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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Here, from Wikipedia, is the most comprehensive list of Chinese Airports we could find wiht links to the Wikipedia Airport pages for more information.   We’ll eventually have these airports covered here at QuickAid.com Airport Directory but in the meantime here’s  more, along with the Chinese Airport ICAO and IATA codes.  ICAO is a business code used by industry applications where IATA is the consumer code – ie the one you’d use when  reserving a flight for your summer trip.

Main city served ICAO IATA Airport name
ANHUI
Anqing ZSAQ AQG Anqing Tianzhushan Airport
Chizhou Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport(under construction)
Fuyang ZSFY FUG Fuyang Xiguan Airport
Hefei ZSOF HFE Hefei Luogang International Airport
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (under construction)
Huangshan ZSTX TXN Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
BEIJING
Beijing ZBAA PEK Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing ZBNY NAY Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport (planned for construction)
CHONGQING
Chongqing ZUCK CKG Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Qianjiang JIQ Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport
Wanzhou ZUWX WXN Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport
Wushan Wushan Shennüfeng Airport(scheduled for construction)
FUJIAN
Fuzhou ZSFZ FOC Fuzhou Changle International Airport
LianchengLongyan ZSLD LCX Longyan Guanzhishan Airport
Quanzhou ZSQZ JJN Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport
Sanming Sanming Shaxian Airport(under construction)
WuyishanNanping ZSWY WUS Wuyishan Airport
Xiamen ZSAM XMN Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
GANSU
Dunhuang ZLDH DNH Dunhuang Airport
Jiayuguan/Jiuquan ZLJQ JGN Jiayuguan Airport
Jinchang ZLJC JIC Jinchang Jinchuan Airport
Lanzhou ZLLL ZGC Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
Qingyang ZLQY IQN Qingyang Airport
Tianshui ZLTS THQ Tianshui Maijishan Airport
Xiahe/HezuoGannan Gannan Xiahe Airport (under construction)
Zhangye YZY Zhangye Ganzhou Airport
GUANGDONG
Foshan ZGFS FUO Foshan Shadi Airport
Guangzhou ZGGG CAN Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Huizhou ZGHZ HUZ Huizhou Airport (under construction)
Meizhou ZGMX MXZ Meixian Airport
Shantou/Jieyang/Chaozhou ZGOW SWA Jieyang Chaoshan Airport
Shaoguan HSC Shaoguan Guitou Airport(scheduled for construction)
Shenzhen ZGSZ SZX Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Zhanjiang ZGZJ ZHA Zhanjiang Airport
Zhuhai ZGSD ZUH Zhuhai Sanzao Airport
GUANGXI
Baise ZGBS AEB Baise Youjiang Airport
Beihai ZGBH BHY Beihai Fucheng Airport
Guilin ZGKL KWL Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Hechi Hechi Airport (under construction)
Liuzhou ZGZH LZH Liuzhou Bailian Airport
Nanning ZGNN NNG Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Wuzhou ZGWZ WUZ Wuzhou Changzhoudao Airport
GUIZHOU
Anshun ZUAS AVA Anshun Huangguoshu Airport
Bijie Bijie Airport (under construction)
Guiyang ZUGY KWE Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
KailiQiandongnan Kaili Huangping Airport (under construction)
LiboQiannan ZULB LLB Libo Airport
LipingQiandongnan ZUNP HZH Liping Airport
Renhuai Renhuai Maotai Airport (under construction)
Tongren ZUTR TEN Tongren Fenghuang Airport
XingyiQianxinan ZUYI ACX Xingyi Airport
Zunyi ZUZY ZYI Zunyi Xinzhou Airport (under construction)
HAINAN
Haikou ZJHK HAK Haikou Meilan International Airport
Sanya ZJSY SYX Sanya Phoenix International Airport
HEBEI
Chengde Chengde Airport (under construction)
Handan ZBHD HDG Handan Airport
Qinhuangdao ZBSH SHP Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport (under construction)
Shijiazhuang ZBSJ SJW Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tangshan TVS Tangshan Sannühe Airport
Xingtai ZBXT XNT Xingtai Dalian Airport (under construction)
