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The Best and Worst Airlines in America, Ranked - smartertravel.com - Usa - Canada - state Alaska
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15.05.2024

The Best and Worst Airlines in America, Ranked

If you’ve ever sat in an even smaller than usual coach seat, had your flight canceled, or fought with a rude customer service agent—you know the airline you fly can make a huge difference in the pleasantness of your trip.

Delayed or Canceled Flight? Airlines Now Owe You Cash - smartertravel.com - Usa
smartertravel.com
24.04.2024

Delayed or Canceled Flight? Airlines Now Owe You Cash

Airline delays and cancelations are frustrating enough, but having to spend time fighting with the airline to get compensation or getting stuck with an airline voucher you’ll never use makes the situation even worse. Fortunately, that’s all about to change—the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) just announced a new policy that requires airlines to automatically issue cash refunds to passengers when flights are canceled or significantly delayed.

United Airlines Is Changing Its Boarding Process - smartertravel.com - Washington
smartertravel.com
18.10.2023

United Airlines Is Changing Its Boarding Process

Flyers covet the window seat for many reasons, and now you can add another to the list: getting to board first on United Airlines. Starting October 26, the carrier will change its boarding process to allow window-seat passengers in economy class to board before passengers in the middle and aisle seats, according to an internal memo obtained by The Washington Post.

JetBlue Takes Away Overhead Bin Access - smartertravel.com
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

JetBlue Takes Away Overhead Bin Access

Good news and bad news from JetBlue on the carry-on bags front. The airline announced that for Basic Blue fares (JetBlue’s cheapest ticket category), they will be eliminating access to the overhead bins, and ticket-holders will only be allowed to bring on carry-on luggage that will fit underneath the seat in front of them.

TSA Announces New Consequence for Unruly Passengers - smartertravel.com - Announces
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

TSA Announces New Consequence for Unruly Passengers

In case fines of nearly $50,000 weren’t enough of a deterrent for bad behavior on airplanes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now team up to take away the privilege of TSA PreCheck memberships for unruly passengers.

New COVID-19 Travel Rules Announced for All Flights Into the U.S. - smartertravel.com - Usa
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

New COVID-19 Travel Rules Announced for All Flights Into the U.S.

The Biden administration just announced some big changes to the United States’ COVID-19 travel policy. Starting in early November, the U.S. will open its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers. All foreign nationals who wish to travel to the U.S. will need to show proof of vaccination along with a negative COVID test that was taken within 72 hours of their flight. The announcement did not specify if unvaccinated children would be allowed into the country under the new rules. New Rules for Unvaccinated Americans

New Rules for American Travelers Returning to the U.S. Begin Next Week - smartertravel.com - Usa
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

New Rules for American Travelers Returning to the U.S. Begin Next Week

Planning international travel? Be aware that the new rules for travel to the United States will take effect on November 8, as the U.S. ends the pandemic travel ban on foreign visitors. In addition to allowing in foreign travelers, the reentry rules to the country will also be changing for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.

Southwest Airlines Experiments With New Boarding Processes - smartertravel.com - city Atlanta - Jackson
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

Southwest Airlines Experiments With New Boarding Processes

Southwest Airlines recently concluded a series of tests designed to speed up flight boarding, and you could see some changes to the boarding process in the near future. A spokesperson for Southwest told SmarterTravel that the tests were conducted over the past several weeks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Here are some of the changes that were trialed:

All US Flights Grounded Overnight - smartertravel.com - Usa - city Atlanta - city Newark, county Liberty - county Liberty
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

All US Flights Grounded Overnight

At 8:28 p.m. Universal Time Tuesday night, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Notice to Air Missions System (NOTAM) failed. This critical system flags potential hazards along a flight route or at an airport (such as closed runways or equipment outages).

This Airline Just Permanently Disconnected Its Customer Service Phone Number - smartertravel.com
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

This Airline Just Permanently Disconnected Its Customer Service Phone Number

Need to speak to someone at Frontier Airlines? Don’t bother trying to call the airline, as they have recently gotten rid of their customer service phone number.

Air New Zealand Will Offer Lie-Flat Economy Seats Next Year - smartertravel.com - France - New Zealand - Turkey
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

Air New Zealand Will Offer Lie-Flat Economy Seats Next Year

Forget the free food and fancy drinks—the best thing about flying first class is the seats. Specifically, the ability to lie down, which makes a huge difference in comfort on a long-haul flight.

Delta Rolls out Free Wi-Fi on All Flights - smartertravel.com - Usa
smartertravel.com
27.07.2023

Delta Rolls out Free Wi-Fi on All Flights

Delta Air Lines will begin offering free Wi-Fi on most domestic flights starting February 1.

Airlines May Soon Have to Pay Passengers for Delayed or Canceled Flights - smartertravel.com - Eu - Usa - Canada
smartertravel.com
20.07.2023

Airlines May Soon Have to Pay Passengers for Delayed or Canceled Flights

If you’re flying to or from destinations like the European Union (E.U.) or Canada and your flight gets delayed or canceled, you’re covered under strict passenger rights rules entitling you to financial compensation. In the United States, passengers don’t currently have the same legal protections, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) is hoping to change that. 

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