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Brett Snyder

Long Beach


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Blogging as CrankyFlier, discussing consumer air travel. Also writing columns for Conde Nast and the Intuit Small Business blog.

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A  July 07, 2015

People always ask my must-packs—what's one thing you never travel without?

 Just my phone.  If I don't have that with me, I'm in trouble. See More

Q  June 24, 2015

Which airline would you choose for a long coach flight?

Let's say you were going to fly to the other side of the world and it would be in coach.  Which airline would you choose?  Forget if the airline actually flies there or not.  (If you want to pretend you could fly JetBlue to India, then go for it.)   Which would... See More

A  June 23, 2015

Maui: You can only travel to one place the rest of your life. Where would it be?

Maui​ - is that boring?  Maybe, but there's no place on Earth I've found more relaxing.  So if I had to pick only one place to go to over and over again, that'd be it. See More

A  April 03, 2015

Turkey: Agean Airlines Baggage Policy, Tips?

You do get a free carry-on, but how big actually depends on what aircraft you're flying.  If you are on one of their Dash-8 prop aircraft (which do operate Athens to Santorini on a couple flights), then you can carry on board the plane 1 piece of hand baggage, weighing... See More

A  April 03, 2015

Best option to purchase airplane tickets for a long-time trip?

It looks like the US carriers don't have a maximum stay requirement, so that could be your best option.  Do you know the return date?  If so, then I would definitely look at the US carriers first.  They do have higher change fees than some other airlines, however,... See More

A  March 29, 2015

Kihei: How are the beaches in Central and North Kihei?

I like far northern Kihei​ (Sugar Beach) for the sand, but the winds can get strong there and there can sometimes be a smell off Kealia Pond​.  But once you go south of there, it's rocky offshore and the beaches aren't the... See More

A  December 14, 2014

Maui: Best spots for hiking in Maui?

My favorite hike ever was in the crater of @Haleakala. But the standard in and out hikes aren't as great as what we did camping in the crater for two nights and coming out the Kaupo Gap. See More

Q  December 14, 2014

Indianapolis: Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis

I spend the holidays with my in-laws outside Indianapolis every year (in Fishers).  We don't usually do much, so it got me thinking that there might be some good things we're missing around town during the holidays.  What's your favorite thing to do during... See More

A  December 10, 2014

Europe: National airlines in Europe?

For travel within Europe, the budget carriers are usually the way to go.  Ryanair, easyJet, and Vueling are good options.  But it really depends where you want to go specifically. See More

A  December 10, 2014

Booking Flights: One-way or Roundtrip?

Unfortunately no.  Most airlines stopped allowing open returns.  Just look for fares with low changes fees on them.  Many airlines allow you to change the return for just the change fee as long as the original class of service is available.  So fly during off peak times... See More

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