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3 hot mess airports to avoid this spring/summer

To avoid the chances of running into flight delays during the peak spring/summer travel months ahead, there are three airports you should temporarily avoid: EWR. There are a couple things to look out for in coming months at United’s big hub at Newark International Airport. The airport is currently repaving runways adding new “high speed […]

Editor Chris McGinnis hitting the road

A long, hot and expensive summer ahead

A long, cold winter in much of the U.S., combined with an improving economy and increasing consumer confidence mean that the upcoming summer travel season will be busy, crowded and more expensive than last summer. Here’s some evidence of a strong season ahead: The number of advance bookings for summer stays at Best Western’s 2,200+ […]

Norwegian Air is upsetting the apple cart on transatlantic fares for summer trips

Business class fare sales + JetBlue dumps Bay Area flights

If you are planning to hit the skies this summer and would like to fly in business class, keep an eye on business class fares in coming weeks. They have been all over the map during the last few weeks, with some deal sites posting biz class round trips Europe for as little as $2,200. […]

Entry to Cathay Pacific's sprawling HQ in Hong Kong (Chris McGinnis)

Behind the Scenes at Cathay Pacific: 10 Cool Things Revealed

By Nancy Branka Nothing is more fun than going behind the curtain at an airline, airport or hotel, to see how things really work. Luckily, travel writers get to do just that every now and then. Recently Cathay Pacific invited me to tour the airline’s operations in Hong Kong along with a group of journalists […]

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Feast your eyes on United’s new London lounges

United Airlines invited a small group of media folks (including The BAT!) to London Heathrow Airport this week for a preview of its two brand new lounges for premium customers – a United Global First Lounge and a United Club in  the airport’s new Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal. See slideshow United will be the […]

Air Lingus A330 touches down at SFO on Weds, April 2 (Photo: Aer Lingus)

Aer Lingus arrives at SFO. What you need to know.

Storm clouds parted for the arrival of Aer Lingus’ distinctive big green plane from Dublin on Wednesday afternoon. This is the first time the Irish flag carrier has touched down at San Francisco International since departing during the dark recessionary days of 2009. Here’s what you need to know: >Aer Lingus operates a 267-seat Airbus A330-200 […]

That BAT editor Chris McGinnis and contributor Nancy Branka at the Taipei inaugural send off. Click on photo for more.

Busy week at Bay Area Airports…phew!

Late March and early April is when airlines switch from winter to spring and summer schedules, and there is so much going on at Bay Area airports this week, my head is spinning! Some happy arrivals and sad departures. Here’s what you need to know: >United launched SFO-Taipei nonstops on Saturday with a big colorful […]

If you are headed to Atlanta, be sure to drop by The Varsity at the airport or downtown for a naked dog, FO and onion rings served with sassy southern hospitality. (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Busy week for Bay Area airports…phew!

Late March and early April is when airlines switch from winter to spring and summer schedules, and there is so much going on at Bay Area airports this week, my head is spinning! Some happy arrivals and sad departures. Here’s what you need to know: >United launched SFO-Taipei nonstops on Saturday with a big colorful […]

Virgin America's star spangled wingtip over downtown SF. What a sight! (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Virgin profit + Bevy of new nonstops + Free Gogo w tablet + Southwest warning + United plugs in

KUDOS TO THE HOMETOWN CARRIER. Virgin America declared its first ever full-year profit this week. The SF-based carrier’s net income was $10.1 million in 2013, compared with a somewhat staggering loss of $145.4 million in 2012. How did it pull this off? By selling more tickets at slightly higher prices: It boarded 6.3 million passengers in […]

Aer Lingus will use Airbus A330's like this one on SFO-DUB (Photo: Flickr - Steven Little)

Aer Lingus + Changes at DCA + Marriott downgrades + United menus + Delta-LinkedIn

DUBLIN. Lovely deep green Aer Lingus jets will float into SFO from Dublin again stating on April 2. MileagePlus members should be happy to know that Star Alliance partners Aer Lingus and United have a code sharing alliance. Air Lingus nixed the SFO-DUB route in 2009 as the global economy sputtered, but came back due to deep […]

The engineered material arresting system – or EMAS – uses crushable concrete placed at the end of a runway to stop an aircraft that overruns the runway. The tires of the aircraft sink into the lightweight concrete and the aircraft is decelerated as it rolls through the material (Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation)

Runway closure at SFO to impact summer travel

Plans to close half San Francisco International Airport’s runways for four months this summer could result in significant flight delays, especially for those departing during peak hours. Today, SFO invited the media out to the airport to explain the runway closure. Here’s what you need to know: >SFO has four runways, two of which will […]

American Airlines offers the only lie-flat first class bed on SFO-JFK (Photo: AA)

American Airlines’ brand new A321T now on SFO-JFK – Trip Report

An inaugural flight typically comes with some fanfare, and American Airlines’ first flight of the Airbus A321T from SFO to JFK on March 6 was no exception. I was lucky enough to be on that flight, then returned the next evening on another A321T. This aircraft will replace the old 767s between JFK and both […]

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Best new credit cards for Bay Area Travelers

There is no such thing as the “best” credit card for frequent flyers. But there is a best one for YOU based on your travel and spending habits. Here’s our list of top picks– it should help you decide which one is best for YOU!  Remember, when you get a new credit card via the […]

Take me to the plane, James! United to roll out Mercedes tarmac transfers at SFO

Mercedes transfers at SFO + United Closer to Tokyo + Virgin’s new menu + Uber not here + Slick SkyTeam lounge

TO THE PLANE, JAMES! United is bringing its Mercedes-Benz tarmac transportation service to SFO, offering  Global Services members “greater comfort and convenience throughout their travel experience.” United will offer the tarmac service this spring – using Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUVs with environmentally friendly clean diesel technology – to whisk a handful of lucky Global Services members […]

Air New Zealand's SkyCouch seat finally coming to SFO! (Photo: Air New Zealand)

Spring Break Warning + United in London + Air New Zealand upgrade + TripIt hack

Let’s do some catching up on Bay Area Travel News! SPRING BREAK. Cold, dark winters back east nearly always lead to very busy, crowded and expensive spring breaks. For example, advance bookings for the rest of March and April at Best Western’s 2,100+ hotels in North America are up 10.4% compared to this time last year. […]

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