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I was stranded in Bogotá airport for 10 hours and it taught me the true value of credit card perks and not taking no for an answer

Flying home from Bogota, Colombia on American Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider American Airlines canceled two of my flights when flying home from Bogotá, Colombia to New York, effectively leaving me stranded in the country. I managed to get out of Bogotá using multiple tactics and passed the time thanks to a credit card perk. American ended up giving me $24 in meal vouchers and a free layover hotel but had to fly me 2,000 miles from my original destination. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Airports, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Colombia, Flying, Chase, American Express, Dallas, Miami


I flew on JetBlue founder David Neeleman's new Breeze Airways for $39 and found it was cheap and friendly but surprisingly basic

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways. Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways officially launched its first flight on Thursday from Tampa, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. It's the fifth airline from aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, who started JetBlue Airways, with a focus on hub-skipping leisure flights. Fares are as low as $39 with 39 new routes starting between May 27 and July 29. See more stories on Insider's business page. David Neeleman ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Canada, Brazil, Aviation, Nice, Airlines, East Coast


Frontier is moving into a new California city with extremely low fares to take on America's newest airline

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is starting flights to Burbank, California from Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix in July. The announcement comes America's newest airline launched in April with its first base there. Introductory fares on Frontier are just $19, the same as Avelo's starter fares. See more stories on Insider's business page. Frontier Airlines is adding Burbank, California to its schedules this summer in a move that p...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Planes, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Flying, Alaska, Deutsche Bank, Aviation, Airbus, West Coast


Even more iconic planes are disappearing from the skies earlier than planned as the coronavirus continues to wreak airline havoc

A Qantas Airbus A380. TIM WIMBORNE/Reuters The steep drop in travel caused some airlines to move up retirement dates for aging aircraft. Older aircraft are on the chopping block as airlines turn to newer ones like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 XWB. The Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 are quickly vanishing due to their size and cost to operate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Aircraft are quickly becoming COVID-19 casualties.As Boeing and Airbus continue to ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, Texas, London, News, Air Travel, Australia, California, Washington, Singapore, Air Canada, Planes


Alaska just joined the Oneworld alliance alongside American Airlines, British Airways, and 11 other carriers - here's why that's great for flyers

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 painted in a special Oneworld livery. Ingrid Barrentine/Alaska Airlines Aiaska Airlines is the newest member of the Oneworld airline alliance, formally joining in March. Flyers will notice better connecting options and increased cooperation between member airlines. Frequent Alaska flyers benefit the most with elite status carrying over to 13 other carriers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Alaska Airlines in March became the 14th and newest me...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Russia, Planes, Africa, America, Trends, Flying, Alaska, Middle East, Aviation


I flew on America's newest airline, Avelo, for $19 and the friendly service more than made up for the complete lack of frills

Flying on the first flight of Avelo Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider Avelo Airlines began flying on April 28 with an inaugural flight from Burbank to Santa Rosa in California. The ultra-low-cost airline is launching 11 routes from Burbank to kick off operations. The one-hour flight was enjoyable due to Avelo's friendly atmosphere but lacked in amenities. See more stories on Insider's business page. America has a brand new airline. Flying on the first flight of Avelo A...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Colorado, California, Oregon, Planes, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Alaska


Southwest execs reveal the reason the airline doesn't fly to Canada yet is because its system isn't set up to accept Canadian dollars

Toronto, Canada, a city currently unserved by Southwest Airlines. Markus Mainka/Shutterstock.com and Shutterstock.com Southwest Airlines is the largest US airline that doesn't serve Canada. The lack of service isn't for a lack of potential customers but is technological is nature. Southwest's system isn't set up to handle foreign currency sales, required for Canada flights. See more stories on Insider's business page. By the end of 2022, all except for one of America...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Boston, US, America, Trends, Flying, Canada, Hawaii, Jp Morgan, Vancouver, Buffalo, Airlines


I flew on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max weeks before it was grounded again - here's what it was like

