Gisborne Airport in New Zealand has active railroad tracks running across its runway.
These seats will disappear quickly, because the winter weather in Cabo is a heckuva lot better than in Chicago.
This blog post lists several ways to obtain and use the frequent-flyer-miles programs of unexpected airlines for travel from the United States to Europe.
The FatWallet thread contains information on Chinese visas and how to avoid the need for one.
Virgin Atlantic is mis-pricing travel from New York and Washington, D.C. to London in Premium Economy. The error fare is just $647 for travel as late as March, or perhaps later.
As with all super deals and error fares, this will not last long.
This is a real marvel of piecing together various discounted routes into one do-able itinerary!
This is a handy list of some cards that do charge a fee:
Obviously, if you own several credit cards and are traveling (or making online purchases from a foreign company), you will want to use the cards with no fee.
In general the noise seems to be worse the farther back in the plane you are sitting. Regional jets seem to be much noisier than larger aircraft.
I have used headphones with active noise cancellation for several years, with very good results. They have a switch on the side, and when you click it the noise level drops significantly…that’s how you know they use active sound cancellation. However, they take up room in my carry-on, so I’ve just ordered some “noise cancelling” Bluetooth earbuds from Amazon.
I’m hoping these will be less un-comfortable when I lean my head against the aircraft while trying to sleep in a window seat. I plan to report back here shortly after they arrive.
If you have a larger budget and are interested in headphones, this blog post has good information:
Most airports have pet relief areas, but in almost all cases they are outside security. San Antonio has advanced to a facility airside, for passengers who have already done their security screening.
A travel website that helps plan itineraries has come up with a flight plan that includes a 47-year stopover in Thailand.
I don’t imagine that the passenger will select that particular option.