The end of airline change fees

Delta just announced that they will permanently eliminate change fees for all international flights for all seats except Basic Economy.  This aligns with their announcement to permanently eliminate change fees for domestic flights, also not applicable to Basic Economy. They joined the ranks of American Airlines, who made similar decisions.  United Airlines was the first to announce eliminating the change fee for all their domestic … Continue reading The end of airline change fees

Tips to help make travel safer over the holidays

For many, they have been home since the pandemic and have taken no trips.  With the holidays upon us, many are ready to take a trip to spend time with loved ones.  Once study shows that 39% of Americans are planning to hit the road this holiday season.  If you are one of those who will be traveling, here are a few things you can … Continue reading Tips to help make travel safer over the holidays

Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

Much of the data around air travel indicates that overall, it is very safe and there is a low likelihood of becoming infected with Covid-19.  But new data shows that there is a caveat to all the studies. And as we head into winter, there is one concern travelers should be aware of. A few weeks back we discussed how the use of masks and … Continue reading Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

The truth about mask effectiveness on airplanes

We all know the pandemic hit the airline industry hard this year.  Fear of being in an enclosed space for hours with a potentially infected person next to you is real.  In June, airlines mandated masks with the hope of encouraging people to fly again.  But do masks in airplanes really work?  Studies say – YES! Various studies conducted appear to reach the same conclusion.  … Continue reading The truth about mask effectiveness on airplanes

The demand for travel in 2021

Are you dreaming about that trip you can FINALLY take in 2021?  Yep, you and just about everyone else in the US and Canada.  According to a new study conducted by World Travel & Tourism Council, 99% of people surveyed are “eager to travel again.”  Here are a few facts and figures: 70% stated they aren’t only dreaming about taking a trip but in fact, … Continue reading The demand for travel in 2021

Global Entry program also experiencing significant delays

More delays are happening in the travel world. If you applied for the Global Entry Program, understand how delays may affect the required interview. If you read our September 15 post about passport delays then this might not come as much of a shock.  After being closed down for six months, the Customs and Border Protection started the interview process again in September for the … Continue reading Global Entry program also experiencing significant delays

The best days to score cheaper airline tickets

Which day of the week should you purchase for cheaper airline tickets?  When should you depart?  Return home?  It does vary somewhat whether domestic or international.  Which app will help you monitor the change in fares for your chosen route? Airline tickets continue to be lower priced as compared to the past several years, but as demand increases in the coming months (combined with a … Continue reading The best days to score cheaper airline tickets

Here’s what you need to know if applying for or renewing a passport

Are you planning an upcoming trip and need to get or renew your passport?  Here’s what you need to know now to make sure you have a passport in time. If you saw our August 25 post about scoring discount airline tickets, you might have decided to start planning your next trip.  And if that trip requires a passport, here are a few things you … Continue reading Here’s what you need to know if applying for or renewing a passport

A deeper look into why plane ticket prices are so affordable

Airlines have always priced tickets based on historical data. But with the extreme lack in demand for travel, historical data is no longer relevant. So airlines are pricing flights with very little variance between traditional high and low demand periods. Flights during high demand periods that were once cost prohibitive for a family of four are now more affordable (assuming you feel safe traveling). What … Continue reading A deeper look into why plane ticket prices are so affordable