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International Service at Sky Harbor: What’s Next?

I’ve said for years that there’s not enough international service at Sky Harbor in Phoenix. The city’s only intercontinental route in recent years was a British Airways flight to London. Then we had a nice sign of progress when Condor Airlines re-connected Phoenix to Germany. And British Airways added three more flights to London each…

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Rio Salado Bike Path: A Ride Guide (With Video)

The Rio Salado bike path is one of the most-overlooked places to ride in metro Phoenix. It’s a 16-mile stretch of sweet car-free riding. I’ve had many local riders act completely surprised to hear about it. So let’s lift the lid on the Rio Salado bike path, which doesn’t even seem to have an official…

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Flying to Costa Rica Kind of Stinks

I love a good long flight. Put me in an economy class seat on a decent airline for 14 hours, and I’m perfectly happy to pass the hours watching movies and devouring books on my Kindle. Notice the key phrase: a decent airline. Decent airlines are scarce in the U.S., with an avalanche of nickel-and-diming…

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Hawaiian Airlines 787: What It Could Mean for Travelers

It’s been nearly a month since Hawaiian Airlines announced its switch from the Airbus A330-900 to the Boeing 787-9. This was great news, but I was also too caught up in writing about gravel bikes to put much effort into a post here. The Hawaiian Airlines 787 will now get its due. Airline geeks will…

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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…

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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…

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Could the Boeing 757 Mean Fewer Delayed Flights?

I expected to get on my American Airlines flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and land in Phoenix. That happened eventually, but nowhere near as planned. We arrived about two hours late because we had to stop for fuel in Kansas City, Mo. Let me get something out of the way: Don’t roll your…

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The Great List of Non-Obvious Travel Tips

Every time I see a list of travel tips, I brace myself to expect the obvious – from the practical “remember your ID” to the goofily gooey “be open to new experiences,” I’ve seen every element of a travel tip listicle before. I’ve set out to create the ultimate list of non-obvious travel tips that…

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United Airlines Versus American Airlines – A Round Trip to Newark

My recent travel unexpectedly turned into a little United Airlines versus American Airlines test. I didn’t book the flights, and my wife wound up booking a different airline for each leg of the trip. We flew to Newark from Phoenix Sky Harbor on United Airlines, and returned on American Airlines. Here’s how it all shook…

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Win a ZUS and Never Lose Your Car Again

The car’s gone, stolen! We’re stuck! We’d scoured the parking garage for more than 30 minutes, and there was no sign of our rental car anywhere. This was about to put a serious damper on our vacation plans. Fortunately, a friendly local happened to walk by. He told us there was another parking garage nearby,…

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What an Aborted Takeoff Shows the World About Qatar Airways

Part of the reason why I want Virgin America to start serving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is Richard Branson, the founder of the business group that owns Virgin America. He makes multiple efforts to use his wealth and influence to benefit humankind – and tries to keep his airlines from following the typical model…

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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…