May 2009

Even though she prepays for a hotel room on Hotwire.com, Elke Rist gets half of what she’s promised: just one bed and quarters the size of a “jail cell.” It will cost her twice as much as the room she reserved. Can the hotel do that?

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Here are a collection of some of the best airline cartoons I have seen recently. They were tucked away on an MSNBC. com page.

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Leslie Kelley’s room rate at InterContinental’s Barclay New York was an astonishingly low $129 a night. Astonishing, because the published room rate is $329 a night. And astonishing, because of the extras the hotel allegedly tried to add to her bill to make up for some of the lost revenue.

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In the ever escalating airline fee wars, Qantas has now taken things to a whole new level. Starting next month, the airline plans to charge AU$160 (approximately $125) for exit-row seats on their long-haul flights.

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During the recent FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 hearings before the House Subcommittee on Aviation, Patricia Friend, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, testified that various airline policies essentially forced flight attendants with flu-like symptoms to work.

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Some travelers loathe what they consider the most wretched choice of flights — the red-eye. Others claim these flights are the only way to travel. Lynn Rosen finds 5 reasons overnight flights can be perfect for some.

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American Airlines is revamping the section of their site dedicated to women travelers after getting numerous requests.

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Summer is here and even though some vowed not to take vacations due to costs, the travel industry is offering so many bargains that many will break their resolve to stay home. Even with bargains, most travelers can use other ways to stretch their vacation dollars.

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Fumiko Seguchi did everything by the book on her recent flight to Tokyo. She confirmed her departure 24 hours in advance. She secured a seat assignment. And she arrived more than two hours before departure. It wasn’t enough.

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It wasn’t that long ago that nonrefundable hotel rates were rare enough that many travelers never came across them. Not anymore.

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