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George Hobica is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, a low airfare alert and air travel advice website. He is a nationally syndicated journalist who has written for Travel and Leisure, Good Housekeeping, Men's Health, Real Simple, and other publications, and is a regular guest on broadcast and cable TV, NPR, and local TV and radio stations.

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Does Every Nation Need Its Very Own Airline?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:12 PM

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In light of Malaysia's recent re-nationalisation of its flag carrier, that's a question posed this week by The Economist and the answer seems to be no. It's a question I've often asked myself, and I've come to the same conclusion, along...

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Flying With Someone? You May Have to Pay Extra to Sit Together

(55) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:25 PM

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When David Masunaga flew on United Airlines from Honolulu to Paris recently, a passenger traveling with his young son asked if he wouldn't mind switching seats. As is often the case these days, the father and child couldn't get seat assignments together, and...

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Turn Your Next Layover Into a Mini-Vacation at the 15 Best Airport Hotels

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Gone are the days when an airport hotel was little more than a purgatory for delayed passengers. Lavish spas, gorgeous restaurants and enticing décor are making overnight layovers into big fun. Here are 15 great hotels that'll take the sting out of any extended airport visit.

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Three U.S. Airlines Will Still Fly You on a Competitor If There's a Snafu

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:44 AM

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Prior to 1978, in the event of a delay or flight cancellation all U.S. airlines were required to offer transportation on a competitor's next flight out if that flight would get the passenger to their destination sooner. Airlines were even required to put...

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Are Airline Pet Fees Justified? Passengers Say No, But There Are Costs Involved

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:30 PM

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Pet lovers (and I'm one of them) are sometimes outraged by the fees airlines charge ($250 round-trip on many U.S. airlines) to bring pets in the cabin and in the cargo hold. And they're not too happy that the pet...

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Carry-on Rules Revisited

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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Well it certainly was interesting last week when I posted this about changes to the airlines' carry-on bag policies. I'd never heard from the United and Delta media relations people before (hey, I've only been writing and/or tweeting about air travel...

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Airlines Change the Carry-on Rules

(25) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Recently I had a very unpleasant surprise in the TSA line at New York's JFK airport. No, they did not do a touchy-feely pat-down or confiscate something.

Just before actually getting to the TSA agent's podium, a red-jacketed person (who I believe was hired by American Airlines as a subcontractor...

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5 Very Good Reasons Why I'm Not On Board With Uber

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 8:34 PM

It's common practice in the tech world to rush your product to market, picking up the pieces as you go. This works fine when you're in the business of selling ideas, or soft-serve ice cream delivery (somebody do this, please), or artisanal organic laundry service. Get it out there, apologize...

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Wake Me When There's a Real Airfare Search Disrupt Site

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:39 PM

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And they keep on coming! More and more airfare search sites and tools. They're all great, don't get me wrong, but they're all quite similar, and use the same airfare data. Hopper, Adioso, Hipmunk, Google Flights, and all the ones that came before....

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5 Reasons Why Disney World Is Better Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:51 PM

It's easy for us adults to get bogged down in the aspects of an Orlando visit that we'd rather not have to endure -- the less magical things about the city, if you will. If you don't do a bit of planning, or you're forced into going at the same...

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Miss Your Connection? Here's $500 For Your Pain

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Air travel mishaps--misconnections, delays, lost bags-- happen every day, and although there's travel insurance to protect you against some things, and government regulations or airline policies offer compensation for certain problems like lost bags and involuntary bumping, for many scenarios you're on your own. For example, there's no government or...

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Hooray for Hollywood! 5 Icons Beyond the Walk of Fame

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:05 PM

As a resident of Los Angeles, I'm always surprised to hear people speaking poorly of the "Hollywood" experience, as if a few persistent buskers and a bad wax museum near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue actually define the entire neighborhood. That would be like writing off midtown...

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Suprising Facets of an East African Safari

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:49 PM

I had never been to Africa before in all my years of traveling, and never on a safari. When given the opportunity, I didn't exactly jump on it. I'm not sure why. Was it the vaccinations, the visas or the long flights to Nairobi (we flew on British Airways through...

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Which Airline Has the Rudest (or Nicest) Flight Attendants?

(298) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:27 PM

You're probably not going to be terribly surprised by the results of the latest Airfarewatchdog.com reader poll.

The truth is, at least in my experience, most flight attendants are "nice" at least if you're nice to them. Pour on the charm, and they'll respond. That's not always the case, but...

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How to Make Your Flight Attendant Like (Maybe Even Love) You

(35) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Maybe you don't want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it's their job to be nice; you're the customer, they're the employee. But if you're good to them, they'll be extra nice to you. So here's how to charm them.

1. Say hello!...

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12 Tips For Finding The Best Airfares

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:52 PM

No question about it, airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago, although Airfarewatchdog airfare searchers frequently find hundreds of fares crisscrossing the country for $250 or less round-trip. And even though fares seem higher, let's not forget that, adjusted for inflation, most fares...

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Your Travel Questions Answered

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 2:16 PM

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Q: I am trying to decide the best month to fly to Ireland this fall. Is September or October a better month? Is the train a practical and enjoyable way to see the country? Does the rail system also include Northern...

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Can't We At Least Acknowledge Each Other When We Fly?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:57 PM

We've all experienced it when flying. You sit in the tin can for three, four, maybe even 12 hours and you completely ignore the people sitting next to you. As in not a word. No eye contact. Not even when getting up from your window seat to use the lav,...

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Why First Class Is (and Isn't) Worth the Extra Money

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Recently on Twitter, one of my followers responded to this article about getting a better seat when you fly. True enough, he was tweeting from a first class seat on @AmericanAir for which he paid the economy class fare of $124 plus a $90 upgrade on a flight...

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How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:43 PM

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other carriers. Changing or canceling an international airfare can cost much more. But there are ways of avoiding the fees, and...

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