10 stunning stories from the travel world
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2018 was a year full of wonderful, scary, frustrating and unusual travel stories. We’ve been stunned by fare deals to Hawaii, frightened by near misses at SFO, amazed seeing more travelers dragged off planes, and much more.
2018 was also the first full year of TravelSkills on SFGate 🙂 Our new platform and distribution have helped us inform and assist millions of travelers in California and across the country on other Hearst news sites such as the Houston Chronicle, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the San Antonio Express news and of course, the San Francisco Chronicle. Thanks for reading! If you have not already done so, be sure to sign up for our free bi-weekly travel news email updates.
Let’s take a look at our ten most-read posts in the last year- you can see them below, or via the slideshow at the top of this post.
Air Canada flight 759 was carrying 135 passengers when it nearly crashed into 4 jets while attempting to land at SFO. This post includes a video of the incident and statements from SFO on their new safety improvements.
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An American passenger refused to leave business class and return to her assigned economy seat, so Korean Air removed her from the flight.
Delayed delivery of new A321neo aircraft caused Hawaiian Airlines to cancel hundreds of summer flights, including two new non-stop services from Oakland.
Allison Preiss was unable to board her oversold United flight since she was the lowest fare passenger and got a $10,000 voucher out of it. Check out her tweets about the incident and our Q&A with her in this post.
Californians got new options and a new look for their ID cards in 2018. The new REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards are ideal for travelers since standard ID cards will not be accepted at airport security after October 2020.
Take a peek at the crew rest areas on United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and more.
TravelSkills readers were tired of waiting for a gate when landing at SFO, so we asked SFO and United Airlines about it and they gave some insight on the issue.
Roundtrip fares to Hawaii dropped to just $197 on Alaska Airlines in August. This was the lowest rate offered during the fare war with competing fares from United, Delta, and Hawaiian Airlines
Details of Southwest’s new Hawaii service including info on routes, aircraft, and on-board food.
Alaska and United trimmed down their Bay Area routes in August while other airlines started planning their 2019 transatlantic schedules.
What were the most important or interesting travel stories to you in the last year? How did we help inform or assist you in getting a great travel deal, a comfortable seat or fast passage through the airport? Let us know in the comments! Thanks and happy New Year!
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