January 2011

New Chateau nightclub at Paris in Las Vegas, Dreamliner and 747-8 will be delivered this year, new class of cruise ships being planned

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What are your rights when a hotel cancels your reservation, leaving you room-less? And to what extent is your travel agent responsible for finding you alternate accommodations?

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Janice Hough gives us four things to think about before booking a discounted ticket and requesting an upgrade with frequent flier miles.

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2010 Stats — Even with all of the bad headlines and steady stream of problems, Las Vegas stayed at the top of the destination list. Cancun was tops for international travel. London topped the European travel category. And the top airline route in the U.S. was New York-Chicago.

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AA & Sabre call truce on distribution battle, Allegiant dispatchers reject union in vote, EU blocks Aegean/Olympic merger

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When looking into a crystal ball, it helps to have data from hundreds of thousands of users to see trends in the market. Orbitz may not have a crystal ball but does have in-house industry experts who sift through millions of bytes of data that have helped determine three travel trend predictions for 2011.

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If there’s one thing that all of the destinations have shown me — from Northwest’s Florida’s Beaches of South Walton to Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, where I am now — it is this: There’s no such thing as too much Internet connectivity.

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Every frequent traveler learns, no matter how experienced, that everyone eventually makes mistakes. Fortunately most of them are the kind of things that can be laughed off later.

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Why don’t the airlines try something very basic — tell us the prices, all of them for every service, and let us figure out what we want to pay for and where we want to fly. It is not rocket science from a consumer’s point of view.

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America’s dirtiest hotels, airlines take wait and see attitude regarding new aircraft, Air France acknowledges safety recommendations

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