The murky world of airline upgrades

As airline travel becomes increasingly less pleasant in economy class, upgrades are looking increasingly appealing to travelers. Understanding how the deck is stacked will help with any attempted upgrades. Read more “The murky world of airline upgrades”

“This was apparently a 21st century torture device”

If humor is the good-natured side of a truth, then the Mexican avocado commercial that aired during last night’s Super Bowl delivered a double dose of both — with a side of spicy guacamole.
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Comfort hacks for flights that cramp your style

Air travel can be a humiliating, dehumanizing and even torturous experience — at least according to my e-mail inbox.

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Maybe first class passengers aren’t so special after all

One piece of conventional wisdom has gone unchallenged during our ongoing debate about class, privilege and human dignity in air travel: that the elites sitting in the big seats are subsidizing everyone else’s low fares.

Maybe it’s time to challenge that conventional wisdom.
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Let’s kill economy class

One of the most troubling travel stories of 2014 was a report that airlines are considering a new class of service — and I use the term “class” loosely — called economy “minus.”
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