Without a doubt my favorite travel tool, Google Flights is where I start researching any flight I want to take.
Though Google Flights has dozens of features, here are the three that any traveler can use:
1. Discover trips.
Know you want to take a trip but not sure where to go on your budget? Just put in your airport of origin and approximate dates, and Google Flights will make some suggestions for you.
I bought a flight in business class one time on Aeromexico because it was cheaper than the economy seats.
But I’d never flown in first class, until Alaska Airlines gave me a free upgrade this week.
Why did Alaska upgrade you? Continue reading
The mid-60s North Carolina couple next me were heading to San Francisco for the first time, celebrating their 25th anniversary, and their party had already started.
Vodka/Red Bull with Bud Light was their go-to for refreshment on the 5+ hour flight (die-hard Stoli loyalists, they settled for the Texas-made Tito’s vodka).
I knew I’d picked an exit row seat, but I had no idea there’d be a small dance floor in front of my row: Continue reading
Frontier’s recent “% off” promos have been mostly worthless, with huge lists of excluded routes and confusing date exclusions.
Today’s sale? Not so bad.
Why not so bad? Continue reading
The empty wrappers of two Korean Green Tea Choco-Pies crunched in my hand as I trekked home under a 7/8 Halloween moon.
How did I get here, I asked myself. I mean, I knew how. But why? Continue reading
Uber is almost done its “180 days of change” improvement initiative for drivers, and one of the best improvements yet is set to roll out in December. Continue reading
That may be the longest word I’ve ever typed.
The Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa’s name is about as long as the trek to get to it from the airport, but it’s a classic, waterfront hotel that can be enjoyed for just 25k Hilton Honors points per night.
Let’s call it Kal, short for Kalastajatorppa. Continue reading
So I didn’t spend my whole 2-hour layover in bed, but I did get a free hour in one of DFW Airport’s two Minute Suites locations recently, thanks to my Priority Pass membership.
Sandwiched between my first two flights ever on Finnair was a 20-hour layover in Helsinki, Finland.
The waters off of the 18th century fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki.
The flights weren’t quite as magical as the layover, but they were comfortable and painless. Continue reading
After arriving at the airport recently with a few co-workers, we all headed for security, assuming we’d all checked in already.
One of us hadn’t, which made me realize: there are a few simple travel hacks that travel lovers take for granted, but that people who don’t care as much for traveling might not be aware of.
These hacks could make for much calmer sailing when it comes to air travel.
1. Check in to your flight ASAP.