Flying on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft. Thomas Pallini/Insider Alaska Airlines just began flying the Boeing 737 Max in March after waiting years for its first model. Just over a month after the first flight of the Max, the airline was forced to ground the fleet. I flew on Alaska's Boeing 737 Max in March and found it to be a modern marvel. See more stories on Insider's business page. Alaska Airlines became the fourth US airline to fly the Boeing 737 Max when ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Flying, Alaska, Hawaii, San Diego, Airlines, West Coast


American and Alaska are making moves to compete with America's newest airline before its first flight has even taken off

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport. Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com Avelo Airlines' competition is growing just weeks ahead of its first flight. Alaska Airlines just announced a new California route between Santa Rosa and Burbank, Avelo's flagship route. American Airlines will fly larger planes between Burbank and Phoenix, another Avelo route. See more stories on Insider's business page. America's newest airline was already...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Planes, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Analysis, Flying, Alaska, Levy, San Diego, Deutsche Bank, Aviation


Etihad is ditching its largest and swankiest jets including the popular Airbus A380 and Boeing 777

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. KITTIKUN YOKSAP and Markus Mainka/Shutterstock.com Etihad Airways will stop flying the Boeing 777-300ER, its second-largest jet, after 2021. CEO Tony Douglas shared the news at the World Aviation Festival, according to Reuters. The focus will be on newer aircraft like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350-1000 XWB. See more stories on Insider's business page. Etihad Airways is planning to stop flying its second-largest aircr...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Australia, Planes, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Qantas, Miami, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Abu Dhabi, Virgin Australia


I flew on Southwest and Alaska, the two airlines competing to be the best of the West Coast and the winner is abundantly clear

Flying on Alaska Airlines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines are in competition to be the airline of the West Coast. Both are similar but each has its strengths like Alaska has a greater West Coast route network. Southwest is a great option for leisure travelers but Alaska has more perks for business flyers. See more stories on Insider's business page. The West Coast of the US stretches more than 1,000 miles with no shortage of majo...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Review, California, Planes, US, Fresno, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Flying, Alaska, Portland


After taking 13 flights on Frontier Airlines, I've figured how to get the best experience for the cheapest price. Here's what to know.

Flying Frontier Airlines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Frontier Airlines boasts cheap tickets but fares can quickly add up with extra fees. Everything from advanced seat assignments to carry-on bags incurs a fee. I've taken 13 flights on Frontier and know how to make the most of flying on the low-cost carrier. See more stories on Insider's business page. Frontier Airlines is one of the country's fastest-growing airlines with a sprawling network that always seems...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Deutsche Bank, Miami, Aviation, Las Vegas, Airlines, Seattle


A self-flying Cessna just completed a fully automated flight with no pilot input as startup Xwing seeks to revolutionize aviation

Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. Xwing Xwing completed a fully automated "gate-to-gate" flight with its self-flying plane. Pilots merely monitored the aircraft while it performed maneuvers on its own. The technology could revolutionize aviation and cut back on pilot expenses for airlines. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fully self-flying planes are moving closer and closer to becoming an everyday reality. Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Car...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Arizona, Aviation, Airbus, Navajo Nation, Airlines, Obvious Ventures, Denver


The CDC's suggestion to block middle seats on planes is flawed but I'm still in favor of it after taking 32 flights during the pandemic

My blocked middle seat and me. Thomas Pallini/Insider Airlines are rejecting the CDC's study suggesting blocking middle seats, citing newer findings. Blocking middle seats, however, serve as a peace of mind measure for those returning to flying. Not all airlines are following some of the recommendations of the studies they tout. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airlines seemed to flat out reject a new suggestion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on We...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Cdc, Opinion, Planes, US, America, Trends, Harvard, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, United


Delta CEO Ed Bastian declares 'it's absolutely safe to sit in the middle seat' in defiance of CDC suggesting airlines should block them

Flying on Delta Air Lines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said on CNBC Thursday flying in the middle seat is "absolutely safe." The airline will fill planes to capacity starting May 1 in an end to the year-long seat-blocking policy. Guiding the airline's decision are experts from the Mayo Clinic and Emory University. See more stories on Insider's business page. Delta Air Lines is holding firm on its commitment to end a year-long middle s...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Cdc, Planes, US, America, Trends, Harvard, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mayo Clinic


