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Travel App Review: ClaimAir Uncomplicates Airline Compensation

September 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight delays and cancellations suck. Period. But since the U.S. government has levied guidelines on how airlines compensate travelers who experience flight disruptions, the situation has improved. Still, those strict rules and guidelines for payouts can be very confusing, and it's no wonder the casual flyer still has no clue what's due to them.

Luckily there's now an app for that.

Enter Claimair. This handy mobile app is basically the perfect flow chart if you have a cancelled flight, excessively delayed arrival, denied boarding, or facing lost baggage. So next time you're blood pressure is rising, step away from the gate and tap on this new app.

Start by choosing your flight inconvenience, then input flight details and answer a few questions directly in-app. ClaimAir will then display a result of what is due to you options on how to go about claiming it.

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The 5 Emotional Stages of Enduring a Flight Delay

January 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

January 2014 has been quite the banner month for travel disruptions, with thousands upon thousands of flights delayed or cancelled. And the month’s not even over yet!

On the bright side, at least all this weather-related trouble has likely toughened up casual flyers and instigated some good travel practices, like checking flight status before leaving for the airport and considering itineraries that avoid airports prone to winter weather warnings.

Still, there comes a point at which nothing more can be done but to endure the delay and hope Mother Nature rejoins your side. For times like those, we present the 5 stages of Flight Delays*

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It's Official, Just Blame Your Airline Delay Squarely on New York City

February 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you’re stuck in the terminal—or on the tarmac—with nowhere to go, there’s now officially someone to blame for your delay and disturbance. It’s actually not a person but more of a place, as it’s New York City that’s likely the spot causing all of the trouble.

The New York Times looked into the causes behind a lot of these airport and airplane inconveniences, and they found that the city’s busy air traffic and multiple airports are the places to blame. There’s been different flight plans from the FAA and even less planes overall thanks to the dip in the economy, but that still hasn’t helped the congestion up in the skies above the greater metropolitan area. Apparently the city’s three major airports—along with the airport in Philadelphia—accounted for around 12 percent of all the country’s domestic flights, but those few flights created like half of all delays.

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Is a Canceled Flight to Blame for Julianna Margulies' Odd Emmys Gown?

September 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Though she looked calm, cool, and collected at last night's Emmy Awards, Julianna Margulies had some drama getting from New York City to Los Angeles on Saturday.

During a red carpet interview, the Emmy winner told Ryan Seacrest, "There's a long story of how I got here, our flight was canceled, my husband (Keith Lieberthal) and I ended up in coach, sitting in the middle, away from each other...but we made it, and now we're having a good time." In an attempt to pay The Good Wife actress a compliment Ryan said, "You look as if you flew first class" and Julianna quickly replied, "no I like to fly coach...but y'know what, that should be everyone's problem."

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Where: Dallas-Fort Worth International [map], Dallas, TX, United States
January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours within the terminals of DFW Airport:

· Hit The Club:
For the extended layover it might just be worth it to plop down a few bucks to gain access to the airport’s very own club. The Club at DFW doesn’t require a pricey annual membership or elite frequent flier credentials, because as long as you’re willing to pay the entry fee you’re welcomed like a VIP.

Just $35 will get you access to the lounge, and you’ll be living the comfy life of a white collar corporate drone. Expect a lot of the usual airline lounge offerings here, including free drinks—both soft and hard—as well as snacks, newspapers, televisions, WiFi, and computers. There are even some shower facilities if you’re hanging out before or after a long-haul transatlantic flight. There’s even a separate smoking section within the lounge, which might be worth the price of admission if you’re dying for a smoke.

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The Worst Travel Experience Of 2010 Is...

December 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2010 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2011, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2010 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Nobody likes spending 7 hours on an airplane only to end up going nowhere. But that's exactly what went down in late 2009, and the public outcry over conditions inside airplanes stuck between their gates and the sky was loud enough to get the Tarmac Delay law passed, which officially went into effect in April. So in 2009, the worst travel experience would have been enduring an 8-hour-plus tarmac delay, but in 2010 it's the runaround of on-the-tarmac, back-to-the-gate, on-the-tarmac caused by the resulting delay law.

