2007

Jennifer Holland prepays for a hotel room on Hotwire.com. But a severe storm threatens to wash out her vacation. Holland wants the travel site to give her a rain check, but it won’t, insisting its rooms are nonrefundable. She checks in, but finds her room is unusable. What, if anything, does Hotwire owe her?

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A teenager whose appendix ruptured at sea, hundreds of miles from help, got safely to shore Tuesday after an unusual rescue in which the Navy airlifted her from a cruise ship for emergency surgery.

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nativity.gifI received an email from Tourism Montreal, our neighbors to the north. The enclosed publication covered the city’s Christmas celebrations for 2007. As I perused the listing of activities, attractions and festivals outlined by the tourism office, I realized that Montreal is committed to enjoying Christmas with all of its nuances and flavors … and dare I say religions.

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Food, glorious food

by Amy Bradley-Hole on December 19, 2007

Amy Bradley-HoleForget the basic room service hamburger with soggy fries. Amy Bradley-Hole tells us where to find the best hotel restaurants.

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After more than a decade of expansive promises and hot sales, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner should actually fly. Airfield improvements at Chicago O’Hare should cut down the average time of delays. And better X-ray machines may help airport screeners move the lines a bit faster.

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Hot tips for cold fliers

by James Wysong on December 18, 2007

If you’re like James Wysong, the prospect of flying in winter is about as appealing as spending a couple of hours trapped in an igloo. James is coldblooded by nature — and a flight attendant by profession — so he knows just how cold it can get in the cabin. This week, he reprises eight hot tips to keep the cold at bay.

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Millions of holiday travelers heading to the nation’s airports over the next week can take some solace: Neither the Christmas nor Thanksgiving travel seasons are the busiest of the year, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

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Christened by a duchess and now sailing on a voyage around the world, Cunard’s new Queen Victoria is a ship leading a charmed life. But make no mistake. This is no cruise ship taking folks on cruises. No, this is an ocean liner taking pampered guests on cultured voyages.

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U.S. airlines expect essentially flat passenger traffic during the holidays, a rather meek forecast for an industry nearing the end of a year marred by record delays, rising fuel costs.

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