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South West Airlines

Southwest Airlines was the original low-cost carrier when it began service in 1971. Its business model, providing basic no frills service (no premium classes or pre-selected seats), have given it a better profit margin than legacy carriers. In fact, it is one of the world’s most profitable airlines. This has led to passenger-friendly practices like free baggage checking and free snacks and beverages. Read Full Review

United Airlines

fter it completes a recently -announced merger with Continental Airlines, United will be the largest airline in the world. It has hubs and focus cities in the US and as far away as Tokyo. The airline began in the late 1920s as a mail carrier service. It began to carry passengers in the early 1930s, making it one of the first commercial airlines in the world. By the 1960s, United was the largest carrier in the world and had routes that covered the entire US. Read Full Review

American Airlines

American Airlines is a true giant of the industry in terms of its size, reach and the number of passengers it serves. It operates a large number of flights to and from some of America’s most important cities and also has regular flights Europe, Latin America and Asia. AA is not usually recognized for its quality or customer friendliness, but it is generally on-par with other gigantic legacy carriers in the US (ranking below Continental and above Delta in a recent JD Power and Associates survey). American has respected business class service and lots of miles-earning options. Read Full Review

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines became the largest airline in the world when it merged with Northwest Airlines. It also has the largest reach of any US airline, offering service to six continents. The airline now has 10 hubs located around the world, including Europe and Asia. This global reach is only part of the picture however. Delta is known for not being the most user-friendly airline. Delays are commonplace and customer service can sometimes be lacking. Before Northwest became part of Delta, it suffered from similar problems. Read Full Review

Best Eco Hotel Chains

Best Eco Hotel Chains

Not long ago, people who wanted to stay in an environmentally friendly hotel had to find their sleeping spot in an obscure, out of the way inns.  Or else they would simply have to pitch a tent.  Over the past decade or so, modern boutique-style hotels have incorporated Read More…

Lindsey Andrews on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | 9 comments

The Secret Lives of Air Marshals

The Secret Lives of Air Marshals

Do you know who you’re sitting next to on the plane? How do you know that he or she is who they appear to be? Relax; sometimes that’s a good thing. That’s because that sly character sitting next to you could very well be an air marshal, and Read More…

Lindsey Andrews on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | 3 comments

Most Luxurious Hotel Rooms

Most Luxurious Hotel Rooms

It’s been said that “getting there is half the journey,” but that still leaves the glass half full. That’s why where you stay plays such a huge role in your experience. How much journeying can you really do when the twin bed fills up half the hotel room? Read More…

Lindsey Andrews on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | 12 comments

Making Holiday Travel Work for You

Making Holiday Travel Work for You

There’s no way to put this lightly… the holidays are hectic. Between social gatherings, family drama, shopping, cooking, and, especially, traveling the responsibilities never end. The only way to get through it all and not lose your mind is to stay organized. We’ll try to arm you with Read More…

Lindsey Andrews on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 | 6 comments