March was my first full month as About.com's Air Travel Expert, and my stories for the month ran the gamut, from the joys of the Global Entry program to ways of contacting North American carriers. See my summaries, below.
- Starting from my latest, Skytrax named Singapore Changi Airport the world's best at its awards event in Barcelona;
- I updated a list of phone numbers and websites for U.S. and Canadian carriers;
- During the month, both Delta Air Lines and Virgin America unveiled new premium meal offerings;
- Travelers have more access than ever to TSA's PreCheck trusted traveler program;
- The CEO of FlightView talks about how his data helps airports and passengers;
- I offered a list of my 10 favorite airport quick-serve concessions;
- Looking for trends in healthy eating and best airports for it? Check out this article;
- Six airlines actually made the list of 500 top global brands for 2014; and
- I explain why Global Entry, the international trusted traveler program, is worth every penny.
Delta Air Lines and Virgin America recently unveiled new menus for passengers in their premium cabins. Delta tapped Atlanta-based Chef Linton Hopkins to create a southern-themed menu for BusinessElitetravelers, while Virgin America worked with its inflight catering manager and LSG Sky Chefs to create a new first class menu.
On a recent trip, I was fortunate enough to get chosen to use the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited PreChecksecurity line, and it was great. PreCheck allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, using special screening lanes.
Boston-based FlightView is using its access to different data sources to provide airports and passengers with the latest information in their travels. The company, with more than 150 airport customers worldwide, added 40 airport customers in 2013, including Indianapolis International, Sacramento International and Curacao International.
Remember when airport food/beverage concessions were just plain boring? If you were lucky, you'd get a snack bar with limited fast food options, a sundries shop with candy and chips and a bland, generic restaurant. But now airports, knowing that passengers are spending more time in their facilities, have stepped up their game and offer local/regional and national brands ranging from fast food to full-service restaurants. Below are 10 quick-serve outlets you should try on your next trip.
We are seeing more people interested in living a healthier lifestyle. That includes finding healthy foods and snacks when they travel, and airports are listening. And the the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine tracks airports who are doing the best job in accommodating travelers' need for healthy food options.
Every year, London-based Brand Finance comes out with Brandirectory's exhaustive list: The Global 500 2014: The World's Most Valuable Brands. The top five brands among all 500 companies on the list read like a who's who in corporations: Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Verizon. When broken down by industries, six airlines made the list, including three U.S.-based carriers: Emirates, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines,Lufthansa, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
I recently went to London on a business trip. When I first found out I was going, I decided to sign up for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Global Entry program. I've heard my traveling friends rave about it, so that was enough for me to join the program. Read more
I have covered the world's airports since 2006 and have been hanging in airports for most of my life. Airports Council International, based in Montreal, is the umbrella trade association for the world's facilities. And it has just announced the winners of its coveted Airport Service Quality(ASQ) Awards.
Since variety is the spice of life, it's time to do a round-up of airlines that have announced service to new cities. Despite consolidation in the industry, many cities are still getting their fair share of air service. Check out my list.