Tripso Weekend/October 28, 2007

by Jon Surmacz on October 28, 2007

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Tripso Columns

The Internet: friend or foe
Lately, the media has been touting the benefits of using the services of a traditional travel agent instead of booking your own dream trip online. Why the sudden shift? John Frenaye wonders: Could the Internet be less than it’s been cracked up to be? (John Frenaye)

A hotel dispute in Dubrovnik
The rate at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is 181 euros a night, which a phone agent confirms with Sheri Siegel. But when she tacks an extra night on to her reservation at the same rate, something goes wrong. Now her bill is more than $260 higher than she expected — and Hilton won’t help her. Can this hotel stay be saved? (Christopher Elliott)

Take your U.S. dollars to Latin America
With the U.S. greenback now on life support compared to the euro and the Canadian dollar, what’s an international traveler to do? That’s easy: Head south to Latin America. Tim Leffel shows you where the battered dollar can still act tough. (Tim Leffel)

Who’s the boss?
Many flight attendants dream of meeting their CEO on a flight and giving him a piece of their mind about pay cuts, lost pensions and miserable work conditions. But what really happens when the CEO turns up on the plane? James Wysong tells the story and, in honor of National Boss Day, offers some hardball advice to airline CEOs everywhere. (James Wysong)

iPods go cruising
What’s the latest amenity on cruise ships? No, it’s not Asian spa treatments and it’s not Wi-Fi. It’s iPods. A growing number of cruise lines are now loaning out iPods, fully stocked with music, and offering tours and shipboard information as podcasts. Anita Dunham-Potter says the pocket-sized digital music phenomenon is a big hit with cruise travelers. (Anita Dunham-Potter)

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This week in travel

Wildfires also hurt California tourism
Along with damage to property, infrastructure and crops, the wildfires in California have hurt tourism. Popular tourist destinations, such as SeaWorld in San Diego and the Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido, were forced to shut down.

Airbus A380 makes maiden voyage
A Singapore Airlines A380 on Thursday completed a long-delayed historic journey — the first commercial flight by the world’s largest jetliner that boasts luxurious suites, double beds and the quietest interior of any plane.

Hotels cutting rates for fire evacuees
Hundreds of thousands of displaced San Diego County residents are navigating around road closures to find refuge in shelters and hotel rooms a safe distance from the wildfires encroaching on their neighborhoods.

Airlines pressured to cut JFK schedules
The U.S. government pressured airlines on Monday to cooperate with efforts to reduce delays at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport by ensuring it can impose schedule cuts if carriers fail to act voluntarily.

NASA won’t disclose results of air safety survey
Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized.

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