Zhangjiakou Zhangjiakou Airport (under construction)
HEILONGJIANG
Daqing ZYDQ DQA Daqing Sartu Airport
Fuyuan Fuyuan Airport (under construction)
Harbin ZYHB HRB Harbin Taiping International Airport
Heihe ZYHE HEK Heihe Airport
Jiagedaqi JGD Jiagedaqi Airport
Jiamusi ZYJM JMU Jiamusi Dongjiao Airport
Jixi ZYJX JXA Jixi Xingkaihu Airport
Mohe ZYMH OHE Mohe Gulian Airport
Mudanjiang ZYMD MDG Mudanjiang Hailang Airport
Qiqihar ZYQQ NDG Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport
Yichun ZYLD LDS Yichun Lindu Airport
HENAN
Luoyang ZHLY LYA Luoyang Beijiao Airport
Nanyang ZHNY NNY Nanyang Jiangying Airport
Shangqiu Shangqiu Airport (scheduled for construction)
Xinyang Xinyang Minggang Airport(scheduled for construction)
Zhengzhou ZHCC CGO Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
HONG KONG
Hong Kong VHHH HKG Hong Kong International Airport
HUBEI
Enshi ZHES ENH Enshi Xujiaping Airport
Shennongjia Shennongjia Airport (under construction)
Shiyan Shiyan Wudangshan Airport(scheduled for construction)
Wuhan ZHHH WUH Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiangyang ZHXF XFN Xiangyang Liuji Airport
Yichang ZHYC YIH Yichang Sanxia Airport
HUNAN
Changde ZGCD CGD Changde Taohuayuan Airport
Changsha ZGHA CSX Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Hengyang Hengyang Nanyue Airport(under construction)
Huaihua ZGCJ HJJ Zhijiang Airport
Yongzhou LLF Yongzhou Lingling Airport
Zhangjiajie ZGDY DYG Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
INNER MONGOLIA
ArxanHinggan YIE Arxan Airport
Baotou ZBOW BAV Baotou Erliban Airport
Bayannur RLK Bayannur Airport
Chifeng ZBCF CIF Chifeng Yulong Airport
ErenhotXilingol ZBER ERL Erenhot Saiwusu International Airport
HailarHulunbuir ZBLA HLD Hailar Dongshan Airport
Hohhot ZBHH HET Hohhot Baita International Airport
Manzhouli ZBMZ NZH Manzhouli Xijiao Airport
Ordos ZBDS DSN Ordos Ejin Horo Airport
Tongliao ZBTL TGO Tongliao Airport
UlanhotHinggan ZBUL HLH Ulanhot Airport
Wuhai ZBUH WUA Wuhai Airport
XilinhotXilingol ZBXH XIL Xilinhot Airport
JIANGSU
Changzhou ZSCG CZX Changzhou Benniu Airport
Huai’an ZSSH HIA Huai’an Lianshui Airport
Lianyungang ZSLG LYG Lianyungang Baitabu Airport
Nanjing ZSNJ NKG Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nantong ZSNT NTG Nantong Xingdong Airport
Wuxi/Suzhou ZSWX WUX Sunan Shuofang International Airport
Xuzhou ZSXZ XUZ Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Yancheng ZSYN YNZ Yancheng Nanyang Airport
Yangzhou/Taizhou ZSYA YTY Yangzhou Taizhou Airport
JIANGXI
Ganzhou ZSGZ KOW Ganzhou Huangjin Airport
Ji’an ZSGS JGS Jinggangshan Airport
Jingdezhen ZSJD JDZ Jingdezhen Luojia Airport
Jiujiang ZSJJ JIU Jiujiang Lushan Airport
Nanchang ZSCN KHN Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Shangrao Shangrao Sanqingshan Airport (scheduled for construction)
Yichun Yichun Mingyueshan Airport(under construction)
JILIN
Baishan NBS Changbaishan Airport
Changchun ZYCC CGQ Changchun Longjia International Airport
Tonghua ZYTN TNH Tonghua Sanyuanpu Airport(under construction)
YanjiYanbian ZYYJ YNJ Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport
LIAONING
Anshan ZYAS AOG Anshan Teng’ao Airport
Changhai ZYCH CNI Changhai Airport
Chaoyang ZYCY CHG Chaoyang Airport
Dalian ZYTL DLC Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Dandong ZYDD DDG Dandong Langtou Airport
Jinzhou ZYJZ JNZ Jinzhou Xiaolingzi Airport
Shenyang ZYTX SHE Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
MACAU
Macau VMMC MFM Macau International Airport
NINGXIA
Guyuan ZLGY GYU Guyuan Liupanshan Airport
Yinchuan ZLIC INC Yinchuan Hedong Airport
Zhongwei ZLZW ZHY Zhongwei Xiangshan Airport
QINGHAI
DelhiHaixi Delingha Airport (under construction)
GolmudHaixi ZLGM GOQ Golmud Airport
MangnaiHaixi Huatugou Airport (under construction)
Xining ZLXN XNN Xining Caojiabu Airport
Yushu ZLYS YUS Yushu Batang Airport
SHAANXI
Ankang ZLAK AKA Ankang Wulipu Airport
Hanzhong ZLHZ HZG Hanzhong Xiguan Airport
