News : Travel Related: American Airlines American is the first airline to fly out of New York LaGuardia in the morning, with flights scheduled to push back before 6am, even though they can’t actually take to the air before the 6am, according to thought leader in travel, View From The Wing. He says “As far as I can tell only American schedules LaGuardia departures before 6 a.m. While it’s desirable to get out ahead of other airlines to be first in the departure queue at the crowded airport, those flights push back and… wait. It’s unclear to me the benefit of pushing back more than 5 and 10 minutes early.” American apparently has two flights scheduled to depart before the 6 a.m. curfew: While he questions the benefits of push back first, American Airlines spokesperson Justin Franco says: “We set these departure times for mainly two reasons. The first one is ensure that once the curfew expires we are at the top of the queue for runway departure. … [Read more...] about Why Is American The First Airline To Fly Out Of New York?
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If you plan to fly with your favorite board to catch gnarly surf, get ready for a wild ride — financially, that is. Many airlines charge $100 or more each way to take surfboards as checked baggage. A few charge nothing. So check it out before you check it in. And be glad you’re not a professional surfer. “It’s mind-blowing how expensive it is to travel with surfboards,” said Hawaiian pro surfer Fred Patacchia Jr. “I just recently went to Europe on American Airlines and was charged $150 per board, traveling with nine boards. You do the math. The surfboard charge was more than my ticket cost.” Delta, he added, charged him $200 a board for a flight in October from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, when he checked three boards. Airlines say they charge service fees for surfboards because they require special handling. “They tend to be much larger items and are somewhat oddly shaped, which makes it more work to fit them into the belly of aircraft … [Read more...] about More for Your Money: Flying with a surfboard
The treehouse in Sweden looked divine: a spherical flying saucer twinkling from a snow-coated pine forest. On the property's slick website, meals were cast as "Swedish delicacies" and adventures such as dog-sledding and dinner in an ice hut looked dreamy. The destination had been reviewed glowingly by the Guardian, Travel + Leisure and Architectural Digest. This, and the hotel's listing on the boutique hotel booking site Mr. & Mrs. Smith, convinced me that this remote spot near the Arctic Circle would make a thrilling vacation for my family of four. Boy, was I wrong. We had booked the property's newest treehouse, slated to be complete in time for our December visit. It wasn't. Since flights were paid for, we opted for the property's guesthouse. When we turned up, my heart sank. The guesthouse was a timeworn hostel tricked out with 1930s-era lingerie and dusty vintage shoes. The low-rent boudoir theme extended to our rooms: peeling wallpaper, musty curtains and ancient table lamps … [Read more...] about Learn how to pivot from a bad travel situation
As the 3-1 Bruins return to TD Garden for Saturday night’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils — the team’s first regular season game in the venue since last year’s Stanley Cup Finals — a normally joyous occasion has been overshadowed by a roiling controversy concerning fans and their fannies. The replacement earlier this year of seats throughout the arena — as well as the addition of 500 new spots — has left many fuming over the suddenly cramped quarters. In recent days, countless fans have voiced their seat-size-related frustrations, filling social media with complaints about discomfort and nonexistent legroom and, in some cases, threatening to boycott the Garden altogether. “I expect it when I fly on Spirit Airlines,” said Dan Rosa of Lexington, a clinical psychologist and Bruins season-ticket holder for more than 25 years. “I don’t expect it when I go to the Garden.” In a statement this week, TD … [Read more...] about At TD Garden, fans are feeling the squeeze