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Archive: January 21, 2007 - January 27, 2007

Valentine's Day Trips, Cont'd

Think money can't buy love? Maybe so, but this Valentine's travel package might buy a little affection:...

By Cindy Loose | January 26, 2007; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dissed at the Velvet Rope?

Not long ago, during after-hours revelry in Riga, Latvia, I decided to pop into Centri Balti Krekli, a hot music and dance club. (You might ask what I was doing hanging out in a provincial city so far north that even Russians find it cold, but that's another story.) The...

By Gary Lee | January 26, 2007; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (18)

Penny For Your Thoughts on the Demise of the Dime Museum and Its Ilk

Say it ain't so. We were alerted by fax to the closure -- this time for good -- of Baltimore's American Dime Museum, that small repository dedicated to "variety and novelty entertainment, including burlesque, carnival, circus, street magic, old-time medicine shows and vaudeville entertainment." No hoax, this: The museum's official...

By Anne McDonough | January 26, 2007; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (7)

Pre-Boarding Kids: A Thing of the Past?

A reader recently complained that American is no longer pre-boarding families with young children. They object not only because it delays their boarding, but they think everyone is delayed as families with car seats and DVDs and bags of Cheerios and diapers etc. struggle aboard with everyone else. Given my...

By Cindy Loose | January 25, 2007; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (44)

Valentine's Day -- Feh

I'm not a curmudgeon. Really, I'm not. But I'm getting awfully tired of all the mushy, gushy Valentine's Day press releases that have been descending on my computer like clouds of gnats these past few days. How many "love inns," "Cupid's hideaways" and "romantic spas" can a moderately well-adjusted person...

By K.C. Summers | January 25, 2007; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (6)

Wah, Wah . . . Get Off!

What is it about kids and air travel that makes the blood run cold? Oh, I know. It's when you're stuck on a flight with a screaming child. Most kids are great on flights, but when they're not, it can be unpleasant. Still, it surprised me to hear that AirTran...

By John Deiner | January 24, 2007; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (37)

Spirit Air Strikes Again

Spirit Airlines announced its third new destination from Fort Lauderdale in the last week -- San Jose, Costa Rica (Haiti and St. Maarten earlier this week). It's offering 8-cent fares each way on certain dates, but they sell out within a few hours. Plus fares out are good April...

By Carol Sottili | January 24, 2007; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (7)

Now You See Them....

Two 48-hour airline sales to take a look at. Airtran's systemwide sale ended Jan. 18, but it's back for an encore. You have until midnight tomorrow to book the sale; fares start at $39 each way (plus taxes) from Baltimore to Boston or Rochester. You have to travel by March...

By Carol Sottili | January 24, 2007; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Sit Down, Shut Up and Eat

Zagat, the restaurant survey empire, has a handy tipsheet out on how to get good service at restaurants (be nice to waiters, seek out the manager if there's a problem, alert them in advance to special dietary needs, etc.), but what we really loved was the companion piece on snarky...

By K.C. Summers | January 24, 2007; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (20)

Weekend Skiers Awake!

It's a wonderful thing to watch a hibernating mountain awake. That's what happened at Canaan Valley, W. Va., last weekend when the first signifcant snowfall of the year settled over the parched slopes of the valley's four ski areas -- Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park, Timberline Resort...

By Steve Hendrix | January 24, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

Little Miss Road-Tripper

Here at Travel Central, we're thrilled that a travel movie was nominated for Best Picture this morning. We're talking, of course, about "Little Miss Sunshine," which is ostensibly about a young girl's dream to win a beauty pageant but is really your classic road-trip flick. It ranks right up there...

By K.C. Summers | January 23, 2007; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (8)

Good News, Bad News in Delaware

Delaware: Such a small state, but such a big pain. If you ever drive up I-95 to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you know you have to contend with that sliver of the interstate that winds through the First State. I go that way frequently, so I could empathize with Travel...

By John Deiner | January 23, 2007; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (11)

New Kid on the Block

Two items to discuss today. First, Farecast.com, one of those beta sites that not only searches airline ticket prices, but also predicts whether price is going up, down or staying the same over the next week, launched a new product today called Fareguard. Basically, you search for your flight (not...

By Carol Sottili | January 22, 2007; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Cheap Bus to NY: Phishing Scam Alert

If you're one of the many folks who use the cheap so-called Chinatown buses between Washington and New York, you might have received an intriguing email on Friday, an offer for further discounts on 2007 travel to thank you for your patronage in 2006. The catch? The email, from "Gotobus....

By Anne McDonough | January 22, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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