Hanzhong Hanzhong Chenggu Airport(under construction)
Xi’an ZLXY XIY Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Yan’an ZLYA ENY Yan’an Ershilipu Airport
Yulin ZLYL UYN Yulin Yuyang Airport
SHANDONG
Dongying ZSDY DOY Dongying Shengli Airport
Jinan ZSJN TNA Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Jining/Qufu ZSJG JNG Jining Qufu Airport
Linyi ZSLY LYI Linyi Shubuling Airport
Qingdao ZSQD TAO Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Weifang ZSWF WEF Weifang Airport
Weihai ZSWH WEH Weihai Dashuibo Airport
Yantai ZSYT YNT Yantai Laishan International Airport
Yantai Yantai Chaoshui International Airport (under construction)
SHANGHAI
Shanghai ZSSS SHA Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai ZSPD PVG Shanghai Pudong International Airport
SHANXI
Changzhi ZBCZ CIH Changzhi Wangcun Airport
Datong ZBDT DAT Datong Beijiazao Airport
Linfen Linfen Qiaoli Airport (under construction)
Lüliang Lüliang Airport (under construction)
Taiyuan ZBYN TYN Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
Xinzhou Wutaishan Airport (under construction)
Yuncheng ZBYC YCU Yuncheng Guangong Airport
SICHUAN
Chengdu ZUUU CTU Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Dazhou ZUDX DAX Dazhou Heshi Airport
DaochengGarzê Daocheng Yading Airport(scheduled for construction)
Guangyuan ZUGU GYS Guangyuan Panlong Airport
HongyuanNgawa Hongyuan Airport (under construction)
Jiuzhaigou/Songpan,Ngawa ZUJZ JZH Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
KangdingGarzê ZUKD KGT Kangding Airport
Luzhou ZULZ LZO Luzhou Lantian Airport
Mianyang ZUMY MIG Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
Nanchong ZUNC NAO Nanchong Gaoping Airport
Panzhihua ZUZI FZI Panzhihua Bao’anying Airport
XichangLiangshan ZUXC XIC Xichang Qingshan Airport
Yibin ZUYB YBP Yibin Caiba Airport
TIANJIN
Tianjin ZBTJ TSN Tianjin Binhai International Airport
TIBET / XIZANG
Lhasa ZULS LXA Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Nagqu Nagqu Dagring Airport(scheduled for construction)
Nyingchi ZUNZ LZY Nyingchi Mainling Airport
Qamdo ZUBD BPX Qamdo Bangda Airport
Shigatse ZURK RKZ Shigatse Peace Airport
ShiquanheNgari ZUAL NGQ Ngari Gunsa Airport
XINJIANG
Aksu ZWAK AKU Aksu Airport
Altay ZWAT AAT Altay Airport
Bole ZWBL BPL Bole Alashankou Airport
Burqin ZWKN KJI Kanas Airport
Fuyun ZWFY FYN Fuyun Airport (scheduled for rebuilding)
Hotan ZWTN HTN Hotan Airport
KorlaBayingolin ZWKL KRL Korla Airport
Kuqa ZWKC KCA Kuqa Qiuci Airport
KünesIli ZWNL NLT Nalati Airport
Karamay ZWKM KRY Karamay Airport
Kashgar ZWSH KHG Kashgar Airport
Kumul ZWHM HMI Hami Airport
QiemoBayingolin ZWCM IQM Qiemo Airport
Shihezi Shihezi Airport (under construction)
Tacheng ZWTC TCG Tacheng Airport
Turpan ZWTP TLQ Turpan Jiaohe Airport
Ürümqi ZWWW URC Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
YiningIli ZWYN YIN Yining Airport
YUNNAN
Baoshan ZPBS BSD Baoshan Yunduan Airport
Dali ZPDL DLU Dali Airport
JinghongXishuangbanna ZPJH JHG Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Kunming ZPPP KMG Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport (under construction)
Lijiang ZPLJ LJG Lijiang Sanyi Airport
Lincang ZPLC LNJ Lincang Airport
Mang CityDehong ZPMS LUM Dehong Mangshi Airport
Ninglang Lugu Lake Airport (scheduled for construction)
Pu’er ZPSM SYM Pu’er Simao Airport
Shangri-LaDêqên ZPDQ DIG Dêqên Shangri-La Airport
Tengchong ZUTC TCZ Tengchong Tuofeng Airport
Wenshan ZPWS WNH Wenshan Puzhehei Airport
Zhaotong ZPZT ZAT Zhaotong Airport
ZHEJIANG
Hangzhou ZSHC HGH Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Jiaxing Jiaxing Airport (under construction)
Ningbo ZSNB NGB Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Quzhou ZSJU JUZ Quzhou Airport
Taizhou ZSLQ HYN Taizhou Luqiao Airport
Wenzhou ZSWZ WNZ Wenzhou Yongqiang International Airport
YiwuJinhua ZSYW YIW Yiwu Airport
Zhoushan/Putuoshan ZSZS HSN Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport

