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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 […]

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’ 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Boeing 747s flying away from SFO?

Do you love watching elegant Boeing 747s lumber over the Peninsula or the Bay as they approach SFO? Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to occasionally ride upstairs in “the bubble” in business class on the way to Asia or Europe? Well, enjoy it while you can.  As more airlines worldwide opt to retire their 747s […]

Virgin America’s big plans for Big D

In Dallas, nearly everybody loves Love Field. It’s compact, recently renovated, and only seven miles from city center. Nearly everything about it is the opposite of the mammoth Dallas Ft Worth Airport located in the city’s far western suburbs. Last month, Southwest Airlines announced a slew of new nonstops from its base at Dallas Love […]

United carry-on “crackdown” not all it’s cracked up to be

By now you’ve probably heard the squeals and speculation about a purported change in United’s carry on baggage policy. You may be quaking in your boots fearful of a new army of United baggage police stationed at security checkpoints or gates demanding that your slightly pudgy bag be banished to the belly of the plane. And […]

Another spin on the frequent flyer merry-go-round

Have you watched the brouhaha unfold in the wake of Delta’s announcement this week that it’s switching to a revenue-based frequent flyer program next year? Worried that United might have the same plan in mind? I’ve watched Delta make “historic” or “major” changes to its SkyMiles program since long before it was called SkyMiles. It’s funny […]

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SFO by the numbers

Earlier this month, San Francisco International released some stats that BATs will finding very interesting. Let’s take a look: >Despite the bad rap SFO gets for weather-related delays, 2013 set an all-time record for number of passengers—45 million, up from 44.5 million in 2012. (Why don’t more of you use Oakland or San Jose? Please […]

Get ready for increased scrutiny of shoes at the airport (Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

Shoes + New STL flight + New A321T + Where’s the luv? + T3E cities + Free ice cream

We’re going to spend the next few days getting caught up on the Bay Area Travel News you need to know! Let’s go: NICE SHOES. Here we go again. Get ready for increased scrutiny of your footwear at the airport. Today the feds warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting […]

Air New Zealand Safety Video

Bikini-clad safety video

Air New Zealand and Sports Illustrated teamed up to produce this brand new, bright and sexy bikini-clad flight safety video: This of course comes on the heels of Virgin America’s  Glee-like attempt to grab our attention last October. And Delta’s recently popular 80′s themed pre-flight safety video. What do you think about themed inflight safety videos? Cool […]

SFO Plan West

Stormy weather slowing you down? Here’s why…

Flight delays at San Francisco International Airport exceeded two hours throughout our recent rainy weekend, while airports in San Jose and Oakland reported few if any delays. Here’s why: As most frequent travelers know, delays mount at SFO almost every time a storm blows in off the Pacific. Just look at these sad numbers from […]

United's new Boarding Area E is the best place at SFO to go planespotting (Photo: SFO)

What’s next for SFO?

Now that SFO officials have handed off the shiny new 10-gate, $138 million Boarding Area E (T3E) to United, what’s next? A lot! The BAT snagged a few moments with San Francisco International Airport’s director John Martin to get the scoop on the big changes Bay Area Travelers can expect in coming months. Here’s what […]

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