July 2006

The fliers on American Airlines’ new USA-to-India flight know they are facing a long haul — the longest that American offers worldwide — and they’re steeling themselves for it. Fifteen hours on a plane. Fifteen non-stop hours. On a plane. With no stops.

Carol and Arnie Rudoff had planned the perfect 40th-anniversary cruise, but when they showed up for embarkation, their cruise tanked. After a bumpy flight from Phoenix to Houston, Carol had been air sick. Imagine her surprise when she was told she couldn’t board the ship. Why not? Because the cruise line thought she might have a norovirus.

Nine months after its whaling by Hurricane Wilma, the No. 1 destination in the Caribbean says it has been reborn and is ready for its tourist close-up.

Soaring jet fuel prices and rising traveler demand are driving high airfares even higher. Fares for flights departing in the USA rose a record 10.3% in the first quarter of 2006 from a year ago, according to data released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday.

Dante Viggiano makes an emergency visit to his sick mother in Panama, thanks to a creative reticketing maneuver by his travel agent. But when he tries to fly home, he’s in for a surprise: The return ticket is no good. How did that happen, and is there any chance he can get his money back?

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing radio traffic to help determine exactly why an Atlas Air Cargo flight nearly collided with a United Airlines passenger plane on a runway at Chicago’s O’Hare airport Sunday night.

With demand for power on Tuesday expected to exceed Monday’s record, the California grid operator said it might have to trigger rolling blackouts, making it essential for customers to conserve electricity as a killer heat wave blankets the region.

“Speak no ill of the dead.” It’s good advice — part courtesy, part superstition. But what if you really hated the guy? What if he was a big, obnoxious jerk? When Death comes calling, it sometimes leaves anger, annoyance and ill will behind.

Gas prices rose nearly two cents over the past two weeks, to a record high of $3.02 per gallon of self-serve regular, a national survey reported Sunday.

On August 22, Alaska voters will go to the polls to decide whether to increase taxes on cruise lines and their passengers vacationing in the state. Cruisers beware: If it passes, it could tack on hundreds of dollars to your cruise fare.