(Jan 2012) Airline Rules from US Department of Transportation

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The second phase of the new airline passenger protections are now in effect.   These rules are designed to solve problems consumers have faced for years regarding cancellations of tickets and flights and pricing problems.

·        Requiring all taxes and fees to be included in advertised fares.
·        Banning post-purchase price increases.
·        Allowing passengers to hold a reservation without payment, or to cancel it without penalty, for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date.
·        Requiring disclosure of baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
·        Requiring that the same baggage allowances and fees apply throughout a passenger’s journey.
·       Requiring disclosure of baggage fee information on e-ticket confirmations.
·        Requiring prompt notification of delays of over 30 minutes, as well as cancellations and diversions.

Generally these seem to be a step forward where regulations will simply make the systems more transparent, although one can make a strong case that the new notifications and 24 hour purchase rule will increase costs for the airlines – costs that will need to be passed along to consumers.

Spirit Airlines has another objection to the new rules, which they assert require them to hide government taxes in their fares. For more about this challenge see their special website here:  keepmyfareslow.org

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“New Rules” full Press Release from the Department of Transportation:

DOT 111-11
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Expanded Airline Passenger Protections Take Effect

WASHINGTON – New consumer protections for airline passengers established by the U.S. Department of Transportation go into effect today, and will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for air travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

“The Obama Administration believes consumers have the right to be treated fairly when they fly,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.  “The Department of Transportation’s new passenger protections will help ensure that air travelers receive the respect they deserve before, during and after their flight.”

Effective today, airlines will be required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost.  Airlines are already required to compensate passengers for reasonable expenses for loss, damage or delay in the carriage of passenger baggage.  Under the new rules, airlines must now prominently disclose all optional fees on their websites, including but not limited to fees for baggage, meals, canceling or changing reservations, or advanced or upgraded seating.

The new rules also double the amount of money passengers are eligible to be compensated for in the event they are involuntarily bumped from an oversold flight.  Previously, bumped passengers were entitled to cash compensation equal to the one-way value of their tickets, up to $400, if the airline was able to get them to their destination within a short period of time (within 1 to 2 hours of their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 1 to 4 hours for international flights).  If they were delayed for a lengthy period of time (more than two hours after their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights), they were entitled to double the one-way price of their tickets, up to $800.  Under the new rule, bumped passengers subject to short delays will receive compensation equal to double the one-way price of their tickets, up to $650, while those subject to longer delays would receive payments of four times the one-way value of their tickets, up to $1,300.  Inflation adjustments will be made to those compensation limits every two years.

