Weekly Travel Roundup

Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across our desk this week. If you’ve got any suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook wall, or send them my way on Twitter.

7 Travel Predictions for Airline Passengers in 2014

The CEO of FareCompare tells ABC News and Good Morning America what he sees coming in the next year. A few are easily predicted (like an increase in fees and ticket prices), but some seem a little more far fetched (fewer complaints about flying).

Brazil Airlines Cap Price of World Cup Flights

In a great move for sports fans, two Brazilian airlines Avianca Brasil and Azul Linhas Aereas have both announced that they are capping the prices on domestic flights around the time of the World Cup. Now you won’t have to worry about price gouging when flying from match to match.

And the World’s Safest Airline Is …

Last year was the safest for airline travel since 1945, but not all airlines are the same. The top rated airline has never had a single casualty, while the airlines on the bottom aren’t allowed to fly in the EU.

GBTA: Airlines, Hotels to Benefit in 2014 as Business Travel Rallies

In 2013, business travel spending increased by 3.8% and the trend is expected to continue in 2014. The Global Business Travel Association takes a look at what is coming ahead in 2014.

Reddit AMA with a Former TSA Supervisor

A former TSA Supervisor hosted a Reddit AMA. It’s too late to ask any questions of your own, but you could read his answers to questions like “What is the procedure if a security agent broke my phone/other electronics?” and “What is the craziest thing somebody has ever tried to take onto a plane?”

SpaceShipTwo – Wonderful Raw Footage of 3rd Powered Flight 2014

This year, Virgin Galactic is going to start sub-orbital tourist flights to space. We visited the still-under-construction Virgin Galactic Spaceport back in 2012, and this video of SpaceShipTwo’s test flight earlier this year makes us want to go back.

Asking the Front Desk for Small Bills for Tipping – Right or Wrong?

And here is conversation started by yours truly that you may find interesting on “Asking the Front Desk for small $$ for tipping … right or wrong?

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