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Archive: February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007

Mother Nature's Departure Lounge

So you're stuck in the San Diego airport for three hours while they fly in a replacement screw for the paper towel dispenser in the economy lavatory. What would be better: Sitting at the Cinnabon stand for half a day or taking a walk in the wild? The National Fish...

By Steve Hendrix | February 23, 2007; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Three London Airports in Three Days

I recently arrived at London Heathrow on a Saturday, flew out of Gatwick on the same day, flew back into Stansted three days later, and then went back to Heathrow to get home. Whew. Some quick impressions and observations: Heathrow: Know which terminal you're in before you go --...

By Carol Sottili | February 23, 2007; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (15)

JetBlue vs . . . Dave Letterman

You may have read the full-page newspaper ads begging for your forgiveness from JetBlue, and you've probably read a story or two about the airline's travails in the past week. If you belong to its frequent-flier club, you most likely received an e-mailed mea culpa in the past few days...

By John Deiner | February 23, 2007; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Meet You at the Flag Pole

Okay, now that we've got Mardi Gras out of the way, it's time to start planning for that even better (in my opinion) New Orleans blowout, Jazz Fest. The lineup was released in January. Here are some highlights from the first weekend, April 27-29: Lucinda Williams, Irma Thomas, T-Bone Burnett,...

By Steve Hendrix | February 22, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dulles Meltdown

Just because you've reached your car in the airport parking lot doesn't mean you're safe from travel-related calamities. Sometimes, that last leg can be hardest. First, let me set the scene: I was flying from Dulles to Toronto on Saturday and, after circling the economy lot for what felt like...

By Andrea Sachs | February 22, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Wednesday Deals: Part II

Hot off the presses: British Airways just announced a three-day sale. Fly from Washington Dulles or Baltimore for $298 plus $158 taxes. That's a grand total of $456. You have to fly Feb. 28-March 25 on Monday-Wednesday to get the cheapest fares, and you have to stay over a Saturday...

By Carol Sottili | February 21, 2007; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wednesday Deals!

We have a few quick deals this week. Airtran is offering a two-day sale that expires tomorrow. Fares start at $39 each way plus taxes from BWI to Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Dayton, Ohio; and Rochester, N.Y. Rules include 10-day advance purchase and travel by May 23 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or...

By Carol Sottili | February 21, 2007; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Your Dad's Concierge

Before a recent trip to New York City, I logged on to Yahoo's Trip Planner to see what cool venues other travelers had recently uncovered. The service, which went fully live a few weeks ago, allows you, among other things, to view the itineraries other travelers have taken to your...

By Gary Lee | February 21, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

Update: The Latest From JetBlue

UPDATE: If you've been following the JetBlue saga, here's the latest. The airline's new customer bill of rights is out, and there's at least one whopping surprise: A customer involuntarily bumped is entitled to $1,000. As to the kind of delays that gave the usually well-regarded airline a black eye...

By Cindy Loose | February 20, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (15)

Travelers Aid Wants YOU

How many times have I arrived in a strange place only to have a friendly face point me in the right direction! It's karma; my father volunteered with Travelers Aid International as a college kid, making an introduction to the Big Apple just that much more welcoming for immigrants and...

By Anne McDonough | February 20, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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