The Department of Transportation’s new rule also expands the existing ban on lengthy tarmac delays to cover the international flights of foreign airlines at U.S. airports, and establishes a hard four-hour time limit on tarmac delays for all international flights at U.S. airports.  It also extends the three-hour tarmac delay limit for domestic flights, currently in place only at large-hub and medium-hub airports, to flights at small-hub and non-hub airports as well. All carriers subject to the tarmac rule will be required to report lengthy tarmac delays to DOT.  In all cases, exceptions to the time limits are allowed only for safety, security or air traffic control-related reasons.   Carriers must also ensure that passengers stuck on the tarmac are provided adequate food and water after two hours, as well as working lavatories and any necessary medical treatment.  

Additional measures under the new rule will take effect January 24, 2012, including:

·        Requiring all taxes and fees to be included in advertised fares.
·        Banning post-purchase price increases.
·        Allowing passengers to hold a reservation without payment, or to cancel it without penalty, for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date.
·        Requiring disclosure of baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
·        Requiring that the same baggage allowances and fees apply throughout a passenger’s journey.
·       Requiring disclosure of baggage fee information on e-ticket confirmations.
·        Requiring prompt notification of delays of over 30 minutes, as well as cancellations and diversions.

The final rule, proposed rule and comments are available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2010-0140.

Carry-on baggage, luggage rules

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As the convenience of checked baggage diminishes even as the cost skyrockets to check your luggage,  most people now opt to use the “carry on” baggage rules and bring a small suitcase on board the aircraft, usually along with a large purse, backpack, or laptop bag.     Careful packing and planning means that most people who don’t require a new outfit every day can fairly easily fit everything they need – even for a trip of a week or more – in their carry-on luggage.

For most airlines the dimension of a carry on are 45 inches in total – meaning you simply add the highth, width, and depth of the  bag.   For example a bag with dimensions 12x12x21 should be OK as well as a bag of  14x14x 17 inches.  Technically any airline can can reject bags for many reasons, but in practice you are going to be just fine sticking with the 45 inch rule and probably even fudging a bit over these measurements.    However bringing large bags may get you some glares from the other passengers as you stuff your oversized luggage into “their” bin.    A major challenge of flying now is that with so many carry on luggage folks using the overhead bins, there is little or no extra room in those bins or under seats.  Often the carry-on bags need to be stowed in bins away from your seat or handed over to flight attendants, slowing the boarding process.

It is surprising to me how poorly organized the baggage and boarding process has become – I’d suggest to the airlines that more effective use or design of the overhead  bins is immediately in order.   Flight attendants, for example, know how to most efficiently stow bags yet they generally are not helpful as flyers tug, push, crunch and smash their and other bags into the dwindling available spaces.   Another innovation might be to redesign the bins or bin doors so they can hold more, or find ways to use the massive cargo space that must now exist below as flyers increasingly turn to carry on options rather than checking bags.

Another aspect of Carry-on rules are “Prohibited Items”.    Generally for that you’ll want to observe the 3-1-1 rule we discussed earlier.   More details are here at the TSA Transportation Security Administration‘s official site.  The link takes you to the “prohibited items” section.

Frequent Flyer Miles Madness

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

IMPORTANT:   This post is  simply a collection of notes from a recent flurry of activity using miles programs.   It may NOT represent the general experience for frequent flyer programs at United, American, or Delta.  If you’ve had different experiences please feel free to comment below, and if you are an industry representative also feel free to guest post or comment.

Frequent Flyer programs: You’ve got to love them for allowing you free or very cheap flying options, but the logistics are often intimidating even for experienced travelers.   Until this past week *thought* I was pretty familiar with the basics of the frequent flyer game but … no.   Due to a sudden illness in the family I’ve been arranging last minute trips back and forth from Oregon to Minnesota using the frequent flyer miles my wife and I had on three airlines:  United, Delta, and American Airlines.   I also just booked four paid tickets to Virginia on Delta’s very compromised online booking system which I learned (the HARD way) is not yet compatible with Google’s  Chrome browser.

