Archive for May, 2007

Travel Tips from Paul Kedrosky

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Paul Kedrosky has an insightful blog, usually about biz, but Paul offered up some great travel tips last year. Here are are few from his blog post (Paul stuff in italics).

When going through airport security avoid lines containing vehicles (i.e., infants in strollers, or oldsters in wheelchairs). Both tend to be highly unpredictable.

(Whoops – actually I don’t agree with this one – better to count people in the line since chairs take up more space and get through faster in general due to priorities for the TSA folks)

Print your boarding pass at home/office before the flight. Automated terminals at airport tendly, preventing you from getting on a flight that you could have otherwise made.

EXCELLENT TIP – learn how to PRINT YOUR PASSES !

Look to the front of Customs lines to find ones sharing officers. Entry in Vancouver, Canada, is the best example, where the far left station shares offices were with two and sometimes three other people. You can have huge lines, and still get through faster there.

Get a seat early via the phone, and then ask for another seat at airport.

There are often power outlets at hidden seats behind the check-in counter.

You can often get free WiFi by sitting on your suitcase outside airlines’ premium lounges.

Provide short, monosyllabic, and polite answers to Customs Officers’ questions. Be sure to smile that wan, just-landed-after-a-12-hour-flight smile the whole time.

Always ask when renting cars if the outlet is at the airport. Not all airlines companies maintain airport offices at all airports, and discovering that during a last-minute, unexpected bus ride is a giant pain-in-the-ass.

NOTE that you may need to allow up to an hour to return your car and make it back to Airport when the return building is far away, as with BWI.

I’d add that airport stays do not have to be stressful and painful. Have some fun. If you travel regularly to a particular Airport get to know it better, find a few nice restaurants or lounges that you like. If your flights don’t line up perfectly (as is usual) just take some “down time” for a nice meal, catching up on email, or idle web surfing. You can have a good time even when the surroundings are stressful if you focus on things you do regularly and enjoyably.

Airport and Airline News from the past week

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

A summary of the week’s “airports” news stories is available HERE.

Airline travel news stories of the past week are HERE.

Today’s big story, based on the attention from the TV news, is the quarantine of a man who travelled with a rare strain of Tuberculosis. It’s not known if he infected any other passengers on the two? flights he took from Europe to USA.

Despite the hysteria surrounding this story it’s very important to note how safe airline travel has become, and how unlikely you are to be infected by *anything* or get in any form of crash.

Airline Travel is extremely safe. Don’t forget that fact.

Airport Websites

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Here is a condensed list of Airline websites and phone numbers. 
For a longer, more comprehensive list of Airlines see the link below


Aeroflot .................... 888-340-6400

Aeromexico .................. 800-237-6639

Air Canada .................. 888-247-2262

Air China ................... 800-982-8802

Air Europa .................. 888-238-7672

Air France .................. 800-237-2747

Air India ................... 800-223-7776

Air New Zealand ............. 800-262-1234

Air Portugal ................ 800-221-7370

AirTran Airways ............. 800-AIR-TRAN

Alaska Airlines ............. 800-426-0333

Alitalia .................... 800-223-5730

All Nippon Airways .......... 800-235-9262

Aloha Air ................... 800-367-5250

America West Airlines ....... 800-235-9292

American Airlines ........... 800-433-7300

Austrian Airlines ........... 800-843-0002

Bangkok Airways ............. 866-226-4565

British Airways ............. 800-247-9297

Cathay Pacific Airways ...... 800-233-2742

China Airlines .............. 800-227-5118
China Eastern Airlines ...... 800-200-5118
China Southern .............. 888-338-8988

Continental Airlines ........ 800-525-0280

Czech Airlines ..(east coast) 800-223-2365
Czech Airlines ...(west,mw).. 800-628-6107

Delta Air Lines ............. 800-221-1212

DHL WorldWide Express ....... 800-225-5345

Dragon Air .................. 800-842-9911

Egyptair .................... 800-334-6787

El Al Israel Airlines ....... 800-223-6700

Emirates Air ................ 800-777-3999



Frontier Airlines ........... 800-432-1359

Hawaiian Airlines ........... 800-367-5320

Hooters Air ................. 888-359-4668

Horizon Air ................. 800-547-9308

Iberia ...................... 800-772-4642

Icelandair .................. 800-223-5500

Indian Airlines .............