Canadians are flocking to US border cities to take advantage of a travel loophole - and it's creating lucrative opportunities on both sides of the closed border

A "Welcome to Canada" sign at the US-Canada border. Shutterstock.com Canadian tourists are driving up business in US border towns to avoid strict quarantines in Canada. Those arriving in Canada by land can save as much as $2,000 (Canadian) by not having to quarantine in a hotel. Transportation firms in cities like Buffalo, New York, are reaping the benefits with costly fares. See more stories on Insider's business page. Canadian tourists are once again stimulating the economies of A...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Shutterstock, New York, News, Mexico, US, Toronto, America, Trends, Flying, Canada, New York Times, Aviation, Vancouver, Buffalo


Jetblue founder David Neeleman's new airline is recruiting pilots and 4,400 have already applied - here's what Breeze Airways looks for when hiring

Breeze Airways pilots with David Neeleman. Breeze Airways Breeze Airways has begun hiring for 85 pilot positions as the airline prepares to launch this year. Pilots are required to have a minimum set of hours but recruiters are also looking for soft skills like customer service. The startup aspires to be a "nice" airline and pilots will need to act as brand ambassadors. See more stories on Insider's business page. The first flights of Breeze Airways are just around the corner and the ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Pilots, Boeing, Jetblue, American Airlines, Westjet, Coleman


America's newest airline is launching in April with a focus on leisure routes and fares as low as $19: Meet Avelo Airlines

An Avelo Airlines Boeing 737-800. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo/Getty Avelo Airlines just broke cover and plans to start flights on April 28 from Burbank, California. Andrew Levy, former president of Allegiant Air, is at the helm with a focus on cheap flights and friendly service. A total of 11 routes have already been announced to popular destinations across the American West. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's lights, cameras, action for America's newes...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hollywood, News, Air Travel, Congress, California, Planes, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Levy, Ryanair, Deutsche Bank


UPS reveals plan to buy hundreds of eVTOLs that can fly up to 250 miles to deliver packages - take a look

A rendering of Beta Technologies' eVTOL aircraft. UPS UPS is planning to buy electric takeoff and land aircraft, or eVTOLs, to transport packages. Beta Technologies' Alia-250C is the shipping giant's eVTOL of choice, with options for 150 aircraft. The electric aircraft can carry 1,400 pounds of payload and travel up to 250 miles emission-free. See more stories on Insider's business page. UPS is going electric - in the air. A rendering of Beta Technologies' eV...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Washington, Planes, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, UPS, Flying, Shipping, Reid Hoffman, Archer, Las Vegas


JetBlue is promising London-bound passengers free meals, wider seats, and more when service finally starts this summer - take a look

A JetBlue Airways Airbus A321neo aircraft. David Slotnick/Business Insider JetBlue just unveiled its planned in-flight service for economy passengers on European flights. Complimentary meals will be offered in economy for the first time in JetBlue history. Free high-speed WiFi will be available for the entire journey across the Atlantic. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways cannot wait to fly to Europe later this year. April marks the two-year anniversary of t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Hbo, UK, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Transatlantic, Customers


Iceland is officially opening to vaccinated American tourists and its national airline is rushing to launch cheap flights from the US to attract visitors

Iceland is opening to vaccinated American tourists. Boyloso/Shutterstock Icelandair is rebuilding its US route network as Iceland opens to vaccinated tourists. Regular flights to Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C. are scheduled for May. Americans need only their paper vaccination card to enter the country. See more stories on Insider's business page. The summer of vaccinated travel now includes Iceland as a potential destination for Americans. Starting A...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Minneapolis, Washington, Planes, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Flying, Aviation, Airlines


A new luxury car service at LAX is letting wealthy flyers skip the terminal by meeting them planeside - and a single ride costs more than $3,000

A BMV 750i of PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider PS Direct is the latest offering of PS, the private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Wealthy travelers can pay $3,450 to have a private car and driver pick them up planeside. The one-of-a-kind service is currently only available to those with a PS membership, priced at $4,500. See more stories on Insider's business page. Hopping off the plane at LAX just got a massive upgra...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Trends, PS, Flying, Luxury cars, Aviation, Bmw, Airlines, Lax, Border Protection, Los Angeles International Airport


