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Archive: April 1, 2007 - April 7, 2007

Travel in a Box

I am a confessed cereal-box reader. (Yes, I read the newspaper too, just after I check in with Cap'N Crunch and Co.) I like to play the cartoonish games on cavity-causing cereal and feel empowered by the serious topics discussed on social-issue cereal. The other morning, I was idly skimming...

By Andrea Sachs | April 6, 2007; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lobby Music, Hyatt-Style

Hyatt is moving into the music business. It's the first hotel chain to sell its own collections of downloadable MP3 format music. The initial nine collections, which cost $22 each, are linked to two of its properties, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Arizona, and Hyatt...

By Carol Sottili | April 6, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Get Ready, Get Set . . . Shoot!

It's that time of year again...spring fever sets in (though it's so cold here in Washington today! Bring back the balmy weather!) and we announce the rules for our annual Travel Photo Contest. The winning photos get prime real estate in the Travel section this August, and also will be...

By Anne McDonough | April 5, 2007; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hidden Hotel Fees: The Horror

So you're feeling pretty good about snagging that great deal on your hotel room. Then you check out, and your jaw drops when you see the final tally on those "bargain" accommodations. What's this "resort fee" of $30 a day, when you didn't even set foot in the hotel's gym...

By K.C. Summers | April 4, 2007; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (7)

Norfolk's Cruising

Let's start with a song (adapted by me from "The Love Boat"): "Norfolk, exciting and new, come aboard, they're expecting you. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center." Oooh. Yeah! So, why the song and dance? Well, after many months of...

By Andrea Sachs | April 4, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Report From Jamaica

As a travel section reporter, I have written about crime in Jamaica -- and other islands -- in the past. Now, fresh from a trip to Montego Bay -- one of the Jamaica's three top resort areas -- my strongest impression was that crime and aggressive panhandling are less prevalent...

By Gary Lee | April 3, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Will You Pay More to Get More?

Ailrine executives have cut services to the bare bone -- including things like customer service -- because they believe that passengers just want the cheapest possible fare, and they're doing what they have to do to keep fares down. That, according to travel guru Terry Trippler, is what execs tell...

By Cindy Loose | April 2, 2007; 2:21 PM ET | Comments (16)

Coming Soon: Dulles-to-Dublin Flights

Aer Lingus didn't waste any time in announcing that it will start new service between Dublin/Shannon and several U.S. cities, including Washington Dulles. On March 22, Europe's 27 transport ministers singed an "open skies" agreement in Brussels, which will open up flight routes between Europe and the United States, and...

By Carol Sottili | April 2, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (2)


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