Interstate Jet .............. 877-359-4538

Japan Airlines .............. 800-525-3663

JetBlue Airways ............. 800-538-2583

KLM ......................... 800-374-7747

Korean Air .................. 800-438-5000

Kuwait Airways .............. 800-458-9248

Lufthansa ................... 800-645-3880

Mesa Airlines ............... 800-637-2247

Mesaba Airlines ............. 800-225-2525

Mexicana .................... 800-531-7921

Northwest Airlines .......... 800-225-2525

Pakistan Intl Airline ....... 800-221-2552

Pan Am ...................... 800-359-7262

Philippine Airlines ......... 800-435-9725

Polynesian Airlines ......... 800-644-7659

Phnom Penh Airways ..........

Qantas Airways .............. 800-227-4500

Royal Jordanian Airlines..... 800-223-0470

Ryanair.com .................

Ryan International Airlines . 800-727-0457

SAS Scandinavian Airlines ... 800-221-2350

Saudia Arabian Airlines ..... 800-472-8342

Singapore Airlines .......... 800-742-3333

Song Delta Air .............. 800-359-7664

Southwest Airlines .......... 800-435-9792

Sun Country Airlines ........ 800-752-1218

SWISS ....................... 877-359-7947

Thai Air .................... 800-426-5204

Tower Air Greece ............

Turkish Airlines ............ 800-874-8875

Ukraine Intl Airlines ....... 800-876-0114

United Airlines ............. 800-241-6522

US Airways .................. 800-428-4322

USAir Shuttle ............... 800-428-4322

Virgin Atlantic ............. 800-862-8621

Virgin Blue .................

World Airways ............... 800-967-5350

For smaller Airline Websites try this Airline websites list

Tracking Germs on Flights

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Purdue University (USA) has been working on a system that will track contaminants using mathematical models and sensors on aircraft. The idea is to isolate/locate infectious or dangerous chemicals and identify the passenger who could potentially cause problems.

In addition to the great value of stemming the movement of contagious viruses or explosives, this type of approach has a potentially troublesome downside in terms of privacy since the Government screening agency is going to be secretly collecting critical information from law abiding citizens. However as with most of these things you need to balance the benefits with the costs.

Air Travel – prohibited items. Brass knuckles to checked baggage please…

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

When you pack for your next airplane trip it’s a good idea to quickly scan the TSA list of prohibited items. As a general rule you’ll want to pack things in your checked luggage rather than your carry-on because the rules are less restrictive.

I was very surprised how many things are allowed in checked baggage. Billy Clubs, Brass Knuckles, and Nanchukas are all OK !? Generally you’ll want to keep any flammable items at home.

Security Tips from TSA

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Buried in the bloated TSA Website is this key rule for carry-ons at Airports.
Note that the rules for liquids follow, but even simpler is this:

Carry-on ONLY tiny liquid bottles in a SINGLE, clear, quart zip top bag.

This is the TSA’s instruction set for liquids on planes:

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Prescription medications, baby formula and milk (when traveling with an infant or toddler) are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Airline Phone Numbers

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This is an old list but most should still be correct. Note almost all of these Airlines have toll free numbers. I’ll try to update this soon with the many new discount airlines cropping up all over the world:

