Hotel Alternatives: Booking Rental Homes For Travel

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares a few more websites that will help you rent a house or apartment for your next trip. Although AmEx Membership Rewards partner Airbnb may be the most popular rental site, several other websites offer a variety of rental options, as well. HomeAway, VRBO &…

Insider Series: What Flight Attendants Know About Passengers

Editor’s note about our Insider Series: TPG Contributor Carrie A. Trey shares some of her most interesting stories and perspectives in this Insider Series article. Please remember that Ms. Trey’s opinions and statements here are her’s and her’s only, and they do not reflect the opinions of the TPG Team. Disclaimer out of the way….please enjoy…

Insider Series: Should You Tip Your Flight Attendant?

Editor’s note about our Insider Series: TPG Contributor Carrie A. Trey shares some of her most interesting stories and perspectives in this Insider Series article. Please remember that Ms. Trey’s opinions and statements here are her’s and her’s only, and they do not reflect the opinions of the TPG Team. Disclaimer out of the way….please enjoy…

Insider Series: The Turbulent World of Flight Injury Law

Following last week’s news of a Southwest Airlines passenger who’d been hit on the head by a suitcase falling from an overhead bin suing the carrier for $49,000 in damages, the TPG Team was surprised to learn that there are whole law firms dedicated to airplane accident and flight injury cases. The Points Guy mentioned one such…

Mom and Baby Booted Off Frontier Flight For “Rudeness”

Crawling right behind Air Asia’s “Hot Watergate” and the Korean Air “‘nutroversy,” Tennessee mom Nicki Gazlay and her baby were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight yesterday for arguing with a flight attendant. Gazlay and her five-month-old son were boarding their connecting flight from Denver (DEN) to Memphis (MEM) when a flight attendant demanded Gazlay take her son out of…

Now Boarding: An Aviation-Themed Bar in L.A.

An exciting new cocktail bar has landed in Los Angeles, not too far from TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne. For all you fans of aviation history (and booze), here is her review.  Several miles north of LAX, Los Angeles now has a fun version of a first-class airport lounge that costs nothing to enter. Now Boarding, a new cocktail bar…

Passenger Sues Southwest for $49,000 After Getting Hit With Bag

Upon landing, plane passengers have come to expect a flight attendant warning them to open overhead bins carefully in case luggage has shifted during the journey. But what about before the flight? A man named Jeffery Reinhardt claims that during the boarding process on his recent Southwest Airlines flight from Portland (PDX) to Las Vegas (LAS),  he…

FCC Spanks Marriott for Blocking WiFi

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chastised Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) for its August 2014 petition seeking the FCC’s permission to block guests’ use of outside WiFi networks at Marriott properties. The petition specifically mentions that Wi-Fi blocking at meetings and conventions—where WiFi is rarely offered for free by the hotel chain—would be required to protect…

SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel

Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mournful occasion, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look back at SkyMall’s highs and lows—and offers some…

New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…