More on that later but the tip of the day is “for Delta Airlines bookings, don’t use Google Chrome yet!”

Frequent Flyer tips from this experience learned:

United Airlines Frequent Flyer System  was great

1.  Kudos to United Airlines who came through with an excellent online booking system and excellent ticket availability without gauging me in miles.    If you are in a rural area like me, you may find your miles won’t work from your regional airport.   Here at MFR Medford in Oregon both Delta and United allow me to travel to and from here, but for American Airlines I need to drive to tt cities served by American which in our case are Sacramento, California and Portland, Oregon – both about 4 1/2 hours from home.     For me during this experience, United was the big winner by providing one way trips to Minnesota at the last minute for only 12,500 miles with only a $5 processing charge.

Delta’s Frequent Flyer System was expensive and somewhat confusing.  Delta Assist Twitter help was great.

The quirky tip I learned from Delta’s excellent online twitter help was that sometimes (always?) the cost in miles of a ONE WAY is the SAME as a Round Trip!     I was getting charged 40,000 miles for a last minute one way home for my wife, but thanks to the @DeltaAssist  I learned I could book a return for no extra miles.

Watch for Credit Card Miles offers that can be worth thousands of dollars in free tickets:

Watch out for sneaky tricks that aren’t worth the money for the miles:

Here’s a sneaky trick from Delta disguised as an “offer” (!)

Transfer Miles: Limited-time Offer
Bring your friends and family with you on your next vacation. Transfer miles to that special someone between May 1 and June 30, 2011 and we’ll give them a 50% mileage bonus.1

To be continued….


Is Selling your Frequent Flyer miles to a “Mileage Broker” legal?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The mileage broker market was once a thriving industry, buying frequent flyer tickets from people and then reselling them at a profit. Understandably the airlines don’t like this practice of monetizing their frequent flyer / mileage plus type systems. These are marketing tools and they arguably lose both control of things and lose paid tickets to free ones (though a mileage broker could make the argument that they are simply making the process more efficient by letting people turn one form of compensation – free tickets – into cash.

In any case this practice is still in play, but appears to be scaled down and risky for both buyer, seller, and especially for the airlines mileage brokers who can wind up in court.

A case that may set the new standards is Alaska Airlines vs Carey et al, where Alaska Air is suing mileage broker Carey (I think a small, husband and wife online business) for what they feel is an illegal resale of frequent flyer / mileage program tickets. I don’t think this case has yet resolved in the courts, though it may have by now.

It should actually be very cost effective to resell miles benefits at the 1.5-2 cent per mile rates we just reviewed at a mileage broker website assuming your travel plans are flexible. My rule of thumb is that miles are only worth about a penny. This calculation assumes you’ll have trouble getting a 25,000 mileage award and probably have to use 37,500 or even 50,000, and also assumes that a bird (cash) in the hand is worth more than a ticket in the bush (mileage award). A lot can happen to those miles in the new frenzied airline business where, for example, shorter – often only 18 month – mileage expiration time limits can easily kill your miles.

QuickAid at this time recommends you do NOT buy this type of ticket as the risks seem to outweigh the benefits, but we’re open to changing our minds depending on how the courts view the legality of mileage brokering.

TSA Tips for Travelers

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The TSA Website regularly offers features and tips on travel, and you’ll be better prepared if you check in before trips.     Rules are starting to stabilize after the dramatic security changes created by the 9/11 terror attacks on the USA, but unless you fly regularly you may be unpleasantly surprised by some of the rules.

The most important change since 9/11 has been the liquids rules, which restrict the amount of liquid you can bring through security.    I think the simplest approach if you check bags is to place your gels and liquids there, but if you need to carry them be sure they conform to the rules or you may loose that expensive new shampoo you just bought for the trip.

Liquids rules from TSA – remember it’s 3-1-1 3 ounce or LESS container in a SINGLE ONE QUART clear bag.    You may place several containers in the same quart clear bag.