A O M French Airlines ……. 800-892-9136
Access Air ……………… 877-462-2237
Aces …………………… 800-846-2237
Action Air Lines ………… 800-243-8623
Aer Lingus ……………… 800-223-6537
Aero California …………. 800-237-6225
Aeroejecutivo SA-DE-CV …… 800-735-5396
Aeroflot ……………….. 800-995-5555
Aeroflot Cargo Sales …….. 800-506-5544
Aerolineas Argentinas ……. 800-333-0276
Aeromar ………………… 800-950-0747
Aeromexico ……………… 800-237-6639
Aeropostal ……………… 888-912-8466
Air Afrique …………….. 800-456-9192
Air Antillean …………… 800-327-7230
Air ALM ………………… 800-327-7197
Air Aruba ………………. 800-882-7822
Air Aurora ……………… 800-443-0478
Air Caledonia …………… 800-677-4277
Air Canada ……………… 800-630-3299
Air China ………………. 800-986-1985
Air Cruise America ………. 800-359-3237
Air Europa ……………… 888-238-7672
Air Fiji ……………….. 800-677-4277
Air France ……………… 800-237-2747
Air Guadeloupe ………….. 800-522-3394
Air India ………………. 800-223-7776
Air Inter-French Airlines … 800-237-2747
Air Jamaica …………….. 800-523-5585
Air Montreal ……………. 800-561-4270
Air Madagascar ………….. 800-821-3388
Air Margarita …………… 800-326-0339
Air Mauritius …………… 800-537-1182
Air Metro ………………. 800-871-1000
Air Moldova International … 800-445-3866
Air Namibia …………….. 800-361-6210
Air Nauru ………………. 800-998-6287
Air Nevada ……………… 800-634-6377
Air New Zealand …………. 800-262-1234
Air North Airlines ………. 800-764-0407
Air Pacific …………….. 800-227-4446
Air Panama ……………… 800-272-6262
Air Paraguay ……………. 800-677-7771
Air Sedona ……………… 800-535-4448
Air Seychelles ………….. 800-677-4277
Air Sunshine ……………. 800-327-8900
Air Trails ……………… 800-245-9100
AirTran Airways …………. 800-AIR-TRAN
Air UK …………………. 800-249-2478
Air Ukraine …………….. 800-857-2463
Air Virginia ……………. 800-446-7834
Air Vantage …………….. 800-279-9383
Air Vanuatu …………….. 800-677-4277
Air Vegas ………………. 800-255-7474
Air Wisconsin …………… 800-241-6522
Air Zaire ………………. 800-442-5114
Air Zimbabwe ……………. 800-742-3006
Airatlantic Airlines …….. 800-223-5552
Airianka ……………….. 800-421-9898
Alaska Airlines …………. 800-426-0333
Alliance Air ……………. 800-237-4226
Alitalia ……………….. 800-223-5730
All Nippon Airways ………. 800-235-9262
Aloha Air ………………. 800-367-5250
Ambassadair …………….. 800-225-9919
America West Airlines ……. 800-235-9292
American Airlines ……….. 800-433-7300
American Trans Air ………. 800-225-2995
Amerijet International Inc. . 305-593-5500
Ansett Australia Airlines … 800-366-1300
Asiana Airlines …………. 800-227-4262
Atkin Air ………………. 800-924-2471
Atlantic Airlines ……….. 800-879-0000
Atlas Air ………………. 800-462-2012
Austrian Airlines ……….. 800-843-0002
Avensa/Servivensa Airlines .. 800-428-3672
Avianca ………………… 800-284-2622
Aviateca Guatemala ………. 800-535-4148
Avioimpex – Interimpex …… 800-713-2622
B A S Airlines ………….. 800-245-3248
Bahamas Air …………….. 800-222-4262
Balair/CTA ……………… 800-322-5247
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines … 800-852-0944
Baltic Intl Airlines …….. 800-548-8181
Bemidji Airlines ………… 800-332-7133
Big Sky Airlines ………… 800-237-7788
Blue Pacific Air ………… 800-600-0082
Branson Airlines ………… 800-442-4247
British Airways …………. 800-247-9297
British Midland …………. 800-788-0555
Buffalo Airways …………. 800-268-2944
Business Express Airlines … 800-345-3400
BWIA International ………. 800-327-7401
Canada 3000 …………….. 888-226-3000
Canadian Air Intl ……….. 800-426-7000
Cape Air ……………….. 800-352-0714
Casino Airlines …………. 888-227-1177
Cathay Pacific Airways …… 800-233-2742
Cayman Airways ………….. 800-441-3003
