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Airfare is on the rise. (photo via alfexe /iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Data from the United States government showed that airfares rose over 40 percent in September compared to the same month in 2021, the fastest rate on record. According to The Hill, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that airfares climbed to 42.9 percent due in part to airlines cutting down on flight schedules and rising fuel costs. The CPI found that prices climbed 8.2 percent over the past 12 months and 0.4 percent in September, with the limited number of seats driving up airfares. The increase in prices and the return of travel demand are helping the carriers gradually return to profitability. …read more
These U.S. Airlines Have the Widest Seats in Economy Class
For a roomier flight without springing for an upgrade.
For as much attention as it gets, you’d think that being comfortable on a flight all comes down to legroom. We may stress over every quarter inch of pitch—but there is another factor to flight comfort that’s not nearly considered enough: seat width.
Whereas a plane with tight legroom may mean pulling up our knees and scrunching in our legs for a cramped flight, it’s just not possible to “suck in” hips in order to sit into a too-small seat pan. Nonetheless, it's a seat metric that continues to shrink as airlines buy newer, more streamlined planes and cram more seats into older jets...read more
Deadline is quickly approaching
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.
For information by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.
Even if you have TSA PreCheck®, you’ll still need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID starting May 3, 2023. Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA security checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly...learn more
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How Inflation Is Impacting Holiday Travel Season
As Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving and winter holiday travel periods, there are persistent concerns from travel advisors and their clients about the impact of inflation on the tourism industry. According to a survey from Bankrate, 79 percent of adults in the United States planning to travel this holiday season are changing their plans due to inflation and rising prices. Another 32 percent of respondents said their holiday travel plans would strain their budgets...read more
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Practical Pointers: Take this photo next time you check a bag
This past summer reminded us of the many reasons why checking a bag can be a struggle and why bringing carry-on bags may be a better option. But sometimes, it’s just not possible to pack light.
Long vacations, trips to multiple places with different climates, not to mention weddings and similar formal events can make for overstuffed suitcases. In these cases, you'll often have to check a larger bag.
While we hope the luggage situation continues to improve from what we saw this summer — particularly with respect to travel overseas — it’s all about doing everything in your power to ensure your bag arrives with you at your destination. That also means continuing to prepare for what you’ll do in the event something goes wrong...read more