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Archive: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

The Friday Photo: Now That's Italian!

Just a few more hours, and it'll be the weekend. But that also means it's time for the Friday Photo. This lovely portrait comes to us from Liz Falvo of Montgomery Village, Md., who will be finding a Travel section tote bag in the mail shortly. She writes: "This picture...

By John Deiner | March 14, 2008; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

What's the Deal? Special Edition

AirTran and Virgin America are offering quick sales that will end today. Here are the details: *Airtran is offering a systemwide sale. From BWI, fares range from $49 to $144 each way plus taxes. From Dulles, fares are $74-$144 each way plus taxes. And from DCA, $79 to $144 each...

By Carol Sottili | March 14, 2008; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Heathrow's New Panacea, er, Terminal

London Heathrow's $8.6 billion Terminal 5 is set to be unveiled March 27. Talk about much-anticipated! Heathrow, of course, is legendary for its sprawling layout, excessive delays and security problems, and the luggage fiasco of last summer -- when 6,000 bags were lost in one weekend -- left many travelers...

By K.C. Summers | March 13, 2008; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (11)

Checking In: Goodbye to Hooters Hotel

Numerous blogs are mourning -- okay, noting -- the imminent demise of Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas. World Hum says that "despite the oh-so-clever do-not-disturb signs -- not to mention that fact that Hooters and Las Vegas would seem to be made for one another -- redevelopers have come a...

By John Deiner | March 13, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Cruisin' for a Rebate

Those gas guzzlers! For once, I am not talking about SUVs or OPEC, but rather the cruise lines. According to news reports, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises were recently busted by the Florida attorney general for levying unscrupulous fuel charges on passengers. (Rates were changed retroactively to add...

By Andrea Sachs | March 13, 2008; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Southwest Airlines: The Plot Thickens

The plot thickens at Southwest Airlines, which as we reported earlier is facing record FAA fines for failing to do mandatory safety checks on some of its older planes. At first Chief Executive Gary Kelly pooh-poohed the reports, saying the maintenance checks were redundant, and there was really no problem....

By Cindy Loose | March 12, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

London (and NYC) Calling: Spring Theater Flings

Need a musical reason to spring for a spring trip to London? Up for a megadose of Shakespeare? Looking for help picking a Broadway show teenagers might enjoy? Sharon Isch, our resident theater maven, has a few tips on spring shows. In London: * The creators of "Les Miz" have...

By K.C. Summers | March 12, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Taking Credit for Italy

It's Insta-Q&A time again, where you can pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's wondering about credit card use during an upcoming Italian vacation.If you have some advice for Tom from...

By Scott Vogel | March 12, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the News: Checking In on the Mayflower

So you've probably read about Eliot Spitzer and the prostitution ring by now -- and the Mayflower Hotel, where the dalliance allegedly took place. The Post's Dana Milbank gives an intriguing overview of the case this morning in his Washington Sketch, including some historical info on the place (JFK apparently...

By John Deiner | March 11, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: First Summer Airfare Sale to London

British Airways is the first carrier to break the ice on summer airfare sales across the pond. The sale fare is still not cheap -- $959 round trip (including taxes) to London Heathrow from Dulles or BWI -- but it's one of the first fares we've seen for under $1,000...

By Carol Sottili | March 11, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Where Have All the Tourists Gone?

The dollar is so depressed compared with the euro and most other currencies in the developed world that you'd think overseas travelers would be flocking to the United States to scoop up bargains. Yet they are staying away in droves. There were 2 million fewer overseas travelers to the States...

By Cindy Loose | March 11, 2008; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Monday Rant: The Conductor, the Train Car and the Cell Phone

About a month ago, my parents were on an overnight Amtrak train from Greenville, S.C., to Washington, D.C. The train left Greenville at 11 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Union Station at 10 a.m. Though they hadn't reserved a sleeper car, when they got on the train, the...

By Christina Talcott | March 10, 2008; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (26)

 

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