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Archive: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Sniff, Sniff . . . What's He Eating?

Okay, so I'm watching television the other night (I think it was that "American Idol" telethon, so forgive me) and an ad flashes on the screen for Wendy's. I usually grab the remote at the first sign of an advertisement, but this one featured some dude sitting an airplane, with...

By John Deiner | April 27, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (14)

Waiting For Hotel Info? Get In Line!

Ever send an e-mail off to a hotel asking whether you can check in early or some other question and never hear a peep back? Apparently you're not alone. Twelve percent of the e-mails travelers send to hotels are ignored, according to a study just released by the Customer Respect...

By Gary Lee | April 26, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is the Race to the Bottom Over?

Could a teensy, weensie uptick in airline hiring mean that the race to the bottom is over? Writing a month ago about travelers who were delayed at airports and unable to find anyone at their airline to help them, either on the phone or in person, I quoted airline experts...

By Cindy Loose | April 25, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Sale: Fly to London

A rare summer sale to London has been announced, but act fast: Tickets must be purchased by midnight EDT on Thursday. British Airways is offering round-trip fares of $780, including taxes, from Washington Dulles or BWI to London Heathrow (fares on other airlines have decreased since the BA sale was...

By Carol Sottili | April 24, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Language Lessons

Anyone who has attempted to learn how to write hanzi (Chinese characters) can appreciate how difficult it can be. Characters are made up of various strokes; get one tiny dot or stroke wrong and your intended word takes on a whole new meaning and very often turns up gibberish--though to...

By Anne McDonough | April 24, 2007; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (8)

Wired in Flight

Southwest Airlines in the next nine months plans to add wireless technology to some cabins as a test of consumer reaction to being able to e-mail during a flight, among other things. Since it was mentioned as part of Southwest's plan to find ways to raise money through ancillary services,...

By Cindy Loose | April 23, 2007; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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