United 777

Nine US Senators Demand Airlines Provide Cash Refunds

There has been a lot of frustration among consumers when it comes to how airlines have been handling cancellations in light of COVID-19. Even in situations where airlines cancel flights, in many cases there has been no option to get a cash refund, but…

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Filed Under: Travel
Silo Hotel Cape Town – 59

Credit Card Disputes For Travel Purchases: Will They Work?

There are all kinds of benefits to making purchases with credit cards over other forms of payment -- you can earn rewards, you get fraud protection, you can dispute charges, and with some cards you even get purchase protection and other travel coverage.…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Taiwan Flight Attendants

Flight Crews In Taiwan Will Wear Protective Gear

Taiwan has just taken flight crew protection to a whole new level... Over the past couple of months we've seen airlines slowly roll out protections for crews. The reality is that flight attendants are at among the highest risk of getting COVID-19 (in…

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American Economy

American Airlines’ Bizarre $16 Fares

I'm going to write about an airfare deal not because I think people should take advantage of it (quite to the contrary, they shouldn't -- stay home, people), but rather because I find this pricing strategy to be rather unusual. With demand for travel…

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Thai Airways First Class Lounge – 51

10 Of My Funniest Travel Memories

I feel like we could all use some humor at this point, given that many of us haven't really left our homes in over two weeks. I figured I'd dig through the over 13 years or archives here at OMAAT to bring you some of my most amusing firsthand travel…

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Filed Under: Humor, Travel
Norwegian Cruises

Norwegian Told Cruisers Not To Worry About Coronavirus

Florida's Attorney General is looking into claims that Norwegian Cruise Line instructed employees to mislead consumers about the risks of coronavirus. It goes without saying that along with the rest of the travel industry (and much of the world, for…

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Beijing Daxing Airport 3

China Bans Foreigners, Restricts International Flights

How times have changed. In early February the US essentially introduced a China travel ban, preventing foreign nationals who had been to China recently from entering the US, and more. Well, the tables have turned, and now China has introduced significant…

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Las Alcobas Napa Valley – 30

Should You Plan Future Travel Right Now?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is daydreaming at the prospect of getting on a plane. At this point I'd be giddy about a middle seat in the last row on a Spirit Airlines flight taking me to a Holiday Inn Express just off an interstate. I continue to…

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Salon Icare Paris Orly Airport – 27

Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories

The situation is changing by the hour, and while there will be worldwide social and economic fallout from this pandemic, the impacts on the travel industry are far-reaching. If you're looking for information and updates on the virus itself, please check…

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Iga Lounge Istanbul Airport – 19

Need Help Finding Flights Home? We Can (Try To) Help!

It's been a complicated few weeks for air travel, to put it mildly, and we're hearing a lot of stories from people who are in the middle of a trip, or otherwise trying to get home, and are being stymied by the constantly changing flight schedules and…

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Jewel Singapore Changi – 6

US Issues Level 4 Advisory For All International Travel

This isn't unexpected, but the US Department of State has just issued a Level 4 ("Do Not Travel") advisory for all international travel. With this, US citizens are advised not to travel internationally, and if they're outside the US, they should arrange…

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Iberia A340

Guayaquil Mayor Blocks Runway To Stop Rescue Flights

As flights between various countries are being canceled due to new immigration restrictions and border closures, we're seeing quite a few airlines offering repatriation flights, to bring home citizens. Both Iberia and KLM flew planes to Ecuador yesterday…

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Scarlet Lady

What Happens To Crews Of Docked Cruise Ships?

As I’ve written about a couple of times, one of the things that I like most about living in Miami is that I get to watch planes fly overhead all day, given how close the city is to the airport. That gets especially interesting with some of the…

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Air France Klm Lounge Toronto – 30

Canada Is Closed

The Canadian government has now issued an official advisory to Canadians recommending that we avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. Let’s take a look at what that might mean for your upcoming trip and, if you want to cancel,…

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Calala Island Transfer – 29

How To Get To Calala Island (Brace Yourself)

It's time to review my recent stay at Calala Island, though I first want to write a separate installment about getting to Calala Island. Why? Because as Ford described it to me while we were on our way there, "this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Travel
Planes

EC261 & Coronavirus: Does It Apply?

The European Union has the most passenger friendly regulations anywhere in the world, which comes in the form of their EC261 policy. EC261 applies to: Flights departing from a European Union airport on any airline Flights traveling to a European Union…

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Brussels Airlines A330

Video: Flight Attendant Slaps Passenger, Gets Punched

Is it sad when an onboard confrontation is almost a welcome change of pace from the usual news cycle at this point? Some might see an onboard confrontation, but my first thought is "look, they're on a plane... I'm jealous." Anyway, a video of what happened…

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Filed Under: Brussels, Travel
Ritz Carlton Tokyo – 19

Travel Blogging In A Time Without Travel

Obviously the current global situation is having huge impacts on virtually every aspect of our society. While airlines were perhaps the first to be hit hard, this truly affects almost everyone in a negative way. I've had a lot of readers ask what this…

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Filed Under: Travel