July 2009

When Eileen Mather lands in Mexico City on her way to Tapachula, Mexico, she learns her airline ticket isn’t valid. Her airline forces her to buy a new one. Mather asks her online agency, Cheapoair.com, for a refund, but more than six months later, she’s still out $879. Is she also out of options?

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Sixty-six percent of 120,000 passengers participating in the Ryanair online poll we featured last week said they would be willing to stand in the cabin on flights one hour or shorter if the fare was free.

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Qatar Air leaders say Boeing expects to deliver first 787s at the end of 2011. Airbus promises to keep 2013 as flight date for the AB350. NTSB issues new bird collision regulations.

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Want to vacation somewhere inexpensive? Try Winston-Salem, N.C., which is the most affordable major American city, according to Mercer’s latest city ranking.

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Travel can be an olfactory experience, by which I mean everything smells. Even your rental car. Hertz recently teamed up with Fresh Wave to use its IAQ technology to eliminate unwanted odors in its cars. When I heard the news, I had to ask Hertz if it had a list of the worst rental-car smells. In fact, it does.

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Air France still dealing with faulty airspeed sensors. Delta adds another elite level to their frequent flier program. Delta brings back the Redcoats to help customer service.

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Travelers often return from France shaking their heads at how French people manage to stay thin. And certainly, the wine, the cheese and the wonderful breads, are all tempting. Not to mention “les desserts.” But after a few days watching my son’s summer baseball team touring around, I am equally perplexed, “How does anyone stay thin in Kansas?”

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We already have them for sports arenas and stadium, why not for airports? Or for that matter train stations, bus stations and metro systems. Seriously, it looks like airports may join the naming rights game. They are starting with “official” beverages.

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When the Department of Transportation (DOT), over the objections of the Department of Justice (DOJ), approved the Continental/United Airlines antitrust immunity deal this wasn’t included. DOT needs to take another look, now.

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nudist-beachI know this is a shameless exploitation of the words “naked and nude.” But, heck, bets are that this post will be one of the most read of the day; maybe the week. TripAdvisor announced these lists with unabashed seriousness. If you want to let it all hang out, these are the places to be.

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