November 2009

The Consumer Travel Alliance Thanksgiving travel survey just closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. The picture of our readers and whether they were traveling and how they made their reservations are revealing.

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The Consumer Travel Alliance Thanksgiving travel survey just closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. The picture of our readers and whether they were traveling and how they made their reservations are revealing.

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Much has already and will continue to be written about Royal Caribbean’s new mega-ship, the “Oasis of the Seas.” With a capacity of over 6,000 passengers (plus crew), 16 passenger decks, and more bells and whistles than most amusement parks, it’s not a ship that inspires lukewarm feelings.

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It’s the holiday time of the year and Ned Levi offers his annual travelers gift list. Ned has found some potential gifts which are definitely “off the beaten path.”

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Vega’s City Center concept, big cruise bargains, Ryanair finished at the bottom of another poll.

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On Friday the transcripts from the FAA and an email from a friend of the pilot were both released and published. The Dallas Morning News Airline Bix blog had exceptionally good coverage. I am forwarding that in this blog post.

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Travelocity lists 8 travel rudies This poll came up with a list of travelers that we all strive to avoid but never quite seem to be able to succeed. Take a deep breath and read through these irritating travelers. Do you agree? The Over Packer: Hey, if you want to pay $100 round-trip to check […]

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The The Metropole has always been the place to stay in Hanoi. Legends of the rich and famous, as well royalty, have made it their home. Located in the heart of Hanoi, it’s near the city’s Old Quarter. The hotel opened in 1901, although if the research is correct, the Colonial building was constructed a […]

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week that they have ordered another 150 whole-body scanners with stimulus money to add to their scanner arsenal that strips passengers naked. If I sound a bit negative about the idea, you are hearing me correctly. There is no need to have passengers march through security naked. The controls already in place are doing their job.

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The airlines have a lot to be thankful about these days. Though airline executives are moaning, airline workers are groaning and passengers are more vocal than ever with their complaints, it could be worse. Here are 12 things that the airlines can be thankful for in 2009. Some issues are good for both the airlines and the passengers, however, it is the passengers who are still getting the short end of the stick.

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