Although it's designed to help passengers essentially help captive in cramped conditions on planes, occasionally it's quite the nuisance. We've experience it firsthand when, while on a flight that sat for 3 hours at JFK, we had to return to the gate although the go-ahead for take-off came not 10 minutes after the plane went through the trouble of heading back. And what's more is that any passengers who wanted to get off, would be off for good. That's no good.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Detroit-Metro Airport

August 25, 2010 at 10:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours within the McNamara terminal at Detroit-Metro Airport:

· Sushi Stop:
Delta uses Detroit as a gateway to the East, so it’s not surprising that you can start your vacation or business trip with a little sushi right in the terminal. Sora has all your sashimi favorites, but they also have plenty of noodle bowls for those long cold Michigan winters. Prices are somewhat reasonable, but the best thing is that the place isn’t gross. There’s no prepackaged fake crab rolls here, and we’d even say it’s actually pretty darn good considering its location. It’s near gate A35 near the gates typically used for Tokyo-bound flights.

· Work On Your Fitness:
DTW's McNamara terminal makes the airport one of our favorites, but you still might want to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the terminal. During longer layovers make your way to the Westin hotel that’s right in the airport. It has its own entrance not too far from the center of Concourse A, and they’d be happy to have you inside to test out their treadmills, weights, and elliptical machines. Along with providing an escape from the terminal the hotel offers day passes to the gym for just $15. It’s worth it if you’re a little more ambitious than us—we’re usually the ones in line for a cookie and frappuccino.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Minneapolis-St. Paul

July 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, Terminal 1:

· Waking For Bacon:
For some reason we really enjoy breakfast at the airport, and it’s not just because there it’s more socially acceptable to drink a Blood Mary at 5:30am on a Tuesday. We’ve had our share of costly bacon and eggs, but one of our favorites is at French Meadow Bakery Café. Grab a seat facing airport traffic so you can watch people run to their gates and reunite with long lost business associates. Most of their options here are organic, so you can feel a little bit better about downing that order of eggs benedict.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Chicago-O'Hare

Where: O'Hare International Airport [map], Chicago, IL, United States
July 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport:

· Hit the Gym
Thanks to airportgyms.com, we know for sure that the Hilton Hotel attached to the airport (and accessible via a direct walkway from Terminal 2) offers a $15 day pass for use of the hotel gym. This includes their "very good weight room," an indoor pool, your typical gym machines and the sauna and steam room. Plus, the gym is open from 4:30am to 11pm on most days, meaning that even those with the most inconvenient layovers should be able to squeeze in some workout time here.

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The World's Largest Airline Now Solves Your Problems on Twitter

July 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some airlines like JetBlue and Virgin America were quick to join Twitter to help out passengers with questions, issues, and to just to be an online pal. Others like United Airlines offer up online-only flight deals in the form of what they have dubbed “Twares." And compared to all of these, the world’s largest airline has had a pretty generic personality in the world of social media until now.

Last week Delta introduced their newest online voice @DeltaAssist, and they’re hoping that this will serve as another tool to help you out when mechanical delays or Mother Nature leaves you stranded too far from home. The airline still wants you to call them up the old fashioned way to book travel or to argue about immediate disasters, but at least it’s a start.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson

June 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:

· Grab A Gourmet Meal:
One Flew South is definitely a little more pricey than the usual food court options, so it would be ideal to visit when traveling with a colleague responsible for picking up the bill. The place bills itself as having a “Southernational” menu, but some of their stronger points are their cocktails and sushi.

We’ve enjoyed their “Crunch Roll,” and have to say that the rice wine poached shrimp, cucumber, and bourbon eel sauce was delicious. The crunch comes from the puffed rice—AKA rice krispies—stuck to the outside. If you’re stuck at the airport and in need of a decent meal—with homemade chicken soup available during weather delays—this is the place. It’s in Concourse E.

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What Travelers Need To Know About Airport Tarmac Delay Rules

April 27, 2010 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

The complaining has paid off, and this week air travelers are finally getting something to save them from those dreaded tarmac delays. Things become official this Thursday, and here’s just some of the new rules you need to be familiar with before your next flight:

· Three Hours And You’re Out
Your flight needs to get up in the air in less than three hours. If delays cause you and your flight to sit on the ground for more than three hours, the airline has to let you back into the terminal or else there will be a pretty hefty fine. The punishments can run as high as $27,500 for each passenger onboard, but unfortunately the fine goes to the government and not the passengers.

More rules and regulations after the break...

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