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China Eastern's A330-200 at SFO (Photo Peter Biaggi)

New SFO flights + United fee hike + SFO Terminal video + 787

Catching up on Bay Area Travel news: New flights to France & China; United hikes fees; video inside new SFO Terminal; flirt on Virgin America flights from San Jose; 787 Dreamliner update, new Routehappy booking site; FlightCar is back. HUANYING AND BON VOYAGE. Last Friday (April 26) was a busy day at San Francisco International. At [...]

Copenhagen's elegant Hotel D'Angleterre re-opens May 1 after a 2-year re-do (Chris McGinnis)

Do you trust hotel review sites? [Infographic]

Nearly every traveler I know (including me) checks out hotels on TripAdvisor before making a booking. I’m sure you do, too. Right? The infographic below provides an interesting look at how travelers use the review sites and what makes them trustworthy. It also provides some tips on spotting “fake” reviews. (The infographic was prepared by [...]

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson chats with crew in the galley. (Photo: SAS)

Q&A with SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson

Last week SAS inaugurated flights to San Francisco International Airport  from its main hub in Copenhagen.  A large Scandinavian contingent included SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson, who agreed to a lively Q&A with The Bay Area Traveler-The BAT! Our warm spring weather was a big hit for the shivering Scandos, who have endured a longer-and-colder-than-normal winter. [...]

Today SFO>Boston flights unaffected by bombs (Photo: Barkley Dean)

Travel Q&A re: Boston bombing

What’s the situation at local Bay Area airports? At 4 pm today, my contacts at the airports as well as readers surprised me with NO reports of longer lines, increased scrutiny, etc. Boston had a brief “ground stop” which lasted only about an hour, and apparently operations are back to normal there and elsewhere… FAA [...]

The first SAS A340 arrives at SFO to a water cannon salute (Photo: Joe D'Alessandro)

SAS arrival + Fight over Jersey + Taipei Delei + United woes

SKAL TO SAS. SAS touched down at SFO last Monday at around 2:30pm. While the BAT was unable to attend the airport arrival celebration, reader Joe D’Alessandro sent along the above photo of the first SAS A340-300 getting a water cannon salute. Within 10 minutes, we posted the photo on The BAT Facebook page and [...]

A room at the Andaz Wall Street in NYC nets 15K Mileage Plus miles (Photo: Andaz)

Mega mileage earning bonuses proliferate

Word about two new travel websites, RocketMiles and PointsHound, which woo frequent travelers with massive mileage bonuses for hotel bookings, is starting to leak out. A quick scan of RocketMiles today shows that it is currently offering 15,000 Mileage Plus miles for a three-night stay (@ $493/night) at the swank Andaz Wall Street in New York City in [...]

No more pink moustaches at SFO (Photo: Lyftstagrams)

Ridesharing unwelcome at SFO + Virgin matches SW elite + New arrival from Europe

In this issue: Ridesharing unwelcome at SFO, Virgin expands elite matching, SAS nonstops from Copenhagen land at SFO, United upgrades IAH terminal, Presidential visit, 787 flying (empty), $100K a year to travel and blog? RIDESHARING UNWELCOME AT SFO. San Francisco International has issued cease and desist letters to six car/ride sharing services picking up or [...]

United's new p.s business class seats on the SFO-JFK run. (Photo: United Airlines)

United’s transition to “new” p.s. flights

Do you jump on United Airlines p.s. service flights to New York much? If so, take a look at this document produced by United that clearly spells out how it plans to make the transition from the current “old” p.s. service to the “new” p.s. service that debuted last month (covered by The Bay Area [...]

Construction progress on Boarding Area E at United's Terminal 3 at SFO. (Photo: SFO)

United to remain in Terminal 1 at SFO until 2014

Have you flown United Express out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) lately? If so, you likely know that most (but not all) United Express flights now use Terminal 1 instead of United’s Terminal 3. Passengers who don’t know- and enter the airport at United’s T3- must descend a metal stairway and into a small [...]

Lou Briasco at Michael Bruno luggage in San Francisco's Castro neighbhorhood

The dog ate my luggage

How good is the warranty on your luggage? “My customer’s dog tore the zipper off a $300 carry-on bag he’d had for just two weeks,” said Lou Briasco, the owner of Michael Bruno Luggage on Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. “The bag was ruined, so he came back into the store to buy [...]