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Past articles by Michael Y.:

United and Expedia end their feud and form a new agreement

United Airlines and Expedia aren’t getting a divorce. In fact, the Chicago-based airline and the Bellevue, Washington-based online travel agency have not only buried the hatchet — they’ve agreed to work on even more projects together over the coming years. “Expedia Group announces today that it has signed a new, multi-year agreement with United Airlines, … → Read More

TPG Special Report: The Best and Worst US Airports of 2019

Where you begin and end a journey can mean the difference between a wonderful trip and a terrible one, and that often means the airport. And there’s a wide spectrum when it comes to US airports. There are airports that have invested heavily in their restaurants and services and arguably become worthwhile destinations unto themselves. On … → Read More

Why Tourists Shouldn't Be Worried About Visiting Puerto Rico Right Now

Following protests, there are now raucous parties celebrating the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in Puerto Rico. Is it safe for summer tourists? → Read More

Why I Loved JetSmarter — Until I Didn’t

The email held out the promise that Bryce Bayens would be taking his flying to the next level, going from sitting in commercial jets over a bag of cold nuts to hobnobbing over flutes of Champagne with the rich and the famous on private aircraft. The price? One dollar. Three months later, Bayens decided to … → Read More

This Guy Wants to Bring Pogo-Sharing to the World, and It's Not a Joke

Cities around the world are seeing their street corners increasingly cluttered with rentable bicycles, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters and mopeds. Now there’s a man in Sweden who wants to shake it all up by introducing a new vehicle to the ride-sharing market: pogo sticks. Yes, pogo sticks, the preferred ride of cartoon coyotes. Except that it’s … → Read More

Global Entry Interviews Are Being Canceled so Officials Can Be Sent to the Mexican Border

US customs officials are being sent to the southern border, creating problems for the Global Entry process. → Read More

Why Your Favorite Restaurant May Soon Charge You More for Paying With a Credit Card

If you’ve dined out in the state of New York recently, you might have noticed that your bill was higher than you’re used to. And it may have been thanks to an extra line besides the usual tax and tip: a surcharge for paying for your meal with a credit card instead of cash. Credit … → Read More

You Can Still Go to Cuba as an American—But There's a Catch

The adventure tour company Intrepid Travel is tweaking its Hola Cuba trip so that it stays within the bounds of the recent ban on most US travel to Cuba, which effectively ended the majority of trips by Americans, stopped cruise visits and upended the plans of countless businesses. → Read More

LAX Wants to Turn the Iconic Theme Building Into Part of an Airport Hotel

The airport wants to do something with its iconix, and now nearly unused,Theme Building. → Read More

How to Fly With an Implant or Prosthetic Device

It can be hard enough to get around with a prosthetic device or certain implants, but the realities of present-day air travel can make flying a particular challenge. → Read More

Mystery Disease Kills Texas Couple Vacationing in Fiji

A healthy young American couple have died suddenly while on vacation in Fiji, according to the US State Department. David and Michelle Paul, of Fort Worth, Texas, were on a long-anticipated vacation on the tropical island when they came down with an illness one day before they were to fly home. Whatever they were stricken … → Read More

US Bans the Most Common Way for Americans to Visit Cuba, Ends Visits by Cruise Ship

The Treasury Department is ending a nearly two-decade-old program that has been the most common way for Americans to legally visit Cuba, meaning that recreational trips to the island nation will now be illegal. “It means American travelers will find it much more difficult to go to Cuba and see for themselves what’s going on … → Read More

How Bad Will This Summer Be for Flying?

What do travelers have to look forward to this summer besides surf, sun and fun? How about record-breaking air traffic, Instagrammably long lines at the airport and a new jet that was supposed be the workhorse of domestic routes but instead ended up being grounded for months. Summer of hell? On paper, it sound like … → Read More

TSA Now Allows Some CBD Products, Medications Derived From Marijuana to Fly

Under the new rules, marijuana and some cannabis-infused goods are still verboten, but FDA-approved medications and those made with hemp-derived CBD are OK. → Read More

Will You Be Winner or Victim in a Transatlantic Fare War When JetBlue Flies to London?

One analysis estimates fares between New York and London and Boston and London will drop by about 12% across the board. → Read More

Next Arrival on the Board at Tel Aviv Airport: The Moon

Flyers passing through Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel today may notice an unusual scheduled landing on the arrivals board: Flight IAI Space, scheduled to land at 10pm, Tel Aviv time. Destination: Moon, Terminal 3. It’s the airport’s way of celebrating the historic moon landing of the unmanned Beresheet spacecraft, which is scheduled to touch down in the Sea of Serenity at 3:05pm… → Read More

Here's Why the Public Announcements You Hear on the Way to the Airport May Sound Familiar

Even when the voice that accompanies you to your flight is anonymous, though, it can seem oddly familiar, even in the most unexpected places. → Read More

Sirona M SensorSafe 2.0 Car Seat: A Safe Bet?

There’s little that brings more peace of mind to a parent who’s driving his or her baby around than knowing that the wee one is safe and sound in their car seat (preferably, sleeping). That’s why Cybex introduced the Sirona M SensorSafe 2.0, a car seat that integrates directly into your car’s systems and gives you an update on your child’s body temperature — which, as any parent who’s driven… → Read More

Computer Systems Outage Briefly Disrupts Several Airlines

A malfunction in a widely used system for selling tickets to airline passengers briefly fouled up flights and reservations Tuesday, but was fixed within minutes, according to reports. Those affected including American Airlines, with further reports of problems at JetBlue and Alaska Airlines. The error seem to have originated with computer systems by Sabre, a Texas-based company. “Earlier today,… → Read More

Mesa Airlines Flight Attendant Held by ICE Has Been Freed

Selene Saavedra Roman, the Mesa Airlines flight attendant and Dreamer immigrant, has been freed from a detention facility in Texas, according to her husband. “She just called me with tears in her eyes and said, ‘I’m out,'” her husband, David Watkins, said over the phone. Thousands of Americans, from fellow flight attendants to former presidential candidate and secretary of state Hillary Clinton… → Read More