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Archive: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

What's the Deal: An Airfare Crystal Ball?

Farecast has been on the leading edge of geeky, yet incredibly useful, analysis of airfares for a few years. But up until yesterday morning, the site's claim to fame -- predicting whether a specific airfare would go up, down or stay the same -- was restricted to certain domestic cities...

By Carol Sottili | February 8, 2008; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Insta-CoGo: You're Bumped, and Out of Luck

This just in: Not only was 2007 the second worst year ever for flights being late, but airlines bumped passengers at the highest rate in 11 years. The 18 largest airlines last year found 621,717 people willing to switch to other flights voluntarily; they typically offer incentives like a voucher...

By Cindy Loose | February 7, 2008; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (17)

It Came From the Chat: Cats on a Plane!

Boy, we didn't know what we were getting into last week on our Internet chat when we answered a reader's question about taking her cat on a plane. The fur hasn't stopped flying since. The poor woman was innocently inquiring about flying with her cat to Texas. We told her...

By K.C. Summers | February 6, 2008; 7:36 AM ET | Comments (60)

Baggage Check: More on United's New Rules

I've delved a bit deeper into United's domestic policy changes and have discovered some hidden items that may wind up costing inattentive travelers even more than the $25 the airline will charge for a second piece of checked luggage (and remember, that's $25 each way, so we're talking $50 round...

By Christian Pelusi | February 5, 2008; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (25)

Insta-CoGo: Secure Your Shoes

Knowing my shoes and my sandals have no metal in them, I'm irritated every time I have to take them off to go through security. What is the point? Yeah, I know about that nutcase Richard Reid, who put plastic explosives in his shoes and tried to set them off....

By Cindy Loose | February 5, 2008; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Monday Rant, Part 2: United's New $25 Checked Bag Policy

Big announcement from United Airlines this morning: Domestic passengers will have to pony up $25 to check a second piece of luggage. The policy change applies to travel on or after May 5, and to tickets purchased today or later. The new policy appears targeted at the occasional leisure traveler:...

By Carol Sottili | February 4, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (90)

The Monday Rant: Nonsmoking Rooms . . .That Aren't

Have you ever specifically requested a nonsmoking hotel room only to find that the previous guest has ignored the rule? It's not a huge problem if there are other rooms to be had, but when a hotel is sold out, it can be a big hassle. Even worse, you don't...

By Carol Sottili | February 4, 2008; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (0)


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