My United Air flight from Washington, DC to New York (departing 4:55pm yesterday) was canceled. I asked to be booked on the next flight, based on rule 240. The airline refused, claiming it was canceled due to weather. But at the time of cancelation, there were clear skies at both airports, and plenty of other planes on the same route at similar times were not canceled. How do I call bullshit, and make them pay for my inconvenience (an extra day in DC, taxi w/2 small kids, etc), and for being such big liars?
How important on a long-term basis is choosing an airline to work for? [more inside]
Is it possible to get an ultra-cheap roundtrip out of the DFW area to anywhere, just for the sake of flying? I have a nearly-4 year old son who would love a plane ride, but I haven't seen any truly cheap tickets since the Southwest Airlines "Peanut Fares" days. If not, I'll just wait for a real vacation to come up one day.
Do I need a ticket to go through airport security? [more inside]
According to aa.com, my flight departure this morning is delayed by an hour. I haven't left the house yet. How big a risk is it, though, to show up to the airport an hour later than I had planned? Do they ever "move up" a delay, thinking that it is convenient to the people already waiting? If so, what is the point of showing me that it is delayed?
Some international commercial planes have really odd seat numbering. Does anyone know why? Believe it or not, I'm dying to know. Please humor me. Thank you. [more inside]
Can i bring an epipen on plane with me? I am flying to vegas on American airlines. Anyone have experience with this thnx
Trying to find a website that publicizes airline's online mistakes in terms of pricing, giving you very cheap flights. [more inside]
If I wanted to fly from one mainland to another -- North America to Asia, for instance -- but I'm willing to fly out of any city in North America to any city in Asia, how can I find out the cheapest route? [more inside]
Flying from Toronto to Melbourne, via Chicago and LAX. The "via" is worryingly short! [more inside]
Bringing Pets in Airplane Cabin: I know that each airline has its limits on the dimensions of the under-the-seat carrier and combined weight, but how strict are they? Do airlines actually measure your carrier and weigh the pet plus carrier? Or just eyeball it? I'm wondering particularly about Northwest and American Airlines. Any horror stories or warnings appreciated.
Ideas for seeking corporate donations of tech equipment and air travel? I'm one of the co-founders of a free arts/tech workshop happening for the first time this August in Serbia. We've already had some modest success getting funding for this through traditional channels, but I also want to approach hardware companies and airlines to see if they can help us. [more inside]
Flying on LTU == asking for trouble? [more inside]
How can you tell when to buy an airline ticket? [more inside]
I just won two tickets that will take my husband and me on a round trip from our home in Brooklyn to anywhere in the continental US. We'll be traveling with our one-year-old. Where should we go to make the best use of our tickets? More details inside... [more inside]
The great musical-instrument-on-plane paradox. How do you prepare (what case[s] do you buy and what strategies do you develop) when you need to travel on many different kinds/scales of airlines, with a delicate wooden instrument that MAY or MAY NOT be allowed as carry-on baggage (depending on circumstance, how full the plane is, and how much or little the inspectors care that it looks large, solid and "middle eastern")? [more inside]
I left my iPod in the seat pocket on a flight from SFO to IAD (I changed planes and went on to ROC) yesterday. I've made some attempts to locate it, but with the holiday travel and the huge backup due to Denver being closed, I'm having little success. I'm jumping through the hoops with the airport and airline, but having a tough time due to the heavy traveler volume. Has anyone else lost an item by leaving it in the seat pocket and got it returned? Any tips?
(Denied boarding Airline question) -- I just got back from what was supposed to be a cheap trip to Paris (rtrp $464 after tax) but on the return leg, I missed my Air France flight because NO COMPUTER SCREEN in CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport) had the flight listed. By the time I located the terminal of the flight, it was 45 minutes before take-off and despite not having carry ons and perhaps 5-10 people in the line for tickets, I was told the flight was closed and I was not going to be able to board...... [more inside]
Will US airlines accept fresh produce -- say, 30 pounds of olives -- inside checked baggage on a domestic, inter-state flight? [more inside]
I bought a $750 airplane ticket online from United. Flight is for the end of December. Got confirmation # and receipt, saw the money go out of my bank account. Four days later noticed the money is back in my account -- there is no sign that it was ever taken out. United.com still says my ticket is confirmed. What's up? Will they charge me the day I actually fly? Did they screw up and give me a free ticket?
