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What the Latest Frequent Flyer Devaluation Means for You

As you may have heard, American Airlines is joining United and Delta in giving you frequent flyer “miles” based on revenue rather than distance flown starting mid-2016. So for most of us stuck in the back of the plane, that means we’ll be earning fewer loyalty points for each plane ticket on


The World’s Fastest-growing Budget Airlines

If you want to grow an airline quickly, don’t aim for the high-end traveler. Apparently the fast growth track is at the bottom of the spending scale. I came across this story on the world’s fastest-growing airlines in a magazine I write for regularly. It’s from January, but it turns out that


What I Pack in my Carry-on

When I travel these days, I’m doing it one of two ways: with my family for up to three weeks, or on a writing trip for a week to 10 days. I sometimes check a bag for the former (especially if I need to backpack with a real backpack), but usually get


A Weekend With No Baggage Fees on Allegiant Air

One travel perk of moving to Tampa for a couple years has been a big improvement in flight options. Besides having lots of airports within a 4-hour drive if needed, one 30 minutes away is a hub for Allegiant Air. Never heard of them? I hadn’t either before moving here, but it’s


Off to Nicaragua with an Under-seat Bag

After three weeks across the Atlantic and some office time back at home, I’m off to Latin America again to check out Nicaragua. I wanted to travel down to Nicaragua in the cheapest way possible, which meant a flight on Spirit Air. This is the airline everyone loves to hate, in no