Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • Lightning Hits French President Hollande's Plane

    France's new president Francois Hollande takes office today, but on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, his plane was struck by lightning and forced to return to Paris. CNBC's Sue Herera reports.

  • British Airways

    Roomy seats, smiling service, no lines, warm cookies. A frugal traverler — The New York Times' Frugal Traveler — gets to sit in business class and finds out what the fuss is all about.

  • The mean amount of time spent commuting by U.S. workers is 23.8 minutes, according to a from the Census Bureau. At first glance, that doesn’t seem so bad. It’s enough time to hear the weather report, drink some coffee and listen to “Free Bird” on the radio. But that figure also signifies that the average U.S. worker is in a car for almost four hours a week. That’s 45 minutes longer than it takes to watch “Titanic.”With that kind of time on the road a regular fixture in commuters’ lives, the car

    Kelley Blue Book has provided CNBC.com with its list of 10 cars that are the best for commuting. Check out the list.

  • Heathrow International Airport

    A report that white airline passengers are being discriminated against by British border officials is the latest bit of bad press for UK airports as the Olympics loom, USA Today says.

  • Passengers are pictured at Check-In desks at London's Heathrow airport.

    Even the most veteran of business travelers can inadvertently end up on the wrong flight — and in the wrong city. It's embarrassing, fouls up meetings and can potentially cost a company money.

  • Overweight passenger

    The recent trend toward obesity has safety officials worried that airplane seats are not strong enough to protect overweight passengers, The New York Times reports.

  • Herbjorn Hansson returns to "Mad Money" for a chat with Cramer.

  • A new consumer protection committee may give hope to fliers frustrated by airline customer service. But because airlines and airports will be represented, there are already doubts about the committee's effectiveness.

  • Encounter Restaurant at LAX

    Travel + Leisure magazine released the results of its reader survey of America's 22 major airports this week. Minneapolis-Saint Paul took the top spot and New York's LaGuardia came in dead last. What's your favorite and least favorite airport?

  • US Airways planes

    US Airways launched a new program that offers non-elite flyers access to fast-track airport services including priority check-in, security screening and boarding. Prices start at $10. This matches similar programs already in place at American, Delta and United.

  • Handing money over

    More travel sites are tracking hotel and airline prices after your purchase, and offering refunds of the difference if prices drop. Among the sites are Tingo.com, CheapAir.com and Orbitz.com. Here's how to get a refund.

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    The Transportation Security Administration’s days should be numbered, especially after recent headlines about alleged mistreatment of passengers, Rep. John Mica said Thursday.

  • Bullish on Spirit Airlines: Analysts

    Could higher carry-on fees make travelers less likely to fly with Spirit Airlines? Ray Neidl, Maxim Group senior analyst and Hunter Keay, Wolfe Trahan senior analyst, share their perspectives.

  • Airplane on runway

    The paring of service by major airlines amid mergers and rising fuel prices has squeezed regional carriers. The result, according to The New York Times, is rising fares in smaller cities and complicated itineraries.

  • Spirit Airlines is raising the fee for carry-on bags to $100 for some travelers, up from $45. Is this a strategy to encourage passengers to check bags, and reduce delays at airport security?

  • Southwest Airlines: Inside a Hedging Legend

    Southwest Airlines has long been considered the industry's most aggressive and dominant player when it comes to the energy derivatives markets, reports CNBC's Kate Kelly.

  • JetBlue Airlines

    "Everything is bigger in Texas," the saying goes. And now one can say "JetBlue is bigger in Texas," too. The airline launched service at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Tuesday with three daily roundtrip flights to Boston.

  • American Airlines

    American Airlines has an answer for those United flyers still frustrated by pains caused by the carrier's system changeover. American is offering top-tier United elites a status match to "Executive Platinum," opening the door for an easy switch in loyalty without sacrificing perks.

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    Many business travelers say they've gotten used to spending their own money on the road. At times, it's voluntary. If they go over budget, whether by chance or by choice, they take care of it themselves. Other times, the companies refuse to cover all their costs.

  • Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Frankfurt

    While waiting for my flight at Frankfurt Airport, I visited one of Lufthansa's comfortable and spacious Senator Lounges. Amenities include multiple seating areas, a "relaxing room" with lie-flat lounges, an expansive buffet and dining area and shower rooms.