Century Airlines ………… 800-541-0410
Chart Air San Juan ………. 800-237-1101
Chautauqua Airlines ……… 800-428-4322
China Airlines ………….. 800-227-5118
China Eastern Airlines …… 800-200-5118
Citybird ……………….. 888-248-9247
Colgan Air ……………… 800-272-5488
Comair …………………. 800-354-9822
Condor …………………. 800-524-6975
Conquest Airlines ……….. 800-722-0860
Continental Airlines …….. 800-525-0280
Copa Airlines …………… 800-892-2672
Corporate Airlines ………. 800-555-6565
Corporate EXPRESS – Canada .. 800-661-8151
Corsair ………………… 800-677-0720
Croatia Airlines ………… 800-247-5353
Cyprus Airways ………….. 800-333-2977
Czech Airlines ………….. 800-223-2365
Delta Air Lines …………. 800-221-1212
DHL WorldWide Express ……. 800-225-5345
Direct Air ……………… 800-428-0706
East Coast Flight Services .. 800-554-0550
East-West Airlines ………. 800-354-7471
Ecuatoriana …………….. 800-328-2367
Egyptair ……………….. 800-334-6787
El Al Israel Airlines ……. 800-223-6700
Emery Worldwide …………. 800-367-3592
Emirates Air ……………. 800-777-3999
Ethiopian Air (Eastern USA).. 800-445-2733
Ethiopian -Midwest & West)… 800-433-9677
Euram ………………….. 800-555-3872
EVA Airways …………….. 800-695-1188
Evergreen International ….. 800-345-5556
Faucett Peru Airline …….. 800-334-3356
Fine Airlines …………… 800-923-9222
Finnair ………………… 800-950-5000
Frontier Airlines ……….. 800-432-1359
Garuda Indonesia ………… 800-342-7832
Grand Aire Express ………. 800-70-GRAND
Great Lakes Airlines …….. 800-554-5112
Gulf Air ……………….. 800-553-2824
Gulfstream Intl Airlines …. 800-992-8532
Guyana Airways ………….. 800-242-4210
Harbor Airlines …………. 800-359-3220
Hawaiian Airlines ……….. 800-367-5320
Horizon Air …………….. 800-547-9308
Iberia …………………. 800-772-4642
Icelandair ……………… 800-223-5500
Island Air ……………… 800-323-3345
Island Airlines …………. 800-248-7779
Japan Airlines ………….. 800-525-3663
Jet Express Exec Charter …. 800-806-8833
Jet South ………………. 800-538-7688
Kenya Airways …………… 800-343-2506
KLM ……………………. 800-374-7747
Korean Air ……………… 800-438-5000
Kuwait Airways ………….. 800-458-9248
Lacsa Costa Rica ………… 800-225-2272
LanChile Airlines ……….. 800-735-5526
Lauda Airlines ………….. 800-645-3880
Leading Air Logistics ……. 800-552-5323
LIAT …………………… 800-468-0482
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano ……. 800-327-3098
Lone Star Airlines ………. 800-877-3932
LTU International ……….. 800-888-0200
Lufthansa ………………. 800-645-3880
Lynx Air International …… 888-LYNX-AIR
Malaysia ……………….. 800-552-9264
Malev Hungarian …………. 800-223-6884
Mark Air ……………….. 800-627-5247
Martinair Holland ……….. 800-627-8462
Mesa Airlines …………… 800-637-2247
Mesaba Airlines …………. 800-225-2525
Mexicana ……………….. 800-531-7921
Middle East …………….. 800-664-7310
Midway Airlines …………. 800-446-4392
Midwest Express Airlines …. 800-452-2022
Miles Above …………….. 800-469-6453
Mohawk Airlines …………. 800-252-2144
Nantucket Airlines ………. 800-635-8787
National Airlines ……….. 888-757-5387
Nations Air …………….. 800-883-5987
New England Airlines …….. 800-243-2460
Nica Airlines …………… 800-831-6422
North Vancouver Air ……… 800-228-6608
Northwest Airlines ………. 800-225-2525
Olympic Airways …………. 800-223-1226
Pacific Coastal Airlines …. 800-663-2872
Pakistan Intl Airline ……. 800-221-2552
Pan Am …………………. 800-359-7262
Pan-Am Air Bridge ……….. 800-424-2557
Penair …………………. 800-448-4226
Philippine Airlines ……… 800-435-9725
Polish Air-Lot ………….. 800-223-0593
Polynesian Airlines ……… 800-677-4277
Proair …………………. 800-939-9551