Delta spent the pandemic earning goodwill from passengers and workers. It might be about to vanish.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty and PAULO NUNES DOS SANTOS/AFP/Getty Delta Air Lines and CEO Ed Bastian are facing boycotts in response to Georgia's new controversial voter rights law. Bastian initially praised the bill but later came out against its strict measures that limit voting capabilities. Boycotts from Georgia's business community could seriously impact Delta's bottom line. See more stories on Insider's business page. It started wi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Air Travel, Planes, America, Trends, Crisis Management, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Analysis, Flying, Delta, Aviation


United just returned to JFK Airport after nearly 6 years and is rolling out one of its most luxurious aircraft to take on competitors

The first United Airlines flight to return to New York's JFK Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider United Airlines resumed flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday. Operating the flights is United's premium-configured Boeing 767-300ER with lie-flat business class seats. Only 10 weekly flights are currently offered but more will be added in the coming months. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines is back at New York's John...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Airports, Planes, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Connecticut, Aviation, John, Newark, Airlines


I recently took 3 flights with Delta as an elite status holder and managed to snag $800 in free upgrades despite seat-blocking policies - here's how

Flying Delta Air Lines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Having elite status on Delta typically means free first class upgrades for the most frequent flyers. Fewer seats are available in premium cabins, however, thanks to Delta's pandemic seat-blocking policy. I took three flights on Delta and still got seven times worth the value of my ticket in upgrades. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Loyalty has its perks, even during a pandemic. I earned elite st...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Flying, Delta, South America, Airbus, Salt Lake City


I flew on a $2 million 'personal' private jet that needs only one pilot and saw why it was among 2020's most popular private jets

Flying on a Cirrus Vision Jet. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider The Cirrus Vision Jet is among the newest personal private jets flying, and requires only one pilot to fly it. The $2 million plane allows pilots to fly farther and faster with minimal additional training. Proponents say it's the perfect alternative to the airlines because of jet's low operating costs, ease of use, and versatility. See more stories on Insider's business page. Most perceptions of private aviation inc...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, Air Travel, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Netflix, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Boeing


Southwest is reverting to its normal boarding policy and bringing back fan-favorite in-flight amenities

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. Chris Parypa Photography/shutterstock Southwest Airlines is restoring additional amenities to its in-flight drink service. Coke, Diet Coke, and 7UP will be offered to passengers instead of just ice water. Southwest is also resuming a normal boarding procedure with groups of 30 boarding at a time. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines flights are slowly returning to normal in preparation for the summer of vaccinated travel.A...
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I flew on Boeing 737 Max aircraft from United and American and found one airline to be a lot more transparent than the other - here's how the two compare

Boeing 737 Max aircraft of United Airlines and American Airlines. Drew Angerer/Getty and Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com American Airlines and United Airlines were the first US carriers to resume passenger flights on the Boeing 737 Max. I flew on Max aircraft from both airlines to see how each was handling the return to service. American did the least to inform flyers that they were booked on a Max while United was proactive. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The B...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Gogo, Miami, Aviation, Airlines, Boeing, Denver


I flew on Boeing 737 Max aircraft from United and American and found one airline to be a lot more transparent than the other - here's how the 2 compare

Boeing 737 Max aircraft of United Airlines and American Airlines. Drew Angerer/Getty and Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com American Airlines and United Airlines were the first US carriers to resume passenger flights on the Boeing 737 Max. I flew on Max aircraft from both airlines to see how each was handling the return to service. American did the least to inform flyers that they were booked on a Max while United was proactive. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The B...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Gogo, Miami, Aviation, Airlines, Boeing, Denver


See inside the first JetBlue plane with all-new Mint business class suites which are set to impress on upcoming flights to London

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321neo's with new Mint business class. Thomas Pallini/Insider JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first aircraft with the new Mint business class cabin. The private suites offer new fan-favorite amenities like direct aisle access and wireless charging. The long-awaited flights to London from the East Coast are slated to begin in the third quarter of 2021. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways' swanky new business class suites...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, News, Planes, Los Angeles, Trends, Transatlantic, Features, Flying, Airbus, Airlines, West Coast, East Coast