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In Thailand: Tourism & the Elephant

George Hobica | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
George Hobica

Tourists come to Thailand for many reasons: genuine Thai cuisine, which uses authentic ingredients that never make it to U.S. shores; the friendly p...

Seat Redesign and Not for the Better

George Hobica | Posted 01.04.2015 | Travel
George Hobica

I normally try to avoid writing totally negative air travel posts, because, obviously, I want people to travel and fly. But this topic cannot be avoided, and I'll try to suggest some remedies.

Air Medical Evacuation Insurance Can Be a Life Saver

George Hobica | Posted 12.27.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Eddie Mikell thought he had planned the trip of a lifetime with his wife and another couple: renting a house for a week in the French countryside. But on the way from Paris Charles de Gaulle to their idyllic retreat last June, a truck clipped their rental car.

Whatever Happened to Those Folks Who Checked Bag Tags?

George Hobica | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

When I was a kid, back when everyone checked bags because there were no overhead bins at all (just racks for the coats and pillows, if you recall), there'd be someone at bag claim whose sole job it seemed was to compare your bag check tag with the claim check issued by the airline.

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

George Hobica | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Finding seats together when you fly isn't always easy these days unless you pay sometimes exorbitant fees for "main cabin extra," "economy plus," or other "preferred" economy seats because that's all that's available when booking a flight.

Carry-On Rules Revisited

George Hobica | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

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 for 25 years). But I sure got an earful.

Airlines Change the Carry-on Rules

George Hobica | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

American (as well as Delta and United) have fairly new carry-on bag limits, including a 14-inch maximum width -- and my bag is 15 inches wide, as are many carry-ons.

The Type Of Airfare Search Tools We Actually Need

George Hobica | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

To truly change the game, an airfare search site would have to do the following...

5 Reasons Why Disney World Is Better Than Ever

George Hobica | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Despite any downsides, Orlando -- and, quite specifically, Walt Disney World -- is the trip of a lifetime. You can pretend otherwise, but I'm not going to.

The Pros and Cons of TSA PreCheck

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Few things cause more frustration for air travelers than a seemingly endless line at airport security. Fortunately, resigning to an extra long wait (and the cumbersome task of unpacking nearly all of the contents of your carry-on) is slowly becoming a trend of the past.

How to Save Money When Booking Travel Online

U.S. News Travel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Finding a good price online (especially during the holiday season) requires diligence and patience, not to mention a great deal of savvy. To help you get the most bang for your buck on your next DIY travel booking, we talked to the experts.

What's Up With Code-Share Flights?

George Hobica | Posted 11.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

When booking international flights online, I increasingly find that the airline selling the fare isn't the airline actually flying the route. For example, I'll search for a flight on Orbitz.com and see that the lowest fare is sold by Lufthansa but the flight is flown by United. How can we avoid this situation and why do airlines do this in the first place?

A New Airline Called Star Alliance?

George Hobica | Posted 09.24.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

No, it's not a new airline. Here's the scoop.

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Airline Conundrums Answered

George Hobica | Posted 04.24.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering an interesting question about frequent flyer miles -- and is China really worth a trip?

Airfarewatchdog Answers More Of Your Vexing Airline Inquiries

George Hobica | Posted 04.13.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

What are the rules on flying with toddlers? And can investing really earn you a mountain of free frequent flyer miles?

Lessons and Fun at LA Times Travel Show

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Two Climbers on the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Climbing Wall (All photos by Terry Gardner) After bungy jumping in New Zealand last year, I thought th...