christmas travel

US Air, American drawing up proposed settlement US Airways and American Airlines are willing to give up takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National as part of an attempt to get the Justice Department to allow the merger. In a complaint filed in August aimed at stopping the proposed transaction, the Justice Department focused on […]

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The problem with vacationing at the end of the year — everyone else wants to do it. While most travel agents have some clients who book almost a year in advance to get exactly what they want, not everyone thinks that far ahead. And, in the fall, options are already very limited. Here are six tips for those who wait until the last minute.

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Americans these days are conditioned to expect bargains. Any travel agent will tell you, no call is more dreaded this time of year than the one where someone wants that last-minute “somewhere warm” holiday deal.

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For many Americans, January is about New Year’s resolutions, cleaning up from the holidays, and getting back to work. And, believe it or not, for anyone planning to cash in miles or points for next year’s holiday travel, January is also the time to start thinking about making reservations.

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Santa still inhibits a world that has bypassed most of us. A world without checked luggage charges, surly flight attendants, constant fare changes, overzealous baggage restrictions, invasive searches, or that guy that reclines his seatback into your lap. But it seems justified that the guy who ensures a happy Christmas morn for hundreds of thousands of children should get the benefit of private transport, no Customs hassles, and the availability of hundreds of elves to help load all that extra carry-on.

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For some, November is late for booking travel around the Christmas holidays. But any travel agent or airline/hotel reservation agent knows the refrain this time of year — “I just want to go somewhere warm where I can get a good deal.”

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Yes, the after-Christmas sales are in full swing. With particularly good deals on candy, cards, and decorations. But no, this post is not a joke. Travelers planning a vacation for next year’s Christmas break, especially the week between Christmas and New Year, should consider making plans soon, because this year is going to be especially tough.

Here’s the 2010 calendar wrinkle. December 25, 2010 is on a Saturday.

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Another Hawaii hotel sales representative came into our office last week to talk about her property. And as so many others have done in the past month, she said “We even have holiday space, tell your clients.”

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It’s already into December and you suddenly realize you really don’t want to sit at home that week after Christmas. A quick look online or a call to your travel agent will tell you, a few days in Hawaii or the Caribbean or Mexico really isn’t much of an option, unless you’re prepared to spend thousands in airfare before even beginning to look at prices for the few hotels available.

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