Suitcase packing

What Size Carry-on Do You Need?

In a recent column for ABC News, I wrote about “The Big Bag Theory” (apologies to Sheldon and colleagues) because everyone was getting very excited about new guidelines issued by a trade organization called International Air Transport Association. No need to get excited but there are excellent reasons to travel… Read More

trying to get to the plane

Should I Pack a Carry-on Bag or a Checked-Bag?

I’ve been asked to weigh in on this earth-shattering question many, many times: Carry-on or checked-bag? My answer is always the same: Pack a carry-on. But maybe not for the reason you think. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s got a brand new bag. Why Pack a Carry-on Bag The are four important… Read More

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Fee-rocious Summer? Maybe, Unless You Read This

Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? It’s true. Southwest recently launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. LISTEN: Rick Seaney knows we’re sick… Read More

Couple looking out at mountains in the sun.

You Can Afford a Summer Flight

You may have read some of the depressing media stories about new fees but, cheer up. We show you how to turn it around and actually save money. LISTEN: Rick loves saving money. Affordable Summer Flights Four ways to cut costs on your summer vacation travels. 1. Don’t pay the… Read More

Airplane taking off.

You Missed Your Flight. Now What?

If there’s a flight problem that is not your fault (bad weather delays for take-offs, mechanical problems) the airline will take care of you; learn more about that here. If you are to blame (procrastination, bad traffic), you must act – and here’s what to do. LISTEN: Even experts like… Read More

Crowded cabin of plane

Why Airline Seat Maps Only Show Bad Seats

After most of us purchase airline tickets, we choose where we’ll sit on the plane. We try to, anyway. What used to be a simple task is now a game of hide and seek. Let me explain what’s going on and what you can do about it. LISTEN: Rick Seaney… Read More

Currency airplanes flying through the sky.

How to Avoid Paying Airline Fees

We should be used to airline fees by now but being ‘used to’ doesn’t mean we want to pay them. So allow me to offer up some simple strategies on avoiding fees whenever possible. And please check out the short-but-useful video at the end. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney avoids… Read More

Luggage stacked up while a plane departs.

If Bags Could Talk: “No Fat-Shaming, Please”

Oh, the lessons we could learn from luggage, if only our bags could talk. Let’s start with fat-shaming. Baggage fat-shaming Just a couple of years ago, several mortified travelers were in the news after being called out by their airlines for being ‘too fat to fly’ including filmmaker Kevin Smith… Read More