Airports to Train Stations: Europe

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

European Airports to train stations:

Here, from Eurail.com , is an overview of frequently used airport to train station connections.     Unlike much of the USA where Airports generally assume you’ll have a car or take a taxi, in Europe there is a robust system of train / airport connections where trains, subways and other mass transportation are linked directly into airports.    Often you can take a train right from the airport to the city.

Note that often (but not always) the connection is free for Eurail Passholders, exceptions are noted with asterisk  *.      This chart is current as of April 2010, for the latest visit the Eurail website:

Airport Station Link
Ajaccio Campo dell’oro Ajaccio CFC Bus, every 20 minutes*
Amsterdam Schiphol Amsterdam Centraal Train, every 15 minutes
Athens/E.Venizelos Athens Central Railway Station (Stathmos Larissis) Train, every 30 minutes
Athens/E.Venizelos Korinthos (New Railway Station) Train, every 2 hours
Barcelona El Prat Barcelona Sants Train, every 30 minutes
Berlin Schönefeld Berlin Ostbahnhof/Zoologischer Garten Train (S-Bahn) every 10 minutes
Berlin Tegel Berlin Zool. Garten Bus 109* or X9*
Bern Airport Bern Hbf Bus-shuttle*
Bologna Marconi Bologna Centrale ATC Bus 91, every 15 minutes*
Bordeaux Mérignac Bordeaux St. Jean Bus*
Bourgas Int’l Bourgas BDZ Bus 15*
Bratislava MR Stefanik Bratislava SZD City bus 24*
Bremen Bremen Hbf Tram No. 5*
Brussels Nationaal Brussels North, Central, South Train, every 20 minutes
Brussels South Charleroi Bus 68*
Bucharest Henry Coanda Bucuresti Piata Victoriei bus 783*
Budapest Ferihegy 1 Budapest Nyugati Train, every 20 minutes
Budapest Ferihegy 2 Budapest Bus service*
Cagliari Elmas Cagliari ARST-Bus*
Carcassonne Salvaza Carcassonne SNCF Bus CART #7*
Clermont-Ferrand Aulnat Clermont-Ferrand Bus service*
Copenhagen Kastrup København H Train, every 10 minutes
Copenhagen Kastrup Malmö Train every 20 minutes
Dresden Dresden Hbf Train (S-Bahn) every 30 minutes
Dublin Dublin Connolly, Dublin Heuston Airlink Bus*
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Hbf Train S7
Eindhoven Airport Eindhoven Hermes Bus 19*
Euroairport Basel SBB Euroair-Bus*
Euroairport Freiburg Hbf SGB-Airbus*
Euroairport Mulhouse SNCF Euroair-Bus*
Faro Faro Bus*
Firenze Vespucci Firenze SMN Bus ATAF 62*
Frankfurt Rhein/Main Frankfurt am Main Hbf Train, every 15 minutes
Genève Cointrin Genève Train, every 15 minutes
Genova C. Colombo Genova Principe Volabus 12/14*
Gothenburg Landvetter Göteborg C Express bus service every 15-30 minutes*
Graz Thalerhof Graz Hbf ÖBB Bus service*
Hahn Frankfurt am Main Hbf Bus (Ryanair/Bohr)*, every hour
Hamburg Hamburg Hbf AirportCity Bus*
Hannover Langenhagen Hannover Hbf Train (S-Bahn) every 30 minutes
Helsinki Vantaa Helsinki Bus 615 or a Finnair bus*
Köln/Bonn Apt Köln Hbf Train (S-Bahn) every 20 minutes
Köln/Bonn Apt Bonn Hbf Express Service Bus # 670*
Leipzig/Halle Leipzig Hbf, Halle(S) Hbf Train, every 30 mins
Linz Blue Danube Linz Hbf ÖBB Bus service*
Lisbon Lisboa Cais do Sodre Aero bus*
Ljubljana Brnik Ljubljana Bus service*
Luxembourg Findel Luxembourg Gare Central Luxair bus, every hour*
Lyon St. Exupéry Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon Perrache Bus: Navette Aéroport*
Maastricht/Aachen Aachen Hermes Bus 420*
Maastricht/Aachen Maastricht Hermes Bus 421*
Madrid Barajas Madrid Chamartin Metro*
Malaga Malaga Train, every 15 minutes
Marseille Provence Marseille St. Charles Bus, every 20 minutes*
Milan Linate Milano Centrale Bus ATM # 73*
Milan Malpensa Milano Centrale Bus: Malpensa Shuttle*
Milan Malpensa Milano Bovisa and Milano Cadorna Malpensa Express train*
Munich F.J.Strauss München Hbf Train (S-Bahn) every 10 minutes
Nantes Atlantique Nantes SNCF TAN Air Bus*
Naples Capodichino Napoli Pza. Garibaldi Bus # 14, every 20 minutes*
Nice Cote d’Azur Nice Ville Bus #23*
Oslo Gardermoen Oslo Sentral Train (Airport Express and NSB Regional train)*
Paris Charles De Gaulle Paris Nord RER Line B
Paris Orly Paris Austerlitz; Versailles RER Line C (Pont de Rungis)*
Pisa Galileo Galilei Firenze SMN Train
Pisa Galileo Galilei Pisa Centrale Train
Porto Carneiro Porto Campanhã Train every 20 minutes*
Rimini Miramare Rimini Centrale ATAM Bus # 9*
Roma Fiumicino Roma Termini train every 30 minutes, only 1st class  Passes are valid
Rotterdam Zestienhoven Rotterdam Centraal RET bus # 33*
Salzburg, W.A. Mozart Salzburg Hbf City Bus 77 (Obus)*
Sofia Airport Sofia Central Railway Station Bus 84*
Stockholm Arlanda Stockholm C Train, every 15 minutes
Stuttgart Echterdingen Stuttgart Hbf Train (S-Bahn) every 10-20 minutes
Verona Villafranca Verona Porta Nuova APTS Bus, bay # 39*
Vienna Schwechat Wien-Nord, Wien-Mitte Train (S-Bahn), every 30 minutes
Vienna Schwechat Wien-Mitte CAT (City Airport Train) every 30 minutes*
Zürich Zürich Hb Train, every 15 minutes

