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Airlines seeking to snuff traveler rights?

The Trump Administration has made no secret of its disdain for government regulations, and the airline industry is now reportedly hoping the U.S. Transportation Department will eliminate a number of rules designed to protect passeng...

Spending money in other countries

Last year, Visa interviewed thousands of travelers across 27 countries and territories to produce its Global Travel Intentions (GTI) study. The report examines how people travel, where they are going and, since this is Visa, how they pay.

Big sendoff for Olympic athletes at SFO

Earlier today, United Airlines, the official airline of Team USA, sent 16 Olympic athletes, including members of the US freestyle ski team, to the Olympic Winter Games from San Francisco International Airport. United flight 893, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, pushed back from the gate at SFO at 10:45 a.m. Show More Summary

Lonely Planet dubs California's Redwood Coast the best U.S. place to visit in 2018

Travel publication Lonely Planet's newest pick for the best place to visit in 2018 is quite a bit closer than you might think.

Deal: $29 each way within California

Today Southwest Airlines kicked off a two-day flash sale focused on California. Discounts are good for flights to and from the Golden State, but the BEST deals are for intra-California flights-- many of which are just $29 each way, or $58 roundtrip.

An easier way to fly to Los Angeles or Las Vegas

JetSuiteX transports travelers from three Bay Area airports to Burbank and to Las Vegas at reasonable (but not cheap) fares but with service that's a cut above that of the major airlines.

Deal: Rome, $422 round trip, multiple carriers

There's never been a cheaper time for Bay Area travelers to get to Rome. That's because major carriers are deeply discounting fares to Rome to fight back against Norwegian Air. On Tuesday, Norwegian Air launches nonstops between Oakland and Rome-- the first nonstops we've ever seen between the two cities.

TSA adds more airlines to PreCheck

The latest airlines to join PreCheck are Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Philippine Airlines and World Atlantic (a charter carrier that operates under the name Caribbean Sun).

Shocking video shows close encounter with Frontier jet over Las Vegas

A dramatic drone video has emerged showing a close encounter with a Frontier Airlines jet approaching Last Vegas McCarran airport.

Routes: New Rome nonstops, El Al, United, Delta, Qantas, Ethiopian, Air Canada + more

In the latest route news, Rome nonstops start on Tuesday, El Al sets a starting date for new San Francisco-Tel Aviv service and United plans to change aircraft on some SFO international routes

Review: Turkish Airlines San Francisco-Istanbul

In December I flew on Turkish Airlines from San Francisco to Budapest via Istanbul in business class on a Boeing 777-300ER and a Boeing 737-800. It's the second time I've flown Turkish in the last few years and I'm still in awe of its...Show More Summary

United toughens policy on in-flight pets

Just a few days after United Airlines made headlines by telling a passenger that she couldn't bring her emotional support peacock on a flight out of Newark, the company has issued strict new rules for all emotional support animals – just like Delta Air Lines did recently.

A germophobe’s air travel guide

A new study from demonstrates why you might want to wear sanitary gloves at the airport. They swabbed the surfaces of six things at the airport and on airplanes at three big airports, and the results are a little scary.

Going for the Gold (status) with Best Western Rewards

Best Western Hotels & Resorts – which has 4,200 properties across 11 brands in more than 100 countries – is offering a "Fast Pass to Gold" elite status promotion for its Best Western Rewards program.

Progress report on United Polaris business class rollout

If you book a "Polaris business class" ticket on United, it's still much more likely that you'll get the old seat than the new one. But you will get the new Polaris service and soft product such as the Bloody Mary bar and blankets/pillows...Show More Summary

Inflight wi-fi getting faster, slowly but surely

The annual study of airline Wi-Fi service by Routehappy found that not only were more airlines offering in-flight Internet on more flights in 2017, but the quality of that service has improved considerably on some carriers as they move to next-generation satellite-based transmissions with greater speed and bandwidth.

Emotional support peacock pouts after United Airlines rejection

United Airlines is drawing media attention for telling a female passenger that she could not bring her emotional support animal onto a flight out of Newark – even though the passenger said she actually purchased a separate ticket for her companion.

The US dollar is tanking in Europe

The outlook is bright for travelers hoping to snag deals on flights to Europe this year, but there are clouds on the horizon. That's because the US dollar is weakening across the pond which will make the region a lot more expensive for Americans in 2018.

6 new hotels: Los Angeles, Napa, Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta, Nashville

Los Angeles has a new Kimpton ; a new hotel recently opened in downtown Napa, California; Hilton's Tru brand comes to Las Vegas Airport; Manhattan adds an Embassy Suites and a Fairfield Inn; Atlanta gets a new Omni; and an Art Deco building in Nashville is converted into a Hyatt affiliate.

Top U.S. cities to visit in 2018: Only 1 Bay Area city rates

San Francisco, you're no Greenville South Carolina. In what may seem to be a slight, Trip Advisor unveiled its list of 30 top cities to visit in 2018 and only one Bay Area town made the cut and it is not one with a Major League baseball team.

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