How Do Airlines Determine Routes?

According to the FAA, as of June 2019, there are more than 44,000 flights every day. That’s more than 16 million flights per year.

Meanwhile, according to Forbes, as of February 2019, the most popular routes are between Kuala Lumpur & Singapore (30,187 flights per year), Hong Kong & Taipei (28,447 flights) and  Jakarta & Singapore (27,046) (if you’re curious when the U.S. gets listed in the top 20, it’s #7: 17,038 flights between New York LaGuardia & Toronto, #13: 14,195 between New York JFK & London Heathrow, and #18: 13,503 between Chicago O’Hare & Toronto).

Have you ever wondered how airlines decide what routes to take? I mean, do they just stick pins in big cities and say, “Those are the ones we’re going to fly between”? Or is it maybe a trial and error sort of thing? Or what?

It turns out airlines decide where to fly based on location, hubs, stopovers, passenger interest (both in the route and how much they’re willing to pay), info purchased from airline booking companies, competition from other airlines, and a whole lot more. Take a look…

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All-Immersive Star Wars Hotel & Experience, “Galactic Starcruiser,” Scheduled To Open At WDW in 2021

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars has been very good for the Walt Disney Company since it purchased Lucasfilms for $4 billion in 2012. They’ve profited greatly from the movies and merchandise it’s made off the brand, to say nothing of the Galaxy’s Edge lands they built at Disneyland in California and WDW’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in mid-late 2019.

While the lands were still being built, Disney announced an immersive hotel that would eventually be built alongside the Florida version of Galaxy’s Edge, but there were only scant details.

Well, they’ve just announced a few things about it…

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How To Make Your Phone Charge Faster When Traveling

One of the scariest “first world problems” of technology that can happen while you’re traveling is when your phone is about to lose power. I mean, think of all the things you use your phone for when you’re traveling – travel documents, confirmations, membership numbers, addresses of places you’re going, maps, ride-sharing programs – SO MUCH! So when your phone battery is down to 2%, you want to charge your phone as much as you can as quickly as you can.

There are a bajillion (well, maybe not a bajillion. More like 3 or 4) ways to charge your phone but some will be faster than others.

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Free Stuff At Disney!, Shortest Lived Credit Card Benefit Ever, Why Planes Don’t Fly Over The Pacific, Country With Worst Behaved Tourists, & More!

And in the flash of an eye, November is finished and welcome to December! Here are our most popular posts for November 2019. Some of them were actually written before November (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:

AIRLINES/AIRPLANES/FLYING

AIRPORTS

CAR RENTALS & GROUND TRANSPORTATION

CREDIT CARDS

DISNEY THEME PARKS

FOOD & BEVERAGE

FUNNY TRAVEL-RELATED STUFF

HOTELS & PLACES TO STAY

MISCELLANEOUS

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

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First There Were Vacations. Then There Were Staycations. But Have You Ever Done One Of These?

The concept of vacations – traveling for pleasure – has been around for centuries and was said to begin with the ancient Romans, mainly the wealthier ones, who had the luxury of relative peace and prosperity. Their travels weren’t huge – maybe they’d go to the ocean or to nearby Greece – but there were, of course, only so many places you could go within X amount of time when your road trip consisted of your family chariot being pulled by horses ;-).

The concept slowly evolved and developed in earnest during the past two centuries or so. Still just a luxury that only the wealthy could afford, taking an amount of time to visit family, to spend time at the lake, etc., became more and more popular, and eventually accessible to those with less funds.

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Staycations (holistays in the U.K.) became popular in the very early 21st century. Although vacations had become more affordable to the lower classes by the 20th century, we were in the midst of the 2007-2010 financial crisis in the early 2000s and many people were looking at ways to enjoy the rest and relaxation of a vacation, but with a lower cost. Staycations are days at a time when people stay home and participate in leisure activities within driving distance of their home and usually don’t require overnight accommodations.

But for some, even that may be too much. So now there’s something new.

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