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Archive: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

An "Amazing" Return

Okay, I'll admit it up front: I gave up on CBS's "The Amazing Race," which is probably the most realistic portrait of travel hell on television, a few seasons ago when somebody came up with the bright idea to include families in the competition. The result was a tedious slog...

By John Deiner | February 16, 2007; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Airport News . . . Get Your Airport News

Just in time for the Presidents' Day holiday, BWI started another parking promotion yesterday: Coupons available on the airport's site will get you parking for no more than $9 a day at the Express Parking lot. The promotion is set to last through May 15, but who knows-the airport's other...

By Anne McDonough | February 16, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Warning to Pet Owners

Given the ongoing frigid weather and continued airport delays in some parts of the country, the Humane Society of the United States is urging pet owners to keep their pets on the ground for the next several days. It's never a good idea to fly pets in cargo -- the...

By Cindy Loose | February 16, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels With Shared Baths: Ewww or Ahhh?

With hotel room rates at record highs, especially in major U.S. and European cities, one way to cut back on travel costs is going for a room with a shared bath. In my case, they have made trips affordable that otherwise might not have been. And options pop up everywhere....

By Gary Lee | February 15, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (19)

Not Gonna Take it Anymore?

JetBlue apologized this morning for keeping hundreds of passengers stuck on planes for up to 11 hours during the Valentine's Day ice storm at New York's JFK, according to the AP. One arriving plane from Fort Myers landed at 10 a.m. but sat, within sight of its gate, until nearly...

By Steve Hendrix | February 15, 2007; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Hefty Dose of Skepticism

I'm all for geegaws and whatnots and thingamabobs to help improve the lives of travelers. Things are rough out there. But something popped into my mailbox yesterday that made me cringe. Okay, maybe I'm easily cringe-able, but let's see how you feel. According to a press release, "Pactiv Corporation, maker...

By John Deiner | February 14, 2007; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Snow Going

Pity today's travelers: Airport closings due to wintry weather will likely clog traffic at airports around the country, even long after airports reopen. Even the rich and famous get as stuck as the lowly discount coach passenger, if that's any consolation. What can you do, besides not much? First off,...

By Cindy Loose | February 14, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wintery Nix: Where to Turn When Weather Wrecks Your Travel Plans

Who could have predicted this? Well, just about everybody, actually. We've been hearing about this approaching storm with all the snow hysteria that a thousand Danger Weather Teams can muster. Still, if you're in sudden panic about your travel plans over the next few days, here's a quick list of...

By Steve Hendrix | February 13, 2007; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oh, The Things You've Seen

Sure, I'm not a fan of taking off my shoes at security (I do it without complaint but feel badly for those who have to take a whiff of my shoeless feet). But I can't imagine getting so irked by any security measure as to follow the example set by...

By Anne McDonough | February 13, 2007; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plane Ticket Taxes

President Bush told Congress this week that he wants to fund the FAA in a new way, by killing taxes on passenger tickets and replacing them with user fees for commercial airlines. That actually could be a more fair way to do it, depending on the details. That's because corporate...

By Cindy Loose | February 12, 2007; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (17)

Passport Blues, the Sequel

As regular readers of this blog know, I've been in a bit of a panic these past few weeks after sending my passport in for renewal. It's been stuck in bureaucratic limbo, a victim of the recent surge in applications due to the 2007 Passport Initiative, which requires that travelers...

By K.C. Summers | February 12, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (9)

 

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