Qantas Airways ………….. 800-227-4500
Reeve Aleutian Airways …… 800-544-2248
Reno Air ……………….. 800-736-6247
Rover Airways Intl ………. 800-828-4668
Royal Air Maroc …………. 800-344-6726
Royal Jordanian Airlines….. 800-223-0470
Royal Nepal …………….. 800-266-3725
Royal Tonga …………….. 800-486-6426
Ryan International Airways .. 800-727-0457
Sabena …………………. 800-955-2000
Saro Airlines …………… 800-538-7276
SAS Scandinavian Airlines … 800-221-2350
Saudia Arabian Airlines ….. 800-472-8342
Scenic Airlines …………. 800-634-6801
Shuttle America …………. 888-999-3273
Silk Air ……………….. 800-745-5247
Singapore Airlines ………. 800-742-3333
Sky Bus ………………… 800-755-9287
Skywest Airlines ………… 800-453-9417
Solomon Airlines ………… 800-677-4277
South African …………… 800-722-9675
Southern Air Transport …… 800-898-4110
Southwest Airlines ………. 800-435-9792
Spanair ………………… 888-545-5757
Spirit Airline ………….. 800-772-7117
SriLankan ………………. 800-247-5265
Sun Country Airlines …….. 800-752-1218
Sunflower Airlines, Fiji …. 800-707-3454
Suriname Airways ………… 800-327-6864
Swissair ……………….. 800-221-4750
TACA Airlines …………… 800-535-8780
TAP Air Portugal ………… 800-221-7370
Thai Air ……………….. 800-426-5204
Tower Air ………………. 800-221-2500
Transbrasil …………….. 800-872-3153
Trans International Express . 888-244-8922
Trans-Jamaican Airlines ….. 800-263-4354
Travelair ………………. 800-948-3770
Tropic Air ……………… 800-422-3435
Turkish Airlines ………… 800-874-8875
Turks and Caicos Airway ….. 800-845-2161
TWA ……………………. 800-221-2000
TW Express ……………… 800-221-2000
Ukraine Intl Airlines ……. 800-876-0114
United Airlines …………. 800-241-6522
US Airways ……………… 800-428-4322
USAir Shuttle …………… 800-428-4322
USA Jet Airlines ………… 800-872-5387
Vanguard Airlines ……….. 800-826-4827
Varig ………………….. 800-468-2744
Vasp Brazilian Airlines ….. 800-433-0444
Viasa International Airways . 800-327-4470
Vietnam Airlines ………… 800-565-2742
Virgin Atlantic …………. 800-862-8621
Vision Air ……………… 888-4VISAIR
WestJet Airlines ………… 800-538-5696
World Airways …………… 800-967-5350
Yemen Airways …………… 800-936-3642
YTA Freniva …………….. 800-382-4484
Yugoslav Airlines ……….. 800-752-6528
Zambia Airways ………….. 800-223-1136

Chicago, LAX, and Denver busiest US Airports over Memorial Day

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The Orbitz Insider Index lists ORD Chicago, LAX Los Angeles, and DEN Denver as the Airports that will be busiest this coming Memorial Day weekend. If you are planning Air Travel this weekend, especially through major hubs, you may want to consider checking terminal maps beforehand to make sure you’ll arrive at connecting flights in plenty of time.

Airport Terminal Maps has a nice list of maps for all major US Airports.

Wizz Air Announces Summer Fare discounts

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Wizz Air is a major provider of discounted flights throughout Europe including Hungary, Poland, and much of eastern Europe. They’ve announced discounts off their usual low fares so if you are planning travel to Europe this season check out the Wizz Air map here to see if they cover your destination cities.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

JD Power has just released their survey of US Airport Satisfaction for small, Medium, and Large Airports.

The 2007 results show Dallas with the top spot in overall customer satisfaction for large airports, Kansas City for medium sized Airports, and Houston Hobby for small airports.