Dulles Airport IAD Serving Washington D.C.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Dulles International Airport Airport Code: IAD serves the greater Washington D.C. Area.   Dulles is within a days drive of many major cities on the east coast making it a key hub for East Coast travel.    Note that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport also serves the Washington D.C. area and is located in the city.

Dulles Airport Terminal Maps

Dulles Ground Transportation

Airlines at Dulles

Dulles Parking

Washington D.C. is the capitol of the United States and home to some of America’s finest architecture, history, and museums.  In Washington D.C. you’ll find the attractions listed below all near the National Mall area.   Note that the National Mall area is HUGE and you can spend several days exploring this and surrounding attractions like the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Institution (allow at least a day and hopefully more to roam this museum – one of the world’s finest).

Bring comfortable shoes and try to use the submay or busses when possible.  Parking is sometimes hard to find around the major attractions, especially in summer.

Washington D.C. Attractions include:

The Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

WW II Memorial (near the center of the National Mall)

Vietnam Memorial (near the Lincoln Memorial)

National Mall

Smithsonian Museum

Holocaust Museum

US Treasury Museum.

US Capitol Building

White House

Click HERE for an *excellent* free printable map and information sheets about the Capitol Mall

Iceland Volcano Delays Thousands of Flights

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Volcanic ash, which represents a potential severe danger to aircraft engines, continues to pour from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano.     Under some circumstances the ash can damage jet engines and they will stop completely,  creating the potential for catastrophic failures and accidents.    For this reason many flights throughout Europe were cancelled yesterday and schedules remain in flux today.      Flights around the world are affected by the snarled airline traffic in Eurupe.

As CNN Reports it remains unclear when the travel hazard will diminish enough for normal flight schedules to resume.

Airport Wayfinders – 3D Tours of Boston BOS, Portand PDX, Houston IAH, Toronto YYZ several Airports

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Airport Wayfinder has a really neat 3D Tour tool for four airports – I’m not clear if they’ll develop this technology for all the airports though it appears it may be designed to mesh with  planned or existing  touchscreen systems in the airports.

Airport Wayfinder – Portland

Airport Wayfinder – Boston

Airport Wayfinder – Houston  International

Airport Wayfinder – Toronto