting in a cramped coach seat on flight after flight? For me it’s filing past the lucky handful of first-class (Photo courtesy of Air France) passengers in their comfy leather seats, champagne in hand. Especially when I suspect that few of them actually

Whether it’s lost luggage, a noisy hotel room or a rental car snafu, travelers have an awful lot to complain about these days. Take the airlines, whose mishaps are tracked by The Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT receives thousands of complaints every year, about everything from mishandled baggage and

While the new airline security measures are being assessed and adjusted, another safety net is coming under scrutiny: travel insurance. (Courtesy: American Airlines) If you had been stuck at Heathrow Airport during last week’s lengthy delays and missed your flight — or it was cancelled, as many flights were —