What is the upside, or rationale, for purchasing fraudulent airline tickets? [more inside]
Which airlines or routes give out free liquor? [more inside]
I bought a non-refundable plane ticket on Sunday night from Northwest Airlines. It's now Tuesday afternoon and I need to make a change to my reservation. I know I can easily do this by paying their $100 service fee, but I'm trying to avoid this. Any help is appreciated. [more inside]
How can I watch prices for a roundtrip flight for a few-day visit somewhere? The dates aren't as important as cheap fares-- pretty much any time through this coming April would be fantastic. I'd just like to watch for lower prices. How can I do this?
Anyone flown extremely long distances with an infant? We're planning to fly to Thailand from NYC with an 11-month-old and I'm wondering if it's best to fly direct and get it over with in one long ugly trip or fly with stops in Seattle and Taiwan so baby (and we) can get a break for a bit. There's a little more info inside. [more inside]
An odd search question; how would I go about looking up something like, "Give me a list of major cities (100,000 population or more) with 2000km of Tulsa, OK". My googlefu is failing me.
Why would I want to purchase Air Miles? Specifically AAdvantage Miles. Is the cost of purchasing miles saving you money on the cost of a flight? i.e. Is the value of air miles greater than their purchase value when redeemed for a flight? [more inside]
I bought two non-refundable airline tickets, now one of us will not be going. What to do about that ticket? [more inside]
Airport security, transfer in London. Will I have problems? [more inside]
How do I change my first name on a booked airline ticket with Northwest? [more inside]
UK/EU flight. My friend's plane was 3 hours late, flying Southampton to Edinburgh, making her miss a wedding. I have an inkling that this means she is likely to be able to make her airline pay out under recent EU law. Is this the case and if so what's the best way to make them pay?
Could airplanes be powered by fuel cells? Would we need to develop a new type of jet engine or could the same type of turbine, etc be powered by a fuel cell engine. [more inside]
Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it? [more inside]
How far in advance, or how close to the time, is the most advantageous time to purchase airline tickets in order to get the cheapest fares? For instance, if I were planning to travel in early August, and it's late April now, should I buy my ticket now, or should I wait until closer to the time (and how close is the "sweet spot")? Are there risks of the price going up substantially (more than $100)? This refers to U.S. travel (SEA-ATL in this case), traveling mid-week, with a weekend stay.
Should I fly Lufthansa or Air France? [more inside]
What can you tell me about being a flight attendant? [more inside]
Is it true that commercial airlines are safer than cars or is this just one of those things that people say? [more inside]
I've lost a website that correlates rewards in frequent flyer miles for money spent various retail partners. [more inside]
Why do you have to put your seatback up and store your tray table when taking off and landing on commercial airlines? Is this somehow going to save me in case of a crash?
Airline Lost & Found: Help me locate notes left on a plane ASAP. The test is Tuesday! [more inside]
Can I check a cooler full of food when flying state to state? [more inside]
I'm in Argentina. Can I buy a round-trip ticket FROM the U.S. (on a cheap site like cheapflights, priceline, etc...) and just use the return trip ticket? Or do I somehow forfeit my return by not showing up in the first place? [more inside]
Two-part question: My friend is leaving Buenos Aires tommorrow - heading back to the states. How many bottles of wine can he bring with him? Also, another friend is flying standby. Can he only bring carry-on luggage? [more inside]
Help me convince a Republican that Racial Profiling is Not Good (tm). [more inside]
How do the economics of airline ticket pricing work? [more inside]
I usually find great prices for flights. But I'm coming up empty on this route: Amsterdam to Zurich. [more inside]
Why do airline flight attendants and gate agents speak in the same oddly stilted manner, regardless of (U.S.) location or employer? [more inside]
So I appear to be trapped in Paris. Flew to Europe over the holidays for a conference in Berlin, and thought I'd spend a week in Paris and fly out of there instead. British Airways is informing me they'd like about a grand to get me out of Paris, and no less if I take the chunnel up to London to catch the London-SFO leg there. Best option I've found is to try to delay the return flight until I can actually make my way back to Berlin (it's too late now). Still on hold finding out how painful that's going to be. Anyone have any better ideas?
Unpacking from a recent flight back to the U.S. from abroad, I just noticed that a few things were missing from my checked baggage (a pair of high-quality outdoor jackets). I'm wondering which avenue of renumeration would be the best to pursue - the airline (Continental), my renter's insurance policy, even the TSA - and how? [more inside]
Internal flights in India. I want to get a return flight from Mumbai to Bangalore, and I've heard that Jet Airways is a good modern airline, but are there other alternatives I should consider? Reliability and e-ticketing is good.