The Population is Growing – Why So Many Smaller Airliners?

The last time I saw both my grandparents alive and together, I was 12 years old. I took an American Airlines 767 from Phoenix to Chicago. Today, the 767 is rare at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Typically, it’s a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 that handles runs from here to Chicago. This is weirdly counterintuitive. The…

Can Condor Airlines Help Phoenix Become a "Real City?"

Condor Airlines just might help Phoenix become a real city. Here’s what I mean: Whenever Phoenix and Philadelphia play leapfrog in the city size rankings (which invariably makes our local journalists generate reams of predictable content), I always bring up Sky Harbor International Airport and its lack of intercontinental flights. My view: I don’t care…

Nobody Needs Reviews of Business Class Flights

I read reviews of business class flights for one reason – to shake my head at the complaints the reviewers dredge up. Even as a guy who loves air travel, I’d never miss reviews of business class flight if they fell into oblivion, never to return to earth. Here’s why. The Writing is Awful Here’s…

My WestJet Flight Review

I flew aboard a WestJet flight to Toronto seated behind a Pomeranian whose balls are different sizes. OK, before we go further – yes, this is an airline review. But it’s not one of those airline reviews were someone tells you the plane’s registration number, lists which taxiways the pilot used and snivels that the…

How Airfares Can Drive You Crazy

Straight answers are pretty rare when it comes to airfares. Just look at my recent search for flights to Auckland Airport. I priced out airfares for two adults and an infant just to get the conversation of our next trip started. As usual, I started searching for airfares with a pretty broad Google Flights search…

WOW air Versus Icelandair

A few days ago, I saw a friend get really excited on Facebook about WOW air offering cheap flights to Iceland. Apparently, WOW air had advertised $99 fares to Keflavik, the nearest international airport to Reykjavik. Immediately, I knew there had to be a catch of some sort. So I wanted to crunch the numbers…

Flying With MREs – Banned or Not?

You have to be careful when getting ready for commercial air travel. Tedious and conflicting TSA regulations and airline policies make it hard to get straight answers on what you can pack. My question on military Meals, Ready to Eat packages is a perfect example.